(C and me in front of Notre Dame and the, now sadly dismantled, bridge with love locks)
The first bag we created for august was the Marais tote and it continues to be our bestseller today! The bag was inspired by some time C and I spent living in the Marais where we would shop for groceries in the Bastille and at the farmers market on Boulevard Richard Lenoir and wander the streets of Paris day and night. We discovered amazing places along the way and secrets like eating at all the best restaurants in town during lunch for a taste of Paris's incredible chefs at a fraction of the price. Here I'm sharing some tips!
(the famous Mini Cooper in front of Merci)
Merci: my favorite store in Paris. It's gorgeously curated and changes all the time and all proceeds benefit charities that support people in need in Africa. Home goods, gifts, clothing, jewelry, accessories, you name it, it is here and beautiful! I love the cafe as well!
also try... Collette, Isabel Marant, Carven, Surface to Air, Vanessa Bruno, APC and the shops in the Palais Royale.
Rose Bakery: In the Marais, this is place is beautiful and healthy and a nice respite from all the heavenly but heavy French meals you'll be eating. Breakfast and lunch.
Verjus: From the people behind the now defunct Hidden Kitchen. Two married, America expats run the place and cook and serve. The food is exceptional and the company equally lovely. We love the downstairs for small bites and amazing wine recommendations. They also know every new and great restaurant in town and won't guide you astray!
Briehz Cafe: buckwheat crepes in the Marais and the best butter you'll ever eat from Normandy.
Tartes Kluger: In the Marais, don't leave without trying the dark chocolate with sea salt tarte.
Poillard: Wonderful bread, go for lunch for an open faced sandwich.
Helene Durose: One of France's great chefs and one of the few female ones to get her level of recognition. Indulge for dinner for have a curated "bento box" style for lunch at half the price!
Lily's Brownies: In the Saint Germaine for when you just need an America style, take-away latte.
(brunch at the cafe at Merci pre-shopping)