Hobbizer saves Valentine’s Day !

Hobbizer saves Valentine’s Day !

Boum! When your heart go boom (french song)  ! It is that you begin to feel the panic invading you at the approach of the month of February! After seeing the life in red and green for two months because of Christmas you will soon see it in pink! Your girl/boyfriend seems perfectly mastered the art of subliminal messages and you have just refused a restaurant in order to save money. No doubt, the countdown is launched, the valentine’s day will still take place this year in exactly 3 weeks!

Forget perfume, gift cards or smart boxes (no, really, forget!) And take this opportunity to organize a unique weekend or an evening in Paris!

And because we are really too good with you, we even made a selection of our favorite activities for the occasion !

The restaurant with the most beautiful view of Paris

Direction the Champs Elysées to discover the most original restaurant in Paris. Embark on a fully glazed bus to enjoy a unique gourmet meal while visiting Paris.

In the first floor of the bus, a kitchen worthy of the best restaurants in which are prepared seasonal dishes designed by great chefs.

On the second floor, a romantic restaurant where you can discover or rediscover the most beautiful views of Paris.

You can book your menu here

Useful information : 130 euros for a diner with wine / 85 euros for a luncheon with wine

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An original and romantic walk through Paris before a historic dinner

Yes, you can simply go to the restaurant in Uber. Even if the experiment will be disappointing when your driver will  announce to you that there is no more candy and no more water. Or, as it is the moment or never, you can be a little surprising and offer a romantic stroll in 2CV before going to dine in the oldest restaurant of Paris!

A chauffeur will pick you up in a 2CV for a 1h30 ride through Paris before being dropped off in front of the Procope restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Paris located in the heart of the Saint Germain des Pres district. You will enjoy a 3-course menu accompanied by a half bottle of wine.

We love it : as a gift, you will have a red rose and the book “where to be kissed in Paris” !

 

 Useful information : 140 euros per/pers for the ride, the 3-course menu and a half bottle of wine.

You can book this activity here

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Because the carriage, it is not only for the American Christmas movies!

Do you know that it is not obligatory to be in Central Park and under the snow to make a romantic ride of a carriage ? You can do it here in Paris, admiring the Eiffel Tower!

Go for a one hour ride in the heart of Paris in the most romantic means of transport of the cinema! You will start the ride at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, then cross the magnificent Alexandre III bridge, go up the Champs Elysées and admire the quai d’Orsay, the Grand Palais, the Invalides and the Arc de Triomphe.

And if you are afraid of the cold, do not worry, plaids are at your disposal!

Useful information : 180 euros for a one hour ride for 4 people max

You can book your activity here 

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Find the perfect Restaurant

If you just want to have a one-on-one date at the restaurant but you’re struggling to find the perfect establishment, the one that suits you, you can ask your Hobbizer personal organizer! For only 5 euros of organization costs, he will search and book for you the ideal restaurant, which corresponds to your wishes, whether in terms of ambiance or style of cooking. It’s worth not browse a dozen sites and forums for days not?

Make a request to your personal organizer here

 

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Our selection of original hotels in Paris

Our selection of original hotels in Paris

It is official! You have just booked your train or flight tickets for a romantic weekend in Paris! Bravo! That’s a good start! But now you need to find the perfect hotel. And if possible, a special hotel to surprise your sweetheart. We know that this can easily become a big headache but no need to panic – we have prepared for you a wonderful selection of outstanding and design Parisian hotels that you can book with your eyes closed. Of course we could recommend you many others but with this shortlist we guarantee that you will have a flawless stay.

 

1/A hotel on the River Seine !

The concept? The first floating hotel located right on the River Seine!

We love: its outdoor swimming pool! Just on the Seine, on the large external terrace, a pool is available to the clients from 7am to 4.30 pm.

 

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And the rooms?  We have a big crush for the « Designer » rooms decorated by Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman. A special mention to the « Sunset romm ». Hobbizer loves it! Most of the rooms have a view on the Seine for an exotic awakening!

 

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The little extra: the breakfast is served until 12am. Finally a hotel where they let us sleep in!

Key strengths of this location: This is fast changing neighborhood that is extremely alive by night ! The 13th district wharves are some of the Parisians’ favorite spots to chill out in the sun or to party, as you will quickly realize! Moreover you are just a 10 minutes walk from the Gare de Lyon and a 5 minutes walk from the metro, to explore all Paris.

 

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What to do near your hotel? We recommend an original private cruise on the Seine with your sweetheart. Boarding takes place just a 2 minutes walk from your hotel. Check the info here.

And you can easily walk to the Jardin des plantes (15 minutes walk).

In the evening do not miss the Parisians’ two most favorite rooftops: the Wanderlust and Nuba. You can go there from 6pm for dinner and drinks, or you can simply go the club later and dance until 5am !

 

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Information : le OFF Paris Seine, 22 port d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

http://offparisseine.com/fr/

Rooms from 203 € per night

 

 

2/ A hidden hotel  in the heart of the Marais

The concept? A design hotel hidden behind the facade of a former bakery which is classified historic monument. Who could believe that a magnificent hotel is hiding there?

 

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We love: the ambiance and the decoration designed by Christian Lacroix !

And the rooms?  Each room is unique. The 16 rooms are all decorated with a different style. In each room you will discover the universe of Christian Lacroix- elegant, daring and colorful at the same time!

 

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The little extras: The free access to the spa and the free use of the bicycles of the Hotel du Pavillon de la Reine, located just a 10 minutes walk.

Key strengths of this location: You are in the heart of the Marais, the perfect place to discover the historical Paris and find the best spots to go shopping like a true Parisian!

What to do near your hotel? During the day we recommend the visit of the Picasso museum  (4 minutes walk). You can book your priority-access tickets here

And in the evening, what about discovering one of the capital’s best cocktail bars ? if you manage to find its entrance… 😉

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Informations : l’hôtel du Petit Moulin, 29 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris

http://www.hotelpetitmoulinparis.com/fr/

Rooms from 185 € per night.

 

 

3/ The most bling-bling hotel

The concept? A totally mind blowing hotel where you want to be seen! A rooftop, a 46 meters length swimming outdoor pool, parties, a spa…. Welcome to the Molitor !

 

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We love: the huge swimming pool in the heart of the hotel! And did you know that the external pool is heated at 28 degrees all year long?!

And the rooms? All the rooms are bright and with sober design. The majority overlook the outside pool. That makes us really feel in holidays!

 

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The little extra: We have a big crush for the « Junior Suite » with its 80 square meters terrace! It is a haven of peace to take your breakfast before making a splash in the pool.

 

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Key strengths of the location: the hotel is located away from the Parisian agitation, very close to the bois de Boulogne. If you are looking for an oasis of calm in the chic areas and close to Paris largest green space, this is perfect for you!

What to do near your hotel ? You are a 10 minutes walk from the impressive Louis Vuitton Foundation. Why not take a stroll through the Bois de Boulogne and enjoy its lakes, its bike lanes and trails (this is one hour walk) ? You can book your priority-access tickets for the Louis Vuitton Foundation here

In the evening, don’t miss one of the famous parties of the Chalet des Iles in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne!

 

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Informations : L’hôtel Molitor, 13 Rue Nungesser et Coli, 75016 Paris

http://www.mltr.fr/fr/

Rooms from 220 € / night

4/ The most sensual hotel

The concept? A former brothel in Pigalle area. The perfect hotel for a romantic and sexy night with your sweetheart… or else… 😉

We love: the hushed, elegant and mysterious atmosphere of this place! No doubt, there are only couples in search for intimacy and sensuality.

And the rooms?  Each room has a unique decoration created by the daring Jacques Garcia.

 

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A little extra : you can privatize the SPA swimming pool for one hour with your sweetheart!

 

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Key strengths of the location: The hotel is ideally located between « So Pi » (South of Pigalle), the Parisians’ favorite trendy neighborhood, and Montmartre, the touristic and historic area.

What to do near your hotel? Have a cup of a tea in the charming garden of the Musée de la vie romantique or sip a cocktail in the festive Pigalle (you will find amazing cocktail bars at rue Jean Baptiste Pigalle and rue Frochot. Big crush for the Dirty Dick bar! )

 

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Informations : La Maison Souquet, 10 Rue de Bruxelles, 75009 Paris

http://www.maisonsouquet.com/fr/

Rooms from 340 € per night

 

5/ The greenest hotel

The concept? An amazing eco-lodge like you find in Africa or in Latin America… right in the heart of Paris ! Amongst all the Parisian hotels, this one offers the best ecological and environmental performances.

 

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What we love: discovering this green bubble and its garden right in the midst of the Parisian agitation.

And the rooms?  Ecology can go with modernity and this hotel proves it with its design and modern rooms. Some of them have a terrace overlooking the charming patio.

 

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The little extra: this is the only hotel offering cleaned air ! 😉

Key strengths of this location: This area is very famous for its excellent restaurants and its nightlife. Book a table at Septime and treat yourself with a cocktail at A la française !

 

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What to do near your hotel? Plan an original guided tour of the Père Lachaise Cemetary here (5 minutes walk).

 

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Informations : hôtel Eden Lodge Paris, 175 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris

http://www.edenlodgeparis.net/

Rooms from 225 € per night.

Paris by the water: our best addresses and activities

Paris by the water: our best addresses and activities

We didn’t believe it would happen anymore but finally Summer has come! At least for a few days… So, what to do in Paris to keep the water under your feet rather than above your head? Hobbizer found the best addresses and activities in Paris so that you can either float on the water or hang out by the water – a lunch on a barge, a barbecue by the river, a beer while you dangle your feet in the water…here is our ideal programme!

12pm – Savor a cheese platter on a barge with a view on Notre-Dame.

What is it? The terrace of a half-hidden, half-secret barge where you will quickly find yourself a place in the sun and practically won’t meet any Parisian around.

Where is it? Along the water, on the banks with a wonderful view on the Seine and Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral.

We love: The calm, the view and the sun!

We love less: the lousy service.

Information: La terrasse du Batostar, voie Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris. At the foot of the Pont Marie. Metro 7, Pont Marie Station.

 

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2pm – Take a nap in your garden while hearing the water lapping  

What is it? A small piece a garden that you can privatize for 1h30 to take a nap, organize a picnic or read a good book while sunbathing. Chairs and tables are available.

Where is it? On the banks of the Seine, entirely pedestrian, in front of the Tuileries garden. And if you feel like a drink, the Rosa Bonheur barge and the Deckchairs of the Flow are just next door!

We love: the car-free zone, the Invalides neighborhood… it is simply magnificient !

We love less: the crowd on weekends and evenings when the weather is nice.

Informatins : Z des berges de Seine. Port de Solferino, 75007 Paris. Near the Pont de la Concorde. Maximum 8 people. Available spots for booking (90 minutes): Wednesday from 12pm to7:30pm; Friday from 12pm to 9:30pm ; Saturday from 10am to 12pm; Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 7:30pm. Free booking.

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3pm- Have a glass of wine while digging your feet in the water

What is it? A bar & restaurant on a terrace barge with a heated outdoor pool for the customers. Sounds like a dream, right? Attention, bathing is authorized during the afternoon only.

Where is it? On the banks of the Seine, in the 13rd district, away from the traffic and of course, close to the water!

We love: The swimming pool, the service and the proximity of Wanderlust and Nuba, so we can continue the day dancing under the sun!

Information: Le Playtime. 34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris.

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6pm – Have an aperitif on your own boat

What is it? An electric boat (no licence required) that you can book for one or two hours, just for you and your friends or family, to navigate on the Parisian waters and enjoy the sun! And if you feel like tying your boat at the quay to enjoy the greenery you can even order an “aperitif basket” or rent pétanque balls or badminton rackets.

Where is it? On the the canal de l’Ourcq. Combine this activity with a family outing at the Cité des Sciences or a drink with friends at the Rotonde terrace!

What love: Navigating on your own boat, enjoying a sunny aperitif on the water, you will almost feel like you are on the sea.

Ask Hobbizer to organize your boat trip: here 

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9pm– Have a dancing barbecue by the water

What is it? A terrace by the water, a bar, the smell of grilled meat from the barbecue, a dance floor under the sun. Yes, you are in Paris.

Where is it? Along the Seine, in the heart of Paris, exactly under the sun.

We love: No need to wait for holidays or a country weekend at our parents to be able to say: “ “Tomorrow we’ll have a barbecue in the sun! »

We love less: the cars driving near the terrace when the banks are open to traffic…they bring us back to reality.

Information : Les Nautes. 1 Quai des Celestins, 75004 Paris.

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12am- A last drink facing the marina

What is it? ? A pretty yacht harbor similar to the sea harbors, not accessible to cars and facing a large a beautiful terrace.

Where is it? The Port de la Bastille. Little known, little frequented, away from the Parisian agitation.

We love: Not being jealous when our friends go to Deauville.

Informations : Le Grand Bleu. 67 boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris.

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Our top 5 not-to-be-missed activities in Paris this Summer

Our top 5 not-to-be-missed activities in Paris this Summer

There are certain things in Paris which you can only do in the Summer, did you know that? We have listed the best activities to squeeze into your agenda before September!

Picnics galore!

Be it with friends or family, let’s enjoy the beautiful days and get out of our apartment, off the sofa!

Well, the problem in Paris is that going out means either Thursday after work, the Happy Hour which you always miss for just 5 minutes, the perfect terrace, the party you found on Instagram, the barge hosting a hippie chic evening (since you can’t afford going to Coachella), the riverside cafe along the Seine or the famous « just a drink ». In short, going out in Paris means an overdrawn account by the 5th of the month.

The solution to go out every evening without going bankrupt is the good old picnic. A short trip at Monoprix or some home-made sandwiches for the most courageous and here you go, heading to the banks of the Seine or to Paris hidden gardens for a bit more peace and quiet!

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Our favorite spot :

For a picnic with friends, our not-to-be-missed address is the banks of the Seine, between the Alexandre III bridge and the Concorde bridge. One can admire the views over Paris (we don’t get weary yet, let’s say it) and at the same time from Thursday evening there is a great atmosphere with many cafés and restaurants that are growing like mushrooms on the waterfront!

Bonus: even after too much drinking you can enjoy a Luna Park ride with your girlfriends at midnight #truestory

What’s for dinner?

Oh yes… Actually we forgot to mention that a picnic requires a minimum of anticipation, I mean, you will need to buy a baguette and “Justin Bridoux” salami at the Supermarket down your office. Oh, you forgot it? No worries, here is some good tips so you can to treat yourself like a prince with “home” delivery!

1 – La belle vie

2 – Clac des doigts

3- Deliveroo

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2- A restaurant just for yourself

If you are reading this article it is probably because you are in Paris during the Summer holidays, either for a visit, or simply because you just live here! But the majority of the Parisians are actually away now. Where are they? According to my Facebook wall you can find them near the Ré Island or the Cap Ferret! Are you jealous? Don’t! Because in the meantime you can finally get a place in the latest trendy bars and restaurants that are always busy during the rest of the year!

Our selection of restaurants to be tested immediately (they are open in August!):

“East mamma” and “Ober mamma”

These two Italian restaurants do not take any reservation and usually allow you taste their fabulous meals after one hour queuing. Personally I never got the courage to wait, just saying. So go for it!
Stuff yourself with delicious pasta while the whole city is getting poisoned eating oysters by the sea.

Here is the info: https://www.bigmammagroup.com/

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Le café de l’homme

If for no other reason than the superb view on the Eiffel Tower, you really need to go there! After five years of work this restaurant offering one of Paris most stunning views has just reopened its doors
and is here for you the whole Summer.

Here is the info : http://www.cafedelhomme.com/fr

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Kodawari Ramen

You will feel like being in Tokyo more than in Paris, but this Japanese restaurant is a must-see!
In addition to the authentic Japanese ramen, this 6th district establishment will take you to a full Japanese immersion with its wall posters full of Japanese star faces, its dimmed lights, its street ambiance and its kawai decoration.

Here is the info : http://www.kodawari-ramen.com/

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Grand cœur

If you are following us on Instagram (and it is never too late!) you know that we love this hidden address in the heart of the Marais! And oh happiness, they are not closing for holidays! #thanksgod

In this restaurant sheltered in a pretty paved courtyard you can enjoy a sumptuous French cuisine while sunbathing on their large terrace. No cars, no sidewalks, no passers-by…it is only you, your glass
of wine and the sound of the ballerinas which you can hear from the adjacent dance studio.

Here is the info : http://www.grandcoeur.paris/

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Le moulin de la galette

Mea culpa, we have actually never been there! But we surely will resolve this little frustration during our Parisian Summer!  The Moulin de la Galette combines four things that we love: French cuisine, seasonal products, a garden and Montmartre. I don’t see how we could ever be disappointed!

Here is the info : http://www.lemoulindelagalette.fr/

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And where to go for a drink ?

Come on, let’s go to the Perchoir !

If you are following us on Facebook (and again here, it is not too late for this my friends) you must have seen a post about a new rooftop bar on Gare de l’Est. This is the new spot opened by the Perchoir team and if you know their two other locations, you are aware that except in August you will never get a seat. So, go for it!

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Some of the best cocktail bars in the world are in Paris. Yes it is ! But they are well hidden. And even if you find the entrance it is not sure that you will find your way to the bar… But good news! The Candeleria
and the Moonshiner will be open for the whole Summer – an opportunity to taste the best cocktails  in Paris without jostling!

 

3- Vaux le Vicomte

Now this is the part reserved to the drive license holders. Because Vaux le Vicomte has to be earnt!

Located a 50 minutes drive from Paris, this famous castle offers a different facet to discover every Saturday evening during the Summer. Savor the warm days and enjoy with a candle-lit visit of the whole castle and its gardens. Magic atmosphere guaranteed!

And if you plan a romantic evening we recommend that to combine your stroll with a dinner in
the restaurant located in the garden of the castle, which is candle-lit too. Read our article to know more.

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4- Versailles

Here is more culture! And you will ask, what does Versailles has to do with the Summer? We don’t want to talk about the castle but about the performances taking place in its garden every Saturday evening – The Fountains Night Show! Yes, you see the posters in the metro each year and think:  “This looks nice, I will try to watch it this year”. Now let us tell you one thing: this is not just “nice”, it is totally magnificent! Summer time goes fast so take the opportunity to discover this beautiful, unique performance, on Saturday evening!

Hobbizer can even help you book your tickets here.

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5-La Boumette 

What is missing in Paris in the Summer? Not much in the end – the sea, a little more sun and open-air parties to dance all night long. OK, sorry we won’t be able to do anything about the sea and the sun but we do have plenty of open-air parties! La Boumette comes back every Summer
in a splendid setting: the terrace of the Paris Opera restaurant! That’s right!

Every Friday and Saturday in the Summer the restaurant organizes parties on its 1500 square meters terrace. So stop complaining, don’t lock yourself in a nightclub and put on your most beautiful dress to wiggle under the stars at the foot of the Opera!

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