Paris Le Marais, Merci Concept Store Just on the edge of Le Marais is the concept store Merci, opened by the founders of children’s store Bonpoint (see also after dark section for Grazie restaurant). From perfumier to library, cafe to clothes boutique, you name it Merci has it covered, and they’ve made an art installation out of it. Whether you’re looking for an egg timer, a pair of brogues or
Paris Shopping, Le Marais Marche des Enfant Rouge is an outdoor farmers market with multi coloured furniture and multi national cuisine, located off Rue Bretagne. Stop here for spot of lunch and you’re ready to hit Le Marais for an afternoons shopping. L’Estaminet Cafe Marche’ des Enfants Rouges 39 rue de Bretagne 75003 www.lestaminetdesenfantsrouges.com L’Estaminet The streets of Le Marais are filled with shops, bars and cafes. I
Paris Shopping Markets Porte de Vanves Flea Market Every Saturday and Sunday morning. 7am–1pm, but arrive early to snap up the best pieces. One of the best flea markets in Paris for vintage clothes and accessories, antiques, trinkets, old vinyl records and nostalgic postcards, often with the original letters still written on the back.
Paris Shopping Concept Stores L’Eclaireur No sign on the door, just ring the doorbell and you enter into one of the most exclusive retail addresses in Paris. You can buy everything from clothing and candles to sculptures and shoes. Think Dover Street Market set in a seductively lit ecclesiastic building, blaring out classical music. Very eyes wide shut. There are six L’Eclaireur stores in Paris but the one in Rue
Paris Shopping Sant Germain des Pres Once the domain of artists, musicians and intellectuals Sant Germain des Pres is a great place to people watch, especially if sitting in one of the typically Parisian street cafes. For a spot of intellectual tourism head to Cafe de Flore or Les Deux Magots the famed hang outs of Hemingway, Proust and Jean Paul Satre. Cafe de Flore 172 bd. St-Germain 75006 Les
Last week I spent a delightful weekend in the South of France. My boyfriend’s family own a gite (converted farm house) in Le Verdier in the wine region of Gaillac. It’s a great destination for chilling out, wine tasting, eating delicious French food and walks through the vineyards with the gite dog Gigi. The flight from London takes an hour and a half to Toulouse. Easy-jet flies there now so
If you manage to prise yourself away from the pool the nearest city is Toulouse. The shopping here is like a mini edited down version of Paris. The centre of town isn’t huge, you can easily walk round it in a day. Start the morning wandering around the gourmet food markets on Place Victor Hugo. You’ll find an amazing selection of fois gras, cheese, fresh fish, charcuterie and of
Toulouse Shopping and Eating The ultimate Style Traveller guide to shoping and eating in the beautiful city of Toulouse. After lunch take any of the exits off the Place St George to discover hidden boutiques down beautiful quaint streets. Rue Antonin Mercie is a pretty little street with great boutiques like Diptyque, Mouvance at 17 rue Antonin Mercie is a gadget and gift haven for design lovers, think Zara Hadid
Toulouse Street Style A Fashion Editors guide to Toulouse Street Style. Toulouse is an affluent university city and the style on the streets is classic, smart and preppy. It’s not avant garde or particularly dressy but understated and chic. Think skinny jeans, breton tops, beige trench coats and a classic Louis Vuitton tote bag. Add a pair of elegant sunglasses and splash of rouge lippy and you’ll fit in perfectly.