There’s nowhere else quite like Paris. For history and art, wine and cheese, and all the charming laneways you can get lost in, Paris is a destination that’s always on our list now matter what time of the year. To say that we are excited about returning the one of our favourite cities for Maison & Objet in January would be an understatement to say the least.
In preparation for our design sojourn we’ve combed through the best places to stay and play in Paris. To complement the days spent at Maison & Objet, we’ve curated the key locations to live like a local, the must-visit arts and design outposts and of course where to get a taste of that signature Parisian chic style.
First up, sort your accomodation and map out some sights to see in the eternally cool Left Bank.
PHOTOGRAPHY One Fine Stay
Far smaller than its counterpart, the Left Bank packs a wealth of history in its streets. Famous creatives like Matisse, Hemingway and Picasso spent their time in this part of the city, and the artistic influence is still strong decades later with a plethora of museums, music venues and boutiques to explore.
The left bank is also home to many of Paris’s key attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, Luxembourg Gardens and the Paris Catacombs, with vibrant neighbourhoods like the Latin Quarter and St. Germain have your cravings covered.
For the Solo Traveller: Rue Gît-le-Coeur II, Saint-Germain-des-Prés
While this stylish monochrome apartment can fit up to six, it’s compact charm and buzzy location make it a top-class choice for the individual traveller. The apartment fits right into the effortless chic of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, with parquet floors, antique furniture and trompe l’oeil wallpaper creating a laidback but luxe aesthetic. Three floors up from the street, you’ll be able to take in those classic city views or head down and get amongst it yourself in the bustling Saint-Germain neighbourhood.
Neighbourhood Perks: This apartment is almost right upon the Seine, so soak it up with a glass of champagne at one of the many riverside spots, or simply stroll and take in the various booksellers, market stalls and vendors. Grab your morning coffee from Cafe de Flore, one of the oldest coffee shops in Paris and tuck into lunch at the bustling Le Hibou brasserie. And if it’s something sweet you’re craving, the macaroons from Laduree are a global phenomenon for a good reason.
For the Couple: Rue Saint-Dominique II, Eiffel Tower
Taking in the view of the Eiffel tower from your artist’s loft sounds more like a stereotype than a real Paris experience but this rustic apartment in the city centre is just that. Owned by a painter and auctioneer, the home is distinctly stylish, filled with designer furnishings and an enviable art collection. The interior scheme is equally sophisticated - honeycomb brick flooring, exposed wooden beams and softly-hued walls. Romantic, relaxed and quintessentially Paris - what more could you want?
Neighbourhood Perks: An artistic immersion is guaranteed with the Musée d’Orsay a quick ten minute walk away and the Museum of History and Musée Rodin also close by. There’s plenty of wining and dining options along the Rue Saint-Dominique (we love Les Fables De La Fontaine), and of course, being in the precinct of Paris’s most famous attraction means a stop to the Eiffel Tower is as easy as it comes.
For the Family: Boulevard Saint-Germain, Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Surrounded by ornate design and grand proportions, this spacious apartment could be your own Versailles in the midst of Saint-Germain. The owners certainly have an eye for detail and elegance, and their collection of Biedermeier and French Restoration furnishings is nothing short of impressive. Thankfully they haven’t sacrificed practicality in the pursuit of beauty, with a well appointed kitchen, two bathrooms and WiFi ensuring your stay will be easy and luxurious.
Neighbourhood Perks: Being located on Boulevard Saint Germain, you’ll be right in the middle of the bustling Saint-Germain district. The boulevard itself has plenty to see and do, or wander further afield and spend an afternoon along the Seine or in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Come dinner, it’s almost a local rite of passage to line up and hope for a space at Le Comptoir du Relais, an underground bistro serving authentic and delicious French cuisine.
For the Family: Quai de la Tournelle II, Latin Quarter, Paris
For iconic Paris views, a vibrant locality and room to spread out with the family in tow, this three bedroom apartment in the Latin Quarter is all you could want. The light-filled home is as classically French as they come - timber floorboards, ornate plastered ceilings and of course French windows. Balance this aesthetic with some well-selected contemporary furnishings and the space is elegant without losing a warmth that will put you at ease.
Neighbourhood Perks: The Latin corner will lure you out for all manner of eating, drinking and shopping endeavours. Get lost in the labyrinth cobblestone streets or stroll along the Seine. And when it comes to dining, we can’t go past Itinéraires, a charming contemporary bistro from the founders of cult 26-seater Le Temps au Temps.