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.