Our time at Le Pigalle was much akin to being a guest in a chic Parisians home. The hotel itself is a sort of homage to the neighborhood from which it borrowed its name. With every room drawing influence from Paris's past and present, the most welcome example of this being the amazing vinyl selection found in each suite, as well as the custom playlists on the in-room ipad. Located in the 9th arrondissement, the once seedy turned trendy red light district is now one of the hottest night life destinations in the city.
Catching the last bit of light before the day is done.
Pigalle Basketball Court
A midday rest at Fondation Café & matcha passion fruit tiramisu at Pink Mamma
Atelier Brancusi at the Pompidou
Where to Eat/Drink:
Started by a French couple who was inspired by their time spent in Australia, this Melbourne inspired restaurant is ideal for when you tire of café au lait, and croissants. Here you'll find pancakes done to perfection, the hashbrowns are nothing to laugh at either!
It's hard to do proper justice to this enchanting 4-floored glass roofed trattoria. Covered in greenery and brimming with the most gorgeous light, Pink Mamma is host to one of the most incredible views of the city. You'll come for the amazing food but you'll stay for the dreamy atmosphere.
Honorable mentions: Septime, Odette, Season
View of Sacré-Cœur from the streets of Pigalle.
What to Do:
PIGALLE BASKETBALL COURT
Nestled between two apartment buildings you'll find this little hidden treasure. In collaboration with Nike, French design studio Ill-Studio and fashion label Pigalle have revamped the neighborhood court with sunset hues and dreamy gradients as gift from "us to the kids".
An exact replica of Constantin Brancusi studio that he bequeathed to the state upon his death in 1957. The shear volume of Brancusi's work is enough to leave one in awe, let alone the intricacy of the maze like reconstruction of his workspace.
Honorable mentions: OFR bookstore. OH/PE, APC Surplus Store
Goodbye for now, but we’ll always have Paris.