One of the requests I’ve received over and over is for more posts dedicated to travel. Well, ask and you shall receive. This summer, you’ll start to see a lot more travel-focused posts with all kinds of recommendations and other fun tips. Stay tuned!
I’m kicking it off with today’s post, a list of my Paris favorites. Disclaimer: the thing about Paris is that there are simply too many magical spots to mention in one single post. What I’ve done here is highlight five favorites from my most recent trips along with an additional list of other recommendations. Consider this the abridged version.
Merci – I could never go to Paris without a stop at Merci. Where do I even begin? From home goods and beauty to apparel and accessories, this shop carries it all. You’ll see brands you know like Isabel Marant (I bought this now-on-sale top), Ancient Greek, and Vanessa Bruno, but you’ll also see a lot of things from designers you’ve never even heard of. That’s what I really love about this place: the under-the-radar finds that you can’t find anywhere else. Bonus: there’s a restaurant on the bottom floor and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s a great spot when you want something light and fresh.
Colette – Located along Rue Saint-Honoré, this is one of my favorite concept shops in the city. You’ll find a mix of well-known designers (think: Tabitha Simmons, Mansur Gavriel, and Stella McCartney) along with an excellent selection of emerging talent. For some pre-shopping fuel, head to the bottom floor where you’ll find the store’s restaurant.
Catherine B. – This Saint-Germain shop is a vintage dream. It stocks only vintage Chanel and Hermès and it’s filled to the brim with both. It’s almost like a tiny museum. The owner is so wonderful and knows everything there is to know about Chanel and Hermés. I always learn something new.
Le Bon Marché – This is without a doubt one of the most amazing department stores in the world. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also enormous. From clothing and accessories (the shoe selection is insane) to home goods and beauty buys, this store carries the best of the best of everything. It’s nearly impossible to leave empty-handed.
Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen – This is definitely not your average flea market. It’s the world’s largest antiques market and you seriously need a map to get around. You could easily spend an entire day here and still not see it all. (Note: Be sure to stop by Serpette for an amazing selection of vintage jewelry.) Whether you’re antique-lover or not, it’s one of those places you have to visit at least once. Tip: There are guides that specialize in the San-Ouen flea market. This place is overwhelming and I found that having a guide extremely helpful. I highly recommend reaching out to your hotel concierge to set this up – especially if it’s your first time.
Fun fact: Did you know there’s an Alaia outlet in Paris? There is! It’s located right around the corner from the flagship store. It’s tiny but definitely worth a visit.
Other favorites: Attal Nessim (custom-made shoes), Céline, Hermés, Serge Lutens (the most amazing perfumes ever), Gag & Lou (jewelry can be personalized on the spot), Aurélie Bidermann, Goyard, Eric Bompard (beautiful cashmere at great prices) Repetto, Le Cerise sur le Chapeau (custom-made hats), The Broken Arm, Isabel Marant, and L’Eclaireur.
For foodies… Maison de la Truffle (gourmet truffle gifts), La Cocotte (adorable cookbook store), and Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse (the best chocolate workshop in Paris)
For vintage-lovers… Gabrielle Geppert, Dieder Ludot, and Marché aux Timbres (amazing selection of vintage stamps)
Lili – If you love Chinese food, this place is a must-visit. The service is top-notch and the food is extraordinary. Every single thing on the menu is delicious, but the Peking Duck is a must-order. This meal is well worth the food coma that follows.
Verjus – Fun fact: this restaurant is owned by an American couple who used to host the dinners out of their apartment! This restaurant is a special experience, but the vibe is casual. The food is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend doing the wine pairing with your tasting menu.
L’Ambrosie – Expensive and totally over-the-top? Yes and yes. Worth it? Yes again. This restaurant is a one-of-a-kind experience meant for serious foodies. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the service is impeccable, but it’s the food that takes center stage. This is one of those places where every single thing you eat leaves you thinking it’s the best things you’ve ever had.
Le Coq Rico – Do you like roast chicken? If so, this is your spot. This ended up being one of my favorite meals on the trip. It’s a simple concept: salad followed by roast chicken and French fries. It’s a great option for a group. I recommend going for Sunday brunch/lunch and walking around Montmarte afterwards.
Brasserie Lipp – A true Parisienne bistro in every sense. This is where you go when you want classic French fare. Request a table on the first floor.
Other favorites… Chez George, L’Ami Jean, Merci (perfect spot for lunch and shopping!), Cafe de Flore, Closserie des Lilas, Les Voltaire, Hemingway Bar, L’Avenue, Davé (delicious Chinese food), Chez Julien, L’Ami Louis, Hôtel Costes (beautiful terrace and excellent people-watching), L’Ami Louis, L’Avenue, Claus (go for breakfast!), Diep, Angelina (go for the hot chocolate), and The Fish Club.
Saint James – This hotel is such a dream. The design is on another level. Not only is the building itself a 100-year-old château, but each room has been individually (!) decorated. I haven’t ever stayed here but it’s definitely one of my go-to spots for a cocktail. The bar is gorgeous (so cozy!) and the cocktails are some of the very best I’ve ever had.
Experimental Cocktail Club – This place takes cocktail-making and turns it into art. The drinks are unique and so delicious. It’s a late-night spot. Go for a after-dinner drinks.
Candelaria – Mexican food in Paris? You bet! This taqueria not only serves delicious tacos, but the cozy bar in the back is where you’ll find some of the best margs in the city.
Hemingway Bar – Located inside The Ritz, this bar is a Paris classic. Keep in mind the space itself is tiny and fills up quickly.
George V – There’s nothing I don’t like about the George V. The hotel is stunning and the service is superb. The bar is one of my very, very favorites in the city. It’s a great spot for cocktails any time of day, but it’s also one of my go-to’s for a casual – but delicious – lunch or dinner. The bar is always busy but unlike a lot of places in Paris, they do take reservations. (Bonus: The hotel’s flowers are designed by Jeff Leatham and are truly works of art. The flowers alone are worth a trip to this hotel!)