Hi there! I just got back from the city of lights! Although I cannot remember how many times I’ve visited this gorgeous place, it is difficult to list up all places I’d recommend. Here’s where I’ve been hanging around the past few days:
S H O P P I N G
The window at concept store Colette is dressed in Coach, the current photo exhibit is from Arthur Elgort. Have a look at some of his work.
While you’re there, you might as well stop at Hôtel Costes’ flowershop. Think roses, roses and roses all over the place.
Second on my list is Le Bon Marché, an iconic place, if you have a look at the escalators you’ll instantly fall in love with this department store!
B O O K S
Don’t forget to visit the Assouline bookshop in St Germain area. Karl Lagerfeld’s 7L is nice as well, but the range is much smaller. Do not expect a trendy interior design eiter, you’ll be disappointed.
I N T E R I O R D E S I G N
When in Paris, do not forget to visit India Mahdavi’s store in Rue Las Cases! It is a MUST when you love bright colours, friendly shapes and eclectic designs. Recognize the cosy pink chairs from Sketch restaurant in London?
F R A G R A N C E S
If you are looking for a new signature scent for the coming months: Colette has a nice section of perfurmes and candles. They stock brands such as Lola James Harper and Diana Vreeland.
Louis Vuitton recently launched their perfume range as well, Le Printemps displays them in a splendid way. Go and see for yourself!
When you are looking for something a little more exclusive, go to Rue Cambon. After drewling at Chanel’s, stop at Memo. I’ve had the chance to meet CEO and co-founder John Molloy, who talked passionately about the Memo brand he launched with his wife Clara.
The exclusive brand bases its products on travels abroad, the store is a luxury train – mind the shopping window and suitcase-like counters – that takes you on a pleasant journey. My favourite is Granada – my mother orginating from that Andalusian region is probably just a coincidence?
C O F F E E B R E A K & S N A C K S
I found this cute little coffee shop near Place de la Republique. Perfect place for a cappuccino break!
For a New York feel in Paris: Frenchie has a yummie pastrami sandwich for you. The place is tiny and gets packed around noon, so make sure to make it on time.
E A T I N G O U T
If you’re visiting Paris for the first time and looking for a trendy hotspot, you’ll surely want to visit the iconic Buddha Bar or Hôtel Costes.
I decided to opt for a classic address on the first night and a more trendy place in Batignolles to end my stay in Paris.
If you’re a wine lover like I am, ‘Les 110 de Taillevent’ is where you’ll feel like a kid in a candystore. The food is great and the wine list seems endless.. Or as the French would say ‘l’embarras du choix’.
The second night I was out in Batignolles area in the 17th district. I was intrigued by Coretta, a hipster restaurant named after Martin Luther King’s spouse. Picture neon lighting outside, wooden touch, marble tables, and green details all over the venue. Sit back in your EMU chair and enjoy a night of great food and excellent service. Coretta is a winner!
A R C H I T E C T U R A L M U S T-S E E
Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation is a haven for art lovers, and the Bois de Boulogne is a calming setting for a long walk after the museum visit.
Still in the mood for culture? Centre Pompidou is worth your time. If you’re in need of a break after that, Place Stravinksy is just around the corner; plenty of brasseries in the Les Halles area will welcome you the parisian way.
I am already looking forward to my next trip to Paris, as this city never gets boring! Paris, je vous aime!