One of At Home's most faithful readers, Rowena, is going to Paris! I'm so excited for her I can't even explain it. So I've put together a little guide for her. I had to hold myself back because I could go on for days about each area of Paris. But I think one of the nicest things about Paris is that you really can't go wrong. It's all beautiful, there are great shops all over, so just enjoy and don't try to cram too much in!
Le Marais is my favorite part of the city:
Check out Beaubourg/The Pompidou Center and from there find your way to Rue Des Francs Bourgeois, it runs east west starting to the east of the Pompidou. If you follow this you will find a Muji, Auteur du Monde, and a bunch of great little boutiques.
(Autour du Monde)
You'll end up at the Place des Vosges where my grandmother always lived, so a special place for me. But lot's of people congregate there, it's the oldest square in Paris.
(Place des Vosges!)
(The Mariage Freres)
Other places I like in the Marais:
The Mariages Freres--incredible shop, incredible tea right in the heart of the Marais
Hot chocolate at Cacao et Chcocolat
Grabbing a bite on Rue de Rosiers
Le Petit Atelier de Paris
Right next to the Marais is The Bastille:
This is where I lived, try eating at:
Chez Paul for a very French experience.
Pause Cafe for a neighborhood experience.
If you like clothes I love Isabel Marant who has a boutique right across from Chez Paul.
Near the Opera:
Printemps, which I prefer to Galeries Lafayettes.
As you're walking towards to Louvre, make sure to take a small detour into the Palais Royale where you can stop at the smallest shop in Paris which sells music boxes. This also happens to be owned by my other grandmother, Anna. Aptly, it's called Anna Joliet Boites a Musique. If you do go there, say hello and say you know me. They'll be thrilled.
My other favorite part of the city is Montmartre, get off at Metro Abbesses and then just walk around, you won't be sorry. It's narrow streets, on a hill, hip neighborhood, great cafe's like Chez Papa and bars like Le Progres.
Pick up a Pariscope which is the equivalent of an LA weekly. You can buy it at any newsstand/kiosk. This'll tell you what the museums have going on and what movies are playing and the flea markets, etc.
Generally, you must try some macaroons and you must just drop by a Monoprix, a nicer grocery store, to check out all the mundane products that make up daily life.
Some Blogs that I love perusing for Parisian tips:
Anyone else? Can't miss spots?