Photos by Ketevan Giorgadze IG: @katie.one
Perched at the top of the steps of Montmartre is the Australian restaurant Hardware Société bringing it’s Melbourne flair for brunching to a space decorated by black and white tiles, marble top tables and colorful golden rimmed coffee cups – a blogger’s dream café.
Though I can’t say I enjoyed the climb up the stairs (it’s next to the Sacre Coeur Basilica), the quiet neighborhood was an oasis in the typically polluted streets of Paris.
I went up with my friend Katie (whose photos I shared) and ordered from the tempting menu. A flat white, a plate of roasted mushroom with poached eggs on a bed of cheese and toast, an egg casserole (fries mixed with chorizo and eggs) and a raspberry pastry. It’s worth climbing the stairway to heaven!
My version of shopping in Paris is different from that of Miami – where I just put up with one giant department store like Nordstrom or Macy’s. In Paris, I wander through each boutique, and one designer I found and am fond of is Barbara Rihl!
Located in Le Marais next to Karl Lagerfeld’s boutique, Barbara Rihl is a Parisian girl’s toy store. Cute chic girl illustrations make me fall in love with their pouches, bags and notebooks every season. When in the neighborhood, I wander into one of Paris’ best boulangeries –Au Petit Versailles du Marais. It’s received multiple awards for it’s baguette traditional, and I eat every single type of viennoiserie when I’m here.
Find it: 25 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris
They say Paris is better in the rain, perhaps those who say this find themselves with nowhere to be, like I found myself today. No errands, no schedule, blissfully watching the downpour over the Louvre pyramids in a sort of gray silent peace… Naturally I shared the view in a hallway with hundreds of other awestruck tourists. Seeing Paris this way through the eyes of other dreamers rekindles that enchanting effect – like the first time I saw the city.
I shared a little video about Paris in the rain with the most beautiful lyrics.
Oh eclairs. That vanilla cream filling gushing out of a choux-doughed pastry, topped with pecan crunch? Oui! Of course, I had to have three.
I stopped by Bourse metro station at the Fabrique Eclair de Genie and picked out strawberry, lemon tart and pecan flavors. Not a big fan of eclairs, but these always surprise me with their subtle and decadent taste. They’re as good as they look. Plus, this gave me an idea. I had no clue what to get my friends for Valentine’s Day, but maybe personalized eclairs would be a good present no?
Find it: 35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris