After a busy few months at work I couldn’t wait to enjoy a long weekend in Paris in early December.
Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world and thanks to the Eurostar, it’s just a short train ride away – around the same time it takes to get from London to Liverpool – so there’s no excuse not to make the most of it!
We booked early to get a good deal on our train tickets and arrived into Paris at midday. It was absolutely freezing cold! We walked a few minutes away from the station and booked an Uber to take us to our hotel, Le Derby Alma. I really like this hotel, I stayed there last time I was in Paris and the location is perfect.
After dropping our bags, we went to get lunch at one of my favourite places in the world.
After sharing a small camembert I had this INSANE cheese, ham and truffle pasta with a few glasses of Sancerre and honestly it was happiness on a table. I feel really shady not sharing the name of the place we went to but it’s such a wonderful hidden gem that I can’t bring myself to! Just know that if you stumble upon it you will be very happy indeed.
Lunch done we did some exploring and then had a nap before getting ready to go out. We kicked off the evening with Kir Royale cocktails at Malabar on Rue Saint Dominique and they were excellent. So, so good.
Dinner was an Indian feast at the New Jawad on Avenue Rapp and right next to the hotel. It had been recommended before and didn’t disappoint, the food was excellent and the Kingfisher flowing. The service wasn’t great but it was a really busy Friday night and the food more than made up for it.
On Saturday we got up early and headed down to the river for crepes and coffee before walking all the way to Notre Dame. It took about an hour but it was such a beautiful day, so clear and dry, that it would have been a waste to get the metro. I’ve wanted to go to Notre Dame since I was a little girl but when we arrived the queues were huge so I admired the beauty of the building instead.
On the walk to Notre Dame I spotted this great little juice place close by, Paradis Marguerite, so stopped off after visiting Notre Dame for a really refreshing juice. I wasn’t hungry at this point but the food looked incredible and they had lots of vegan options too – all of which sounded delicious.
We walked back via the Louvre which was another tick off the bucket list.
We walked back to Malabar for lunch where I had an amazing burger with truffled gouda and it was sensational. The cheese. Oh my word, the cheese. Cheese is one of my favourite things in the world and nowhere does it better than France. A quick stop off at the chocolatiers for some treats for work and it was time for dinner.
I’ve written a separate post (click here to read) on Saturday night dinner which was a cruise on the Seine and was utterly perfect.
Sunday was time to go home but not before one last browse of the incredible fresh food shops, one last nutella crepe and another coffee. One of my favourite things about Paris is the availability of, and emphasis on using, fresh produce. The fruit stalls really are just exceptionally beautiful.
If you’re going to Paris and you are able to, I fully recommend walking as much as possible if you can and the weather permits. You come across the most wonderful hidden gems and see the city from a totally different perspective.
Where is your favourite place for a city break?