A Guide To Eating In Paris.

Your must have guide for where to eat in Paris.

Three days in Paris just isn’t enough! The list of delicious restaurants and local cafes are enough to tip you over into a months long stay. Parisienne locals love their food and they don’t scrimp on the carbs here are some of my favourite places for all occasions.

Girafe

Nestled in the back of the Architecture Museum adjacent to the infamous Eiffel tower viewing platform is Girafe. It took us a while to find it but when we did we were not disappointed, unfortunately the outside terrace had closed for the winter but the inside was even better. Gorgeous minimal designs with comfortable seating, incredible marble bar area and an extravagant display of seafood to get your tastebuds excited for the seafood menu. We drunk a bottle of Cote de Provence and dined on seared tuna with a chargrilled avocado salad – asian tastes and extremely delicious. £££ Want to come back in Spring. 

Cafe de Flore

If you haven’t heard of this cafe where have you been? The famous Cafe de Flore with a hot chocolate resembling a melted easter egg… delicious. The perfect spot for morning coffee or an afternoon wine. ££ Come here rain or shine. 

Miss Ko

If you like sushi you’re in for a treat. The exclusive party atmosphere and niche interior is a cool spot to dine with chopsticks. We had spicy tuna rolls, dragon rolls, salmon sashimi, tuna sashimi and of course a chilled bottle of Cote de Provence. I would suggest booking as it was packed.. even on a Monday night! £££ Kris Jenners favourite restaurant. 

Cafe Marly

The perfect spot in the afternoon sunshine people watching over the Louvre. Whether you fancy a glass of wine or a pot of mint tea, even a lunch break, the staff are so attentive making you feel totally at ease. ££ Perfect for people watching.

L’Etoile 1993

A little Parisian cafe opposite our hotel Flanelles, around the Arc de Triomphe. I enjoyed a classic Croque Monsieur with salad and french fries and an afternoon of people watching, delicious and super affordable! We had a lovely waitor and the staff were more than happy to take photos for us. £ Big portions for low prices. 

Ruc Paris

There’s nothing better than a white table cloth on the streets of Paris. I ordered a truffle risotto and ate some delicious bread too, the food was amazing but prices were high! I would love to come back for a pre dinner drink in the Spring time. £££ Whispering Angel served here.

I still have a long list of places I want to go but that will have to wait until my next trip, whenever that may be (I don’t want to recommend somewhere I haven’t been) 

Hotel Flanelles Paris.

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Bonjour mon ange, I am now home from a beautiful three days in Paree, feeling productive, inspired but well rested too. We spent two nights at the gorgeous Hotel Flanelles, a chic, boutique hotel nestled in rue Brey a short walk from the infamous Arc de Triomphe.

à l’arrivée

We pulled up in our Uber outside Hotel Flanelles and the first thing I noticed was the chic branding to the window and the all black exterior. The automatic doors slid open and we were greeted by a lovely lady at reception who checked us in and served us a delicious floral green tea within minutes of being there! We began to de-stress in the lounge area of the hotel lobby planning our schedule for the rest of the day. Perfect service after a seriously delayed train, thanks Eurostar!

It was important to us to have a hotel that had a great location, was comfy with the ability to work from the room but also photo opportunities with gorgeous interiors and decor.

 

la chambre

When it comes to hotel rooms I have stayed in a fair few, my must-haves include: A big shower, good lighting  and of course fluffy towels and a robe My demands in the bedroom state the obvious; a huge cloud-like bed and a television with the ability to connect a laptop / phone. It’s no surprise that our room was fully equipped with all the must have amenities on my check list but also housed the coolest wardrobe I have ever seen, USB charging ports (great if you forget the adapter) and of course the beautiful classical Parisian windows. Room no 12 was the perfect little home for the next few days.

 

l’hôtel

The entire vibe is not just a hotel, it’s a home. Staff encourage you to help yourself to the full access kitchen whether it’s for an evening drink in the lounge or a snack throughout the day with the honesty system. With only 25 rooms the intimacy and warmth that radiated from the main ‘communal’ are was so welcoming. A different cake is displayed in the main room allowing guests to help themselves to a complimentary slice each afternoon, a cocktail kit and the ingredients are placed on the bar each evening to create your own cocktail from the recipe with no interruption from any staff.

 

It’s not just these small touches that make the hotel so inviting, Hotel Flanelles offers a library area to be booked for private meetings, a piano for anyone to play, and a heavenly spa on the ground floor. We used the Salt Room, a healing space to relax in the warmth reaping the benefits of salt to your skin. The bookable sauna was an absolute treat after a long day in the city, we could have booked a variety of treatments from massages to facials.

 

It was our final morning in the hotel. We filled out our breakfast checklist the night before and hung it on our door before sleeping, awaiting fresh orange juice and warm croissants when we awoke. Breakfast in bed is a treat I only indulge in when staying in a hotel, so it has got to be done. After checking out around 12pm we left our suitcases and headed out for the day as I train home wasn’t until late evening. When we arrived at our hotel for one final time to collect our suitcases we were delighted to find out we had access to a full changing room allowing us to freshen up with showers, steamers for clothing, a sofa and charging ports. Ending with a glass of wine in the lounge, before we departed.

 

la fin

thank you so much to Hotel Flanelles for inviting me for a wonderful stay. We will be back! 

Parisian Inspo

Paris trip is pending in a couple of weeks so here is a little peek at my inspo board.

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Touchdown in Ibiza

 

A week in Ibiza just wasn't enough! I already need to go back. We had such an amazing relaxed week filled with a lot of rosé and too much food, we left our big summer holiday until October, when the schools have gone back and we are feeling cold at home it's even better stepping off the plane to the heat! We will definitely be going back perhaps in the Spring this time. Here is a little round up post including a list of our favourite hotspots including beach-clubs, hotels & restaurants, and of course all the snapshots from the trip.

 

The Hotel.

When I picked this hotel it was all because of the bedroom. We chose the Premier room and it had a gorgeous big bath, open plan bathroom, balcony and huge bed... I don't ask for much. The hotel as a whole was absolutely fault-less. From the 4 pools, 2 of which are on the rooftop with the restaurant and bar, the best breakfast I have ever had in a hotel. The interior is a nordic scandi vibe super minimal and chic.

Rosé And Chill.

When we go away we like to just chill, drink rosé and eat delish food, so Ibiza was a no brainer for us. One of our favourite beach clubs for the day was Beachouse, I came across it on Instagram and I am so glad I did, it was definitely the best day of the week for me. We arrived at about 11am, we were one of the first ones there, we could choose between sunbeds, a bed, sofa areas (free) or the restaurant, we chose one of the big beds as we knew we would be here for the whole day. The staff were so attentive when we arrived getting us water and drinks / food menus for the day. We also had lunch and it was so good, definitely recommend the restaurant for lunch, if you didn't want to sunbathe. We ended up staying until about 6pm just chilling on the bed drinking and eating a fruit platter, I cannot wait to go back here!

We also went to Nikki Beach which I will briefly mention as I feel it is so similar where ever you go, but we had such a nice day, a bit different to Beachouse as it's more of a modern, pool vibe. The restaurant is really good and I love the diversity of the menu we had Chicken Satay and a huge selection of sushi. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my little rant about El Chiringuito - I won't go into too much depth but we basically didn't have a great time there at all and I don't think I would recommend it, I feel like the restaurant is really nice if you are in a group as theres a good atmosphere and the food does look really nice, but I also think there are so many other nice places!

Dinner.

We are such foodies so we always have a list of restaurants we want to go to, we actually ended up eating at the hotel quite a lot and getting room service (after long days of drinking lol) but the few places we went to were:

Nobu - Nikki Beach - Beachouse  - Gelato Ibiza

Still to vist...

Places that are still on my list that I want to go to next time are below in case you are taking a trip soon:

Izakaya - Cotton Beach Club - Villa Mercedes -  Finca La Plaza - Avocado Queen - Babylon Beach - Bambuddha - POM Thai Restaurant - Passion Cafe - The Skinny Kitchen - Bless Hotel

 

We’re Going To Ibiza.

On Sunday night Jack and I are off to Ibiza for our long awaited summer break, a time for no work (basically none for me) a whole lot of chilling and rosé. The only thing that has proved a little bit tricky when preparing for the trip is the fact that the stores are beginning to fill with coats and chunky knits not beachy summer dresses and white linen, so here is how I have comprised an Ibizan wardrobe fit for a boho-chic queen.

The Inspo

First up I gather inspo in terms of colour palettes, textures, outfit ideas and setting. I usually create two mood boards one on Pinterest and one on Instagram, that way I have covered all bases. I do this for all of my trips whether its a beach holiday for two weeks or a city break for 3 days in the winter, it really helps me to get an idea of what I am packing and the vibe I want to express through my content. I know earlier I mentioned not working but for me creating images for my personal Instagram, although is now classed as my job, is just to second nature and easy for me that it doesn’t feel like work, I really love doing it, so that doesn’t count.

 

 

The Suitcase.

When I am happy with the aesthetic I have comprised for the trip I will then start to source clothing and accessories etc for the trip. I have going for seven days so for me I will usually bring around 15 – 20 potential outfits, sounds a little excessive when you write that down, wow. But for me I just like to make sure I have things I can feel comfortable in and switch up if something goes wrong. I am always prepared.

Something which is really amazing is that I get to work with so many amazing brands so a lot of my clothing gets gifted from my favourite high street companies, of course when I post to my Instagram you will be able to shop all of these things.

Not including the staple evening and day time outfits he basics of my Ibizan wardrobe is:

  • Bikinis and swimsuits (lots to choose from in minimal colours or patterns)
  • A white linen shirt
  • White flared suit trousers
  • Linen flared trousers
  • 1 x pair of denim jeans
  • Comfy heels, a few day pairs of sandals, heeled boots 1 x pair of trainers
  • Basic t-shirts
  • It may be chillier in the evening so: Leather jacket, a few blazers.

When we get back I will be posting a blog post of all my outfits from the trip, my favourite places for eating and drinking and of course the hotel we stayed at. So, I hope you enjoyed this little pre-trip post.

L x