Standard City Guide: Paris
Posted on April 03 2018
WHO ARE YOU? Orlando + Nicola Reindorf
WHERE ARE YOU? Surry Hills
WHAT DO YOU DO? Mr + Mrs Standard Store
What do you love about the city?
It’s Paris! What is not to love?
The list is too long… its beauty, history, art, fashion, food, diversity, its Frenchness!
Most inspiring places /spaces?
The Pompidou centre, I love that it is open until 10 pm. Exhibitions on the 6th floor are open until 11pm on Thursday, that's when the tourists have gone and the view is spectacular.
If you're an architectural nerd then Maison de Verre (glass house) is one of the most precious wonders in all of Paris…it's hard to visit, but preservere.
The Promenade Plantee, or “Coule Verte Rene - Dumont"…we stumbled upon this a few years ago. The Parisienne highline - a mid 19th century Viaduct converted into the worlds first elevated park walkway in 1993.
Bon Marche - the most beautiful department store in the world.
Tom Greyhound - in the Marais, beautiful designer store.
Centre commercial -on Rue De Marseille (one of my favourite local shopping streets). While you're there pop into Du Pain Et Des Idees (for the best pastry ever...see Orlando and Zephyr bellow doing just that !).
Buly 1803 -For a modern take of the ancient art of French beauty dispensary, the orginal flagship store is a must visit experience:
Broken Arm - Go during fashion week just for the people watching!
Secret eating drinking spots?
Le Grand Bain (best Gin and tonic ever)! An English chef based in Paris , delicious share plates and good wine, a good place to go with a bunch of friends.
Petrelle - This place is a little bit bonkers, don’t be surprised when the resident cat jumps on the table.
Septeme La Clave …wonderful natural wine bar next to the famous ( and notoriously hard to book ) Septeme restaurant
Le chartier, time has stood still in this Parisien restaurant, there is a queue but it moves quickly. This place is more like a dining hall, its noisey and its chaotic but lots of fun.
As a tea drinker I am fascinated by the beautiful tea shops.
Mariage Freres Bourg Tibourg store is a beautiful tea drinking experience.
Where to stay?
Hotel Providence - the rooms are tiny yes (but it's Paris) but they are super cool, and the bar serves some great cocktails, and the location is great.
Le Grand Pigalle - its good to get away from the super touristy areas
Hotel Panache: Before the 3rd there was the 9th ( arrondissement )