MY FAVORITE SPOTS IN PARIS

Best sightseeing spots

No Paris trip without a bit of sightseeing. Honestly I couldn’t imagine a trip to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower. There is just something magical about it that I will never get tired of.

Another beautiful building I visited on this trip was Palais Royal with the iconic striped piles. I ran past the building at 8 a.m. in the morning which means no tourists in sight. The associated garden is also worth a visit.

Best places to shop

I think Merci must be my number one shopping experience in Paris. The store is so unique and stylish and has the best to offer from both fashion, kitchen ware, home ware and (not to forget) souvenirs. You can easily spend an hour here and if you feel like you need a break luckily they also have a nice little café. I have to try that one out next time I’m visiting Paris.

In general the Marais area is one of my favorites for shopping. The shops are smaller compared to larger shopping areas like Champs Elysées and Rue Saint Honoré but I adore them. I find it much easier to find what you are looking for and the service is often better as well (as the stores are quieter than the larger ones). When you are in Marais anyway you should definitely take a look inside some of the small art galleries. Some of them truly has some amazing art installations and paintings. Other than Marais I would highly recommend you to visit Rue de Charonne in the 11th Arrondissement. Here you will find brands like Isabel Marant, Cos, Sèssun etc. If you are looking for high end shopping the 6th Arrondissement around the Boulevard Saint-German is a great place to go. But bare in mind that everything is very expensive in this areas (that also includes most of the cafés around there).

Best views of the city

…and no these aren’t from the top of the Eiffel Tower as heights can be a bit scary to me. But if you don’t fear heights the view should be amazing from the top. If you haven’t been there before then visit the Montmartre area. Go up all the stairs to the Sacré-Couer Basilica. The view from there is spectacular and one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. You actually get surprised how far you can see.

Another great way to see the city is from one of the many bridges. We watched the sunset from the Pont Neuf. Such a gorgeous view and the atmosphere was so nice.

Best spots to brunch

Paris has really upped their brunching game and more and more healthy cafés are popping up all over the city. Season was a really nice café located in the Marais area with a modern interior and a laid-back atmosphere. The avocado toasts were amazing but I have to admit that croissants aren’t their specialty.

Wild & the Moon is another great small café located in the Marais. It can be really crowded at times but the food was definitely worth it. I highly recommend you to try their banana bread.

Best spots for lunch and dinner 

 Our best dinner experience was at Brasserie Barbès located in the Montmartre area. Perfect place for dinner and a drink after visiting the Sacré-Couer Basilica. They have some really yummy and filling salads served with delicious tasting bread. Be sure to be seated on the 1st floor as you can see everything from up there. Great place for people watching indeed.

If you are looking for a great place for a casual lunch or dinner I would highly recommend you to visit Da Graziella in the 10th Arrondissement. They serve some great pizzas for a great price. It is a very small and more intimate place and the decor with beautiful tiles on the walls and green marble tables were right up my street.

GUIDE TO STOCKHOLM

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If you follow me on Instagram @katrineberner you will know that it is quite a long time since I got home from my small trip to Stockholm. But better late than never with a guide right? These places for shopping and eating are some of the best in Stockholm in my opinion.

1. Fabrique Bakery, Lilla Nygatan 12, Gamla Stan & Drottninggatan 102, Norrmalm

The Fabrique bakeries are placed all over Stockholm. My favorite is the one placed in Gamla Stan as there is an amazing and cozy atmosphere. They make the most delicious breads and cinnamon buns. Try the bun with cardamom if you want an alternative to the classic cinnamon bun!

2. Café Pascal, Norrtullsgatan 4, Vasastan

I absolutely adore this small café in Vasastan. The interior is beautiful and the café is very well decorated. We had a great breakfast/brunch there and I can especially recommend their avocado on rye bread. The staff were very kind and it made the whole experience even better.

3. Nybrogatan 38, Nybrogatan 38, Östermalm

This restaurant was probably my favorite of the whole trip. If we hadn’t first visited it on the last morning we would definitely had come back for more. We ate a very delicious (french) breakfast and the croissants reminded me of Paris. They were so flavorful and buttery!

4. Byredo Parfum, Mäster Samuelsgatan 10, Norrmalm

If you like quality perfumes with minimalistic flacons you should definitely stop by the Byredo store in Mäster Samuelsgatan. The store itself is so nice and has a very minimalistic outlook. It is difficult not to leave the store without a new scent as they are all so good (but also a bit pricey).

5. Acne Studios & Acne Archive, Norrmalmstorg 2, Norrmalm & Torsgatan 53, Vasastan

No trip to Stockholm without visiting the Acne Studios Flag Ship store on Norrmalmstorg. The store is huge and beautifully decorated. It is impossible not to leave the store with one of the iconic pink bags. Acne Studios is of course not the cheapest place to shop but you can actually save money if you buy there stuff in Sweden compared to their other stores around the world.

I can also recommend the Acne Archive store in Vasastan where you can get old collections with 50% off.

6. Papercut, Krukmakargatan 24

If you are a magazine lover, like me, I can very much recommend you to stop by Papercut in Södermalm. They have a huge selection of scandinavian and international magazines and books. What’s not to like?

GUIDE TO LONDON

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1. Where to eat:

London has so many great places to go out for brunch, lunch or whatever you’re up to. One of my favorites is Granger & Co. in Notting Hill. The atmosphere in there is amazing and the food is very nice as well. Try their coconut bread. You will not regret it!

2. Where to go shopping:

You will never get tired of shopping in London. The opportunities are endless. If you are in the mood for power shopping visit the area around Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street. If you are looking for smaller shops you should definitely go to areas such as Shoreditch, Covent Garden and Notting Hill. Another must if you are visiting London is to stop by Liberty. I absolutely love it in there. Last time I fell in love with these sandals from Altuzarra.

3. Other places to go:

If you just want to go for a walk and enjoy London, I would very much recommend the Notting Hill area. It is so laid back compared to central London which I like very much. Be sure to walk by all the colorful houses around Hillgate Place. They are freaking adorable!

PARIS HERE I COME

I have just booked a trip to Paris for the summer holidays! It is just going to be me and one of my best friends, so lots of time to go shopping, eating and sightseeing. I can’t wait to see the city again, though it has only been two years since I visited the last time. But you can never get enough of Paris, am I right?