a luxurious weekend in paris

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running away from reality

It was about a month and a half ago did I put down a new clients’ paperwork and realize that I was stuck on a hamster wheel. Continuing to move as quickly and efficiently as I can without a break. I needed a break, and with that, an easy break. A holiday that didn’t require too much fuss and hassle and so I searched what I wanted. I needed to escape the country because the countryside just seemed like an extension of London. And so Paris was on my mind. Since I had already visited and toured the city and it’s monuments, I thought an autumnal escape where people watching and sipping wine were priorities. I deserved a treat so we decided to make this a luxurious one…

When I woke up Friday morning it felt a bit too easy for me to fall out of routine for the day and not look at my inbox. Getting on the train, leaving the city, into one tunnel and out of the next, and soon my roaming switched on. I was in another country without my responsibilities or obligations, and instead with the motivation to indulge.
 

{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs {a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs

frenchie restaurant
5 rue du nil
75002, paris
+33 1 40 39 96 19

After 9 brutal days of meeting deadlines and being challenged by clients I was ready for a drink. For each country I visit, I search for something ‘exotic’. And though we associate the term with colors, textures, smells so different from the Western perspective—I wanted French wine, a nice hearty red. Something we were in the right place at the right time to do.

Frenchie offered a range of European wines and most notably a kitchen that offered edible flavors that flirted with the elements of your choice of libation. Each waiter a connoisseur that knew what I was looking for before I could even attempt to explain what I needed and why I needed it. Tucked away from the hustling corner of the city, the alleyway that coughed up this little kitchen and space was warm and dense. People sharing tables, no one a stranger and sharing bottles of tap water with unknown strangers. The vibes were for those looking to immerse themselves into the wild.
 

{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs {a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs

hotel costes
239-241 Rue Saint Honoré
75001, Paris
+33 1 42 44 50 00

As most of you know from my weekend escapades in London, #DesaiAfterDark, I get up to no good. Drinks with double shots, house music, sweet vibes, lots of short dresses and unnecessarily amounts of makeup and fake lashes. What invites me into a place, in reality, are the plush seats and the corner ambiance. Conversations sparking, eyes flirting in between flickers of a flame hosted by a table candle. We sat in a corner, my elbows on the round table, sharing a bottle of wine, teasing each other exchanging whispers in each other’s ears. The place swarming with nouveu riche social climbers, but it didn’t fail to allow you to paint the destiny of your own night. A nightclub that allows you the freedom to enjoy what you came for is exactly what I like. Either a table for 2 or a booth for 6, there was space for everyone.
 

{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs {a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs

Café de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain
75006, Paris
+33 1 45 48 55 26

One of the oldest coffeehouses of Paris, we decided to go for drinks here naturally. At the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germaine and Rue Saint-Benoit, it was energetic. Tables lined with regulars, a place to be and to be seen. A place of leisure, so go for the people watching. For the opportunity to hold a hand. Keep warm in a corner. Exchange eskimo kisses. And finish a cup of coffee that stains the table with a ring.

what I wore

coat c/o BODEN scarf ZARA flats ASOS skirt H&M silk blouse c/o BODEN purse c/o BODEN
nails COURTNEY c/o ZOYA NAIL POLISH jewelry c/o J. LAUREN
 

{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs {a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs

 
 
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
 
 

{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs {a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs

Cafe Kitsuné
51 Galerie de Montpensier
75001, Paris
+33 1 40 15 62 31

Through winding streets and down the Japanese corner of Paris. There was an opening to a park that was rather unexpected. In a hallway that forced nature’s light between each column, you could hear the faint moan of the espresso machine and then there was a line just past the door that let out the aroma of oil coffee beans that have just been ground to perfect a latte. Cafe Kitsuné was the cutest little cafe I ever did see. So simple and elegant that was branded with little drawings and stamped cups. Order your latte extra hot and then meander towards a grand museum courtyard and you will soon enter the Palais-Royal.
 

{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs {a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs

Le Meurice
228 Rue de Rivoli
75001, Paris
+33 1 44 58 10 10

Walking through the revolving doors you get just little previews of a place firing up your anticipatory senses. From the little glimpses, I felt on edge thinking I was walking into a space where I wouldn’t feel the most comfortable. Gilded walls, ornate and over the top mouldings, you think the bed… Will I be able to sleep? In anticipation waiting just a few more minutes for the final inspection to be done, I made it up to the room.

There was an oak desk set next to a window overlooking typical Parisian rooftops, a humble bed, 2 armchairs, a lamp that mimicked one I have at home. And though hotel rooms are an exotic symbol of practicing something different from the everyday life, I wanted to move in. Move in and expect waking up, changing into a dressing gown, order a warm breakfast and take a bath full of naturally perfumed pink petals of roses.
 

{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs {a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs
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Angelina
226 Rue de Rivoli
75001, Paris
+33 1 42 60 82 00

Right next to our hotel, Le Meurice, I was baffled by the queues that never seemed to be relieved. The needle of my curiosity pricked at my excitement. I peered the inside through the gilded-writing windows. A typical patisserie with walls that lined with quaint boxes full of naughty treats that seemed like the perfect takeaway for the trip. The indoor was extravagant, but full of long awaited tourists in their puffer jackets that just didn’t seem to fit. It was a hype, surely. The hot chocolate, the same severed on the corner of the street right outside the cafe, was what I ordered and it was pure delicacy. The thick and creamy texture that just subtly flirted with the milk. So go for the hot chocolate in the wintery of days or the ice cream in the summer if you’re not keen to experience an afternoon tea with the most delicate french pastries.
 

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Le Moulin de la Galette
83 Rue Lepic
75018, Paris
+33 1 46 06 84 77

Think of Renoir sitting, drafting, and conceptualizing Bal du moulin de la Galette. One hand resting on his thigh whilst the other helped pace the glances between the windmill and his easel. Near the top of the district nestled at a conformable spot on a hill, the restaurant housing familial history and the inspiration of many artists including Van Gogh and Pissarro, not just Renoir. The patio and garden both seemed like a good place to be in the deep spring, but we opted for a table inside tucked away in the back. Ordering comfort in a claypot of chicken and root vegetables with gravy initially doused with brandy and a sprig of thyme. Go for the seasonal dessert though, the chestnut creme brûlée was what won me over.
 

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Cafe de l’Homme
17 Place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris
+33 1 44 05 30 15

One thing I wanted to see was the Eiffel Tower twinkle. It is the only thing that I haven’t experienced after being in Paris over and over again for work. To me, it was purely magic in a world where we want a magical solution to everything and don’t want to believe in the fantastical things that the world can provide us. We walked in with the intention of having a deep red and steak tartare for dinner. Our table overlooked the entirety of the Eiffel Tower and my anticipation high for the sparkles to start my evening, I was told that I had just a 4 minute wait. The wine was ordered and when I looked about, couples filled the room speaking in French and exchanging luscious eyes and chat with their partners. I decided to do the same, because ‘when in Rome,’ no?

And after a sip of our sparkling water, the beaut twinkled and I fell silent. I was dazzled and didn’t want it to stop. To say I was distracted by something shiny was an understatement. He grabbed my hand and tried to stir my attention, but I wouldn’t budge. So he ordered the starter, dinner and we were enthralled in conversation. The environment was for frequenters and thus I felt at ease: no rules, no worries, just me and him… and I delicious stack of proper frites.
 

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Grand Coeur
41 Rue du Temple
75004, Paris
+33 1 58 28 18 90

My new favorite of all places in Paris, which is an extremely bold statement. Le Marais is one of two districts of Paris that I could revisit over and over again (next to Montmartre, of course). The garage-like opening, however, startled me. We were walking through and all I could hear were our feet against the concrete and I tried to control my expectations to prevent disappointment. We were coughed up into a courtyard that was bright, white, sprinkled with a few heavy pots of wintering rose bushes. Piano playing and through the Victorian-length windows you see ballerinas in class.

Another corner table that overlooked the patio, we sat side-by-side. First, given a small circular bread that was instructed to be broken and shared with someone you like. The menu seemed reasonable, straightforward and simple, but with interiors that were literally perfect—there was something up their sleeves. I ordered the prawns served with pumpkin. I had my understanding of what was coming, but instead came a proper pumpkin so precisely baked. A butter knife was able to slice through it and made accompanying the prawns easy. Portions generous, wine crisp and the ambience majestic as we watched children exchange their greetings before entering their ballet class.
 

{a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs {a luxurious weekend in Paris} via chevrons & éclairs

  • Sarah

    WOW! Look at that first photo of you <3 loved reading this, you can tell you had the best of times xxx

  • Paige Allison

    Paris in the fall looks like a treat! I was there in late spring and summer and I learned that Europe doesn’t “do” air conditioning every where. Silly 22 year old Paige! I’m glad you were able to get away for some R&R. I don’t think I had a single bad meal my entire time there, and seeing the Eiffel tower lit up at night is magical! Or, the magic was the substances I was on, I don’t really remember.

    • OMG do you not remember me complaining about the summer weather in London? And I live on the top floor of my flat/heat rises. I died. Was miserable. Also, it was the substance that made it magical.

  • I totally envy you for just being able to hop on a train and be in Paris. What a life! I’ve never been to Europe, but it’s always on my list. We *almost* went for our honeymoon, but we had 8 days and didn’t want to feel rushed. Maybe some day soon. Gorgeous photos, as always.

    • It is so easy and convenient! Next time you’re looking for even a short getaway (8 days is enough) let me know. I can help you and your husband put an itinerary together. It’s easy when you know people/locals to guide you! x

  • You took beautiful pictures of my town! Lovely storytelling.

  • Really great photos, you can always fall in love with anything Paris!

  • Molly Hogan

    Looks like the most amazing time! I’m jealous 🙂

    Xx

    Molly

    http://www.trendychickadee.com

  • trisha

    can you be more stunning?!?! These are gorgeous photos, Supal!

  • This is beautiful .You captured everything I loved about Paris. The pretty buildings, good food, restaurants, and parks while looking stunning. I also love the romantic details. 🙂

  • Amber

    Lovely post, looks like such a relaxing weekend! I’ve been in Paris for 6 years and these are all my favourite things to do!
    I run a personalised itinerary service for trips to Paris called Your Paris Project, if anyone’s looking to come to Paris don’t hesitate to check me out!

    http://www.yourparisproject.com

    • OH! Would love to work together on something in the future to promote your stuff 🙂 Do keep in touch, Amber. Thanks for reaching out! x

  • Ellese Launer

    These photos are so stunning! I feel like I am back in Paris. Thank you for posting these! XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

  • Alessia

    Hi! I recently started following your instagram. The first photo of you is so beautiful.. you are really gorgeous!

    • Aw thank you so much, Alessia! I think I started following you back because I love your shots! Please let me know when you’re in London next 🙂

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    Supal, you really are an amazing story teller. You should write a book (in your spare time, ha!). And all the photos are just stunning. You really transported me to Paris. France is on my list of must visit places. Maybe for our 10th anniversary we can take a trip….maybe (being married to the budget Nazi and all…we’ll see).

    • Thank you so much, Tiffany!! I’ll add ‘write a book’ to my to do list. Haha. OH PLEASE visit and I actually travel on a budget usually. I’m pretty good at finding quality/economical/local places and figuring out how to get deals etc. I can always help with any of your European travels. No joke!