21 in Paris
Paris is my favorite city I’ve been to, hands down. I don’t think that any will top it for a very long time (maybe Tokyo one day. Maybe I have unrealistic expectations for that one, but probably not). I love everything about it and literally spend most of my time there walking around in awe of it. The city itself is breathtaking, the food, the people watching maybe even more so. As far as 21st birthdays go, I think Paris was the most magical place to spend it. Luckily enough my parents, sister and rockstar best friend felt like Paris wouldn’t be the worst place to spend a weekend and made the trek out from the U.S. I turned 21 in the David Lynch club drinking a martini and I couldnt have imagined a better scenario. Thank you fam + Al for making this girls dreams come true!
I’m not sure why Paris has always felt so golden to me but I’ve always kind of held it in this superior light and I think that might have to do with the fact that my dad spent a bit of time living there in his 20s. I grew up hearing those stories mixed with a peaked interest in French new wave films over the past few years and my idolized view of what that city holds. It glows with this promise of possibility that I think few places still hold in the same way. My dad and I always bonded over our love of spending hours in a cafe in Paris and watching. We don’t talk, we only watch the people and the city go by, there’s almost too much to catch and it all feels somehow surreal.
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout my life and am eternally grateful to my parents for that. Paris is one of the few European cities I’ve actually spent time in and I get asked a lot about what we/I love to do, see, eat. Below you will find my tried and true favorites in Paris, though I must disclose that these are not all mine, my parents have done their fair share of finding gems and passing them on to me. Below you will find a photo diary of the trip and my favorite spots in Paris.
airbnb's are the way to go. usually cheaper than hotels, easier, cooler, and you don't have to feel like a total tourist. St. Germain is my favorite spot in Paris to stay, to walk, to shop. It's chic + livable + very Paris but not touristy.
SNACKS + DRINKS
Le Hibou has always been a staple in my 'Pairs' experience. This was the first time we stayed in an airbnb and we usually stay at a hotel just across the street from this amazing spot so I've come to know it over the years. AMAZING drinks, fab food and sweet/chic people.
Atlas is another favorite in the St. Germain area. Great food and the people watching is superb.
very much less so snacks, but David Lynch's club "Silencio" is somewhat speakeasy somewhat not, regardless it's a really phenomenal space with great drinks. Members only till midnight, and no photos.
Birthday dinner or not, it's hard to go to Paris and not find yourself in a bougie restaurant. Stepping into Alcazar was like stepping out of Paris almost, there was space, and plants and it felt like New York almost. It was perfectly French though at the same time and we absolutely LOVED it. The food, the drinks, the people, the ambiance.
I could spend hours just walking around and looking at Paris, and admittedly I spend most of my time there doing just that. My favorite spots are Tuileries just off the Louvre, along the Seine, and through St. Germain. All quintessentially 'Paris' in their own right and all worth the trip.
By some strange mishap I had never heard of Sezane until this trip to Paris. Unsure how that happened? Al was set on visiting their store and I was quickly on board. It was stunning, it really was. It was so precisely curated, so dreamy, so...everything you want a store to be. Will 100% be going back. Just being there was inspiring.
Another long held favorite of mine is Cotélac, I fell in love with it the first time I visited Paris and have been returning ever since, it's simple and just plain chic. It's all beautifully designed and made and I can't express how fab it is in writing.
Kick-ass leather shoes? Clif. I need say no more.
Every time I travel I try to hit the kilo shops. Vintage/used items always seem 100% sexier when they're from somewhere else. Al and I found this gem called "Free ‘P’ Store" and can i say GEM again? So much shit packed into such a tiny space but downstairs is where the gold is. Suedes and furs and vintage denim galore, and the best part? It's actually affordable.
I probably cried. The Dior exhibit is among the most extraordinary things I've ever witnessed in my life. Go, it might change your life. The sheer volume of collected objects was incredible alone, but the design and the precision and the sheer beauty of it was literally breathtaking.
Cafe de Flore is iconic, it lives up to the name and the hype. Knowing that some of the greatest creatives of the 20th century have occupied that same space is magic. Another cafe just a block over with a very similar feel (David used to frequent it as a 20 something and turned me onto it) is Cafe Les Duex Magots.
PHOTO DIARY / OUTTAKES