LOCALS ONLY: Claire Naa's Paris Guide

LOCALS ONLY: Claire Naa's Paris Guide

Locals know and love their cities in ways tourists never will.  Our new series of city guides have been written by some of the most creative locals in their towns: the makers with whom we work.  This week, Parisian jewellery designer Claire Naa shows us the best rooftop bar in Paris, takes us to the city's best flea market, and tells us where real Parisians buy their croissants.

 

When you want to show off the city, where do you take visitors?

I would first bring them to my favourite neighborhoods, which are Saint Germain des Prés in the 6th arrondissement, and Le Marais in the 3rd. Then to get a higher, overall point of view we would go to Montmartre and then, of course, stop by the Eiffel Tower. 

What does winter in Paris mean to you?

Staying in a warm home near a fireplace!  And the best restaurants for that are L’atelier de Maître Albert and Guy Savoy’s restaurant.

Where is your favorite place for a Sunday afternoon walk?

I really enjoy getting lost and looking for antiques and vintage furniture at the most famous flea market in Paris: the Saint Ouen Marché aux Puces.

What’s the best way to spend Friday night in Paris?

Enjoy a restaurant with my friends and go out for a drink at “La cité de la Mode et du Design”, in order to enjoy the roof top of Le Nuba.

Your favourite place to shop?

I love to shop at Le Bon Marché and La Grande Epicerie of Paris.

Visitors to Paris should definitely should avoid…

The Champs Elysées Avenue should be avoided because it’s really become a supermarket and lost its charm.

Your last great dinner in Paris was…

I recently went to a restaurant called Les Chouettes in the Marais. The dinner was great and the place has been renovated and looks gorgeous.

 

What’s one of your best most recent discoveries in Paris?

I am re-discovering the 18th district. It’s changed a lot recently with the coming of lots of nice and original concept stores, restaurants and places to hang out at night. 

What’s your insider’s tip to the city?

The best tip ever for Paris is to ride a scooter! It is the easiest way for me to move around.

Where is the best place for a date in Paris?

The best place for a date should be the Hotel Amour. There you can enjoy a very nice dinner in an unexpected garden. 

Where can visitors find the best croissant in the city?

Definitely Gérard Mulot 76 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris.

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Check out Claire Naa's origami jewellery here.

And check out Lucy Folk's Melbourne guide here.

Images via Guy Savoy, Hotel Amour, and Les Chouettes.