Bonjour Paris! It was my third time visiting this lovely city and the longest days I’ve spent. Last christmas I visited Victor’s families outside Paris. We’ve been spoiled with amazing cuisines as usual. A few days after we came back to Paris, I had my little tour in city. This time, I skipped visiting Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Notre Dame, and more touristic places I had been. However, I jotted down a few addresses that I’d never been to before. These were some snaps I’ve managed to take and I am more than happy to share them in my blog.
1. Le Marais
Heading to the centre of Paris where little boutiques and fashion & beuaty stores are located along the streets, I spotted famous brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, The Kooples, Suite 341, Uniqlo, Muji, Isabel Marant, COS, Sandro, other stores also Le BHV, a big department store.
Most shops in Paris were closed on Sunday but Le Marais was buzzing!
I couldn’t miss not to take a snap for this cute promotional car from Huygens.
and some interesting Christmas retail windows…
For the gourmet, It seemed the falafel takeaways are popular here judging from the queues that went down the street. But I prefered to stop off for a hot chocolate and cakes inside a Parisian cafe.
I get used to for an instant hot chocolate in London, so having a traditional chocolate pouring with hot milk was definitely a pleasure. For sweet tooth lover, if you haven’t heard île flottante, give a try for this dessert made from egg yolks and vanilla custard.
2. Cafe des 2 Moulins
If you are Amelie fans, pin down this spot to your checklist next time you visit Paris. Cafe des 2 Moulins is located in Montmarte near the famous Moulin Rouge show. Take a sneak inside the cafe where the main character works as a waitress, you could see lots of memorabilia from the movie.
I always make sure I’ll drop by this place when in Paris. It’s huge place for selling garden, crafts, and home appliances also pet care. Truffaut has several chains in Paris so you could easily find them.
Christmas display and decorations
As it’s quite hard for me to find a good place for crafting tools and materials, this place provides massive DIY tools and materials for knitting, painting, pottery, jewellery makers from A-Z. Before going home, I’d like to stop by pet section to see some cute dogs behind the glasses!
4. Pierre Hermes
Talking about a well-known macarons shop in Paris, we all know is Ladurée. Fancy for some exclusive macarons like passion fruit, salted caramel, rose petals, chestnut, white truffle, green apple, mandarin orange, and other unique flavours? Make sure you get some from a luxury macarons & chocolate shop, Pierre Hermes. I can’t decide which one is the best, but indeed I am very impress with Pierre Hermes‘ sophisticated packaging.