Given that I’m heading to Paris this week, Lauren Bastide’s city guide couldn’t have come at a better time. The ultra-chic Elle France writer recently took some time out with the enchanting Garance Doré to share her best-kept secrets in the city she calls home. From where to indulge in the perfect baguette to the holy grail of vintage shopping, this Parisian definitely knows what’s up. Until I report back with my own picks, here’s a condensed version of Bastide’s favorites to hold you over.
For the best soy banana smoothie: Rose Bakery (46 Rue des Martyrs, 75009) For the quintessential baguette: Arnaud Delmontel (39 Rue Martyrs, 75009) For hard-to-find fashion magazines: Les Editions OFR (20 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003) For luxury vintage shopping: Since (30 Rue St Roch, 75001) For super thrift shopping: The Le Marais district is where it’s at. Boutiques include Freep’star (8 Rue Ste Croix la Bretonnerie) and Noir Kennedy (22 Rue Roi de Sicile). For a fashionable rendezvous: Le Water Bar de Colette (Rue Saint Honoré, 75001) For your nightlife fix: Le Baron (6 Avenue Marceau, 75008) For your non-touristy culture fix: Musée Maillol (61 Rue de Grenelle, 75007) For yoga with real Buddhist monks: Le Centre Sivananda (140 Rue de Faubourg Saint Martin, 75010)