Friday, June 01, 2012

travel tips [paris with talisa sutton, part one]

June 1st marks the first day of winter, and so too, this blogs first entry of a series gathering travel tips from friends around the world. 
While the weather cools down and the wind picks up, to help get me through this winter {which I say grudgingly but can’t deny my love for fluffy jumpers, open fires and endless cups of tea}, I have my summer excursion in Europe to think about.

First to feature, Talisa Sutton, Sydney-based graphic designer/illustrator shares with me her guide to Paris!


l'Hôtel de Ville - The square in front of the Hôtel de Ville plays host to different attractions throughout the year. During winter there is an ice skating rink which is absolutely amazing, especially at night accompanied by the twinkling lights of the hotel.

Pl. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Marais, Paris, 75004

Centre Pompidou - The 'inside-out' design of this gallery is amazing in itself. What is even more impressive is their contemporary art collection. It was amazing to see work from artists like Cy Twombly and Yves Klein in person.

Place Georges Pompidou, entrée par la piazza, Paris, 75191


Chez Omar - This is Sofia Coppola's favourite restaurant in Paris and with good reason - the cous cous is to die for! In fact, North African food in Paris is pretty amazing in general.

47, rue de Bretagne, Paris, 75003

Poilane - I first read about Poilane in The Gentlewoman, sadly while I missed having brunch there (weekends only), they still have a lovely selection of fresh bread and pastries.

38, rue Debelleyme, Paris, 75003

Rose Bakery - That carrot cake! I recommend going on a weekend when they have the full breakfast menu; the banana smoothie and pancakes are a must-try, especially if you're a big fan of the cookbook.

3, rue des Rosiers, Paris 75004

Chez Hanna - One of my favourite cheap eats. The falafel special is a must try and they have cider and banana smoothies. My two favourite beverages!

54, rue des Rosiers, paris, 75004

Andy Wahloo - A very cool 70s Moroccan style bar. I recommend going for an after dinner drink just to see the venue.

69, rue des Gravilliers, Paris, 75003


Merci - An Incredible concept store which is like a boutique meets gallery. There is a library cafe and a canteen downstairs, I recommend trying both!

111, Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris, 75003 

COS - My favourite high street store; go for the beautiful and simple sleepwear, lingerie and cashmere basics.

4, rue des Rosiers, Paris, 75004

Bonton - A very sweet children's store which has a fun vintage photo booth.

5 bd. des Filles du Calvaire, Paris, 75003

Isabel Marant - Always a favourite, the store has such a great selection and is beautifully merchandised.

47, rue de Saintonge, Paris, 75003

Yvon Lambert Bookshop - So many special books and zines here. The space has a small gallery room attached to it and everytime I went back I discovered something new. So much so that my hand luggage was 10kg over!

108, Rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, 75003

A.P.C - For breton stripes, a classic trench coat and those lovely candles.

112, Rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, 75003

[All images & illustrations by Talisa Sutton]


  1. Ooh goodie, thankyou! This is perfect because I'm in Paris for the summer! Lots of new places to check out...

  2. Love this series.

  3. wonderful travel place in pairs,,think i will plan another trip there very soon