Some (not so) Secret Hot Spots of Paris

Greetings my daaaahlings!

I am sooooooo exhausted lately, I have been a busy lil bee on travels, working and freelancing. So, I’m happy to be back home, ready to blog and work hard with no more trips planned for a while.

A long time ago, I used to spend a lot of time in Paris but on a social basis and I have been going for the last few years just to pick up skincare and beauty supplies. However, I want to share some of my hot spots of Paris with you. I think I’ll surprise you with my list of beauty spots because you’ll see Sephora isn’t on there, I just prefer the brands available in the US Sephoras over the Sephora on the Champs Elysees.

Beauty Hot Spots

Monoprix, Champs-Élysées

Monoprix have an amazing beauty section,  I didn’t know I was going to write this post, otherwise I would have taken a picture, they have a nice range of mass and niche cosmetic brands, right at the front of the store. I picked up some Rouge Baiser matte lipsticks.

Biologique Recherche, Champs-Élysées

Not far from the famous Guerlain store, Monoprix and Sephora is the most wonderful skincare brand – Biologique Recherche. My mother swears by this brand and I know some fellow bloggers who also highly rate this brand. You can either book in for a super amazing treatment or just browse the retail area and be prepared to max out your credit card.

Biologique Recherche
Biologique Recherche

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Pharmacies

You’ll find a pharmacy on every corner of every street, just look for the big green cross – that’s a pharmacy. I have noticed most carry the same brands but some of the bigger pharmacies offer a wider selection within a range as well as different brands. I used to spend a good hour in a pharmacy the first time I walked into one many many years ago.

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Separate blog post on this!
Separate blog post on this!

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If you’re going to the places mentioned above, then you might as well visit the beautiful Guerlain store, I’m a massive fan of the brand and love to pay a visit just for the feeling I get being in there, I’m sure the Spa is next door too.

You can get most of these brands in the UK now but a lot of them are a little cheaper or have product variation in France, such as Nuxe and some of the other french skincare brands.

Now on to…..FOOD!

I HIGHLY recommend Schwartz’s, a kosher deli which is like an American diner. There are a couple in Paris, the one we went to everyday was the one in Le Marais, the Jewish Quarter, it’s hidden away and popular with the locals.

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…and like pharmacies, every other street is home to some glorious artisan chocolatier and if you’re a chocolate addict like me then you’ll ‘test’ out the chocolate (purely for quality inspection of course) at every shop you see (ahem, yes I did this and was planning on keeping the wrappers to write a chocolatier review but I got confused about which chocolate was bought from where because I bought SO much).

Anyway, if you’re unsure about where to spend your hard earned cash on some well deserved chocolate for either yourself or for gifts then you MUST visit this little gem hidden away in Pigalle.

A L’Etoile D’or, owned by the eccentric, cute and THE CHOCOLATE QUEEN – Denise Acabo (yep, she deserves this title more than me, because she knows good quality chocolate).

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Choosing my sweet treats with a fancy tray.
Choosing my sweet treats with a fancy tray.
Denise and I
Denise and I

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These bars are the BEST!!!! Seriously, I was like Hotel Chocolat who?
These bars are the BEST!!!! Seriously, I was like Hotel Chocolat who?

If you like good quality tea in the most wonderful packaging, then you must visit Mariage Freres, also in Le Marais. However, I have recently found out these teas are available in Selfridges in the UK now, but this wonderful, charming shop is SO worth a visit, not only will it be cheaper but you have the full selection of teas on offer in the ‘midnight in paris’ feeling environment, you feel like you have been transported back in time, we spent a good hour in here choosing tea!

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I could go on and on about other hot spots and fill this post up with soooo many pictures, but I’ll leave it at that for now.

I hope this post will be useful for you if you are planning a trip to Paris.

Have you been to any of my favourite hot spots? or do you have any hot spots in Paris you’d like to tell me about?

F A R R A H  T E L L S . . . 

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