Two of the most common questions I get asked are: “How do I dress for my Parisian getaway?” and “What are your favourite places in Paris?”. That’s why I thought killing two birds with one stone with the help of this little post would be a fantastic idea. Together with Sézane, a brand started by the sweetest Parisian imaginable (and who recently teamed up with Madewell) I thought I’d take you around the city I love so deeply and show you four of my favourite spots in Paris. If I give you the answers to the question “What are your favourite places in Paris?”, Sézane can most definitely be the answer to the first one since I honestly can’t think of a brand that feels more true to the young Parisian woman’s everyday wardrobe.
Marché Maubert – This market has been my go-to market for a year and a half now and I love it because of what it has to offer but also because it’s not too small and at the same time, not too big. I hate those markets where it feels like you’d get lost by just taking one step into it. Marché Maubert is located on the right bank in the 5th arrondissement and can be found by the metro station Maubert Mutualité. The market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings but be sure to come by early if you want to score the good stuff! I usually swing by after breakfast and don’t bring much else with me besides a fabric shopping tote (I’ve started to collect the super cute ones from Sézane) to carry home the goods in and my wallet. It’s a great way to practice your French and repeat that vegetable vocabulary (un poivron rouge, deux courgettes, trios oignon et deux carottes s’il vous plaît), although my French is not quite ready for haggling someone about the prices or argue about fruit quality but that day will come too!
Rose Bakery – When it comes to tea and cake – or in my case cake and tea – Rose Bakery is not to be missed. There’s several locations around the city but if you’re just coming for the dessert (as I do most of the time) I think their tea room inside Le Bon Marché is the way to go. You’re sitting in Paris’ oldest department store, alongside ladies who look chicer than most, nibbling away on delicious treats and drinking your tea (or if you’re not a tea fan you should definitely try one of their smoothies). Since I cringe at the thought of pushing myself to get ahead among other crazy shoppers at this time of the year (even January is crazy because of the sales periods), I prefer to do my shopping online, and have already started as I previously told you about.
Place Saint-Sulpice – While I’m in the neighbourhood and have had my cake, one of my favourite places to stop by is Place Saint-Sulpice in the heart of the 6th arrondissement. Not only do I consider this to be the middle of the dessert mecca in Paris (it’s true, from here you have easy access to Pierre Hermé, Sadaharu Aoki, Des Gâteaux et du Pain, Ladurée and La Pâtisserie des Rêves for example), it’s also close to the Jardin du Luxembourg and is one of the chicer places in Paris if I can say so myself. You might think I’m a bit boring, dressed in mostly black but another true fact is that Parisians love their blacks (luckily for a Swede who’s used to a minimal use of colour like myself) and are certainly not afraid of overusing it. I love this area for quiet Sunday strolls alongside old couples and people walking their dogs since most shops are closed during this day.
Fondation Cafe – My favourite coffee shop is Fondation Cafe, which can be found in the northern part of the Marais neighbourhood. It’s simple and small but has everything necessary. Fantastic coffee and delicious cake that is. Young and trendy Parisians flock around this little shop and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll run into someone you know while sipping your espresso. During these colder days I’m keeping warm thanks to a take away crème in my hands and this amazing Sèzane scarf that I haven’t been able to stop wearing ever since I got it. It’s like a big cosy blanket I seem to take with me wherever I go, as you probably can tell from the photos in this post (yes, it’s even here in Bali with me for some reason).
Photos of me: Katie Mitchell.
Christmas atmosphere at the Merci store, a morning spent eating macarons and enjoying a stunning view from the Four Seasons Hotel and favourite jewellery pieces from Monica Vinader. Carrying home my pink ranunculus from the florist, stumbling upon super cute cars, passing pretty store fronts and cute Parisian corners. I’m never not looking for a picturesque door, brunch at Holybelly with my favourite Alice and Kat, this mint green beauty and what I wore before stepping on the flight to Bali earlier this week. This and much more on Instagram!
Bag: Gucci Bamboo Backpack – Jacket: Red Valentino – Scarf: Sézane – Ballet flats: Josefinas
Sometimes I’m lucky enough to be able to incorporate everything I love (well, pretty much) into one shoot. In this case those things would be: Paris, pastel colours, Gucci and pretty flowers. Not bad, huh? And yeah, I can’t forget about that adorable Fiat 500 either! … But I couldn’t do much else when Gucci asked me to create a shoot around this lovely mint green coloured bag. Actually, backpack would be the accurate word for this beauty. I’ve never been a backpack kind of girl until I realised that it’s the perfect way to carry my camera equipment and still being able to move around quite freely while still looking chic (I mean, it’s a Gucci backpack after all). It also serves as a great (and super cute) way to carry home flowers that I bought from the florist. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t the intention of the bag though but the combination was too picture perfect to ignore.
Photos of me: Katie Mitchell (edited by me).
Breakfast meetings at Hotel Amour, pretty Parisian doors and a bunch of roses in front of the Eiffel Tower from when I shot earlier this year with Nicole. The beautiful staircase at the Elie Saab head office here in Paris, cosy cashmere sweaters, delicate lace and favourite rings, homemade macarons in pretty pink shades and the perfect breakfast at Carette. Birthday cards and delicious Sunday treats, a rainy and grey Paris, the bookstands along the Seine and a few of my favourite things right now, including a new lace bra, my favourite perfume and these gorgeous flats. Find more photos on my Instagram.
Undeniably cute, both inside and out. A place I more than happily return to over and over again.
I’m currently dreaming away to warmer days and pretty sunlight (while writing this bundled up in a bathrobe, two sweaters and a blanket), like this day when Nicole and I shot another pretty outfit right after the Valentino show during Paris Fashion Week. Dresses and warm afternoons seems like such a distant memory right now.
Since I spent last week in Stockholm there’s a lot of things to catch up on now that I’m back in Paris. One of them being location scouting for a very exciting photo shoot later this week – something I rarely have the time for. While walking to the charming 4th arrondissement I realised that there’s almost no leaves left on the trees and the whole city is now dressed in white and grey tones. Fall is suddenly gone and winter, along with chilly temperatures and a ton of Christmas decorations, have arrived in Paris. I can’t wait to share the results from this shoot with you all early next year. Wish me luck!
The beautiful view and pretty invitation to J.Crew‘s breakfast presentation (yes, they’re coming to Paris in March!), looking out from the Printemp‘s terrace and lusting over delicious treats at Café Pouchkine. Blue skies seems like a very distant memory, the most beautiful roses, a rare selfie while getting ready for my birthday celebrations and sunny autumn walks. I wish I had a fire place at home and could decorate it as pretty as they did at J.Crew, Parisian cafés, breakfast at Ladurée and looking for tasty chocolate treats at Les Marquis de Ladurée. More on Instagram!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet but I certainly have a
minor major obsession with sandstone and marble. Or any stone similar to what you see above actually (I’m not really an expert when it comes to stone names). In my mind you can make almost any sort of photo shoot work as long as you manage to find a wall, area or building with this light, whitish stone. But perhaps that doesn’t come as such a big surprise when I have a thing for white and light stuff? Anyhow, another thing I’m currently obsessed with is Nicole‘s pretty black bag. Ever since I saw it for the first time in New York last year it’s been on my mind… Isn’t it the cutest?
For more photos and all outfit details, please visit Nicole’s blog.
I love spending as much time as possible in the Parisian parks during autumn. It’s so beautiful seeing the colours go from greens and yellows to dark reds and orange. Jardin des Plantes is one of my favourite ones and they always plant the prettiest Dahlias during this time of the year.