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PARIS DESIGN GUIDE | 25 BEST PLACES FOR DESIGN LOVERS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

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Are you heading to Paris anytime soon? Perhaps you’re visiting for Paris Design Week, Paris Fashion Week, or for the upcoming Maison et Objet. There’s always something new to see from a new concept shop to remarkable art galleries. Whatever your reason for traveling, we want to help you have the best experience possible. There’s no shortage of style and elegance to go around the copious tourists, travelers, and design aficionados.

The Paris Design Guide is here to serve design lovers a key to the city, sharing places with interesting interiors to shop, dine, and experience. Let your trip to the city of lights be illuminated by these stylish ambiances and find chic accommodation in this contemporary design hotel or eclectic boutique hotel.

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PARIS DESIGN GUIDE


Where to eat breakfast, lunch, and brunch in Paris

 

1/ La Chambre Aux Oiseaux
Enjoy breakfast or lunch with beautiful interiors including a perfectly Instagrammable floral wallpaper.

48 Rue Bichat, 75010 Paris

 

2/ La Cantine Merci
La Cantine Merci is a wonderful option for brunch or a quick lunch amid your shopping spree at Merci. The food is fresh and healthy, but not void of sweet temptations. You are in Paris, after all.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

 

3/ East Mamma
Craving Italian food? Check out this authentic trattoria and enjoy pizza or pasta made il modo italiano.
133 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011 Paris

 

4/ Café El Sur
If you want a break from French food, why not transport your taste buds to Argentina? The Latin American cuisine is wonderful and the location couldn’t be better, near Diptique and the Arab World Institute.
35 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris

 

5/ Le Chalet
You’ll find this restaurant off the beaten path, tucked discreetly in the 16th. Grab an outdoor table and sit facing the street. This fine French food is best enjoyed while people watching.
63 Rue de la Pompe, 75016 Paris

 

1/ @alexandrine_ar 2/ Merci 3/  Big Mamma Group 4/ Café El Sur 5/ Le Chalet 16


Where to drink coffee, find a baguette, and have a treat in Paris

 

1/ Le Peleton Café
Head here for artisanal coffee, local food, and even bike rentals & tours.
17 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 Paris

 

2/ La Parisienne
If you take baguettes seriously, and you should, you’ll make more than one trip here. Head to one of their locations early in the morning and you won’t regret it.
21 Rue des Halles, 75001 Paris

 

3/ Fauchon

Whether you’re looking for iconic macarons or a delicious dessert to bring to the picnic, head to the Madeleine location for a splendid selection.

30 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris

 

4/ Le Pure

Fans of Before Sunset will appreciate this spot, where the main characters in the film caught up after nine years without contact. If you haven’t seen the film, watch it!
14 Rue Jean-Macé, 75011 Paris

 

5/ Du Pain et Des Idées
If you have a sweet tooth, you will love this bakery and want to visit several times. You might have to wait in line though, as it’s become a popular haunt.
34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris

 

1/ @coffeeshopandhop 2/ La Parisienne 3/ @dana_jhr 4/ @dyomdyom_ 5/ @erosmark


Where to have dinner and wine in Paris

 

1/ Chez Janou
A good mix of locals and international visitors are usually waiting outside each night for their tables as they saunter around Rue des Tournelles. Make a reservation and enjoy authentic and delicious French cuisine.
2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 75003 Paris

 

2/ Istr

Seafood lovers, look no further. You’ll enjoy this divine oyster and cocktail bar, which is a great option for small groups looking to share small, unique tapas.
41 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris

 

3/ Le Hibou

This is a wonderful place to go for dinner and/or drinks. Traditional French cuisine and plenty of cocktail to choose from you’re assured a wonderful evening.

16 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris

 

4/ Septime

There interiors here feature a beautiful spiral staircase and rustic, Nordic ambience. Treat your palate with the seasonal tasting menu for lunch or dinner from this one-Michelin-starred restaurant.

80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris

 

5/ Bouillon Julien

You’ll be in Art Nouveau heaven inside this restaurant, which recently reopened with new interiors designed by The Guild of Saint Luke (@gsl_works). The menu is mouthwatering and reasonably priced.
16 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris

 

1/ @jilliansir 2/ Istr 3/ Savvy Home Blog 4/ @mingou_photo 5/ Joanna Maclennan @joannamaclennanphotography


Where to shop in Paris

 

1/ La Grande Epicerie de Paris

For those looking to sample some of the best international products, from truffle olive oil to French sea salts, you’ll want to spend some time at this gourmet grocery store.
38 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris

 

2/ Sézane
You’re probably already a huge fan of Sézane, but perhaps you haven’t visited the online fashion brand’s brick-and-mortar. It’s a shopping experience worth pursuing.
1 Rue Saint-Fiacre, 75002 Paris, France

 

3/ Le Labo

If you want to leave Paris with a sensory memento, then head to Le Labo to discover your signature scent and browse their fine perfumes. There are a several locations around the city, so it’s easy to include on any itinerary.
6 Rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006 Paris
7 Rue Froissart, 75003 Paris
203 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

 

4/ Atelier Couronnes

This concept store is full of jewelry as well as home and fashion accessories. You might want to peruse for hours or sit in a cozy corner to browse their card and book collection.

6 Rue du Château d’Eau, 75010 Paris

 

5/ Merci

This concept store has become a staple over the years and never fails to have a different look with many rotating exhibitions inside the shop. If you’re looking for fashion, accessories, or home furniture, add this to your ‘must visit’ list.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

 

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1/ La Grande Epicerie de Paris 2/ Sézane 3/ Le Labo 4/ Atelier Couronnes 5/ Merci Shop Paris


Where to experience magic in Paris

 

1/ Paris Bird Market

Could there be a more whimsical way to spend a Sunday morning than perusing a bird market? The soundscape of the marketplace fills the Île de la Cité with chirping birdies and joyful children. If that’s not your thing, the space doubles as a flower market.
Allée Célestin Hennion, 75004 Paris

 

2/ Musée YSL Paris

This museum opened in October of 2017 and is dedicated to the life and career of Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibition captures the essence of the iconic haute couture house and shares processes and traditions behind the scenes.
5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris

 

3/ Grande Mosquée de Paris

Spend an afternoon in this Moroccan oasis, enjoying a charming teatime and relaxing walk in the gardens. The Islamic architecture, floral patterns, and traditional mosaics were inspired by the El-Qaraouiyyîn Mosque in Fes. It’s open every day excluding Fridays and Muslim holidays.
2bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite, 75005 Paris

 

4/ Musée Gustave Moreau

While the staircase has become world famous, at least on Instagram, the art museum of eclectic French artist Gustave Moreau is definitely worth a visit.
14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris

 

5/ Sunset at Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Slow down for a few moments and enjoy a sunset from the steps of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris

 

 

 

1/ @gracetheblessing 2/ YSL 3/ Travel Wanderlist 4/ @hooky1979 5/ World of Wanderlust



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