Since Paris is predominantly a walking-type of city, there is nothing I look forward to more than knowing that I’ll be going back to one of the most iconic luxury hotels in all of Paris— the Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel. – Yolanda Edwards
Secret Spots in the First Arrondissement
From morning coffee to afternoon wine tasting, this walkable Parisian neighborhood has it all.
The 1st arrondissement is one of my favorites. I love a morning jog from the Grand Palais through the Tuileries down to the Louvre. Then again, I’m pretty happy just sitting in the Tuileries on a chair, watching kids push their sailboats around the fountain, or watching the Parisian kids jump like maniacs on the in-ground trampolines. But I’m not alone in my love for this area—obviously it attracts the crowds, and obviously we all try to avoid the crowds, and the feeling of being a tourist.
Here are some of my favorite spots near Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel.
Sébastien Gaudard, one of the best bakers in town, opened his second location just across the street from the Tuileries. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, and it’s under an arcade, so it’s a perfect spot to have a seat and drink a delicious café au lait and enjoy an amazing almond croissant. There are also lots of beautifully packaged chocolates and treats to bring back as gifts. As much as I still love Angelina just a couple of blocks away from here, I just can’t take the crowds. The Patisserie des Tuileries feels like it’s still a find.
I know, we’re not supposed to shop for clothes we can get back at home when we’re on foreign soil, but even though I know we can get Vanessa Seward back in the States, it’s just more fun to see the whole collection together, and there are definitely different pieces here. It’s a good place to pop in and feel like a cool Parisian girl.
Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore was a street that once had all the trunk makers in Paris. Most tourists flock to Goyard, and while I’m such a fan of that brand, I love popping into Moynat, also a trunk and leather bag brand. It’s been around since 1849, but had a rebirth in 2012. When I stopped in recently, they gave me a tour of their archives, which took my breath away.
Since reinvention of classic, or even forgotten, French brands is a real thing happening there, I had to stop in to check out Fauré Le Page, a house that once made swords and guns for French royals, and now is a luxury brand for men and women. Wallets, handbags, and notebooks—the usual…but it’s a brand to watch. They’re only available in France and Japan, and they’re definitely cool.
My new favorite spot for lunch is Ellsworth. The owners, Braden and Laura, started it as a casual option to their more formal Verjus. The fried chicken is unforgettable, but actually everything we ate we had to take a picture of, since we wanted to copy it back at home. It’s more California-ish than French, which frankly, after a couple of days in Paris, I crave.
No matter how hot, or how crowded Paris is, you can somehow still find peace in the Palais Royal. I love walking through the “linden alley,” which is an immediate shoulder dropping relaxant. I also like to get a coffee at the lovely Café Kitsune.