Paris never ceases to inspire, regardless of how many times one chooses to visit – There will always be a new narrow street to explore, a new culinary experience to savour and a new store to empty your bank account at. It has been my third time visiting the City of Light, but this time round was mainly dedicated to fashion university meetings and a chance to explore the south of Pigalle, the area I should be spending a good part of my time in when I finally move in. With that being said, I still couldn’t not spend time soaking in the culture, architecture, fashion and the lovely abundance of French pastries…
We stayed at the Hotel Diva Opera, which, although tiny, offered an adorable little Parisian-style balcony and a photogenic winding staircase, besides being located by the Folies Bergère and a wide variety of restaurants.
A highlight of the trip would include feasting on the great impressionists’ works at the Musée D’Orsay, such as those of Monet, Degas, Renoir, Bazille, Cézanne, Sisley and Manet – Which in return provided lots and lots of inspiration and motivation to get back to painting. Strolling around the city in cold temperatures and rainy weather was also deemed as one of the best activities… And, lastly, attending Two Door Cinema Club’s concert was probably one of the best nights of my life. Stage presence, light effects and the fact that they are one of my two favourite bands made it all too enjoyable.
Scroll down past the photos for a mini guide of places to eat and shop at in Paris, solely based on this one trip.
Montmartre – Walking through the quaint streets of Montmartre will lead you to many small cute boutiques with reasonably-priced clothing you probably won’t be able to find easily elsewhere. Of course, a little stop at Sandro can’t do you any harm either.
Vintage Pop-up stores at Le Marais & Galaries Lafayette – Considering I never found time to vintage shop on this trip, I was ecstatic to find these little pop-up stores which offer a little bit of everything, from vintage Saint Laurent to costly fur coats and a neckerchief selection.
Librairie 7L – Among the many bookshops found in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld’s selection of fashion, photography, design and architecture books stand out among the rest. If you are anything like myself, a good bookstore like this one can’t be missed.
La Comète – This cute little bistro located in the 11th arrondissement quickly became our morning fix, after having tried their traditionally French ‘oeufs en meurette’ – Poached eggs in red wine sauce – Which you should try, if you haven’t.
Mamie Burger – A restaurant located right opposite La Comète, mainly known for it’s burgers and a tasty brunch menu on weekends – But it’s adorable brick wall interior is what attracted me to the place initially.
Tata Burger – Located in Le Marais, Tata Burger is a gay restaurant I originally picked for brunch when finding out about their penis-shaped burger (Le DSK)… Because that really isn’t something you’d find in Malta. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with a full brunch of unlimited avocado bread, egg & fries, a mini burger, hot chocolate, fruit juice, pancakes and granola – As well as the friendliest service I’ve ever experienced. And, right opposite, you will find a must-visit shop, part of the same restaurant, with baguettes and candy. Thank me later!
Café des 2 Moulins – Any fan of Amélie shouldn’t miss this place – For it is where a large part of the movie took place. I enjoyed a nice plate of snails and a shared cheese platter here, along with a glass of Côtes du Rhône.
Le Coq – We all know of the famous hot chocolate at Angelina, but here’s a little alternative if you’re not in the area. Located in the Place du Trocadéro and a little pricey, this restaurant serves some of the loveliest chocolat chaud.
Ciel De Paris – Located on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower, this fancy restaurant is more pricey than the rest but well worth the experience. A lovely three-course meal and a splendid view of Paris was the perfect way to end our trip.