Lisa Fonssagrives for Vogue 1939, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld
I just returned from a 5 day trip to one of my favorite cities in the world: Paris! I can recommend everyone to visit Paris longer than the regular (stressful) 2 days where you want to see/experience/eat as many things as you can and ultimately return home very tired. When you’re there for 5 whole days you have the time to drink a cup of coffee in the morning, to take a stroll through Le Marais, to enjoy a Merlot with fabulous people watching at Café Charlot and to shop like a maniac. See below my favorite things of this trip with mon amour:
1. Cordonnerie Minuit Moins 7 (10 Passage Véro Dodat, 1th arr, open mon-sat 10.30-19.00): the one and only official repair-guy of Christian Louboutin shoes (and yes, I have put a shoe repair guy at number 1, which girl wouldn’t?) This Louboutin doctor can fix your worn out pumps and make them brand new again including new red rubber (!) sole. This guy is very busy; women from all over the world are sending him their shoes! Your shoes will be ready in 5 weeks. The whole package including shipping costs to the Netherlands is EUR 85. Trust me, this is worth the wait and your money.
2. Musée Rodin (79 Rue de Varenne, 7th arr.) This is one of my favorite places in Paris. The museum is lovely and the beautiful garden is packed with fabulous sculptures like The Thinker. It’s so nice and quiet in here, you almost forget that you are in the middle of a very busy city.
3. Transportation Skip the subway, ditch the grumpy taxi driver and step on a bike! Paris is so much more beautiful above ground…It’s so easy to rent a bike; you just need your creditcard and a Vélib rentalpoint (spread over 300 locations around town).
4. The Mother of all concept stores Colette (213 Rue St-Honoré, 1th arr) I L O V E this store. Everytime I am there my hart starts to beat faster and I move around like a maniac, since I don’t know where to start looking… Some people (read guys) don’t understand the fuss around a couple of gadgets, funky shoes, expensive candles and difficult magazines. Therefore, ditch your love, send him with a book to the downstairs café and tell him not to bother you for the next hour. Enjoy! If you can’t get enough of concept stores have a look at Merci (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 3rd arr.), L’Eclaireur (40 Rue de Sévigné, 3rd arr) and LE66 (66 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8th arr).
6. Lunch! My favorite place in Paris is tartine heaven Cuisine de Bar (8 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 6th arr.), but the homey cooked food at Les Fines Geules (43 Rue Croix des Petits Champs, 1th arr) and the croque monsieur at Café Le Nemours (2 Place Colette, 1st arr) are also very good.
7. Lifestyle extravaganza If you’re into coffee table books then you should not leave Paris without a visit to one of these bookstores: Assouline (35 Rue Bonaparte, 6th arr), 7L (7 Rue Lille, 6th arr) from Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld and OFR (20 Rue Dupetit Thouars).
9. Dinner! Chez Omar (47 Rue de Bretagne, 3rd arr.) for fabulous couscous with merguez saucages, Caffe dei Cioppi (159 Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 11th arr) for delicious Italian food and Frenchie (5 Rue du Nil, 2nd arr) for French food to die for (book well ahead).
10. Drinks! Trendy lounge bar Andy Wahloo (69 Rue des Gravilliers, 3rd), affordable cocktail bar Experimental Cocktail Club (37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 2nd arr), sexy and mysterious ChaCha club (47 Rue Berger, 1st arr) and very exclusive and ‘tough cookie to get in to’ Le Baron (6 Avenue Marceau, 8th arr).
13. Palais Royale (202 Rue St-Honoré, 1st arr) This former monastry is a shopping walhalla. Dont’s miss vintage accessory queen Gabrielle Geppert (31 & 34 Galerie de Montpensier), Stella McCartney (114-121 Galerie de Valois), Marc Jacobs (56 Galerie de Montpensier) and Pierre Hardy (156 Galerie de Valois).