Paris is by far my favorite city and by now I’ve been their many times. So I thought it would be time to share all my favorite places with you:
Paris in winter
For some serious shopping I always go to:
*Le Marais; the best part of the city for shopping. From cute boutiques, Vintage heaven to fashion favorites like *Maje and * the best *Zara in town, 88 Rue de Rivoli. This is also where you will find *COS, High end design and good quality for affordable prices. 4 rue des Rosiers, and one of my favorite Vintage stores: *Paris Vintage, think vintage Chanel, Gucci, Hermes and Dior, in other words, vintage heaven. 97 Rue Vieille du Temple, Le Marais. Also buy online www.vintage-paris.com
For some real designer stuff I always go to Avenue Montainge. *Chanel, Gucci, Dior, you name it, all in 1 street. I also love to visit *Colette, all the latests designerwear, gadgets, beauty and lifestyle. If it’s hip and happening you will find it here. 213 Rue Saint-Honoré. Just arround the corner; *Chanel, the place were it all started, the first Chanel store with the famous mirrored staircase. 31 Rue Cambon.
In one of the most chic area’s of Paris, Saint Germain des Prés, you will find *Le Bon Marché, the best and chicest department store in Paris. Not crowded by tourists but lots of real Parisian to spot. 24 Rue de Sèvres. Not far from LBM you will find *Carven, beautiful Parisian style clothes, 34 Rue Saint Sulpice and *Yves Saint Laurent, imagine Arty Ovals in all available colors. 6 Place Saint Sulpice.
Some more of my must see shops are: *Christian Louboutin, 19 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, *Céline, 25 Rue du Pont Neuf. And if you can’t get enough of vintage designer wear and accessories *Gabrielle Geppert, 31-34 Galerie Montpensier, Jardins du Palais Royal.
Chanel, 31 Rue Cambon.
Dinner and drinks:
* La Coupole, This restaurant was recommended to me so we checked it out when we were in town last week. So now from my own experience I can also recommend it to you. Check their site to see what I mean.
* Les 3 Seaux. A small and intimate restaurant with a real French menu. 58 Rue de la Fontaine du Roi.
* Mickey’s Deli, Best burgers in town with the best homemade fries I ever had. Perfect for lunch on a shoppingday. 23 Rue Des Rosiers, Le Marais
* Suan Thai, great Thai restaurant with some of the best Thai food I ate outside of Thailand. Recommended for the 2nd year in a row by Michelin. 35 rue du Temple, Le Marais
* Cafe de Flore, want to run into Karl Lagerfeld or Beyonce, or just feel uber Parisian chic, this is the place for breakfast or lunch. I recommend the Croque Madame. 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain.
* Plaza Athenee, to expensive to book a room but luckily it’s common in Paris to have a drink at a hotelbar before you go out for dinner. 25 Avenue Montaigne
Carrie at Plaza Athenee, Sex and the City
* The last hotel I stayed in is not very luxurious but for sure one of the cutest so far. Hotel Cluny Square is small boutique hotel, perfectly placed in the hart of Paris. It’s cheap, clean, has lovely decorated rooms and just a 10 minute walk to Cafe de Flore. 21 boulevard Saint-Michel.
* Hotel Opéra Diamond is more fancy and bit more expansive but also perfectly located near the Opéra Garnier and Boulevard Haussman. And that means just a 5 minutes walk to Le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.
* Without a doubt Hotel Costes is the most trendy hotels in Paris. Perfectly situated near Colette and Chanel Rue Cambon. Also great for a drink in the hotelbar or just a toilet visit.
* The Ritz is properly the most chicest and famous hotel of Paris but sadly it is now closed for a 2 year lasting renovation. Hopefully some day I will be able to book a room there, preferably the room Coco Chanel has lived in for many years.
Macarons du Ladurée
Other Must Sees:
Some other of my favorite must sees in Paris are:
See Paris from above, not only from the Eiffel tower but from the top of Montmartre, don’t forget to see inside the Sacré Coeur basilica and have your’e picture drawn by one of the many artists in one of the picturesque streets nearby. Walk to the top and take the train back down.
Go to Ladurée for tea and the one and only Macarons. 75 Avenue des Champs-Elysées.
Spend the day (or 2) at the musee du Louvre (and watch the Da Vinci Code before, you’ll love it even more)
Buy a fresh croissant at a traditional bakery and eat it out of your hand while walking around.
Always sit outside (underneath the heaters) for a cup of coffee, just watch all the people that go by, so inspiring.
Buy a bottle of wine and hang out at Jardin du Luxenbourg, especially during Paris fashion week or on a sunny day in spring.
A bike-tour is a perfect way to explore the city in spring or summer. In winter I prefer the hop-on hop-off buss.
And my last and final tip is just get lost, especially in Paris that is the best way to explore the city and find the most perfect places.
The Vogue Paris team at Jardin du Luxembourg, shot by Tommy Ton