Oh Paris, I fall in love with you more every time I visit. And this time really was something special. Both Phoebe and I had been to Paris two times before, we’d done all the tourist hot spots and seen the sights. But do you ever come back from a city break and realise you didn’t see the true city? The cobble streets, the bakeries opening up, the local cats having their morning stroll? That’s the Paris I wanted to experience. So this time round, Phoebe and I rented an Airbnb for the weekend and decided to not visit anything we’d done before.
Firstly, having an Airbnb in a city instantly changes the style of your trip and this time round we really hit the jackpot with our apartment. A stunning, open and spacious apartment in the Oberkampt area was our home for the weekend. It was so wonderful having a cosy place that was all ours to come back to after a day of exploring the city.
So what did we get up to? We arrived Friday and after unpacking and realising we may been staying in the most beautiful apartment in Paris, we decided to get ready and head to the Yves Saint Laurent museum. We didn’t want to waste a second and we wanted to make the most of our first evening in Paris. The museum is in the old studios where Yves used to design his most famous clothing. Although it was smaller than we both imagined, it’s definitely worth seeing and a great way to spend the evening.
On the Saturday, we went shopping. We started in a well recommended vintage store called Kiliwatch Paris, packed full of incredible vintage and second hand pieces. The store starts off looking quite retail – you almost forget you’re shopping second hand items. Towards the back of the store it turns in to your more classic vintage shopping style experience. A must go to for any vintage lovers.
Next, we went to galleries Lafayette. Okay, so I have been here before but it’s one of my favourite places in Paris as its basically the city’s answer to Harrods. With it’s beautiful interiors and fantastic designer concessions, Lafayette is the place to go for your shopping needs.
Lastly, we visited ‘Thanx god I’m a VIP’. This vintage store is full of designer pieces from the last few years. Everything was surprisingly affordable for the labels that were stocked, I even found a pair of Celine trousers for 80€!
We finished the day with gin and tonics on a boat along le Seine. By this point I was ready to move to Paris for good! Find out what we did on the Sunday in part two next week.