Jul 20, 2017 | By Karen Chiang
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Sometimes during fashion month you have the urge to take a break from all things runway-related and just be in the city hosting that week’s shows. If the need to escape and explore descends in Paris, head to Hotel Du Temps for a true retro bohemian experience…
Where: 11 Rue de Montholon 75009 / 33 (0)147703716
What: Eat & Drink
Three reasons we love it…
1. The Interior
Hotel du Temps is the type of place you could imagine Serge Gainsbourg would’ve penned songs back in the day. A charming boutique affair, it perfectly embodies the atmosphere of 1960s Paris tempered with tropical accents, thanks to designers Lionel Benesmoun and Alix Thomsen. Each of the 23 rooms lend a cosy-artisanal feel, furnished with antiques, wicker stools as bedside tables, and curtains with tropical jungle prints. The rooms are pleasantly bright due to huge windows, as well as white walls and lime-washed floorboards that create a pristine backdrop to the exposed raw beams. Some eccentric elements such as original artworks depicting American boxers by artist Rafael Alterio add to the decorative retro feel.
2. The location
It’s basically perfect – within walking distance of Paris Gare du Nord station, as well as leading straight through rue du Lafayette to Galleries Lafayette and the Opéra area. Plus, there is a lovely green – Square Montholon – just opposite, surrounded by Parisian bistros and cafes and more often than not, attended by locals rather than tourists. Le Corail is well worth a visit just to try the delicious breakfasts.
3. The cafe/bar and overall vibe
Yet another reason to visit. The beautiful cafe serves a typical French breakfast that includes fresh pastries from local bakery Arnaud Delmontel, whereas the basement space is full of cosy cushions, attracting trendy crowds of musicians, designers, and photographers. Love live music? It occasionally hosts live music too.
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