A few iPhone snaps from my recent trip to Paris for S/S17 Paris Fashion Week. Whatever the reason of my visit every time (basically, it's usually work), I will always manage to steal some time and play tourist, walk around, take pictures and visit my favourite spots.. there is always a reason to fall in love with everything Parisian.. art, architecture, literature and books, poetry and indeed, extraordinary fashion.
The Eiffel tower leaves me in awe even if I've seen it a dozen times, the breathtaking architecture makes my camera giddy up and the cheesecake at Hôtel Costes almost makes me cry (yes, it's as good as Kim says).
My to-do list is endless, however I made a round up of my favourite must - do, see and eat (while on a break from the shows, or not)! Take notes mademoiselles!
* Early mornings at Café de Flore in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Coffee and.. what else? Fresh croissants to start the day. Flore draws the most style-conscious, bourgeois crowd during FW. Ah, and I just found out that at a time it was the place of choice for the likes of Picasso and Jean- Paul Sartre.
* Angelina on Rue de Rivoli is another great option where you'll find the most decadent, velvety hot chocolate in all of Paris. Aim to go at an "off" time, (if such thing exists) because on the weekends this place overflows with people queuing up (and I mean a very long queue) for that famous liquid cocoa.
*Take a stroll at the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries, next to the Louvre museum and then take the route to Pont des Arts; the bridge is one of the most popular sights in the city.; lovely view of the Seine, the Louvre, Left Bank and a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. It used to have padlocks with love engravings(sad face). Often, you might also see painters and street artists.
* For shopping, check Avenue Montagne for all the designer brands. Also, visit the upscale and sophisticated Galeries Lafayettes, Printempts and Le Bon Marché department stores. You can't miss Rue Saint Honore and Colette, one of my personal favourites in Europe - a concept store with the cult-est curated selection of designer pieces, tech accessories, books and magazines, jewellery, cosmetics, perfumes and more. #Eyecandy.
* Explore the area of Le Marais and Rue Etienne Marcell for exquisite independent boutiques, lovely cafes and bars on every corner and inspiration everywhere. I would suggest you keep the visit to Marais on a Sunday as it is the only place open for business - everything else is shut on Sundays.
* For your lunch, you can't get more authentique than Café Charlot in Le Marais for the best chicken risotto in town. Then, for coffee and dessert, go to The Broken Arm, just a few streets away from Charlot.
*Visit the magical Hôtel Plaza Athénée for an early drink, one of the most spectacular buildings I have ever seen. If you want to go high on spending, you may also choose it for your stay - remember Carrie? Hello, I live here (without the drama).
* If you are looking for casual dining after a long day, go to Cafe Ruc just across Hotel du Louvre. Everybody loves their burger! I am dying for the cheese crusted onion soup.
*Caviar Kaspia is the best late-night spot for a light meal, awesome caviar and lots of vodka - can it go wrong? Undoubtedly your meal choice should include caviar; the baked potato topped with caviar is an excellent choice. There is also the Kaspia boutique where you can buy the Carine Roitfeld and calligraphers's Nicolas Ouchenir capsule Russian doll collection.
*Costes for last as it is my top recommendation for all times of the day. Glamorous environment, lush elegant interiors, best crowd and stunning menu. Yes, the white chocolate cheesecake is as amazing as Kim says it is. If she flies to Paris just for a slice, it must be good!
*Ah I almost forgot! You definitely can't leave the city without indulging in some macaroons! Besides the world renowned Ladurée, another exceptional choice is Pierre Hermé.
* If it's your first time in Paris, here is a tip: DO NOT begin a conversation in English, no matter how rusty your French are. It's the best way to assure that they will make no attempt to reply in English even if they know some. Start off on the right foot by greeting French people with 'bonjour' aka hello and “bonsoir” for good evening if it is after 6pm. Say “Au revoir” or “merci” when you leave. Even better, accompany those with “Monsieur/Madame/Mademoiselle'' when you don't know someone. There is a popular belief that French are rude and arrogant but I reassure you that they aren't. At all. Good manners are of primary importance in French culture, particularly in Paris. The French take pride in their language and that's all.. the best way to show your respect is to be polite. If you say 'Bonjour, do you speak English', they will help you as much as they can!
That's all for now!
À bientôt, Paris, mon amour.