So, you need places to go and things to see and all that stuff. Consider this your guide, from me to you. It’s pretty basic but it’s what I liked doing and what I would do again and suggest to anyone who were to visit themselves. Enjoy!
FOR MENS LOOKS: Ami
I’ve written my praise of this perfectly Parisian brand before and, I assure you, it is as glorious as I had suspected. The store on Rue is the best bet to see everything as it is a beautiful, intriguing space that crashes classic French style with contemporary French style in every way possible. This is my number one place to go.
BE JEALOUS OF THIS DEPARTMENT SITUATION: B.H.V.
You have not had a retail boner until you’ve entered the block busting offspring of a Bloomingdale’s and Target with the style of a Kate Spade Saturday (RIP.). It’s just divine. BONUS: if you bring in your passport, you get an extra 10% off your purchase.
BEST EYE CLOTHING CANDY CONCEPTS: Etudes & Acne
I love these brands and I can’t afford these brands. The Etudes space was hidden in an alleyway in the Marais and it was an improvement upon other stores doing similar things in Paris like Commes Des Garçons. It abides by the retail-store-as-gallery model—but it works, in a fun way, because their clothing is so irreverent yet fancy. It’s so great. The Acne is similar in its fabulousness: it’s an Acne store. They are all great. Just go here.
TO IMAGINE A FRENCH IKEA: Merci
If you want something a little less “big” than B.H.V. and with the personality of Ikea, this is your jam. It is 1000% not the same as Ikea and falls somewhere between there and Muji and some curated lifestyle store.
FOR A GOOD BURGER: Blend
A burger in Paris? Yes, there are a lot. This was the best in both style and substance. Cute service staff here, too!
ART TO SKIP: The Lourve
Boring. Too many people. See it online. Don’t bother. If you want old art, go to the Pompidou. You won’t get the Mona Lisa but you will get a shit ton of Matisse, which is far greater (in my contemporary, forward leaning mind). The Pompidou also has the best building in the city, too. (Again: contemporary.)
ART TO DO: Palais Du Tokyo
This is a giant contemporary art gallery masquerading as a “museum.” It is great. You just have to go here. Get a drink and dinner at their outdoor café and then spend a few hours in the museum. Better yet, do what we did: spend a Saturday or Sunday night here as the museum is open until midnight. It’s lovely!
FOR A DRINK WITH ATTITUDE: Andy Wahloo
Bobby waxed on a while about this. Andy Wahloo is the best bar in Paris. It’s hip and fresh and like no other bar I’ve been to in my adult life. The drinks are unrivaled. It is an extremely special place. Go here with people you love for a drink or two.
FOR THE BEST DESIGNED DRINK: The Bar At Les Bains
This super fancy design hotel bar is a dead place if you go early but, dang, it is worth it. The drinks here are spectacular and come in amazing glassware. There are unique outdoor spaces and you get a great view at fantastic Parisian interiors. This place is tres magnifique but kind of pricey (the only downer here).
MOST ENJOYABLE CROQUE: Minimes
This place is probably not winning any awards with anyone else but I had a bomb little Croque Madame here. I had many during my stay but this was the one I enjoyed most. (Added bonus: their foie gras is pretty baller, too.)
FOR GREAT MEAT & CHEESE: Comptoir Gourmet
This was the first place we went to grab a bite in Paris and we went specifically because it boasted great meat and cheese boards. They were indeed terrific. I highly advise going here and sitting on the very edge of the restaurant, where it turns from outside to inside.
BEST AMERICAN TWIST: Carhartt
Surprise! Parisian Carhartt is a streetwear brand for skater kids and adult who want to look kind of American urban. Things are cheap and nice and you will laugh your ass off that you are in a Carhartt store. I loved this store.
FOR PAPERS: Paper Tiger
Cute things to write on! French people still write on paper! It’s adorable! Write on paper more! B.H.V. also had a great selection of paper stuff, too.
FOR SOUVENIRS: The Duty Free At The Airport
I tried and failed to find souvenirs anywhere in the city that I thought would be good for people. So, I took a chance and waited the fate of airport shops. And? It was fantastic. At least in CDG’s Terminal 2A, their Duty Free section was bountiful and no one will have any idea that you gathered up a bunch of shit from an airport store. You will lug some shit onto the plane but, hey, you got some cool booze in a bottle that is shaped like the Eiffel Tower. Well done!