city guides & travel

{take me away № 21 | city guides № 1 : paris}




At the very centre—the heart, soul and jewel of France, we find Paris . . . Paris in all of its overwhelming magic and allure. Paris that, perhaps of all places around the globe, of all the islands and coasts, extraordinary mountains, cities, and countrysides, might just be the most dreamed about of them all. And is it with any wonder? Enveloping the experience of l’art de vivre is a rosy hue, a hue only seen while you are there [long remembered and forever held in the heart], swept up in the magic of the city of lights. Here, for hundreds of years, thousands and thousands of visitors near and far have traveled to visit, to live, [even if just for the day] amongst all that is Paris.


Here we find perfectly imperfect cobblestone streets, many offset by poetically tilted and beautifully aged architecture, and as we walk, we quietly take in the unabashed beauty and élan, as elegant & effortlessly stylish women pass by; an older man, pedaling along on his bicyclette, en route to the barber may bring on a smile—indeed, a postcard sight; ladies immersed in each other’s company, tucked in bold red chairs at a quaint café, back and forth they speak, in reverent conversation; or peek into the windows of elegantly merchandised shop windows, seductively showcasing handmade merchandise, created with skills perfected centuries ago. A host of streets may call you to stroll, looking up as you go, at the decorated facades, noticing a tiny pot with a cheerful blossom tucked into the tiniest of nooks. Not so unlike Paris, where charm abounds—charm and quality, hand in hand—be it fine foods or perfumes, fundamental manners & etiquette, or tying a scarf with flair.


Perhaps it’s passion? Perhaps it’s Paris. A city unlike any other, Paris calls creatives to create, lovers in love, and explores to explore . . . for those with an appetite to discover and to learn may discover a convergence of past and present, and may lose themselves forever, never to be the same. And so, today we warmly invite you to join us as we visit some of the most memorable places, and share some of best kept secrets in our address book of Paris . . .




01 | Four Seasons Hotel George V : 31 Avenue George V 75008
02 | Hôtel Bellechasse : 8 rue de Bellechasse 75007
03 | Hôtel Crillon : 10 Place de la Concorde 75008
04 | Hôtel Lancaster : 7 Rue De Berri 75008
05 | Hôtel Lumen : 15 Rue des Pyramides 75001
06 | Hôtel Plaza Athénée : 26 ave. Montaigne 75008
07 | Hôtel Recamier : 3 Place Saint-Sulpice 75006
08 | Hotel Thoumieux : 79 Rue Saint-Dominique 75007
09 | L’hotel Particulier : 23 ave. Junot Pavillon D 75018

10 | La Belle Juliette : 92 Rue du Cherche-Midi 75006
11 | La Réserve Paris : 10 Place du Trocadéro et 3 Ave. d’Eylau 75116
12 | Le Royal Monceau : 37 Avenue Hoche 75008
13 | Maison Champs Elysées : 8 Rue Jean Goujon 75008
14 | Mandarin Oriental : 251 Rue Saint-Honoré 75001
15 | Murano Urban Resort : 13 Boulevard du Temple 75003
16 | Plaza Athenée : 25 Avenue Montaigne 75008


[for apartments to rent : feel paris /// haven in paris /// home away /// homelidays /// way to stay]




01 | Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée : 25 Avenue Montaigne 75008
02 | Bagatelle : 42 Rue de Sèvres 75016
03 | Carette : 4 Place Trocadéro et 11 Novembre 75116
04 | Cristal Room Baccarat : 11 Place des États-Unis 75116
05 | Ferdi : 32 Rue du Mont Thabor 75001
06 | Huitrerie Regis : 3 Rue Montfaucon 75006
07 | Kei : 5 Rue Coq Héron 75001
08 | Kong : 1 Rue du Pont Neuf 75001
09 | Ladurée : [multiple locations] 10 | L’Arc : 12 Rue de Presbourg 75116
11 | Le Dali : 228 Rue de Rivoli 75001
12 | Le Clarisse : 29 Rue Surcouf 75007
13 | Le Grand Vefour : 17 Rue Du Beaujolais 75001
14 | Le Train Bleu : Gare de Lyon Place Louis Armand 75012
15 | Mini Palais : 3 Avenue Winston Churchill 75008
16 | One Place Vendôme Restaurant : 1 Place Vendôme 75001
17 | (Phantom) L’Opéra Restaurant : Place Jacques Rouché 75009
18 | Pierre Hermé : [multiple locations] 19 | Restaurant Maison Blanche : 15 avenue Montaigne 75008
20 | Vitelloni : 4 Rue Dupetit Thouars Carreau du Temple 75003

[editor’s note | bakeries & tea shops : recommended by laily]

Fauchon : one of my favorites, love the prepared tea sandwiches/salads here; grab some and head to the Luxembourg Gardens.
Pierre Hermé : [also listed above] like a boutique, with 9 delicious éclairs — the vanilla eclair is to die.
Mariage Frères : best tea shop in paris, always bring home some “wedding imperial tea”; I would suggest the location in the Marais
Café de Flore : I love going to Café de Flore—I know it’s supposedly “touristy” but whenever I am there, it feels like you are seeing with the Sartorialist’ss eyeglasses and everyone there is French.

[editor’s note | restaurants : recommended by laily]

La Régalade : 123, rue St Honoré, 75001

Les Papilles Bistro : 30, rue Gay Lussac 75005

Passe Flor : very good

l’Atelier de Joel Rubuchon : 5, rue de Montalembert 75007

Lentrecote : best steak and frites

Les Comptoir du Relais : 9, carrefour de l’Odéon 75006 — right by St. Germain, I don’t think they take reservations so you have to wait in line, but it’s moderately priced and casual, and there’s a lot of variety on the menu; good food, but also, a great location in a nice busy area

Hôtel Costes : a cool spot the food is good there, but I think maybe 30 40 euro for entrées a person

Chez Georges : also good — casual and moderately priced; tricky to find so take a cab but a good meal

Fables of Fontaine : 131, rue Saint-Dominique, 7th (Metro : Ecole Militaire)

Afaria : 15, rue Desnouettes, 15th, (Metro: Convention) — more basque stylea

also: Au Petit Marguery & Le Marcab




01 | Anne Fontaine [clothing] : [multiple locations] 02 | Astier De Villatte [home accessories] : 173, rue Saint-Honoré 75001
03 | Blanc D’Ivoire [home décor] : [multiple locations] 04 | Chanel [fashion house] : [multiple locations] 05 | Chaumet [jewelry] : [multiple locations] 06 | Christian Liaigre [home décor] : [multiple locations] 07 | Christian Louboutin : [multiple locations] 08 | Christian Tortu : 5, Rue du Commandant Lamy 75011
09 | Cire Trudon [home accessories] : 78, Rue de Seine 75006
10 | Colette [concept store] : 213, Rue Saint-Honoré 75001
11 | Coté Bastide [lifestyle] : 4, rue de Poissy 75005
12 | Delisle [lighting] : 4, Rue Parc Royal 75003
13 | Dior [fashion house] : 30, Avenue Montaigne 75008
14 | Eres [lingerie, swimwear] : [multiple locations] 15 | Galeries Lafayette [department store] : 22 ,Rue du Départ 75015
16 | Le Petit Atelier de Paris [concept store] : 31, Rue Montmorency 75003
17 | L’autre Maison [home décor] : 54, Avenue La Motte Picquet 75015
18 | Maison Michel [milliner] : [multiple stores] 19 | Merci [concept store] : 111, Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003
20 | Mis En Demeur [home décor, accessories] : 37, Rue Bayen 75017
21 | Paul & Joe [fashion house] : [multiple locations] 22 | Perrin [fashion accessories] : 35, Rue des Petits Champs 75001
23 | Pierre Frey [home décor, fabrics, accessories] : 2, Rue Furstenberg 75006
24 | Pinel & Pinel [travel] : 22, rue Royale 75008
25 | Princesse Tam Tam [lingerie] : 19, rue Vieille du temple 75004
26 | Repetto [famous ballerinas] : 2, Rue de la Paix 75002
27 | Roger Vivier [fashion house] : 29, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008
28 | Stern [paper goods] : 131, Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008

[editor’s note | also:] chloé : 54/56, rue du faubourg saint-honoré 75008
isabel marant : 47, rue de saintonge 75003
vanessa bruno [french designer] : 100, rue vieille du temple 75003
printemps : [department store] : 64, boulevard haussmann 75009
ysl : 38, rue du faubourg saint-honoré 75008
lanvin : 22 and 15, rue du faubourg saint-honoré 75008
balenciaga : 10, avenue georges v 75008

free’p’star : 8 rue sainte croix de la bretonnerie 75004 & 61 rue de la verrerie 75004
yukiko : 97 rue vieille-du-temple
vintage : 32 rue des rosiers 75004
pretty box : 46 rue de saintonge 75003
esprit vinyle : 57 rue saintonge 75003
iglaine : 12 rue de la grande truanderie 75001
mamie : 73 rue de rochechouart 75009
mamie blues : 69 rue de rochechouart 75009
vintage desire : 32 rue des rosiers 75004
noir kennedy : 12 rue du roi de sicile 75004

roséline x
[& from laily:] delphine pariente : 3 rue de turenne 75004


paris, from above . . .


01 | Arc de Triomphe [monument] : 36 Rue Pierre Demours 75017
02 | Assemblée Nationale [government building] : 126 Rue de l’Université 75007
03 | Basilique Sacré Coeur [church] : 35 Rue du Chevalier de La Barre 75018
04 | Centre Georges Pompidou [museum] : Place Georges Pompidou 75004
05 | Eiffel Tower [monument] : Parc du Champ de Mars 75007
06 | Jardin du Luxembourg [public park] : 5 Impasse Royer-Collard 75005
07 | La Gaîté Lyrique [art & music centre] : 3bis Rue Papin 75003
08 | Le Panthéon [monument] : Place du Panthéon 5e
09 | Les Invalides [mueum] : 129 Rue de Grenelle 75007
10 | Eglise de la Madeleine [church] : Place de la Madeleine 75008
11 | Louvre [museum] : Musée du Louvre 75058
12 | Musée D’Orsay [museum] : 62 rue de Lille 7534
13 | Notre Dame [church] : 6 Parvis Notre-Dame Place Jean-Paul II 75004
14 | Palais de Chaillot [museum] : 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre 75116
15 | Palais Royal [palace & gardens] : 25 Rue de Valois 75001
16 | Place de la Concorde [public square] : Place de la Concorde 75008
17 | Sorbonne [institution] : 1 rue Victor Cousin 75005
18 | Versailles [palace, gardens, museum +] : place d’armes 78000 [Versailles]

[Aside : among Roséline’s absolute favourites, Le jardin du Luxembourg, above, and Le Musée d’Orsay]

* Indulge in a wonderful new haircut at the famous salon, Alexandre de Paris

* In the evening, attend a ballet performance at Opéra Bastille or Palais Garnier
* Take a walk through Parc Monceau [be sure to have your camera by your side] * Wander up and down the fabulously chic Champs-Élysées
* Visit the local markets for fresh food and bouquets of flowers
* If you are feeling especially young at heart, visit Disneyland in Paris
* Take a whimsical ride on the sweetly adorned carousels
* Enjoy a mid-afternoon croissant or chocolate-topped waffle
* Get lost in the large Artcurial bookshop, with over 18,000 fascinating titles in stock
* Plan a romantic picnic and enjoy a lunch at the Parc du Champ de Mars
* Explore the flea markets for wonderful and unique treasures
* Spend an unforgettable day in Versailles, immersed in history
* Rent a bicycle and enjoy the city as locals do [also : velib] * Put your map away, and get lost in the possibilities . . .




A large part of the charm and intrigue of Paris is, without a doubt, the careful construction and respect for tradition that goes into many of the products and services available. It is always lovely to bring a few items home to remind you of your beautiful Parisian adventures, whether handmade laces or carefully embroidered linens from Yves Delorme, a new favorite scent, or treasures found at a flea market. The possibilities are endless. Additionally, while walking along the Seine towards the Musée D’Orsay, you may fall in love with a subtle watercolor, being sold by a budding artist. Cards from your favorite shops, postcards, and other such fun snippets, collected throughout the trip, can certainly bring back wonderful memories of unforgettable experiences for years to come.





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Sarah Klassen
Contributor, Vancouver

Even as a girl, Sarah spent hours curled up in her home library, exploring enchanting tales, lands to be discovered and explored, intriguing stories, and timeless beauty. What resulted is a lifelong passion for love and authenticity, delightful simplicity and beautiful moments. Educated in design, marketing and English, Sarah’s keen eye and aesthetic allow her to immerse beauty and heartfelt passion into both her personal and professional projects.

27 Notes
  • Mary Catherine Fields said...

    Just love everything !!!!! Please don’t stop !!

  • Lorinda said...

    Don’t forget the beautiful tulleries !

  • More comprehensive than Frommers, Zagat, and Lonely Plant combines. Beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, and wistful! Lovely. I am heading to Paris again during the summer and will certainly need to take some of your suggestions.

  • Wow, now I have to go to Paris..
    Great list girls! Thank you =)

  • This just lifted my mood.

  • When you put it this way, I can go to Paris any time!

  • Perfect, I love it!
    I’d love to read something similar about London, since I’m planning on going!
    However this guide really made me want to go to Paris! :) xx

  • What a lovely post – I don’t know what to do first, sleep, eat, shop, see & wander… you’ve made it way too difficult now. Just beautiful images as per usual. x

  • shubhra — how perfectly lovely to hear! thank you so very much for not missing a day, and who can blame one for being so inspired by paris? congratualions on your furntiure studio and love & luck to you as well x

  • Wow Sarah! So much information to take in! I appreciate the time you put into this post, so many wonderful recommendations.

    One of my goals next year (when my dear mother retires) is to visit Paris & Berlin. I’ll definitely use your guide as a reference once that time comes. Thanks sweetie, xx.

  • Thanks for including the vintage section, i think, among all the other great spots, Paris can’t do without this! it’s a quite while now when i visit this city.
    Great “take me away” post Sarah & Roséline.


  • Hi, Its been ages that i first browsed through your blog & since then i don’t miss a day.Today i felt i SHOULD share something about your blog with you. Im an interior designer, Love PARIS (even though i haven’t been there)& opening up my furniture studio soon. Its all inspired by Paris. And i fell in love with the place all thanks to your LOVELY Collection of photos.. the streets, the food, beautiful villas and the list wont end! So thank you very much for the inspiration..! Looking fwd to Actually Be in Paris soon! oh and keep posting such makes my day! :)
    Love & Luck!

  • anonymous № 1 : while it’s very lovely that you’ve taken the time to notice that the site is filled with hidden gems, to be fair, sarah has only been to paris once, and with that, through hours of research, she has still managed to pull together a brilliant & beautiful [& useful!] list of things; that being said, the city guides are a work in progress, and in fact, have just added a few more shops, as well as a very thorough vintage shop list x

  • Anonymous said...

    Thank you so much for this post! Beautiful and so poetic. I can tell the next visit will be amazing with all this info. Now if only I could stay at George V ..

  • Oh how you tease me. I dream of Paris.

    ♥ sécia

  • Anonymous said...

    Beautiful photos, thank you. Wishing the lists were a less mainstream and contained more hidden gems – like the rest of your blog.

  • I love paris, can’t wait to go again in the Spring! This should be really helpful as it’s only my second time:)

  • i’m leaving for Paris on Wednesday and this came on at a PERFECT time!!!
    i can’t wait but you just made me more excited with this beautiful post- thank you!

  • What a beautiful post! You really made me miss Paris – I’ve been a few times before but it’s been much too long. I will have to keep this post bookmarked for an upcoming trip. Thank you!

  • What a beautiful post.. took me away to Paris for a few minutes! Much love, xoxo

  • What a wonderful resource! We’re planning our first trip to Paris this summer, so these suggestions will certainly come in handy. Thank you so much!

  • Absolutely wonderful…amazing post!
    xxx dj

  • I love Paris. I live there for ten year and its a wonderful city and many places to visit. I love your post and it was a plaesure to read it.
    Kisses from Portugal.

  • Oh my goodness, I’m swooning over this post. Paris is without a doubt one of the most beautiful, romantic cities in the world, and I absolutely loved all the gorgeous images you shared. I haven’t been to Paris in almost 2 years, and this post is seriously making me want to pack my bags! Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  • so inspiring. thank you!

  • Bookmarking this for future reference :) Thank you for making such a comprehensive guide Sarah!

    Also, I’m wondering if you’ve ever been to Jacques Genin. I’ve heard that their pastries are (really, truly) the best, particularly their chocolate and caramel eclairs.

  • This is simply exquisite. A perfect portrayal of the beauty of Paris. I may just need to hop on a plane soon….. :)

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