LE PIGALLE, PARIS
Every time I visit Paris, I enjoy it more and more. As a creature of habit, I do tend to visit a lot of the same places because I love them, but always add something new to my trip each time.
Back in summer (where did it go?), I whisked my friend away to Paris for a romantic(ish) weekend. Starting at St Pancras International, we started as we meant to go on, being spoilt by Eurostar with Business tickets which gave us access to their Business Lounges (and complimentary breakfast - just how many pastries is too many pastries?) before we boarded. One of the things I love about travelling is actually the getting there. I love flying - probably because I can guarantee some time where I’ll be in one place with absolutely no email connection - but I also really love the Eurostar. There’s something so exciting about it that honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever fly to Paris again.
Two and a bit hours later, we found ourselves in the Parisian sunshine. The city was buzzing for Bastille Day and the impending World Cup Final on the Sunday (which as you’ll know, they ended up winning!) so we couldn’t have possibly picked a better weekend to visit the French capital.
T H E P L A C E T O S T A Y
There’s no denying it, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to where to stay in Paris. It has an abundance of beautiful boutique and luxury hotels all over the city. Part of the thrill for me is finding new hotels and well, I think I’ve found a good’un.
Le Pigalle is set within the neighbourhood of Pigalle and it’s very much got that neighbourhood vibe. Entering the hotel, you feel like you’ve wandering into a cafe. There’s locals stopping by for coffee, freelancers working at the tables. Oh and there’s a pole in one corner of the hotel, because, well this is Pigalle.
It’s very Parisian cool without being like that intimating French girl that you secretly wish you were.
The rooms aren’t of the traditional sort. You feel like you’re staying in someone’s very well designed apartment. Cheeky artwork scatters the walls, books of any nature line the shelves and then there’s Pigalle’s own branded booze bottles (I tested the pre-mixed negroni and I can vouch for it being amazing). Beds are devilishly cosy too. Extra points go to the Le Labo x Le Pigalle bathroom toiletries - something I really rate in hotels is their toiletry choice and Le Labo is a big thumbs up from me!
We tried the hotel out for a pre-breakfast breakfast (Buvette is so close by, it’d be rude not to visit) which was a good way to start the day but the best time to eat at Le Pigalle is snack time (accompanied by negronis, of course). Trust me when I say their Croque Monsieur is outta this world. So good, it’ll have you releasing your inner-pig and ordering a few more.
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, boutique hotel in a good lively area then can I suggest Le Pigalle to you? I really rated it and would return in a heartbeat.
And not just for their Croque Monsieurs.
9, rue Frochot
A F E W P L A C E S T O K N O W
EAT - PINK MAMMA - Italian food in the prettiest of venues (all floors are a stunner but the rooftop is total goals). Hugely popular so book ahead if you can. It's also just moments from the hotel - handy that. 20 bis Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris
SHOP - SEZANE - from clothes, accessories to homeware, you'll want at least half the shop I guarantee. 1 Rue Saint-Fiacre, 75002 Paris
EAT - BUVETTE - a breakfast must, promise me you’ll go? No reservations kinda place and you’ll sit where there’s space. 28 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris
COFFEE - CAFE KITSUNE - fuel up on an iced latte whilst you stroll through Palais Royal. Royal Palace Garden, 51 Montpensier Gallery, 75001 Paris
VISIT - JARDIN DES TUILERIES - for the best view of Paris that I've seen in a long while, make sure you take a ride on the ferris wheel. The best 5 euros ever spent. 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
EAT - BRASSERIE LIPP - old school Parisian haunt. Very very French in fancy St Germain. 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
VISIT - LES PUCES DE SAINT-OUEN - An amazing flea market in the north. At first, you’ll come to the naff market full of copies. Walk straight past that and you'll get to the antiques and vintage market. Vintage labels, knick-knacks and my favourite: a shop selling the most amazing art prints. Well worth spending a couple of hours mooching around. 93400 Saint-Ouen
Dress is from Anthropologie - but summer stock - however check out their latest collection here. I love.