If you follow us on Instagram, you know that I just got back from a wonderful, rejuvenating, and inspirational, trip to France. For ten days I popped back and forth between Paris, and Meursault, a small town in Burgundy. In short, the weather was perfect, every day was a new study in gluttony, no one was rude, and everything French is really chicer than its American equivalent. Only two downfalls, as far as I can tell: Parisian prices are triple your wildest dreams, and omnipresent smoking. Otherwise, I’m gunning to move there!
I thought you’d be interested in a few highlights from my Paris hit list. Enjoy…
Eat | L’Avenue [41 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris] Cool & sceney. L’Avenue is one of the many jewels in the Costes brothers’ crown, and is always packed. No one comes for Michelin star food, rather, the atmosphere. L’Avenue’s patio, overlooking the understatedly sophisticated Ave. Montaigne, is everything. Feeling more Rive Gauche? Try the Costes’ spot in Saint-Germain, La Société.
Shop | Maison Kitsuné [52 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris] The Paris outpost of Kitsuné, originally founded as an electronic music label in 2002. They quickly expanded into ready-to-wear, and the collections have been hot with the international cool kids ever since. Kitsuné translates to fox in Japanese, so get ready for cashmere sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, and jumpers, all with the brand’s famous fox head.
Shop | E.B. Meyrowitz Opticiens [5 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris] Haute couture for the eyes. Founded in 1875, Meyrowitz’s line of eyeglasses is hand made in France, and has adorned the faces of Grace Kelly and the Duchess of Windsor. Karl Lagerfeld is a devotee, also. Meyrowitz is really dedicated to the tradition of their craft: an associate used an open flame to heat my frames in order to adjust them. Definitely a collectible like vintage Hermès bags, or Louboutins.
Eat | Café de Flore [172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris] My favorite sidewalk café for whiling the afternoon away in true Gallic tradition. Crowded and a tad touristy, but not as obnoxious as its bigger-is-better neighbor, Les Deux Magots. Café de Flore was the go-to spot for Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, so it’s good enough for me. Also, where I discovered something I didn’t know I needed: concentrated lemon juice served with sugar, and a carafe of water.
Chill | Jardin des Tuileries [113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris] Gorgeous garden that ties for the title of most magical public park in the world (I see you, Central Park). The Tuileries is situated in the perfect spot, between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. I spent over an hour with my feet up in the shade on one afternoon; it was heaven. If only I’d had a box of macarons from…
Eat | Ladurèe [75 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris] Simply the loveliest little things in the world, and the best macarons around. There’s bound to be one you’ll fall in love with given their over two-dozen flazors. My personal favorites are Orange Blossom, and Chocolate/Coconut.
Eat & Sleep | Le Meurice [228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris] Full of itself, and over the top, but charming and gorgeous. Perfect location overlooking the Tuileries, and the best service in Paris. I fell in love with this hotel, and have dreams of taking up residence here à la Elaine Stritch at The Carlyle. Their dining room is overseen by Alain Ducasse, but if that’s not your scene, pop into Le Dali, or Bar 228. I spent the most magical night of the trip enjoying a burger and champagne in Bar 228. Perfection.
Shop | Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen [Saint-Ouen, France] A collection of fifteen markets, in a suburb of Paris, which make up the largest vintage market in the world. You could call it a flea market, but it’s really the epicenter of the high end antiques economy. Think 1930s Vuitton steamer trunks, Louis XIV desks, vintage Cartier, and life-size Greek sculptures. I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it.
Tiled threshold of Kitsune's Paris boutique.
E.B. Meyrowitz's storefront...over a century of couture eyewear.
Iconic green outdoor table at Cafe de Flore, in Saint-Germain.
A gorgeous and peaceful afternoon at the Tuileries.
Leather and dark wood at Le Meurice's Bar 228.
A merchant's stall inside Marche Paul Bert, at the Saint-Ouen vintage markets.