#locallyinspired: paris design dreams
Published Oct 2, 2015 5:00 AM
Hi everyone! I’m Jasmine, the girl behind @jasminetartine. Living in the land of baguettes & delicious hand-churned butter, tartines are my favorite thing to wake up to in the morning, hence the name. I moved here in 2013 after I married my French husband. Constantly drawn to beauty and history, living and working in Paris has been a visual feast for me. I work in a communications agency near the Opera house so I am often in the 1st and 2nd districts of Paris. Here are a few places I’d love to share with you.
@cafekitsune in the historic Palais Royal is a great cafe to stop by for a mid-morning or afternoon break. You can either sip your coffee sitting in the gardens of Palais Royal or in their outdoor sitting area which is never too crowded.
The shops in the Palais Royal arcades are the loveliest to wander around if you have some time and want to get something special. No matter the time of the day, you never feel like there are too many people. It’s always quiet and elegant, with an air of nostalgia.
There are beautiful art galleries, Didier Ludot for vintage jewellery and dresses, and don’t miss renowned parfumeur Serge Lutens’ flagship store where you can pick up one of his famous scents and be awed by the purple universe and the spiral staircase!
Even with the influx of new cafes in Paris, Maison Verlet remains one of my favorites. Established in 1880 and offering a wide selection of coffees and teas, its tables and chairs exude the old-world charm of an era long gone.
Although your cafe crème will come with latte art like most trendy cafes in Paris, it’s here that you can still see elderly French ladies and men with berets nursing their espressos over a newspaper.
Just across the road from Verlet, pop into @astierdevillatte, because their handmade ceramics are just perfect. I ask for something from there for my birthday every year. 🙂
Behind the store are two small rooms where one can quietly admire plates, bowls, and vases and feel like you have been invited to a real atelier. It’s one of my favorite shops in Paris! @astierdevillatte
Built in 1823, Galerie Vivienne is one of the prettiest covered passages in Paris and here you can find the tea salon, A Priori Thé, tucked away in a corner. It’s been around for ages and I love sitting outside to enjoy the light. If you ever find yourself in Paris, I hope you will love these places, too!