PARIS PROFILE BY GUEST BLOGGER: mademoiselle KATIE CROFTON
shopping haunts: I usually head down rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the Marais or I go to the rather discrete area above La Grande Epicerie, which houses some of my favorite designers.
must have look of the moment: Leather jackets, crochet, bright colors, and mixing unorthodox patterns and materials.
best people watching spot: I love sitting at Bar de la Croix Rouge – conveniently located at a quiet intersection that splinters off to rue de Grenelle with its high end designer boutiques and a block away from Place Saint Sulpice.
neighborhood to get lost in: While wandering the narrow streets in the Marais, one of the oldest districts in Paris, I often come across hidden gems. In my travels, I’ve stumbled upon vintage designer consignment shops and under the radar art expositions.
favorite cafes: Café Varenne is a perfect spot to eat amongst the bustling Parisian lunch crowd. It offers good food and with its close proximity to museums and shops, you can either venture off to the Musée Rodin or stroll down to my favorite department store, Le Bon Marché.
Another great spot is situated on rue du Cherche Midi, Matteo et Paola. It is a smaller salon de thé and a fantastic place to eat lunch or sit down to enjoy an afternoon pastry. In addition to the delicious lunch fare, it is conveniently steps away from my favorite boutique and French brand, Heimstone.
place to splurge on an extravagant meal: Being quite the gourmande myself, I have indulged in some haute cuisine française. For a truly unique French gastronomic experience, the 3 star Michelin restaurant l’Ambroisie is unforgettable. If ever in Paris while the weather is nice, La Cour Jardin is a perfect little oasis nestled in a charming garden courtyard at the Hotel Plaza Athénée.