I was inspired by Garance Dore's question of what/where to visit in Paris. Reading the comments of the rest of the girls made me realise I kinda knew some good spots already: Colette, Marais & the latest hype of the & Other Stories shop. I would recommend her to go skating during Fridaynight (here), but would I like to be responsible if the great Garance would blog about her broken leg the day after? Not so much?
Nevertheless, tons of blogs have shopping guides: I'd just add my two cents to see if you like what's served on this plate:
Neighbourhood -Rue St. Honore
* & Other Stories
|shopping at & Other Stories|
|LBBJ with a quirky collar detail|
*Balenciaga [replace by your own fave designer]
If only for that excellent window-instalments but for me to see the real deal in real life.
Or, something I haven't dared yet: Chanel at Place Vendome
*ColetteSometimes superfriendly goodlooking people, sometimes snobs...but I love their book-section.
|time for the park|
Mornings for the sporty crowd:
But it's still a great walk and many tourist take their huge cameras with them, so you can dress up fashionable and act like your a [retiring/overweight/underweight/in-rehab-but-almost-back-on-track-KateMossish (aka small)] model instead: it's all about attitude.
Oh right, gotta eat while you pretended to be a model at Tuileries? There is lots of sushi but I personally don't like it (I prefer Teriyaki). I'd say you throw a Marie Antoinette and head for the LaDuree instead for Macarons: Just one, and take tiny bites, and then go running in Tuileries to get the calories off (just kidding, unless you are really a model, ofcourse).
Japanese Delicacies:Something delicious from Aki Boulanger. It's a Japanese pastry shop close to the Louvre.
How to act expensive while you smell cheap or standard? Go find yourself to elite perfumer Jovoy and say you like something that matches your personality.
|That man was startled when I took a photo|
So you basically avoided the scales after that one macaron? (Oh, who were you kidding, you finished the box within 3 minutes): Let's hit the scales for the clothes:
|weighting a pink boucle coat: €23|
|elegant Paris: plenty of Boucle coats|
|another girl browsing at Kiloshop|
*I've discussed free P'shop before 't was a whole lot busier than when I visited it in 2010: total crowdness...shuffle and sniff...
|always wanted to know about 19th century Photography?|
Canal St. Martin
You've seen the expensive Rue St Honore, you got your vintage fix at Marais, now some labels you like: Maje, APC & Sandro.
Canal st. Martin is somewhat like Marais before it gotten famous, I guess. It has some fab speciality shop & some excellent outlets of the big French brands, but there are not that many tourist to be found yet. The food is excellent, varying from middle East, Thai, Nepalese, Chilean and some other varieties.
Big Department stores
There is something utterly relaxing about a department store: you find everything in a smaller range and you can even sit down for a cup of coffee (or LaDuree again).
Le Printemps:Marc Jacobs often has this gorgeous pop-op store layout. They sell Manolos too and most of the designer brands.
Galleries LafayetteMessier than I have seen in Marseille, actually too messy, but still fun for some cheaper cashmere. But skip it if you are just in for a quicky.
Art is everywhere in Paris, not just the museums:
|in a hall in Marais|
|Modern Art in window display|
|Hotel: this lady's having better sensual time than me|
That was my personal run-a-ton Paris. The women at Garance Dore's blog [here] had a lot of tips/links too. Don't do too many monuments: they will probably stay there when you are 50-something and you will finally understand the value of monuments, but now...not yet!