12 August 2014
There is Nothing worse than taking a Trip to an amazing city & to find yourself standing lost in its streets. Of course it can be fun & exiting to discover new places by just coincidentally walking into them - but your search might just turn out empty handed.
When travelling, you want to make the most of it, you don't want to waste your time & overspending in lousy, touristic restaurants with laminated menues with pictures of the food on it. The quality of your trips depend not only on the Money you are prepared to spend, but equally important its the amount of time you invest. Planning & Preparation is Key, staying informed & connected is essential.
You need to know where you need to go - which is exactly why I am introducing a new feature to my Blog - the Travel Guide!
Follow me to all the magical & uniquely special places that I have visited. At times simple, at times luxurious - but always authentic & worth it.
All places have been visited by me & the recommendations are based on my personal Opinion - they will be updated with every visit & every entry will be marked with date - because there is nothing more volatile than a trending place!
My favourite from the luxury 5 Star hotels is Le Royal Monceau - located centrally & with stunning interior design by Philippe Starck. Luxurious & Artistic with a touch of Drama. Nice Spa & fully mirrored bathrooms get you in the right mindset to take this City.
My favourite Hip & Budget Hotel is the Mama Shelter - located in the 20th the rates are really decent, but its hip & the restaurant is very trendy, with great food & great athmosphere.
Forget Champs Elysees - when shopping in Paris, I like to walk along Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, to see the luxury fashion shops - this is also where the Colette is located (a must-see when shopping in Paris) right next to the Hotel Costes which is great for dinner (book & make sure you get a table in the garden if the weather is nice) or just casual drinks. Place Vendome with the Ritz (which is currently closed for renovations but otherwise great for afternoon tea) is also very close by. This is where all the Jewellery Shops are located (happy windowshopping!)
When the weather is bad I suggest you escape to the Galleries Lafayette - its my favourite Mall in Paris, probably also because it has the most amazing foodhalls, which never fail to fill my head with countless new inspirations. You can also have a snack right there - wether its Dim Sum, Sushi or Pata Negra with a nice glass of Wine - people rest there just to eat & chat.
If you are looking for hip & funky shopping go to le Marais district, where you can find many cool & affordable brands & funky secondhand shops selling furs, foulards & much more.
Laperouse - french traditional, old historic Restaurant which offers private Dining
Kong - japanese fusion, best view (insist on a table upstairs or just go for a drink at the bar)
La Petite Maison - one of the best restaurant concepts originating in Nice, serving southern french dishes
Le Matignon - belonging to the Costes group its a great place for after dinner Drinks, cool staff & great athmosphere
Raspoutine - one of my very very favourite clubs; intimate, russian themed, with a crazy intoxicating athmosphere. Its currently refurbishing & will reopen in September 14.
Titty Twister - the 'hardest' door in Paris - a place worth to check out
not to forget for the sweeth tooths: Macarons: skip Laduree & try the Pierre Hermé instead :)
Enjoy the City of Love & hope you fall into it