Hi I’m Eleanor; check our my top tips for a weekend away in Paris
I recently spent a weekend in Paris and couldn’t recommend it more. In fact, I can’t wait to return to visit my favourite spots! However, in the meantime, I wanted to share them with you so that you can enjoy them just as much as I did.
The dreamy hotel: The Hoxton
The Hoxton, Paris opened in 2017 and even the locals were buzzing about it. I am a huge fan of their London hotels, so when I saw they had opened one in Paris I knew I needed to go. It has the cool laid back vibe of the Shoreditch and Holborn branches, but feels more romantic and much prettier- just as it should be in Paris. There are three bars/restaurants, but really we spent most of our time in the lobby. That’s the only downfall, I really didn’t want to leave the hotel to go site seeing as I was perfectly happy with a glass of wine in hand in the lobby. Overall, even if you aren’t staying in the hotel it really is a must if you visit Paris, especially in the evenings.
An Instagram worthy dinner: Pink Mamma
Pink Mamma is a stone’s throw away from the Moulin Rouge, and is fantastic! I had found this spot when stalking the ‘Paris’ hashtag on Instagram and instantly wanted to go. There was a queue, however you can put your name down and attempt to find the hidden bar in the building. This took us many attempts, and it turned out to be behind the door with the ‘no entry’ sign on… silly us, we thought that was literal. The bar is extremely cosy, and they do amazing drinks, a great way to start the evening. Now for dinner, we requested to be on the top floor and it paid off! The décor is beautiful and the food even better. You can even get a plate with a mountain of Parma ham for 7 euros – HEAVEN.
Eat like the locals: Les Épiciers
My ideal meal is a plate of cheese and meats, and this restaurant is exactly that. Les Épiciers was founded by two best friends who decided to quit their jobs in finance and start a shop/restaurant. They have travelled all over France to find the best produce and it has definitely paid off. Whilst ordering you chat to them about what you do and don’t like and get a completely bespoke meat & cheese board partnered with their recommended red wine. I love how casual yet intimate this restaurant is, and it leaves you feeling like a local.