Where to shop in Paris: top 10 best shoe stores

If, like me, you love shoes and tend to collect dozens of them, here’s a list of where to shop in Paris for beautiful shoes. The city is a shoe lover’s paradise with a huge selection for every budget and taste. Many shoe stores offer accessories, like bags, to go with your shoes (if you […]

Top five autumn breaks in Europe and the Middle East

Looking for go away for a weekend this autumn in Europe? Here is Mapplr’s top five autumn breaks from lively cities to tranquil countrysides: (1) London: The Olympics is over and so is the Golden Jubilee, but what they’ve left behind is a city that has been renovated, cleaned up and beautified. You’ll find refurbished […]

The Five Hotel: sensual quirky design hotel in Paris

The Five Hotel is a quirky modern design hotel located on a quiet street in the 5th arrondissement in Paris, away from the hideous tourist traps and noisy mobs of the Boulevard St. Michel. The hotel is within walking distance from the delightful rue Mouffetard with its cafes, restaurants and bars and from the lovely […]

Hidden Hotel: contemporary boutique hotel near Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Hidden Hotel is a new four-star boutique hotel close to the Arc de Triomphe but on the 17th arrondissement side, away from the ultra-touristy tacky joints along the Champs Elysees. Moreover, it is within walking distance from the delightful Parc Monceau, a favorite among Parisians of all ages during weekends. The hotel prides itself on its […]

Hotel Mareuil: new boutique hotel in the trendy Oberkampf area of Paris

In old French, “mareuil” means “glade”; a calm, peaceful leafy space. Hotel Mareuil, located in the quiet Rue de Malte, is a haven of heavenly peace, far from the noise of Paris very close to the metro station Oberkampf and a few minutes away from the place de la Republique.  The 35 rooms are well […]

Le Burgundy: cosy luxury boutique hotel off the Champs Elysées in Paris

If you are looking for a luxury hotel in Paris that is a quiet hidden gem, check out Le Burgundy, located where the rue Duphot meets the rue Saint-Honoré, close to the Champs-Elysées-Madeleine-Opéra “Golden Triangle”.  Unlike many of the other five star hotels in the city, Le Burgundy is not part of the loud, trendy […]

Fish La Boissonerie: informal seafood restaurant in Paris (6th arrondissement)

I stumbled upon Fish La Boissonerie, a tiny seafood restaurant, in the 6th arrondissement after hunger began to claw at me following a long morning walking around the Left Bank. The restaurant was crowded but there was still one table available so in I went. I opted for the lunch menu (starter, main dish and […]