Earlier this month, Alex and I travelled to France for Paris Design Week. While there, we not only visited the incomparable Maison & Objet, but also sought inspiration at countless museums and beloved local shops. I am delighted to share some of our favorite stops with you in this curated guide.
Let’s start with shopping, shall we!
The shopping in Paris is top notch – and being that it was my birthday month, I did in fact overdo it.
If you’re looking to bring a bit of Paris back home with you, I would recommend shopping at Le Bon Marché, Sézane and Dries van Noten (if not just to soak in the incredible interiors). If you’re in search of a fresh new scent, you simply cannot beat Officine Universelle Buly. Both the aesthetic and scents are out of this world.
With this being a business trip, we prioritized visiting stores for inspiration and flea markets for styling props. Of course, we made it to Merci, an iconic home shop in the heart of Paris. While there, in fortuitous fashion, I bumped into my former boss from my time on Anthropologie’s Furniture Buying Team, which was such a treat! I’d also highly recommend Marin Montagut, a darling boutique with delightful treasures.
While with Anthropologie, I also worked in the Found Objects Department, which focused on procuring antiques for the 200+ retail locations across the globe. Many of the pieces we sourced came from L’Isle sur la Sorgue, so we also took a mini trip to the South of France, where we shopped and ate to our heart’s content.
Speaking of eating, all the food was fantastic! There’s no one place you MUST eat – not even the iconic Café de Flore, though delicious. A lot of our meals were eaten at random cute cafes or pit stops for pizza, sandwiches and falafels. One of the best meals we had was at our hotel, Hôtel Providence Paris.
As far as “must eat meals” – make sure you try all of the glaces, chocolats chauds and crêpes! If you’re in search of chocolate, be sure to pop by À la Mère de Famille. For cocktails, I highly recommend visiting both Prescription Cocktail Club and Experimental Cocktail Club.
Museums are always a top priority for our travels – and Paris has some of the best in the world. Of course, visits to the Louvre, Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay are in order, but don’t sleep on some of the lesser known museums – like Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature à Paris, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, Musée Rodin and Musée national Gustave Moreau.
Lastly, no trip to Paris would be complete without visiting the Paris Flea Market. We came back with tons of treasures!
Our time in Paris was nothing short of exceptional. We hope you are equally inspired by our suggestions and visit some of our favorite spots in your future travels!