Paris Diaries: A weekend in Montmartre

Sam went to Paris for work in October and very kindly took me with him. It was our second time in Paris in the space of a few months, so I was thrilled to be back. I knew I would be occupying myself the whole time but where better to entertain yourself than in the City of Love?!

We stayed in Montmartre, one of my favourite arrondissments, or districts. With its cobblestone streets, charming cafes, and romantic vibe, it feels like the authentic Paris you imagine. The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is located there as well as the Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir, one of the first Cabaret clubs in Paris.


We set off for Bristol Airport early and worked there all day before our late afternoon flight. It’s times like these that I am grateful for hybrid working! After a short flight, we settled into our hotel and wandered around the area for the evening. I’ve seen Moulin Rouge in the daylight but never the night, so it was exciting to see it all lit up. After dinner in a local bistro, we went to bed – I was really looking forward to exploring the next day!


Sam set off early for work, so I got ready at a leisurely pace and strolled around Montmartre for the morning. I like to get my bearings when I first arrive somewhere, so I had no set plans. I had a passionfruit macaron in Pierre Hermé – as soon as I could and wandered around the art galleries and cafés.

Pre-macaron at Pierre Hermé
Cute artwork in a local gallery
The delightful Le Consulat restaurant

I stopped for brunch at Hardware Societe café, which was minutes away from the magnificent Sacré-Coeur. I had prawn grebiche with a matcha latte and an espresso. Perfect!

A fab brunch at Hardware Societe
That dreamy sunlight!
Plants & pink interiors

Then, I went to the picturesque Rue de l’Abreuvoir and Cabaret Au Lapin Agile, one of the traditional cabarets in Paris since 1860. A pitstop at Sweet Rawmance and I finished the day by wandering around the Tuileries where I stumbled upon outdoor art exhibitions from Art Basel. Double Heart by Gaetano Pesce was my favourite!

The gorgeous and steep, Rue de l’Abreuvoir
Au Lapin Agile
A lemongrass tea pitstop at Sweet Rawmance
I heart this sculpture!


I started the day at Palais-Royal, which isn’t far from the Louvre. It’s full of gorgeous boutiques (including the exquisite Rianna & Nina), the Michelin-starred Le Grand Vefour and lush gardens. It offers peace and quiet in central Paris and is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. After a matcha latte at Café Kitsune, I wandered around GANNI and Essentiel Antwerp. Both brands are divine, and it would be a DREAM to have a few pieces in my wardrobe!

Rainbow heaven at Rianna + Nina
Gastro pleasures at Le Grand Véfour
Matcha & blooms at Café Kitsuné 
Punchy pinks at Essentiel Antwerp
I’ll take one of each, s’il vous plaît!
Outfit check at GANNI
Close-up details
French-girl faves at Oh My Cream

After a recommendation from the girls at GANNI, I browsed gorgeous skincare at Oh My Cream and had dinner at Salon de Thé Sébastien Gaudard. A gorgeous afternoon!


Before leaving for the airport, I called in for an espresso at Halle Saint-Pierre and did some homeware shopping at The Woods Gallery. I adore quirky interiors and they stocked some of my favourite designers including Seletti, Toilet Paper and David Shrigley so I was over the moon! The gallery was also next door to APC, so I was extra pleased!

Bookshops and coffee? Magnifique!
Espresso break at Halle Saint-Pierre
TOILETPAPER magazine at The Woods Gallery
Check out that cowboy boot vase!
Funky lights mean a quick selfie
Gallery chic

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