Stay in Paris: Hotel du Petit Moulin



Behind the facade of a boulangerie in Le Marais, lies Hotel du Petit Moulin. Originally Paris’ first ever bakery, where Victor Hugo would come buy his baguette, the hotel is an ideal location for a luxury yet quirky stay in the authentic “Old Paris.”





Designed by the renowned French designer Christian Lacroix, the hotel’s interiors are colorful and vibrant with impeccable attention to details, evident from the selection of wallpapers and carpets..







Each of the 16 rooms tells a different story, in which LaCroix wanted the travelers to complete on their own.












For a quirky and quaint experience in the central location of Le Marais close to all trendy shopping boutiques and cafes, head on over to Hotel du Petit Moulin..






Hotel du Petit Moulin (@hotel_du_petit_moulin)
29 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris







Eat in Paris: Poké Bar




Coming from New York, I was in dire need of searching for the best poké here in Paris.
After trying almost every poké spots, I have finally found my favorite: Poké Bar.





With 3 locations in the city (and expanding), Poké Bar Paris provides excellent poké bowls with the freshest ingredients.






You can choose from the signature menus, or even create your own bowl.




The menu ranges from classic options such as salmon and tuna to seasonal ones like daurade and even offers vegetarian options, such as tofu.


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My go-to is the Salmon Oahu, where all of the ingredients work together to create refreshing flavors.











Poke Bar Paris (@parispokebar)
OPERA: 24 Rue du 4 Septembre, 75002 Paris
MADELEINE: 3 Rue Vignon, 75008 Paris
LAFAYETTE: 60 Rue de Provence, 75009 Paris






Eat in Paris: Klay Saint-Sauveur



Klay Saint-Sauveur is a restaurant-bar (and also a sports club) located in a quiet street in a bustling Montorgueil district.





In the inner patio, the ambiance is tropical and welcoming with beautiful plants and greens.





The menu offers light dishes such as salads, superbowls, and eggs, as well as main dishes like meat, fish, and vegetables.





We opted for the Klay’s Caesar Salad, Avocado Toast, and Raspberry Quinoa Superbowl.





My personal favorite was the avocado toast, which came with crabmeat.





For dessert, we decided to share the Mango & Coconut Pavlova, which is a meringue-based dessert, and quickly after our first few bites we regretted ordering just one.








Klay Saint-Sauveur (@klaysaintsauveur)
4 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris






Hotel Byblos, St. Tropez





During our recent trip to St. Tropez, we had the incredible opportunity to visit the legendary Hotel Byblos.





With timeless history and elegant luxury, the 5-star hotel has lived through decades without giving into trends, and remains to provide top-notch service and excellent comfort up to this day.






Each of the 91 rooms and suites are uniquely decorated in a Provençal theme, and reflects the coastal region’s lifestyle.






Along with the gorgeous pool, and fitness center, the Tropezian palace also offers exceptional treatments at the Spa by Sisley Cosmetics.

At the most miraculous spa I have ever set my foot in, there were the Lebanese room dating back to the 17th century that was transported stone by stone from a palace in Beirus, the extraordinary Moroccan shower, a hammam and a resting bed..







After the magical tour of the hotel, we were taken to the RIVEA Restaurant for a surprise tour behind the kitchen and our delightful aperitif with the chef Vincent Maillard..







We finally sat down in the beautiful atmosphere, and started with the Byblos’ signature Rosé, which was absolutely delicious..


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For our starters, we chose the assortment of 3 appetizers: squid fritters, burrata tomatoes, and fresh vegetables.




Moving onto our main dishes, I ordered the Veal chop with country bacon and green peas ‘à la Française.’ I had trouble taking these photos because I wanted to devour my plate already! I also appreciated our waiters’ attention to details, such as asking to switch my wine from rosé to red, as I had ordered red meat. It’s really in the simplest things like this that makes me appreciate the service.


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Our other main plate, and my favorite, was the grilled wild bass, accompanied by tender fennel with saffron. The fish was cooked perfectly and each and every ingredient  (especially the sauce) worked together to highlight the dish.





And for the grand finale, the Tropézienne (St. Tropez’s signature pastry) in the Byblos style. We had been meaning to try the Tropézienne during our trip and we were so happy to have done so right here at Rivea.


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Wonderful atmosphere, excellent service, and the outstanding food.. We couldn’t have asked for a better dining experience, and we are still dreaming of ours.

Thank you to everyone at Hotel Byblos and RIVEA for the incredible night anyone could ever ask for.. À bientôt!


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HOTEL BYBLOS (@byblossttropez)
20 Avenue Paul Signac, 83990 Saint-Tropez









Stay in Paris: Pavillon des Lettres





A sister hotel of Le Pavillon de la Reine, Pavillon des Lettres is a 4-star boutique hotel located in the elegant 8th Arrondissement.













As a unique literary hotel, each room and suite is dedicated to a different letter in the alphabet of the names of writers in the European history – from B for Baudelaire, S for Shakespeare and Z for Zola.





Classically French, elegant and modern, Pavillon des Lettres combines literature, painting and sculpture in a subtle dialogue.















The next morning, I enjoyed my breakfast in bed.. (because why not?)












Pavillon des Lettres (@pavillon_des_lettres)
12 Rue des Saussaies, 75008 Paris






Eat in Paris: Restaurant Anne





Restaurant Anne is a newly opened restaurant at the beautiful Le Pavillon de la Reine.


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We sat down in the stunning courtyard under the sun..


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We opted for the tasting menu, which consisted of
– Lightly Cooked Langoustines
– Filet of Sole Meunière
– Roast Palette du Béarn
– Lemon Bontemps 

as well as some a la carte dishes…

Click HERE to see the full menu.








Entrées  Foie Gras / Langoustines

The Langoustines were light and refreshing, perfectly preparing me for the next course..




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Plats Filet of Sole Meunière / Roast Palette du Béarn / Saddle of Lamb with Estragon

The Roast Palette was scrumptious with its flavorful glaze, but my favorite was surprisingly the Saddle of Lamb, as I am not usually a big fan of lamb in general. It was perfect cooked, and the gnocchis were the most wonderful companion.





Desserts  Gariguette Strawberries / Lemon Bontemps






Restaurant Anne (@pavillon_de_la_reine)
28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris










Stay in Paris: Le Cinq Codet



Housed in a former France Telecom building dating back to the 30s, Le Cinq Codet is a 5-star hotel located in the quiet 7th Arrondissement, between the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides Museum.





Reworked by a master and filled with museum-worthy art and design, Le Cinq Codet exudes Art Deco atmosphere with modern and contemporary elegance.


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My Duplex Room was filled with beautiful design details, high ceilings, and warm ambiance.


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Hotel Le Cinq Codet also features a restaurant, terrace, and spa.








Le Cinq Codet (@lecinqcodet)
5 Rue Louis Codet, 75007 Paris