Hip Hotspots: Paris
Cosmopolitan blogger Audrey Leighton Rogers was born an American but spent her childhood growing up all over Europe. After finally putting down roots in Paris, she spends her days as a writer, photographer and running her online emporium Frassy Rags. She shares her favourite Parisian hotspots and talks vintage gems, café crèmes and people watching in St-Germain.
I absolutely adore Manoush – a brand that combines Moroccan influences with French heritage. Super bright colours, lots of intricate beading, great voluminous silhouettes – these clothes are absolute eye-candy - I’ll stop in and end up staying for too long. There is just too much to look at and admire! www.manoush.com
Freepstar have 3 boutiques dotted throughout the Marais. It’s a great place to shop when you’re broke — I especially love their 1 euros bins; brimming full of bizarre treasures. Expect to do a considerable amount of rummaging, but your searching will reap at least a handful of vintage gems. www.freepstar.com
Best for…RETAIL THERAPY
Merci is a concept store located in the most beautiful sun-lit loft. Stop by their flower shop and get comfy on the sofas in their book corner or lunch at their super healthy restaurant — I can spend hours here. The best part? All of Merci’s profits are donated to charity – retail therapy without the guilt. www.merci-merci.com
Best for…PEOPLE WATCHING
Café Flore –the most iconic of Parisian cafes, and probably a little clichéd to name it as my favourite, but it will always be a classic for me. Overlooking Boulevard Saint Germain, both the people-watching and their café crèmes encapsulate everything I love about living in Paris. www.cafedeflore.fr
My friends and I love to visit Loulou’s Friendly Diner on the weekends for their enormous brunches and even bigger burgers. No frills, just honest good food. Best to sit outside and prolong your Saturday lunch over the course of a few hours – their cocktails are pretty great too. www.louloufriendlydiner.com
Redhouse – I only recently discovered this place but have since been a handful of times. A down-to–earth bar with a homey vibe; the bar staff are hilarious, the music is good and during happy hour, cocktails are only 5 euros. Redhouse Facebook Page
Place des Vosges – this gorgeous square tucked into the marais is my “happy place”. The brick architecture reminds me of London, so I often come here when I am missing England. In the summer, I like to lie on the grass or sit at one of the many cafes that line the square.