Paris travel guide—where to shop + walk

Sandra Dawn in a restaurant in Paris

 

“Mom—the text started—where’s the syrup?” I was sitting in a sweet little cafe in Paris, the first significant trip in two years away from my family and I hadn’t heard from anyone until Day 5—about syrup. It was perfect. 


“Fridge. Top left shelf,” I fired back. And that was it. 


Family, I can only assume, back to pancakes, and me, back to the best rosé of my life

 

britt summers walking Paris

 

We’d spent the day shopping. We’d spent every day shopping—which is what you do when you own a shop in New York and look to fill it with the most exquisite goods. 


The initial pull to Paris was Maison & Objet, a decor, design, and lifestyle trade show. We hit that hard, as we do, and were done in a day.

 

Then we ate and shopped our way through Paris and mapped our favorite shops and restaurants just for you:


Day 1—Montmartre

 

cobblestone street in Montmartre, Paris

 

Before you head up to this charming part of Paris with cobblestone streets and musicians playing in café courtyards, stop at Louise Paris to buy yourself the cutest little vintage outfit! We did.

 

 

 

Sandra Dawn in vintage Chloe in Paris

 

Once outfitted, head to Hotel Particulier Montmartre for the most fabulous cocktails. (Be sure to reserve ahead of time if you'd like to stay for dinner.)

 

britt summers at hotel particulier montmartre

 

drinks at Hotel Pariculier Montmartre

We managed to fit in many bites on Rue Saint Maur, where we shared small plates at Le Servan—

food at Le Servan in Paris

 

—and the best sandwiches of our life at Yemma Office!

 

britt summers cutting into a wrap at Yemma in Paris on Rue Saint Maur

 

Day 2—Maison & Objet

 

Great furniture leads for the shop, more to come on this front soon!

 

Day 3—Paris Flea Market in Saint-Ouen


An antique and flea market dream—jam-packed with hundreds of independent vendors in a very walkable area. There are guides if you’re interested, starting at 30 euro. We opted to hit it hard on our own, letting our eyes and our instincts guide us. We found stunning light fixtures, often vintage Italian, delicate glassware, art, brass work—so much. If you love the meandering hunt, this is the place. La Creme for coffee.

 



Day 4—Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves


Flea market on the edge of Paris, good early Sunday morning. You never know what you'll find. We found art!

Open every weekend from ~7 AM to 1 PM. Be sure to get there early, when we arrived, many vendors had already packed up.


Days 5—Shop Ailleurs to Rue Debelleyme 

Walk over to my favorite shop of the trip, Ailleurs—a fabulous home decor store with an enchanting little courtyard. 

 

Ailleurs shop

 

Eat steak tartare at Cafe Bistrot Paul Bert (recommended by our waitress at Le Servan). 

Shop the many boutiques along Rue Debelleyme and eat your cheese heart out at Les Petits Crus, where wine was paired with perfection! (TIP: Don't share, it's too confusing, everyone there should get their own.)

les petits crus in paris 

Day 6—Saint-Germain-des-Prés 

britt summers favorite shop in paris

 

From Rue Jacob to Rue de Beaunne—spend hours walking these small streets teaming with treasures—it's where Britt found the art of her dreams at L'Atelier 55, her favorite shop in Paris!

 

sandra dawn walking in paris



As for my family—they did just fine without me—though, turns out they never did find the syrup.

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2 comments

  • Sounds like a wonderful trip to a most fabulous city. As for the syrup call being the only one – that’s pretty great! Well done, Family:)

    Anne Carpenter on
  • Your Paris blog is charming and interesting! I can’t wait to go to Paris someday and your notes make it sound do-able and fun ! PS that cheese presentation platter looks yummy! I’ll go there for sure!

    Carmala Walgren on

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