Two Mondays ago, my friend Dani and I hopped on the Eurostar to Paris to start our three-day Paris Fashion Week adventure. It was all very spontaneous, with only a few weeks to plan the whole thing. However, we managed to get invites to quite a few shows and even squeezed in a little sightseeing here and there. For three days, I was truly living a fashionista’s dream!
It was not love at first sight
I would like to give you a little backstory of my history with Paris. The first visit I remember was quite a few years ago, when I went to Paris on a school trip. All I remember was that the food was disgusting, the hostel even more so and the people rude. All that combined really spoiled my experience of the city, and made me say for years that Paris was not for me.
Can you believe I nearly declined this Fashion Week experience just because of the location? Yup, my prejudice was pretty bad. But as with everything, I believe in second chances so I gave Paris the benefit of the doubt. How I was proven wrong! This time, the city was everything you could wish for. Despite the freezing cold, I finally saw the Paris that people fall in love with. The people are incredibly friendly, the food was exceptional and the city’s beauty is unmatched.
How to get tho Paris
Travelling from London to Paris is incredible easy with the Eurostar. The direct train brings you from the heart of London to the heart of Paris in under three hours. It is super convenient because you have access to internet throughout the entire journey. Dani and I spent most of our journey finalising our itinerary, making restaurant reservations and choosing photoshoot locations. Personally I have never flown to Paris, but the flights are super cheap with most airlines. There are direct metro connections from Charles De Gaulle Airport to the centre of Paris so I can imagine this must be a smooth journey as well.
Where to stay
Like most popular destinations, travel is cheap but accommodation not so much. We had a good hotel search before deciding on Hotel André Latin in the Latin Quarter. The price was very reasonable for the location and breakfast was included. Although the hotel room was small, the bed was extremely comfortable and the shower powerful and hot. Just what we needed after long cold days outside!
I was not impressed by the breakfast at all, but for the price you can’t really complain. We had very busy schedules, with little time to stop for breakfast and lunch so it was convenient for us to have our breakfast at the hotel. However, I would recommend to spend a little bit more on breakfast outside in a nice Parisian café or bakery.
What to see
As I mentioned before, we didn’t have much time to enjoy the city but we were incredibly lucky to be invited to some of Paris’ most beautiful venues. We spent most of our time at the Intercontinental Hotel nearby the National Opera. That area of the city is just gorgeous, with Parisian houses and designer stores lined up next to each other. If you get the chance to go in, The Ritz Paris is definitely worth a visit as there’s a luxury shopping arcade inside the hotel!
Obviously you cannot miss out on the mandatory Parisian sights, like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. There are various points from which visitors like to see the Eiffel Tower to get that money shot, but my personal favourite was from the park in front of the tower. Unfortunately the weather didn’t always allow us to have a clear view of the top of the tower, but it was a magical sight in the snow!
What to do
In a city like Paris there is always something to do, no matter what you are interested in. When we weren’t running around from show to show we were mostly walking around and admiring the views. From what I could see Paris is an amazing city to shop in. There are shops all over the city, but the best location would be the avenue leading to the Arc de Triomphe.
I remember from my school trip that there are also plenty vintage shops around the city, known to sell absolute gems! Shopping vintage is great to save a little money and to protect the environment. We can leave the designer stores for window shopping only, which I do really recommend in Paris. We spotted a massive, and I mean massive, Chanel store complete with Chanel Valet parking service. Right?!
Another thing I remember from my school trip is going up the Eiffel Tower and thinking the view was missing something… Exactly, the Eiffel Tower. I had a similar feeling on the London Eye last summer and came to realise I don’t like going up the main attractions. This time in Paris, we had dinner in the Tour Maine Montparnasse, the highest building in Paris with a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. I can highly recommend avoiding the Eiffel Tower queues and going up this building instead.
Where to eat in Paris
Eating your way through Paris is not a hard thing to do. There are bakeries, cafés and restaurant on every corner. Therefore we luckily didn’t have any trouble finding great spots to wine and dine. Although I did do some research before to find places that are unique to the city. On the first night we booked a table at the trendy Kong, which has a unique interior that is easy to recognise and an Instagram favourite. When you book a table here make sure that you are seated upstairs as the interior is not half as nice downstairs. I would also recommend ordering just starters at this restaurant as they were delicious, the mains however were pretty basic for the price.
On the second night we had another fancy and Instagrammable dinner at Le Ciel de Paris in the Tour Maine Montparnasse. This restaurant is located so high up that the name makes sense. The interior is absolutely stunning with circles of lights on the ceiling and all glass windows to look over Paris. We went for a set menu and enjoyed each course, the food was outstanding. I will definitely book a table there again next time I am in Paris.
Something else for the Gram (you can tell this was a blogger’s trip) is Café Marly, right in front of the Louvre. The view from this café is just gorgeous, but beware as the prices are steep. We’re talking £7 teas… One thing I regret not making time for is to find a delicious crêpe to enjoy. It will be on top of my list next time!
Lots of love,