The Pure Truth / Travel Guide: Paris, France
Travel Guide: Paris, France
By Estela Cockrell
I wanted to share a few travel tips for our purists who are always on the go. I often get the chance to spend time in Paris. It is a magical city with a certain air about it that you only find in Paris. My favorite things to do are to go to the museums, shop, sip a spirit with friends, and enjoy the markets. I love Paris in June and in September. The weather is exceptional!!
So, here goes my list of everything (gluten-free) Paris
sans the baguettes!
What to bring:
Makeup: Suntegrity BB cream, Fit Glow Lip gloss, Saint Eye Palette, Lily Lolo Mascara, Fitglow Sunny Days Cheek Palette, S2P Exclusive Highlighter Trio, and Au Naturale Concealer, Au Naturale Lipgloss (love our S2P Frosé and Glow on the Go!)
For the long travel and sleepless nights: Juicy Bamboos, Nite Nite Patches, Skiin Sheet Masks, Nourish Travel Bar, Zinc Spray SPF, and Sweat Cosmetics SPF powder, Knours In-Bed Cleansing Wipes, B Vitamins (feeling alive), daily multivitamins (Back to the Basics), Digestive Enzymes to break down all this foreign food, and Wylde's Immune shrooms to stay strong throughout my trip!
Where to stay:
Paris is made of Districts of Arrondissements. Staying in a convenient district will help cut down on travel time. Luckily (for the moment) car services like Uber work, so, it is pretty easy to get around!
Obviously, there are many options at every price point, but the most important thing to keep in mind is what district you are in!
Le Burgundy $$$
Hotel Costes Is always great lunch, dinner or drinks $$$$
Mandarin Oriental $$$$$
The Peninsula $$$$$
Relais Christine $$$ (Ste Germain)
Grand Powers Hotel $$$ (great if Roland Garros is the bulk of your itinerary)
Where to eat (and some have gluten-free options, yay!):
These are GF, I swear!!!
Where to have lunch:
L’Avenue – great people watching similar to The Ivy.
Lunch or dinner is always hot at Hotel Costes.
Carrette great terrace and amazing breakfast or brunch even café
Loulou for lunch or dinner very nice if nice weather you can sit outside in the middle of the Louvre good vibe
Helmut Newcake – the best assortment of gluten-free (and much dairy free) baguettes, traditional sandwiches, eclairs and more! LOVED this spot and great little shopping in the area.
Where to have dinner:
Caviar Kaspia is by far, the best Russian restaurant I've ever been too! It's very trendy, a great crowd, with fashionable people!
Stresa is the best Italian, it's a small place but another great, fun crowd!
Ferdi (behind Hotel Costes) has great tapas and good food for a cool, chill night. You do need to make a reservation because it's always full and a very small place!
Bar de la Croix Rouge has the best tartines (open faced sandwiches)
Café de Flore on Blvd St. Germain
Le Flandrin has the best outside terrace, come here when the weather is stunning!
Kinugawa Vendôme is best Japanese behind Rue de Ponthieu good for lunch or dinner
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain always great for dinner but no reservation
Manko Paris dinner then club with Saks player. Very fun.
Le Petit Lutetia in St. Germain for dinner
La Belle Époque for dinner
Monsieur Bleu has a great terrace and view!
Ralph’s is great for when you're craving an America cheeseburger.
Avenue des Champs Elysees – most famous and where the Arc de Triomphe is!
Boulevard Haussman – Gallarie Lafayette and Printemps (my personal fave)
Rue Saint Honore + Avenue Montagna (very 5th avenue)
Montaigne Market + Avenue Matignon
Avenue Montaigne – Similar to 5th Ave.
In the 6th arrondissement St. Germain there is great shopping area where you will find a lot of shops like Maison Kitsune, Le Coq Sport. Boulevards Saint Michel and Saint Germain relaxed and fun.
Roland Garros is an amazing venue to watch tennis. Intimate, close to town and great clay court. The entire grounds are filled with flowers….the experience is second to none.
The Louis Vuitton
The Louvre (see the Mona Lisa!!)
Champs-Élysées Park is BEAUTIFUL!
All of the amazing historical buildings, like the Notre Dame! Psst. over by the Louvre are great little trinket shopping and the love locket bridge!
Best street for antiquing is Rue l’Universite. There are about 3 blocks of shops to wander around.
Ma Coquette is a fun Philippe Stark designed spot to eat, near the Puces de St Ouen Flea Market. All close to Rue l’Universite.
Also, love Costes bar for drinks or Manko. Both so fun! There are thousands of cafes that are open late for a nightcap.