Ah, Paris in Winter. After a weekend in Avignon, Sarah and I took the train back to Paris, narrowly pulling our bags across the train’s threshold before the doors closed. We had spent too much time at the brocante in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorge, and we survived on a crushed pavlova until we reached Paris.
One of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris is Le Marais, home to one of Paris’s most iconic parks, and a short walk to almost anywhere you need to go. We arrived late and it was rainy so we dropped out bags at our hotel before plucking umbrellas for the short walk to Chez Janou. This charming French bistro has turned into a bit of an expat outpost in recent years but the convivial atmosphere and delicious moules frites make it a welcoming spot after a day of travel.
We stayed at Le Pavillion de la Reine, a little jewel box of a hotel dating back to the 17th century. Built in 1612 by King Henry IV of France, the hotel is tucked along the northern arcade that frames Place des Vosges. Place des Vosges was once the center of high society in Paris, and the property’s name is a tribute to Queen Anne of Austria who stayed in one of the wings. We were lucky enough to book into Suite de Beaumarchais, which has a stunning black, white, and chartreuse color scheme and overlooks the hotel courtyard. All I can say is it is chic! chic! chic! I loved the black and white mural wallpaper in the sitting room and elaborate silk drapes in the bedroom.
While we came to Paris to attend the materials mart so Sarah could source fabrics and embellishments for upcoming collections, we found ourselves with one full day in Paris before work began. Mattia, trained in from Vigevano and we spent the day exploring, walking half the width of the city to visit a new exhibit on the history of shoes at the Louvre only to realize the museum is closed on Mondays. Undeterred we wandered the fabulous Jardin des Tuileries and made our way back along Rue Saint-Honoré poking our head into the shops as we went. The next day we were up early for Premiere Vision, a multi-day materials mart on the outskirts of the city to do the hard work of sourcing beautiful things for Sarah’s 2021 collections. ; )
Of course, a highlight of any trip to Paris is the food, and a few favorite meals over the course of three days included:
- Bar Le Gaspard at La Reserve – Truth be told we came for the opulent interiors and stayed for the cocktails. I ordered my usual martini which was delicious but Mattia and Sarah both had the signature Haathee Champagne cocktail and won the ordering game!
- Dinner at La Belle Epoque – This brasserie in the heart of Paris is the perfect blend of a 1900s belle epoque setting with on-trend fare.
- Lunch at Carette – Often photographed due to their charming floral china and conveniently located next to our hotel, we visited two days in a row because their croque monsieur was just that good!
- L’Affable – This restaurant in Saint Germaine had beautiful interiors and the most incredible chocolate soufflé.
Brooks Brothers Blazer c/o // Brooks Brothers Shirt c/o // Brooks Brothers White Jeans c/o // Sarah Flint Loafers c/o (Get $50 off your first order with code “Stacie50”) // Mark Cross Handbag // J.Crew Sunglasses
As I type all this I’m already anxious to return this summer! It can’t come soon enough!