As Maison et Object, Paris Design Week and Fashion Week kick off we only ever ask the advice of the best people on where to eat, drink and shop in Paris. Véronique Piedeleu, owner of the interiors showroom , reveals her top spots in the city.
on rue Grégoire de Tours is my current favourite restaurant (00-33-1-77 15 94 13); it is simple, quaintly old-fashioned and gives pride of place to Italian produce, cooked by Italians. Be warned: they don't take bookings. Close to my office and shops, (00-33-1-48 06 95 85) on rue Trousseau is a tiny, upscale and very popular bistro, serving light but truly gastronomic food; reservations are essential. For classic French indulgences, , near Place des Vosges is the best place to go for quenelles, while at 29 rue Debelleyme is dedicated entirely to delicious cream puffs in an amazing range of flavours. You'll want to try them all. Of the Parisian markets, , in the heart of Le Marais, is famous for its artisan food. You can have an excellent lunch here or buy fabulous local and organic produce to take home.
The three young creatives at on rue Saint- Sabin are truly inspirational. Its showroom, tucked away behind the Place de la Bastille, displays the studio's unique collection of fabrics and domino wallpapers, recreated using original seventeenth-century designs and printing techniques. Boxes, notebooks and lampshades are also available in domino wallpaper. shop on rue Saint- Louis en l'Île sells beautiful lanterns and shades and is an unexpected gem. All her creations are exquisitely handmade from Japanese paper.
For fashion, I love the fact that started out as an online brand and has now been so successful that a shop - known as 'the apartment' - has opened on rue Saint- Fiacre. It offers an excellent collection of lifestyle pieces - stationery, leatherware, flowers, books and even food. on rue Jacob is the fashion equivalent, I feel, to my own shop on the same street. While I try to source and design the best and most interesting products for the home, Freego uses the best fabrics - cashmere, linen and cotton - to create irresistible jumpers, scarves, accessories and outerwear.
Round the corner is my favourite flower shop, , where the florists never cease to amaze me with their seasonal creations. At weekends, I often head to - open Saturdays and Sundays 7am-1pm - to look for antiques and unusual treasures. Another favourite spot is just at the top of Jardin des Tuileries, which has an inspirational collection of food and travel books. I could spend hours in there. And an evening treat is to go with my husband to the tiny art-house cinema on rue des Écoles where, once inside, it feels like stepping back in time.
The tangle of pedestrianised streets, alleys and passageways of Paris's Haut-Marais is the coolest quarter of the city these days. , recently revived by designer Dorothée Meilichzon, brilliantly combines a twist of art deco with a modern vibe in its 49 rooms. Some of these are a little on the small side, but the buzz of the restaurant and cocktail bar, and the overall attraction of the area with its fashionable shops, cafés and eateries, more than compensate. Double rooms from e180.
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