Spotlight on Paris.
Local insider interview with Héloïse Brion, Founder, Miss Maggie’s Kitchen.
Héloïse and I met in Marrakech back in November 2017 on a women’s creative retreat led by Garance Dore. I was immediately struck by her warmth. With her ginormous smile, and a stellar sense of humour (and incredible style to match), Héloïse brought such joy to the retreat. A super creative mind, she was once in the fashion world, but has now taken a different path - founding a beautiful little business called Miss Maggie’s Kitchen, that is all about sharing inspirational and authentic recipe journals and dream-like treasure boxes. She is a gorgeous soul, and I feel incredibly lucky to feature Héloïse and her favourite local recommendations for Paris, here. Enjoy!
Name: Héloïse Brion
Star Sign: Virgo
Hometown: Jupiter, Florida.
What do you most love about Paris?
The village feel, and how each neighbourhood has its own vibe… I love to stroll from one to the other and discover the hidden treasures (courtyards, gardens) behind the big street doors.
Describe yourself in 3 words or less...
Curious, spontaneous, wholehearted.
Describe Paris in 3 words or less...
Romantic (of course), cultural, and elegant.
What inspires you in Paris?The architecture; I love looking up and discovering all of the beautiful details on the building façades.
What does a normal day look like for you?
Once the boys are in school, I go the café close to our home for a grand crème! Every day is different, I am either developing new recipes (so I head to the market first), styling shoots, working with artisans, meetings with clients… and when I can, I squeeze in a yoga class or swim at the pool!
Favourite places in Paris for:
best coffee: Partisan (36 rue de Turbigo) if you want delicious coffee, or Le Flore to people watch!
something to sip: Terrass Hotel (for a magical view over Paris), or the Harry’s Bar for a British atmosphere.
for nature: I tend to leave Paris when I am in need of nature… but I would say the Parc des Buttes Chaumont for a picnic with friends and the kids.
You have the most incredible style. What local French labels do you love?
Who inspires you in terms of your cooking/baking?
And what are your favourite neighbourhoods in Paris to explore?
Do you have any favourite flea markets you can share?
Le Marché Paul Bert, Les Puces de Vanves… but I think the best is to check out the weekly brocantes on www.brocabrac.fr (there is a great one twice a year on Rue de Bretagne in the 3rd)... if you are looking for great deals, then my advice would be to visit the villages outside of Paris ;)
What is your perfect Parisian weekend?
Strolling around the city, a movie & ice cream with the boys, brunch with friends, a night out with my love (dinner, theatre…)
How often do you escape the city, and to where?
Every week (almost) ! We go to our home in the countryside in Normandy… our escape from the city, noise, pollution etc!
Where are you travelling to next?
I am planning a trip to South America.
What 3 things are always in your suitcase?
My camera, my notebook & my lucky charm necklace.
Favourite 3 hotels in the world?
Who is inspiring you right now?
What is on your stereo?
Soul & funk these days – which means tonnes of dancing in the kitchen!
Words you live by…
It’s not a dress rehearsal, Life is now!