so I fully intended on writing a big round up post on paris, but then editing, real life, and summer all got in the way. so rewind back with me for a second to the beginning of may, where i boarded a red-eye flight to paris. it was my first time back to Europe in more than a decade [gasp] and I was excited. I had the honor of traveling to france to gather content for maille mustard. you all know which mustard this is—its literally THE dijon you have in your fridge at this very moment. its the mustard of france, and the best IMHO. I was jazzed to have been commissioned for this project for many reasons, but mainly because I love mustard. it’s my condiment of choice [mayo is a close second when it comes to fry-dipping].
after filming for a couple of days in dijon, i retreated to paris to explore its nooks and crannies. below are my top picks, but to be honest, my favorite part of exploring this city was wandering its many alleyways and getting lost in vintage shops. I am truly a sucker for parisian vintage, and between the french blue utility jackets and flaky, buttery croissants at every turn, I was in heaven.
e. dehillerin. as an industry adjacent, e. dehillerin is a dream. copper in all it’s culinary forms lines the walls, little numbers accompany every item. a shopkeeper will find you in the store and collect all your desired items and wrap them up in a cute little (or huge) parcel—from stockpots, to sauté pans, and cute little skewers embellished with animals to depict which protein you have prepared. one day I will return to outfit my entire kitchen in this delightful copper ware.
nice things its no secret that I love fashion. I also love to trend forecast. in case you’re wondering, next season tunics over pants, largely padded headbands, oversized blazers worn as shirts, and sheer organza type fabrics will be in. I also think that Kelly green will be a big hit come 2020. of course, yours truly bought a beautiful Kelly green shirt here.
kusmi tea packaging gets me weak at the knees, and the minute I started seeing the vintage kusmi tea tins everywhere in Paris, I had to go. its a total tourist trap, but its also an established brand in the city. I bought a selection of teas, making sure to get the size that allowed me to acquire a few tin containers.
Wild & The Moon if you follow me on social, you know that I don’t go anywhere without seeking out a vegan/health food spot. sometimes the best feeling in the world is sucking down a large smoothie filled with nutrients. in my humble opinion, it pairs super well with the daily croissants I consumed. and who am I kidding? its my two favorite things in one? anyways, wild and the moon is modeled after your moon juice, pressed juicery, etc. its a super crunchy granola spot where everything is fresh and smoothie bowls are made. they don’t live up to Hawaii standards, but, they were yummy and I loved that they had add ins like moringa and ashwagandha. the space itself is a jungle getaway—plants hanging from every nook and lots of white floral moulding made this a spot to remember.
Hippy Market vintage vintage vintage. just go, dig through things, leave with Parisian treasures similar to the shirt and bandana i’m wearing in the picture above.
Candelaria seriously the coolest. we were the major joke of the day when we told the production team that the chef and I had had dinner here. we enjoyed beef tongue tacos and chips and guac, and then discovered the speakeasy in the back. don’t miss this spot. you can eat French food every other day you’re here. I promise.
Passage(s) don’t worry about which one you go through, just go through them when you see them. these little breezeways are drenched in history, and so cool. rumor has it there’s a very cool champagne bar tucked away in one, and mum and I indulged in a delicious crêpe brunch in the passage.
Place des Vosges a charming square hidden in plain sight. we did a quick rendezvous in the square and took in all the beauty in the architecture and sunlight drenching the grass and trees.
do not miss the Taka & Vermo cheese shop. it is to die for. mum and I bought a myriad of cheeses and salted butter to eat in our hotel room from here. it was seriously dreamy. the cheese mongers draw enormous wheels of cheese from the cooler and slice them before you. I shed a small tear.
Du Pain et Des Idées chef took one for the team and awoke before our departure to go to this famed bakery for us. we enjoyed a variety of pastries from this bakery, my favorites being the pistachio and chocolate escargot, and [of course] the plain croissant [seriously my favorite. i’m a vanilla ice cream and buttery pastry type of gal].
Design Et Nature this gallery/store is absolutely stunning and mind-expanding. every animal and insect imaginable has been taxidermied and preserved in perfect order. I was certainly disheartened thinking about the fact that they once were living, but was very pleased to learn that every animal in the shop had been responsibly sourced [the animals had died of natural causes].
Merci Paris think the Anthropologie of Paris, and you’ll understand merci. this store is LITERAL PERFECTION. I had to wipe my drool off the floor as I walked through the three floors of kitchen ware, linens in every organic beautiful color imaginable, the cutest tiny vases, candles—and not to mention the massively expensive [albeit gorgeous] clothing collection. this store alone made me want to live in Paris and be super wealthy, outfitting a cute home with everything merci, and exclusively wearing their bohemian dress line.
Balagan this is a spot i’d suggest making a reservation for before your trip. balagan is Israeli food and the space is DIVINE. mum and I got lucky to snag spots at the bar sans reservation and enjoyed some sparkly and appetizers, but I wish we had had the opportunity for a full dining experience.
The Hoxton we stayed here. with tons of nooks and a beautiful atrium lobby, the hoxton was a perfect place for me to get early morning emails out with a black coffee and croissant [duh]. their restaurant is also quite delicious.
Berthillon take the bridge to this little isle and enjoy a cone of delicious ice cream. search for the shop with the longest line. that’s where you want to get it.
Rue de Temple walk it.
Mosquee de Paris go here for authentic moroccan food and tea. get couscous and tea and Moroccan pastries and be transported to the Middle East.
Boutique Generale a gorgeous little boutique of lifestyle ware. I basically wanted to take everything home to accompany my entirely outfitted + furnished Merci life.
Seven Boys and Girls more vintage (!) you actually can’t go wrong wandering into any vintage shop, but this one had remarkably sweet storekeepers who gave us lots of suggestions [the most important being where to buy the yummiest baguette for our hotel market feast, pictured above]. the vibe was heavily 80’s influenced, and I bought two pearl barrettes here.
Montmarte super touristy. I wouldn’t do anything here except walk. the views are worth the crowds and chain restaurants.
Peony omg. this little cafe. is. so. worth. it. peonies is a flower shop AND a coffee shop and you can buy a bouquet of flowers while also enjoying a cute little breakfast. everything on the menu is dredged in flower petals and its colorful and millennial and feels ultra special. we had a brioche sprinkled in rose petals, and cappuccinos. major heart eyes.
Bo + Mie get the hazelnut/chocolate flan cake. you won’t be disappointed.
Angelina the first time I visited Paris, it was at Christmastime. everything was glittery and cozy and so special. Angelina was our first stop off the flight, and i’ll never forget the baguette spread with liberal amounts of French salted butter that we dipped into European style [read: thick] hot chocolate. my favorite order here is the montblanc. its chestnut cream piled high with fresh whipped cream. its just the right amount indulgent and so delicious.
Versailles crowded and touristy, but very worth it to see.
Galeries Lafayette go to see the ceiling. its one of most magical things i’ve witnessed.
Printemps Rooftop a great place to see a bird’s eye view of Paris.
Trocadero we saw the Eiffel Tower from here and it was far less crowded and a great view!
Le Marais hands down my favorite area of Paris. lots and lots of good food, vintage shops and just gorgeous winding alleyways and tiny streets. don’t miss it!
Les Enfants du Marché a BALLER market in paris. we bought a ton of produce here to feast in our hotel room
if you end up in Dijon…
Marche de Grois Dijon this market was very familial, nothing visually impressive, but incredible vendors with delicious charcuterie, cheese, butter, and fresh veggies/fruits. also wonderful bread. its France guys.
Maille Flagship, Dijon obviously. but its really yum. you can buy mustard off their draft system, and there are a lot of flavors in their shop that you can’t get online. also, the flavor profiles are much richer and deeper from the fresh mustard than when you order it online or buy it in-store. try the white truffle flavor. swoon.