Choosing where stay in Paris is always fun. We usually stay on the Left Bank where there are many fabulous small hotels, but this time we thought we would like a change.
Time to go to the other side!
The Hotel Thérèse is in the 1st arrondissement, just off Rue Richelieu. As is typical of most Paris hotels, the rooms are tiny but the hotel is charming and the staff friendly and helpful. I would recommend that if you stay here, book the deluxe room!

Sitting room at Hotel Thérèse, Paris
Sitting room

Sitting room at Hotel Thérèse, Paris
Another sitting area near the lobby

The position is fabulous!
Right next door is the Palais Royal with it’s beautiful gardens and arcaded shops. At the end of Rue Thérèse is L’Avenue de L’Opéra which leads to the Opéra and on to the famous department store, Galeries Lafayette.
The Louvre and the Tuilieres Gardens are a five minute walk away whilst the Marais is a bit further in the opposite direction
Shopping heaven is close by!
At the end of the street is Rue Saint-Honoré, lined with some of the world’s most famous shops. First stop is Colette, a fabulous shop with fashion on the first floor, boy’s toys, gadgets and trinkets on the ground floor and their famous ‘Water Bar’ in the basement.
Not far from here, we make a detour into the Rue du Marché St-Honoré and find ourselves in the local food shopping street. The market is in full swing.
Rue du Marché St-Honoré market
Rue du Marché St-Honoré market

Flowers at the Rue du Marche St Honore market, Paris
Beautiful Flowers

Summer fruit at the Rue du Marche St Honore market, Paris
Summer fruit

Fabulous asparagus and radishes at a Paris market
Fabulous white asparagus and radishes

There’s some great little places in the street.
First stop is Le Rubis. This little wine bar is a Paris institution having been here since the 30’s. Step back in time for a wine and plate of charcuterie standing at the zinc bar or join the locals gathering around the wine barrels on the pavement.
Le Rubis, Paris
Le Rubis with their wine barrel tables

Cooking in your apartment? Try the local butcher.
Mon. Barone the Artisan Boucher in Paris
Mon. Barone the Artisan Boucher!

L’Écume St Honoré is amongst the best places in Paris for oysters. Sit at one of the high tables and choose from the fabulous display of oysters, scallops, crabs and lobster. They even have the sound of seagulls playing in the background!
L'Ecume St Honore, Paris
L'Écume St Honoré

Seafood display at L'Écume St Honoré, Paris
Seafood at L'Écume St Honoré

From here we walk a little further along Rue St Honoré passing the fabulous display of roses at the florist’s shop in the trendy Hotel Costes.
Roses at the Hotel Costes florist in Paris
On the corner of Rue St Honoré and Rue Royale is Laduree, famous for their macarons and pastries. I resist the temptation to go inside. Thank heavens the windows are always a treat.
Laduree window in Paris
Macaron anyone!

We could have continued our walk along the fabulous shops of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré but instead we walked down Rue Royale to the Place de la Concorde to take a leisurely stroll home through the Tuileries Gardens.
Walking through the Tuileries Gardens in Paris
Walking through the Tuileries Gardens

It doesn’t matter how often we walk this path, it still feels like our first visit to Paris.
I love seeing the Louvre……
I.M Pei's Pyramid at the Louvre
The Louvre

The Louvre
Another view of the Louvre

……and walking along the bank of the Seine where booksellers line the path.
Booksellers in Paris

Dinner that night was at Ze Kitchen Galerie on the Left Bank, so we had to cross back to the other side.
On a beautiful summer’s evening it was an easy stroll across the Pont des Arts.
This metal pedestrian bridge is popular with lovers who attach an initialled padlock to the bridge and throw the key into the Seine as a sign of undying love. The government is not quite as romantic, claiming the padlocks are eyesores and haved removed quite a lot of them. Debra from Bagni di Lucca and Beyond recently wrote about this trend that is occuring in many countries, questioning whether it is a romantic gesture or vandalism. You can read her thoughts here.
Pont des Arts, Paris
Pont des Arts

Locks on the Pont des Arts, Paris
Undying love!

The views of the Seine, were beautiful as the sun set. I never tire of looking at the Pont Neuf and the Île de la Cité
Pont Neuf and Île de la Cité, Paris
Looking towards the Pont Neuf and Île de la Cité

 Pont du Carrousel, Paris
Pont du Carrousel

Paris at night
Paris at night

Paris at night
Paris at its best!
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Hotel Thérèse
10 Rue Thérèse
Paris 75001
Tel: +33 1 42961001
Hotel Thérèse