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Chic in Paris: The LSD

by habituallychic

03 . 30 . 14
I’ve been putting together my places to go and things to do in Paris and asking friends for their recommendations.  I’ve also been looking through old guides from Ines de la Fressange and scouring the internet.  I was happy to find a few suggestions for Paris from Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo on Vogue.com as well as some new photos of her home in Paris designed by François Catroux from Spanish Vogue. Some of her choices I’ve known about and I’m counting down the days until I can check out the others. 
What are some of your restaurant recommendations for people going to Paris Fashion Week? 
Anahi, an Argentine steak bistro, is one of my favorites. Toyo has great French-Japanese fusion—the former personal chef to Kenzo Tekada opened it. And like the design house, the restaurant is having a moment. Breakfast in America is exactly as advertised. ChateaubriandFrenchie, and Septime are all pretty incredible for a proper dinner. I hate to be so obvious, but I usually end up at Caviar Kaspia most nights.

Are there any are exhibits you’re excited to see? Musée des Arts Décoratifs never fails to entertain. They have a French lacquer and Chinese objet exhibition now, which is right up my alley. Musée du Quai Branly usually has great exhibitions. I hear they have something on Nancy Cunard’s African book that sounds compelling. The exhibit opens March 4.

Is there a hidden corner, park, or street in Paris that you absolutely love?I used to live near AUP in the Fifth Arrondissement, right off of the Rue de Grenelle, when I studied in Paris, and it always draws me back. I do my food shopping there as much as possible.

What are some of your favorite shopping stores in Paris?Paris is a mecca for children’s clothes, but La Chatelaine is the gold standard for traditional dress. Noël in the Sixteenth Arrondissement is great for something very, very special. You can choose a pattern from its archive, and they will teach you how to do the embroidery by your own hand. Even with my limited knowledge from when I was young, it’s not quite like riding a bike, but it does comes back. Muriel Grateau is the ultimate resource for tabletop. Dior Home is the spot for an extravagant hostess gift. I recommend all my house guests stop here before unpacking their suitcases.

For those sleepy Sundays . . .Paris shuts down on Sundays; Publicis pharmacy at the top of the Champs-Élysées, however, is open and has saved my life countless times. Everything in the Marais is open for business. Amen. And Rose Bakery for brunch is the spot.

Photos by Nornan Jean Roy, Oberto Gili, and Quentin de Briey

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  1. Windlost March 31, 2014 | 4:15 am

    Oh I hope you have an amazing time Heather. I love all the typical things like a trip to Printemps Maison and of course, Le Bon Marche. Do you cook? Last year we went to Dehillerin and bought an amazing pot – definitely fun if you cook. And we love the Musee Rodin, which you’ve likely visited. I also loved Musee Carnavalet, the museum of Paris. The rooms were a little tiring after a while, but make your way to the Paintings galleries – the paintings of Paris will blow your mind – so many and so exquisite. One of my favorite art collections in the world – so dense and so intimate.
    I always walk up rue du Bac after Le Bon Marche, as there are lots of quaint little shops. For lunch I like the Pain Quotidian near Le Bon Marche. Nice and quick but also great food and communal dining. Of course visit Flamant near rue de l’Abbaye just off St Germaine. Do you go to the Vanves flea market? I love it – very interesting and inexpensive finds compared to St-Ouen. Not posh but a neat place to find an old piece of beautiful Limoges or an etching.

    I think you are much more cool and posh than me – haha – so your Paris might be quite different from mine, but I think you’d enjoy all these things!

    I studied there for 2 years but discover something new every time.

    xo Terri

  2. Peyton Taylor March 31, 2014 | 4:43 am

    So fabulous!


  3. Miss Sophisticate March 31, 2014 | 6:29 am

    Stunning apartment! And great recommendations and tips!

  4. chicplaisir March 31, 2014 | 9:20 am

    oh my…i’d say you’re super excited for your trip and I can’t blame you for that, because Paris after all is – magic! I believe you will get plenty of recommendations however don’t forget to get lost and actually go to places you’ve never heard of – you can end up discovering a gem! 🙂

    Sandra from http://www.chicplaisir.com

  5. Karena Albert March 31, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    Heather you will have a never ending list of fabulous things to do, places to go, and wonderful people to see!!

    The Arts by Karena

  6. Lily L-M March 31, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    I couldn’t be more obsessed with LSD… there is truly no one chicer out there today, if you ask me!

    xo Lily

  7. kusa March 31, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Thank you for the fantastic blog…have been reading for a few weeks and love it. Just got back from Paris (spring break with husband and daughter), gorgeous weather. Went to see exhibits at Palais de Tokyo and had lunch at Monsieur Blue, your advice… Cross the street – fashion museum, they had Conde Nast photographs exhibit, was very nice. If you like new, fresh vibe, like Chateaubriand, I suggest you try Agape Substance on the Left Bank. Very creative but not crazy busy. If you are looking for a special occasion dinner, I highly recommend Epicure at Hotel Le Bristol. Also, you may like to check out new Van Gogh exhibit at Musée d’Orsay (ask hotel for ticket, lines are long), as they have some paintings from private collections we never see. My daughter begged to go back to Le Cigale Recamier – soufflés and more soufflés.
    Really love your blog, Heather, thanks again!

  8. Cocktails and Gelato April 1, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    Wishing you the most wonderful trip! I’m excited to follow along with you as you live out my dream of an extended stay in Paris! I pinned that LSD in a trench with Ferragamos last spring as my uniform inspiration outfit, it’s perfection for strolling the streets of Paris!
    Cheers, Laura