On my trip to Paris in May I was lucky to get to stay at Artisan Lofts that hover somewhere between the 2nd, 3rd and the 10th Ar. The properties were recommended by a connection on Twitter who had stayed there before. She raved about the central location and abundance of local food shops, restaurants and bars in the area. After an immediate Google, I discovered these unique spaces that had been upcycled from a former life as either a bakery, art or fashion studio offering guests an authentic Parisian experience. The owners share all their favourite local spots in the area so you can feel immediately at home.
I spent two nights in the La Maisonette a former fashion workshop upcycled into a “Maisonnette” by Parisian Designers who have decorated it very tastefully. Located on a courtyard level of a prestigious 18th-century Parisian building with a 2 security doors access (digit codes). The “Maisonnette” has “Atelier windows” and Vintage cement tiles. The space is ideal for 2 people. This was extremely quiet and private and I loved how the room opened up into a cute courtyard. The property is conveniently located near the metro and bus lines but you can walk to most places too.
I spent another two nights in Boulangerie House which was a former bakery and opens directly onto the street. Despite fears of noise and too much light, I slept very well and the room had blackout curtains. There is a very low ceiling on the mezzanine level where the bed was, so if I had to choose between the two I prefer the Maisonette.
I loved feeling like local and buying food for breakfast and snacks from the abundance of shops in the area. The famous Julhes delicatessen is down the street and they have an amazing patisserie. I also discovered the most lovely artisan cheese shop called Taka & Vermo.
There are a lot of casual eateries along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis and I loved my meal at Urfa Durum.
You can book Artisan Lofts directly and they are also on AirBnB
*Disclaimer – I was given one-night free accommodation but I paid for the other 3 nights
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