24 hours in Paris

I recently went on a whirlwind business trip to Europe and got to spend a day off in Paris. After quickly taking in some legendary landmarks, I headed to Le Marais, a hip district in the city’s 4th Arrondissement to squeeze in some shopping. This historical area boasts a diverse community and is filled with delicious cafes, art galleries and fashionable boutiques. Wandering the narrow cobblestone streets, I discovered a few fabulous shops well worth a visit the next time you’re in Paris: 

Manoush: With embroidered florals, lacy materials and ultra-feminine silhouettes, this luxurious line is positively drool-worthy. Inspired by designer Manoush’s passion for world travel, she describes the brand’s identity as: “Poetic, bohemian, girly, some may even say kitsch.” The Printemps Dress and Laine Top particularly caught my eye.

Lilith: I fell in love with a pair of floral fabric oxfords on display in the window and inside discovered Lilith’s signature style—pairings of flowing and structured pieces combined to chic effect. With a primarily neutral palette and subtle floral and graphics prints, I spotted several pieces that would blend seamlessly into my closet: the aforementioned Newa Derbies and the '60s inspired Notre Dress.

Abou D’abi Bazar: This eclectic store presents its curated collection of various designer pieces in a gallery-like display of color-coordinated sections. I love a good bargain and with a summer sale on, I found a few treasures to pack in my suitcase: a pair of mustard yellow pumps by Noe of Belgium, and a splatter print top by French Connection. With impeccable customer service and too many gorgeous things to choose from, this store was the perfect final stop on my brief shopping excursion. 

Whether you have a few days or a few hours to spend in Le Marais, the sights, sounds and flavors of this neighborhood are not to be missed.

Here’s my quick guide:

Stay: Hotel Duo

Eat: Les Philosphes

Shop: Manoush, Lilith, Abou D’abi Bazar

Keep an eye out for: Brilliant jazz-guitar buskers, scooters zipping by with incredibly chic women in dresses and heels, street vendors with booths stocked with scarves and quality leather bags at affordable prices.