The author of My Paris Dream—which comes out today—shares her favorite places to dine, shop, and explore in the City of Light.

By Kate Betts
May 12, 2015
Kate Betts, Karl Lagerfeld
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1. The Picasso Museum, which recently reopened after a five-year renovation that more than doubled its size. It’s a must-see in the Marais.

2. Un crème and un croissant at Café de Flore, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Cafe Fiore
Credit: Courtesy of Kate Betts

Courtesy of Kate Betts

3. The chestnut trees in the Jardin des Tuileries are in bloom.

4. Peonies the size of grapefruits at my favorite florist, Moulie Savart.

5. Lingerie shopping at Sabbia Rosa, on rue des Saints-Peres.

6. You can still dine on delicious home-cooked coq au vin or ris de veau at bistros like L’Epi d’Or and Le Petit Tonneau.

7. Merci, the coolest store in town. I love having lunch in the used bookstore where you can buy early editions from French publisher Gallimard for $5.

8. The Place des Vosges.

9. Two scoops of citron vert sorbet at Berthillon on the Ile Saint Louis.

10. Isabel Marant’s flagship store at 47 rue Saintonge.

11. The King’s Grand Apartments at Château de Versailles, before the summer crowds arrive.

12. Shopping at the oldest outdoor covered market in Paris, Le Marché des Enfants Rouges—followed by a lunch of couscous or falafel seated in one of the outdoor stalls.

13. Savon Superfin scented soaps from the exquisite pharmacy-style shop, Buly 1803, in the 6th arrondissement.

14. Le Marché Aux Puces Paul Bert—even if you don’t buy any furniture in the flea market, it’s so much fun to look around.

15. Pain poilâne.

16. Soeur, on rue Bonaparte, where you can find the most stylish kids’ clothes.

17. Cult-favorite beauty products like Embryolisse, found at classic French pharmacies.

18. La Tuile à Loup, my favorite source for French pottery and tabletop treasures, located near the Jardin du Luxembourg.

19. Pont des Arts—or the infamous “Love-Lock Bridge.”

20. E.Dehillerin, the best place to buy kitchen utensils for the serious at-home cook.

21. Because it’s spring in Paris!