In preparation for our design sojourn to Maison & Objet in January 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.
This week, we uncover stylish spaces to stay in the bustling Right Bank. If you prefer to keep things on the Left Bank, take a look through our accommodation guide here.
PHOTOGRAPHY One Fine Stay
When you think of Paris, the classic arrondissements and famous sights of the Right Bank are likely on your mind. And rightfully so - the Right Bank has all you’d expect for a Paris adventure, from the bustling Avenue des Champs-Elysees to plenty of hidden corners and local hotspots you stumble across on a whim.
Historically the more affluent side of the Seine, the Right Bank is home to many of the city’s oldest businesses and buildings, as well as sights like the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe and Tuileries Gardens. And of course neighbourhoods like Montmartre and Le Marais encapsulate the romantic, rustic spirit of Paris in its heyday. Wherever you wander, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied between your design dips at Maison & Objet.
For the Solo Traveller: Rue Tholoze, Montmartre Sacré-Coeur
This cosy, light-filled home will make you feel right at home in the heart of Montmartre. Down a classic cobblestone lane, this is a taste of local Paris living. Exposed stone walls and aged timber beams add a cottage feel, balanced with a modern kitchen that features modern appliances and granite countertops. Being a one bedroom home, the space is perfectly suited for the individual traveller - the open-plan living area cleverly separates a compact space, and the exterior terrace (through the French doors, naturally) a great nook for a book or a glass of wine. Antique furniture, original artwork, original wood floors and the ornamental fireplace seal the deal on the home’s unique charm and character.
Neighbourhood Perks: Montmartre is one of the most recognisable Parisian districts, with curving cobblestone streets and steep views from the tourist-heavy Basilica of Sacré-Coeur. Beat the hive mind by getting lost in the winding lanes with plenty of coffee pitstops. We hear Marcel is a local favourite - and being set amongst the action on Villa Léandre makes it an essential visit (if dangerous for your wallet!)
For the Couple: Rue Réaumur, Le Marais
If Paris is the city of romance then you really need to look no further than this bohemian apartment in Le Marais. Three floors up, this space is part of an elegant and antique building with an aesthetic that is minimal yet effortlessly chic; herringbone floors, decorative ceilings and those quintessential terrace balconies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the home belongs to a stylist, and you’ll see their influence throughout, including a look into their process at the worktable in the central living area. An airy central bedroom and luxe bathroom (complete with claw-foot bath) add to the appeal for a couple’s getaway, but should you have to bring little ones along luckily there’s two charming children’s rooms as well.
Neighbourhood Perks: Le Marais is a perennial favourite of ours when it comes to Paris and this home is placed right in the thick of it. Get your crepe fix without the health blowout at Gigi, where fancy fillings are complimented by a surprisingly light buckwheat base. For a more traditional French basked good, 134 r.d.t Boulangerie-Pâtisserie has all your carb cravings sorted. And you’ll have no problem walking it off, with interesting boutiques, bars and galleries on every tiny street.
For The Family: Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière II, Montmartre Sacré-Coeur
Enjoy an artistic Paris immersion with the family in tow at Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière. This elegant apartment is as stylish as it is practical, featuring multiple living areas and three bedrooms to spread out across. Traditional details such as the ornamental marble fireplace and corniced ceilings have been preserved, whilst a contemporary collection of furniture and art gives the architecture new life. With two bathrooms, a well-appointed kitchen and wooden floorboards throughout, this is a great base for families with little or big kids.
Neighbourhood Perks: If art is your thing, you’ll be perfectly positioned in this home with small galleries on most of the nearby streets. Cafes abound along the Canal Saint Martin, including the aforementioned Marcel and Hotel du Nord. Or pack a picnic and head to one of the nearby parks for a laid-back lunch (though in January the weather may be testing your stamina!)
For the Family: Rue Grenéta II, Le Marais
Our penchant for light-filled, wood floors and white interiors is truly satisfied in this space. The open plan kitchen and living area provides an easy grounding for the family and with four bedrooms there’s ample space for everyone to enjoy. While the space is elegant, its luxury comes from a sense of ease and simplicity, so you can soak up the surrounds without worrying about delicate fixtures. And although the home is beautiful enough to want to spend all your time in, the well-positioned Le Marais location will have you keen to explore your surroundings extensively.
Neighbourhood Perks: Le Marais is a shopping, dining and gallery hive, so you will be spoilt for choice in your itinerary. Take in the eternally fascinating works at Musee National Picasso or enjoy the history of the buildings, streets and parks throughout this pocket. Dining won’t be a struggle either - simply step out on any corner to find a dozen coffee shops, bakeries or charming restaurants at your fingertips.