48 Hours in Paris.

48 hours in Paris // One Fine Stay apartment, Rue St Honore // Grace Atwood, The Stripe

My goodness. Paris was just THE BEST. Incroyable. Magnifique. Okay, I’ll stop using up all of the French words I know. This was my fourth time visiting, but my first time going without a boyfriend/on a girls trip. Paris is an incredibly romantic city but it was really, really fun experiencing it with a female friend – we could be unabashedly girly and do all of the fancy things… shopping, sitting in cute cafes, sipping champagne, eating crepes… and so on and so forth. Originally I had planned to go by myself but at the last minute, Briony decided to join me, which was just so spontaneous and fun. Also, she had a better handle on the best shops and neighborhoods to wander around so I got to have my own personal tour guide.

We stayed in the most magical One Fine Stay apartment, right on Rue Saint Honoré. It was the perfect location: steps away from Palais Royal and the Louvre, above a cute little floral shop… so dreamy. The photos do a better job illustrating how lovely it was but let’s just say I did not want to leave. I could have a very nice life just living in this apartment forever and ever.

48 hours in Paris // chic Parisian apartment with One Fine Stay, Rue St Honore // Grace Atwood, The Stripe

48 hours in paris - café kitsuné
first order of business… coffees at Café Kitsuné!

 

What I loved most about our charming apartment was how Parisian it felt. From the high ceilings to the upholstered chairs + headboard in the bedroom (to the giant silver bath tub), it was just… absolutely dreamy! I will let the photos do the talking, but if you are planning a trip (especially with a group), I can’t say enough good things about One Fine Stay – or our apartment, for that matter. It’s like getting to stay in a really nice apartment (so you can get a neighborhood vibe) but with the amenities of a hotel (someone meets you to let you in, they give you an iPhone that has everything you could ever want, their concierge will even fill the fridge with groceries if you’d like).

48 hours in Paris // chic Parisian apartment with One Fine Stay, Rue St Honore // Grace Atwood, The Stripe

48 hours in Paris // chic Parisian apartment with One Fine Stay, Rue St Honore // Grace Atwood, The Stripe

48 hours in Paris // chic Parisian apartment with One Fine Stay, Rue St Honore // Grace Atwood, The Stripe

48 hours in Paris // chic Parisian apartment with One Fine Stay, Rue St Honore // Grace Atwood, The Stripe

48 hours in Paris // chic Parisian apartment with One Fine Stay, Rue St Honore // Grace Atwood, The Stripe

les deux plateaux - paris // 48 hours in Paris, The Stripe

Palais Royale in all it’s glory. For more pics of this beautiful spot, see this post. The best.

So basically, we arrived, dropped off our bags, and dashed out for something very important: COFFEE. We strolled through Palais Royale (so dreamy as I said), and to Café Kitsuné – an instagram favorite but also, just really great coffee. From there it was a stroll through the garden and then an attempt to get lunch at a cute spot that had wine and cheese. I say attempt as we were not allowed in with our Café Kitsuné cups. The host literally refused us because we had coffee cups! Oh, Paris. We quickly found another great spot – a cute little cafe right on the edge of the park. We ordered (and shared) a big salad and a Croque Madame because… well, because, Paris! Also, champagne (0f course!)

lunch at palais royale // 48 hours in paris, the stripe

After lunch, it was a bit of shopping. As I mentioned, Briony knew all of the really beautiful places to shop. Our first stop was Astier de Villatte (pictured below!) I was enamored by all of the beautiful porcelain – although I experienced a bit of sticker shock. The tiny mug I picked up was 90 euro! Still, I loved this little store. It was so rickety and charming… and packed from floor to ceiling with beautiful china treasures.

astier de villate, paris

byredo pulp // shopping at colette in paris

After Astier, we wandered into Colette – another Parisian MUST. Colette stocks all of the coolest in French fashion, but their beauty department is to die for. A little fact about me is that when I travel, I love buying perfume. As fragrance is so evocative, it brings back such strong memories. I ended up buying Byredo Pulp (a massive deal, given the exchange rate) and this gorgeous little hair clip (I’d been looking for something like it FOREVER now and was so excited to find it!) Pulp smells incredible… a little bit citrusy, but also there are crushed figs in there. It’s sweet and delicious and as I doused myself in it for the entire trip, I will forever think of Paris when I wear it.

After all that shopping, we scrambled over (taking the Metro – I was proud of us!) to Tannat to meet my friend Lindsey. Lindsey knows Paris and she knows food (see also: her blog, her book!), so I knew we would be in for a treat. It did not disappoint. The food was exquisite (I especially enjoyed the deconstructed French onion soup!) and the restaurant itself was just really lovely… casual but still very elegant.

48 hours in paris - lunch at cafe marly // the stripe

The next day, I was up early to shoot with Hana! She was incredible to work with (I love how the photos turned out but she’s also very nice and so knowledgable about Paris – she was able to suggest some beautiful places to shoot!)

After shooting, I was starving so met back up with Briony for a delicious lunch at Le Café Marly. I loved this place! I mean, first of all… it’s adjacent to The Louvre which is the perfect spot. Second, it was a warm winter day. The porch has heat lamps, but it was really sunny out. So we sat on the sun drenched porch, sipping wine, people watching, etc. etc. Heaven on a sunny day. I had another Croque Madame and a glass of wine and it was pretty much perfect. (Note: as we were in Paris, and only for two days, all diet rules were out the window).

goyard trunks in Paris // 48 hours in Paris, The Stripe

After food, there was only one thing to do… shop some more!!!

To be clear, our shopping was mostly of the window-shopping variety. Chanel, Goyard… all of the beautiful iconic spots that you kind of just have to do while in Paris! Fun fact: that Chanel is the only one that gives its shoppers white bags (instead of black). Briony got one – she bought a pretty pink nail polish. It was fun to wander… and dream a little! I needed a little introvert time so I left Briony at Chanel and ventured over to Museé de L’Orangerie. The museum is home to Monet’s famous waterlily murals. There are two rooms dedicated to them. I have loved the impressionist painters since I was a child and visit this museum EVERY time I visit Paris. It isn’t very big so you can see the whole thing in an hour or less and those murals are just so dreamy.

chanel store in paris // 48 hours in Paris, The Stripe

sunset in Paris // the stripe

After the museum I wandered through the Tuileries, and was surprised by this incredible view. I mean… WOW. The Eiffel Tower at sunset – such a treat!

I met back up with Briony at Hotel Costes (one of Paris’s fanciest, most amazing hotels and a great spot to grab a drink!) We had a little rosé (and some of the hotel’s yummy peppery potato chips) and decided to do The Left Bank (La Rive Gauche) for dinner. Geographically, the Left Bank is the southern bank of The Seine. But what you really need to know is that The Left Bank = Midnight in Paris. It’s the old school Paris where all of the great artists, writers and philosophers hung out. Think Hemingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and so on and so forth. I was really excited to pay it a visit. We decided on Brasserie Lipp for (heavenly!) steak frites.

After dinner, we wandered home on foot… after all the food from the day, a walk felt very nice! We walked across the bridge over the Seine, through the Louvre, and back to our beautiful little apartment.

le marais paris | the stripe

The next day, we had to leave at 3 so we got up early and walked to Le Marais. Le Marais is presently the trendiest neighborhood in Paris. Everyone I knew said that we had to go. And of course, I loved every second.

There was more shopping (notably: Annick Goutal, Cire Trudon). There was also quite a bit of eating. We had the most incredible crepes at Suzette Creperie. It was warm enough to sit outside and there was a really wonderful street band playing nearby… it felt like something out of a dream! We did quite a bit of walking (through beautiful Place de Vosges) and ended up at The Picasso Museum. To be honest, the museum was a bit of a disappointment as two floors were closed, but we still saw some beautiful art and learned quite a bit of Picasso, so it was still worth the trip. I’d like to go back on my next visit and see more!

the picasso museum in le marais, paris

Depending upon how much time you’ve spent on the site, you may have seen my new travel guide pages. I’ve been blogging for so long now that I really wanted to find a way to “store” all of my travel content in one easy place… making it easy for you to find everything you need, based upon the location you are visiting. The France travel guide is totally up to date with recommendations from this trip (+ a few other trips).  Enjoy! 😉

the picasso museum in le marais, paris

And a BIG thank you to One Fine Stay for letting us stay in our lovely apartment!!!!

photos of me by Briony Whitehouse.

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  1. Elizabeth says 2.28.17

    That apartment is gorgeous! Looks like a fun weekend!
    Xo
    Elizabeth
    http://stripesandsolitaires.com

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thanks Elizabeth! It was the perfect couple days! x

  2. So, so envious of you! I’d love to go to Paris one day, having learnt French for seven years. The apartment you stayed at is so beautiful.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Aw, I hope you go!!! It’s such a great city. xx

  3. Natali says 2.28.17

    Oh how beautiful, romantic and fairytale like everything looks! 48 hours in Paris sound like a pure inspiration kick!

    https://lartoffashion.com/tropical-safari/

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thanks, Natali! We had an amazing time 🙂 xx

  4. That apartment is so incredibly gorgeous! It looks like an amazing trip!

    Baubles to Bubbles

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thank you Olivia! xo

  5. Brittany says 2.28.17

    AHH, its all so beautiful. your apartment was amazing!

    xo, brittany
    16 sandals under $30 on my blog today
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    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thank you so much Brittany! x

  6. Jenn Lake says 2.28.17

    What a dream! Love love love!

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thanks, sweet friend! xo

  7. diana pearl says 2.28.17

    My heart swelled reading this post! I just love Paris so much and now I’m dying to plan a return trip. There + London = my favorite places on earth. So perfect! Sounds like you had a lovely trip, and I love your photos!

    x Diana // http://www.dianapearl.com

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Aw, good!!! I agree. I love it there. I like London (just a little bit) more, but I love Paris too! xx

  8. Dana Mannarino says 2.28.17

    To be honest, I never had a desire to go to Paris UNTIL NOW! That apartment looks amazing and I loved seeing your favorite spots!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Haha really!? I personally like London more, but Paris is such a great city. 🙂 xx

  9. Meghan says 2.28.17

    Girl you did 48 hours in Paris right!! I’ve tried twice to get to Cafe Kitsune and it’s always been closed so can’t wait to finally get there whenever I’m next back. <3

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thank you my friend! And what a bummer! Def worth stopping in – though there are so many amazing cafes in Paris! x

  10. Kim says 2.28.17

    you really packed it in to this trip but everything you did sounds amazing! it’s been a while since i’ve been to paris, but these photos definitely make me want to go back either solo or with a girlfriend!

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thanks Kim! We tried!! Who knows when we’ll get back, so wanted to see as much as possible!

  11. Azanah says 2.28.17

    Wow all this in two days! Seems like an amazing trip. I’ve been to Paris once and I absolutely loved it, I cannot wait for when I can return!

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      We sure packed it in!!! I can’t wait to go back. 🙂

  12. Breanna Marie says 2.28.17

    That apartment looks so fun! But wow, Paris! What a beautiful city. I can’t wait to go someday!

    https://bybreannamarie.com/

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Hope you make the trip – it’s a magical city! xo

  13. Rachel Puccetti says 3.1.17

    Loved reading this post! I am going to Paris for my first visit in June & can’t wait. Thank you for sharing such great information!

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thank you Rachel… have so much fun!!!!

  14. Darina says 3.1.17

    Beautiful photos and that apartment looks wonderful!

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thank you Darina! x

  15. Michelle Bazis says 3.1.17

    Your dress is beautiful! Glad you enjoyed your time in Paris. Really loving the details you captured in your photos – those dining tables are gorgeous! I stayed with One Fine Stay when I visited last year, and the apartment was incredible.

    • graceatwood says 3.1.17

      Thank you so much Michelle! It was an amazing trip! xx

  16. Nicole says 3.2.17

    Your trip seems incredible! I went to Paris over the summer and you hit some of my favorite places we visited, most notably The Musée de L’Orangerie. Seeing Monet’s waterlilies in person was unreal. Your apartment was exactly what comes to mind when I think of a “typical Paris apartment”. If I am ever back in Paris, I will definitely look into One Fine Stay. I always love your travel content and this post did not disappoint! Nicole

    • I agree – it was so dreamy seeing them in real life!!! If you go back, definitely check out One Fine Stay – I can’t say enough good things about the service! xx

  17. Caroline Shifflett says 3.3.17

    I’ve been randomly searching flights to Paris, I’m SO overdue…le sigh. Love your photos and thanks for sharing your experience!

    If you need more suggestions for your next trip, check out my posts on Paris!

    http://www.chardonnaymoi.com/2016/06/spring-in-france-chapter-1-paris.html

    -Caroline
    http://www.chardonnaymoi.com

  18. Melissa says 3.4.17

    Wow, how amazing!! I’m seeing some great ideas for a redo apartment decor from the pics you took.. so beautiful!! Very inspiring

    • Oh good! Aren’t those chairs fantastic?!

      • Melissa says 3.5.17

        Yes indeed! Just wonderful! & so chic!

  19. ROBIN says 3.9.17

    WOW, REALLY FANTASTIC! PARIS IS MY FAVORITE CITY IN THE WORLD, I CAN’T GET ENOUGH!

    THANKS FOR STARTING MY DAY WITH A SMILE!

  20. Bry Jaimea says 3.9.17

    This apartment looks exquisite! I am off to Paris for my birthday in May and may just have to check availability x

    • it’s incredible!!! I hope it is available during the dates you’re their – the perfect location and also so pretty!

  21. Katie says 3.14.17

    I have been loving your Europe recaps, Grace- Paris looks amazing!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com