Lauren Spencer King is a former temporary Parisian, current artist and breathwork teacher, and she was magical enough to show me Paris through her lens. I’ve been to Paris a few times, but Lauren couldn’t have a more complimentary taste to my own, so her Paris was one I truly fell in love with. You will too. Here is LSK’s - hang like a local health conscious artist - guide to Paris for F&N.
WILD & THE MOON - 55 Rue Charlot, 75003 - Paris has answered your prayers for a healthy juice spot. Their lunch and breakfast are equally delicious. Grab a juice and a snack for wondering around the northern Marais. You will want to stop in here every day, I usually do.
CANDELARIA - 52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 - You might not equate Paris with delicious tacos made by a chef from Mexico City, but you should. For a fun night out head to Candelaria, the taqueria and hidden cocktail bar, designed by my friends David and Cheri. The bar is open from 7 on and you have to walk through the "hidden" door in the taqueria to get in the back.
CAFE INEKO - 13 Rue des Gravilliers - a new spot in the Marais where you can find amazing fresh bio herbal infusions.
GLOW ON THE GO -25 Rue de Turenne - adaptogenic tonics and an apothecary full of wellness necessities.
MARCHÉ DES ENFANTS ROUGE- 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 - This is the oldest covered market in Paris, it has been around since 1628. It has become the place to shop and eat in the neighborhood. Sit at the picnic tables like a local and enjoy a late lunch or early dinner.
MARIAGE FRERES - 30 rue du Bourg-Tibourg - The first place I head when I get to Paris. This tea company has been around since 1854. I always load up my suitcase with the most delicious teas from all over the world. It’s also lovely for an afternoon cup of tea and a scone with their delicious tea infused flavored jams.
BOBS KITCHEN - 74 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 - I adore this place! Especially when you are burnt out on heavy rich French food! Light salads, hand rolled veggie sushi, GF pancakes, and juices. Great for brunch and lunch. A local Marais spot for healthy food. Also on the street is one of the oldest houses in Paris.
WELCOME BIO - 10 rue Boulle - A nice bio (organic) market - they have a home shop around the corner that is cute too! A great place to get everything you need to cook while staying in Paris. When I lived there twelve years ago nothing like this existed, so it is especially exciting to me to buy french almond milk and bio crackers.
CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE - 28 Rue de Poitou, 75003 - If I could wear one designer this would be it. The most fashionable women’s wear around, in my opinion. Perfection.
FLORENCE LOWERY BOOKSTORE - 9 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 - This is my favorite bookstore in Paris. They have the best collection of artists monographs and they have a great little gallery space next door.
0fr - 20, rue Dupetit-Thouars (Carreau du Temple), 75003 – An art/design/fashion bookstore. They also have great parties and shows, especially in the summer. Check to see if anything is opening while you are there, a great place to connect with the Parisian cool.
COMPTOIR de L’IMAGE - 44 Rue de Sévigné, 75003 - A great tiny book store with art books and an amazing archive of vintage fashion and design periodicals.
SENNELIER - 3 Quai Voltaire, 75007 - A dream art store. Stock up on beautiful brushes, giant oil sticks, and small notebooks and colored pencils for sketching.
ASTIRE DE ViILETTE - 173 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 & their new location 16 Rue de Tournon, 75006 – One of my favorite stores in Paris. You might recognize their beautiful signature white ceramics and candles, notebooks and cards. I always stop in and pick out a new piece to add to my collection.
LIBRAIRIE DES ARCHIVES - 83 Rue Vieille du Temple - mounds of vintage art, design, and graphics books.
V.M.C ODETTA - 76 Rue des Tournelle - incredible selection of vintage high-end Parisian designers.
LUXEMBOURG GARDENS - Lovely for a stroll any time of year, don't miss the beautiful beehives! Take a book and a blanket on the weekend with a picnic, in the summer it can get really crowded, but it’s kinda fun that way.
MUSÉE DE LA CHASSE ET NATURE - 62, Rue Archives 75003 - An old manor house with a collection of hunting trophies from all over the world, antique bows, crossbows, and taxidermy. A great museum off the beaten path.
GUSTAVE - MOREAU MUSEUM - 14, rue de La Rochefoucauld, 75009 - One of my favorite museums in the world! This museum is set in Gustave Moreau’s home, so along with many paintings and drawings you get to see some rooms of his house, which are really beautiful. It’s a great museum that usually isn't very busy (or it wasn’t before the invention of Instagram), and his paintings are out of this world good.
LA GALERIE DE BIJOUX: - 107, rue de Rivoli 75001 - Breathtaking! A permanent jewelry gallery in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, which is great as well and not as busy as the Louvre. It’s a secret gem (pun intended). Lots of inspiration here.
ATELIER BRANCUSI- Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 - Incredible! An exact replica of the artists studio that houses 137 sculptures, 87 bases, 41 drawings, two paintings and over 1,600 glass photographic plates and original prints, plus all his tools exactly as he left them.
VERSIALLES – OK, this isn’t a local Parisian tip, but Versailles is truly mind blowing. It is one of my favorite places on earth and worth dealing with all the tourists if you have never seen it. If you aren’t into touring the palace I would highly recommend a day in the gardens. You don’t need to buy a ticket for this, but it is a lovely place to picnic, relax by the canal with an ice cream, you can even rent bikes to explore. Some tips: it can be very crowded during the summer, get there right when it opens or a little before to avoid a long line, also buy your ticket ahead of time online. If you are just visiting the gardens you get to skip the line altogether and enter through the garden gate. It’s also easy to get to by taking the metro; there is one line that goes directly there with a short walk to the Palace once you arrive in Versailles.