JENNIFER’S TRAVEL GUIDE: JE T’AIME PARIS
Paris is always a good idea, said Audrey Hepburn. When I decided to take a few days off to visit ICBRKR’s founder, Jocelyn who recently moved to London, I thought to myself, what better city than Paris to catch up in and live in the moment?
We checked into the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, a classic luxury hotel in central Paris with an amazing spa and close to all the best shopping. Our first stop was lunch at L’avant Comptoir in the Left Bank, a standing room-only small plates style bar where ordering requires you to look up at the menu items. Wow, this could not have been a better introductory meal to Paris, where we indulged in the amazing beurre and foie gras macaron! Extremely satisfied, we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the Left Bank popping into shops and patisseries like Cire Trudon, Mulot, and the famous Pierre Herme. Surprisingly, we were still hungry for dinner at Hotel Costes and its delicious Lobster Spaghetti but we did skip the cheesecake to make it to Crazy Horse for our night cap. Next time we’ll check out @cirqueguru.
Waking up in Paris meant baguettes, croissants, mille feuilles, and scrambled eggs with truffles at Angelina to prepare us for our impending shopping day on Rue Saint-Honoré. First stop was the fragrant Byredo, where the most luxurious lotions, body washes, and candles exist. We spent the rest of the day visiting all of the iconic French brands from Chanel to IRO. By the end of the day, the spa was calling my name to prepare me for dinner at Beef Bar Paris. We loved you Beef Bar, from the emoji plates to the Kobe beef carpaccio and all the way to the grand chocolate souffle pot at the finale. And what better way to end Jocelyn’s last night in Paris than with a strong cocktail at Bar Hemingway.
Waking up on day 3 meant going for a breakfast crèpe at Briezh Cafe and strolling around Le Marais. I stopped by the beautiful home and fashion store, Merci, which to me, in a lot of ways reminded me of what ABC Carpet & Home would be like in Paris, where one can spend hours admiring. I also checked out Empreinte’s concept store, wandered aimlessly for hours popping into stores like Miel Factory and stopped for a coffee and people watching near L’As du Fallafel. I walked all the way back to the 1st arrondissement to get ready for a delicious seafood filled evening at Clamato.
LAST DAY IN PARIS
This always means last minute shopping for goods to bring back to NYC. Of course, I could not leave without boxes of freshly baked Angelina pastries to spread the love back home. ICBRKRs, Paris is always the best idea.
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