Words Victoria Tait
The city of love, fashion and food and culture. Most likely you have already visited the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre as well as shopped the luxurious Avenue des Champs-Élysées. But, for those looking to rediscover the city, we’ve put together our best off-the-beaten-track destinations to shop, eat, drink, and relax in Paris.
Les Trois Marchés de Catherine B
This museum-like boutique is situated on the left bank at 1 Rue Guisarde. Stocked with an amazing collection of vintage Chanel and Hermès. The collection of Hermès scarfs is so extensive it’s like seeing an entire encyclopedic collection. There is also a selection of Kelly, Birkin, and Mademoiselle Bags to die for.
Situated at 14 Rue Crespin du Gast, this ultra-cool rooftop bar was the No. 1 location for after-show drinks during Paris Fashion Week. With a 360-degree view of the cityscape, it’s a perfect place for a drink any time of the year (including winter, when there are heaters and blankets). Most of the food is designed to share including the côte de boeuf (beef ribs) as well whole roast chicken with side dishes of heirloom tomatoes and mashed potatoes.
One of the first things you should do in Pairs is ‘eat cake’. The neighbourhood around the Left Bank’s Rue du Bac is the perfect location for this. The area is overflowing with some of the most extraordinary patisseries and chocolatiers that have been opened by some of the city’s most renowned pastry chefs – Jacques Genin, Philippe Conticini, and Claire Damon among them. Our favourites include; La Pâtisserie des Rêves, Angelina, and the Des Gâteaux et du Pain – owned by one of the few female patissiers, Claire Damon.
You might have regularly shopped up a storm at the Galeries Lafayette and even though we do love to visit this incredible department store time and time again, Colette is where you should be shopping now. Frequented by Vogue editors and high-fashion elite, this curated high-fashion emporium selects the best of everything from the latest Dior collection to quirky accessories. It’s a store that’s done all the hard work for you, picking the best and most stylish of everything. Look out for their exclusive collaborations with everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Sorel. There’s even a café in which you can relax and take in the whole spectacle.