Merci et encore, Paris!

Alli Sim, owner of Mmerci Encore – Roomorama blog

City guide: Paris

Alli Sim helms Mmerci Encore, an artisanal aromatherapy label out of Singapore that hand-crafts unique and essential home spa goods. Alli spends a lot of time in Paris, and so we ask her to share her favourites in the City of Light.


You travel to Paris a lot for work – what are your routines?

Have a bowl of handmade fettucini and black truffle at La Maison de la Truffe, and a sliver of foie gras at Le Bonaparte.

I love contemporary art, especially fashion exhibitions, so I always make it a point to check out the latest exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, the Musée National d'Art Moderne which is next door, and the Centre Pompidou. I also have a soft spot for the Egypt wing of the Louvre.

Grab a decent cup of coffee at Café Kitsune, Holybelly, Broken Arm or Coutume with a friend after a spot of shopping at Le Bon Marche.

Take in the heavenly sight of Eric Chauvin’s floral arrangements – ditto Jeff Leatham’s work at George V – but there’s also trips to the Le Marché aux Fleurs (flower and bird market). The beauty about Paris is that there are so many wonderful florists around.

Have a nutella crepe anywhere I can get it.

Visit Berthillon on the Île de la Cité in the summer for pistachio ice cream.

Hang out on the Left Bank, I love being a flâneur in Saint-Germain.

Get lost in Le Marais on a Sunday when everywhere else is closed.

Le Bonaparte Palais de Tokyo Holybelly Le Marché aux Fleurs

Pictured above: Le Bonaparte (photo credit: Erickphoto), Palais de Tokyo (photo credit: Palais de Tokyo), Holybelly (photo credit: Nico Alary), Le Marché aux Fleurs (photo credit: Nicolas)


Can you tell us where you go for beautiful objects in Paris?

For whimsical and inventive objects, Petit h at Hermès’ rue de Sevres store, which was the site of a former art deco swimming pool.

For window shopping and then some - the gorgeous department store, Le Bon Marche has a beautifully curated mix of labels and you never feel like you’re in a tourist trap even though you’re amongst international clientele.

For vintage finds, the Clignancourt Flea Market.

Clignancourt Flea Market

Pictured above: Clignancourt Flea Market (photo credit: bilbyandbear)


If someone were in Paris for 3 days, what would you recommend that they do?

Visit multi-lable concept stores like Merci and Collette.

Check out other museums like the Musée Picasso, Rodin, du Jeu de Paume or d’Orsay, Grand Palais, Pinacotheque… there are plenty of other great museums other than the Louvre!

Take in the views of the city at Kong (a fusion restaurant) or Les Ombres which looks onto the Tour Eiffel.

Tip – if you do want to do the touristy thing in high peak seasons like summer, try to book for your favourite attractions online. For example, you can purchase a ticket to the Eiffel Tower on the net to save you waiting in line.

Kong Pictured above: Kong (photo credit: Triitme)


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