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This week I met up with the awesome Caroline of Sweet Caroline in Paris for noshing, gossiping, and discussion of the state of musical theatre in Paris (conclusion: meh).

But before that, I stumbled upon this adorable and eclectic boutique called Les Fleurs just east of the Bastille. I am not exaggerating when I say I wanted to take home everything in this store. Can’t you just imagine waking up to these whimsical paper decorations floating above your bed?

Boutique Les Fleurs
6, Passage Josset (11th, Lendru-Rollin)

Caroline suggested that we meet up at Le Siffleur de Ballons, a cozy bar à vin in the 12th. Even though they had a huge party coming in later in the evening, the barman was extremely accommodating and let us have the best seats in the house, right by the big front windows, to enjoy a lovely long chat over several glasses of dry white wine and the best planche mixte I’ve had so far in Paris.

You see those dried apricots? They were so incredibly luscious. I swear they must soak them in mead or something. I haven’t been shocked by a piece of dried fruit in a long time.

Not bad, Paris, not bad.

Le Siffleur de Ballons
34, rue de Citeaux (12th, Faifherbe-Chaligny or Reuilly-Diderot)
Tél: 01 58 51 14 04