Where to Visit in Paris, According to a French Fashion Buyer
Eiffel Tower: Tick! The Louvre: Tick! Notre Dame: Tick! Champs-Elysées: Tick! We know Paris’ must-see sights like the backs of our hands, but what we really wanted to know is where the locals (not tourists) frequent. So we asked French-born, Australian-based fashion buyer, France Colignon, to tell us the favourite hangouts she stops by every time she returns to her hometown of Paris. The founder of luxury high-end retailer, Cosette shared her secrets on where to drink, brunch, see, and shop so we can navigate the City of Light like a native the next time we’re lucky enough to visit. Get ready to fall in love all over again—BYO stripes and red lip. Read on and add these local haunts to your Paris bucket list, stat. *Books next flight*
What: Beautiful rooftop bar in Ménilmontant.
Why: Bar Le Perchoir has a fantastic rooftop with a 360 degree view of our beautiful city. You’ll find a vast space surrounding a handsome bar, comfortable sofas, big cushions, colourful plants, and scented herbs. Watching the sunset over the Sacré-Coeur, glass in hand, under garlands of coloured lights really is something special.
What: A Parisian escape.
Why: A real great location, on a little island in the middle of Boulogne forest. Small ferry will take you across the lake for a chic, relaxed and very French experience: tasty food, a splendid bar and really cool music. A unique experience. Note: Boat pick-up necessary!
What: Best concept store nestled in Le Marais.
Why: If you're looking for the perfect gift, for yourself or anyone special, Merci is the place to go to. A light-hearted space showcasing a range of unique and innovative products. A great combination of technological innovation, contemporary art and Italian gastronomy.
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche
Why: Probably the most exquisite Parisian department store to shop coveted brands from beauty to ready-to-wear, lingerie, or homeware. You should also pop into La Grande Epicerie—a sophisticated store to enjoy the finest food in Paris.
Le Pavillon des Canaux
What: A pretty café-restaurant.
Why: This place is a great project with an artistic edge and a stimulating community feel to it. Set in an old house overlooking the canal and its little boats, Le Pavillon is one of the most eccentric place I know in Paris. Not only the food pleasing and friendly staff, the house offers workshops, art projects and cooking classes. We adore!
Why: Established in the early 1600s, this market is one of my favourite place in Paris, in the 3rd arrondissement. The food is the tastiest and so fresh—from Japanese, to Italian, Moroccan or Creole, I am sure you will feel like trying them all. Please don’t forget to smell the gorgeous flowers, have a look at some old pictures, and vintage furniture in concept stores around.
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