Tigmi Guide to Paris
04.08.2023

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Tigmi Guide to Paris

“As a lover of design, I'm always drawn to the art and architecture of Paris. Le Marais was inspired by a mosaic floor discovered in Paris many moons ago, which has remained with me ever since.”

 
In welcoming our second collection of in-house designed rugs ‘Le Marais’ we’d like to share Tigmi’s guide to Paris, curated by our founder Danielle McEwan. There are plenty of travel guides to Paris in existence, so we have decided instead to share a few of our favourite spots and experiences that encompass the spirit of Paris and that for us truly capture the charm and allure of one of the worlds most magical cities.
Bienvenue! Tigmi x

 

 
STAY
Dame des Arts hotel
 4 Rue Danton, 75006

The Dame des Arts hotel seamlessly combines old-world charm with modern sophistication. This stunning boutique hotel, located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, has been designed in a beautifully restored 17th-century building that exudes elegance and refinement. With its own cinema, the hotel's pièce de résistance is undoubtedly its stunning rooftop terrace, offering breathtaking views of the city skyline and the Tour Eiffel. The perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring Paris.

Hotel National des Arts et Métiers
243 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003

Between le Marais and Montorgueil, this lovely neighbourhood hotel is an inspiring and unique addition to the busting neighbourhood that surrounds. With a contemporary cool style, the restaurant and bar has been crafted by artisans in the tradition of French savoir-faire.

Edgar Suites Louvre - Jour 301
"We loved our stay in this great airbnb apartment, right in heart of 1st Arrondissement."

A unique stay, in the heart of historic Paris, located inside a 17th century private mansion. 

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EAT

Mimosa Rue Royale 

2 Rue Royale, 75008

Nestled in the heart the 2nd arrondissement is Mimosa Restaurant. This hidden gem has characterful interiors, with elegant touches that create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Led by chef Simon Horwitz, the restaurant's kitchen offers an innovative menu that takes inspiration from Mediterranean flavours.

Tekes 

4 bis Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 

A must-visit for anyone looking for an exceptional Mediterranean experience, Tekes is located in the 10th arrondissement. Using fresh locally-sourced ingredients, every dish is bursting with bold flavours. 

DOKI DOKI 

59 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001

From the steaming bowls of ramen to the mouth-watering sushi rolls, every dish is crafted with the freshest ingredients and traditional Japanese cooking techniques. The minimalist decor, combined with friendly and attentive service, creates a serene and inviting ambiance that is perfect for an intimate dinner or a night out with friends. 

Chez Janou 

2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 75003

A bit of an institution, Chez Janou is the quintessential Parisian restaurant located in the Marais neighbourhood. With its cosy and inviting atmosphere, the restaurant is known for serving up classic French bistro cusine, along with a fantastic selection of wine. With traditional Provençal dishes, including the famous ratatouille and bouillabaisse, made with fresh ingredients sourced from local markets. The restaurant is also renowned for its artisanal chocolate mousse. With its charming blue facade and bustling terrace, Chez Janou is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike.  

Le Charlot 

38 Rue de Bretagne 75003

"Stop for a wine and fois gras at my favourite cafe, Le Charlot." 

For anyone seeking an authentic Parisian experience, this charming 1920's bistro offers simple yet delicious fare. The menu features traditional French cuisine and the cafe's expertly crafted coffee and pastries are not to be missed. 

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SEE & DO

Antique Market at St Ouen 

99 All. des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine

Also known as the Paris Flea Market, located in the north of Paris, a few steps away from the Sacre Coeur Basilica and Moulin Rouge, Les Puces is known as one of the largest Flea Market in the world. It is a great place to hunt down antique jewellery, furniture, books, records and vintage clothes. 

Centre Pompidou

Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 

"My favourite gallery - housing some of the best contemporary artists."

Pompidou is an unmissable fixture of the city, housing an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, featuring works by artists such as Picasso, Kandinsky, and Matisse.

Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the Centre Pompidou is a cultural icon in Paris, with its exposed pipes and brightly coloured exterior making it stand out among the city's historic architecture. 

Atelier Brancusi

Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 

Tucked away in the gardens of the Centre Pompidou lies a hidden gem of the Paris art scene. This studio, created by the legendary sculptor Constantin Brancusi, showcases a collection of his work alongside personal items and tools, giving visitors a glimpse into the artist's world. The intimate space, designed by Brancusi himself, is a testament to his modernist vision and offers a unique perspective on his creative process. A visit to Atelier Brancusi is a must for art lovers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience in the heart of Paris.

Merci Paris

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003

"Merci Paris is not just any store, it's an experience."

Spread out over three loft-like floors in the Marais, this independent concept boutique boasts a well-curated selection of clothes, accessories, interiors, and much more.

Not only is it one of the most fabulous stores in Paris, but it's also a store with a heart. All profits go to a Madagascan charity to support women and children, working to improve their lives through educational, social, health and cultural projects, making it a shopping destination with a cause.

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WE RECOMMEND:  

  • Hire electric bikes to zip around the city. Stop for coffee and croissant at any of the many cafes that line the Seine 
  • Check out the Art Nouveau interiors and shop a highly curated edit of some of the best international designers from around the world at La Samaritaine 
  • Cruise around the Marais and visit all the eclectic stores, galleries and parks

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Photography

Image 1 & 2 by Rich Stapleton

Atelier Brancusi for Openhouse Magazine by Mari Luz Vidal

St Ouen image by Pauline Morissey

all other images sourced via places mentioned.

 

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