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Quick Paris Trip

Quick Paris Trip

As I mentioned, Stella and I were lucky enough to take a work trip to Paris this past weekend. We had the best time and kept joking that it felt like our honeymoon. Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…

Sezane Store in Paris

Sezane Store in Paris

We were doing a shoot with Sézane, our favorite French fashion brand. (Can’t wait to share the photos in a couple weeks!)

Quick Paris Trip

We flew overnight on Friday and spent Saturday and Sunday scouting and photographing places for an upcoming Paris city guide.

Quick Paris Trip

We tried to ignore jet lag and, in between shoots, soak up as much of the city as possible. We biked around and took long walks…

Quick Paris Trip

…stopped by the Rodin Museum and the Musee D’Orsay

Quick Paris Trip

…and window shopped at Deyrolle and Merci.

Quick Paris Trip

We saw beautiful statues around the city, but funnily enough, I kept accidentally thinking of them as an Instagram meme. The guy above: “Me rn.”

Quick Paris Trip

We rented a One Fine Stay apartment in St. Germain with gorgeous views…

…although the apartment was on the fourth floor, we happily climbed the stairs because THE ELEVATORS WERE SO TINY OMG.

Quick Paris Trip

Quick Paris Trip

Naturally, we prioritized food and had delicious meals at Clamato (seafood) and Breizh Café (crepes). And our final dinner was at Chez Janou, which felt lively and welcoming with big posters, fun younger people, sweet older couples in thick sweaters and incredible scallop risotto.

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But one of the best things we ate was falafel! In this post, we saw tons of comments about a spot in the Marais — L’As du Fallafel — which readers were flipping out over. And, true enough, the sandwich was AMAZING with crispy eggplant, moist falafel, soft pita, tomatoes and lettuce. Thank you so much for the recommendation.

Quick Paris Trip

Some other cute things we noticed: handsome men carrying armfuls of baguettes, girls wearing all black plus Stan Smiths, a killer beauty selection in drugstores, kids cruising on balance bikes, people eating very late in restaurants, approximately one million camel-colored scarves, and swarms of rats in parks at night!

Quick Paris Trip

Quick Paris Trip

Although spring or summer in Paris would be magical, we also loved visiting in January. Short days, long dark nights, misty rain… it felt like this painting. Thank you so much for reading! We’re looking forward to sharing an official Paris city guide next month, as well. xoxoxo

P.S. One woman’s solo trip to Paris, and a French bra trick.

(Sézane photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo; falafel photo by Tuxedo Cat; others by Stella and me.)

  1. Mahee Ferlini says...

    I love Paris!!

  2. I love Sezane! I keep seeing all their items everywhere and I’ve loved all of it! That Paris trip looked dreamy!

    xo, Sofia
    http://www.thecozie.co

  3. Nicole Brant says...

    The rat problem is putting a serious damper on my enthusiasm for our upcoming trip. That, and worrying about the language barrier as I don’t speak French.

  4. This looks like an amazing weekend, but how hard is it to get back on a plane after just two days in Paris?! Not sure I could make myself do it ;)

  5. Inna says...

    you have a snapchat??? what’s the username?!

  6. It looks like you had a lovely trip, though I suppose its impossible not to when its Paris you’re going to! I’m very jealous! -carryonbeautiful.com

  7. Katie says...

    So glad you’re publishing a Paris City Guide! My husband and I are going in April for a babymoon so it will be great to see what you have to say.

  8. Okay, Stella — you officially have the coolest job! #goals :)

  9. Clare says...

    Yes! L’As du Falafel is the best!

  10. Amelie says...

    As a Parisianer, I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to our city! Chez Janou used to be my favorite restaurant about 10 years ago, when I was a student. Now I find that it has become a Disneyland version of its former self: service is spotty, an entire table of food was once undercooked and the last time I went, the meat was dry and the sauce was on the side (the French love their sauce, “on the side” is for tourists). There are so many nicer, truer representations of French cooking. Can’t wait to see what you may have found that I have missed otherwise (like Clamato)!

  11. Meems says...

    Stella! You have quite the following on IG. (me now included). Your pictures from Paris…Amazing! I “feel” like I was there standing in the rain (camouflage) or in the museum with people milling around. Kudos!

  12. Joanna says...

    I just moved with my husband and two children to Germany in October and am hoping to take a solo trip over to Paris for a weekend soon! Did you know that the winter sale season just started on January 11th?? I look forward to reading the city guide and may postpone my trip until after that. Sezane is on my “must visit” list for shopping – thanks to Cup of Jo! Also, I was wondering if anyone had any leads for French furniture stores? I’m in the market for a new bed and have scoured the German stores but haven’t found anything that I love. I’m thinking perhaps I might have better luck with a French store… any suggestions?

  13. Vivi says...

    I enjoyed this post and reading through the comments but I have to ask, do you make money off the (affiliate?) links posted in the comments? It just kind of feels like indirect advertising a little bit?

  14. Céline says...

    Ahah : Sézane in real, at last :-) :-)
    What did you shop there, girls ?

    Spoiler alert: Stan Smith are becoming very 2016 now (if not 2015 !!).
    Want to shop new ? Grab a pair of Adidas Gazelle instead.
    I’ll check the Allbirds in the meantime, dunno what they are about !

  15. Oh my gosh I literally just moved to Paris a few weeks ago but haven’t really had time to explore it yet and this post has made me so excited! I’m definitely going to try the falafel place out – yum xx

    http://www.diaryofanexpatgirl.com

  16. Awesome clicks. Seems like a fun trip . Looking forward to the city guide Jo!!

  17. Kim says...

    Looks like a fun and rewarding weekend! Was wondering what camera Stella is shooting with? Thanks!

  18. Allegra Liu says...

    What a glamorous dream to get to do a shoot with Sezane and that glorious trip to Paris is the icing on the cake!

  19. Maria says...

    Let me try this again…(auto-correct)
    I would love to know where to find those simple black BOOTIES worn by the woman pictured with camera in hand.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Ha! Hi Maria! They are Madewell’s Chelsea boot. I can’t find them online, but often I still see them in stores! xo

    • Sarah says...

      Heehee…i I just jumped on to comments to ask the same thing! Love them…and all the pics. Looks lovely. So enjoy my Friday evening reading this blog. Thank you!

  20. Lovely. Totally reminds me of my first trip to Paris in 2015… and hopefully NOT my last one. Loved the women everywhere in sneakers and low-heeled shoes… looking chic and pulled together. Seriously, who needs stilettos anyway?

  21. Lauren E. says...

    Ooooh Paris… I was so surprised to see that people carrying “the daily bread” is not a stereotype. Parisians actually do pick up a fresh baguette every single day, and then there are those adorable girl with baguettes sticking out of their bicycle baskets. I’m dying to go back.

  22. Caroline says...

    I visited Paris this past year and had my birthday dinner at Chez Janou! What an atmosphere. (I also proudly rocked my Stan Smiths- they made me feel like I blended into the Parisian crowd on the metro)

  23. Fanny says...

    Hi Joanna,
    It’s great to see that you enjoyed your time in Paris.
    Are you still in “the city of lights”? If you are, I would gladly recommend you some places worth checking out ;)
    Fanny

  24. Love that you made it to the falafel place! I had the same reaction from people when I told them I was going to Paris a few years ago.

  25. Julia says...

    Didn’t you guys just love that even the drug stores were tres chic?! One of my favorite parts of Paris were the little things like walking into the drugstores and buying sunscreen and nail polish. It all looked so fancy. The clerk sent me off with my new purchases in a pretty little l’occitane bag. As I exited the store, swinging my pretty bag in hand, I then rounded the street corner to sit in the sun to sip on a super sized white wine (apparently I can’t read French and ordered wine for two!), and to bask in the beauty that is Paris. GOD I sound so cliché. But its so true!!!

  26. I have never been to Paris but would LOVE to go someday. This post rekindled my my fascination with this city! Can’t wait to experience such beauty. x

    Imaan |https://theaugustclause.wordpress.com

  27. Gisèle says...

    Hello,
    Nice pictures from Paris.
    Do you know the name of that painter ?
    Thanks from Brussels.

    • Madeleine F says...

      Caillebotte.

  28. I love how you say “if you’d like to see.” Of course I’d love to see photos of PARIS! Looks like an incredible trip. I want that falafel right now!!!

    http://www.mangotomato.com

  29. This blog post is making me miss Paris so much! Check out my post on my favorite Parisian flea market (at Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen) find: http://thepixiewizard.com/?p=6903

  30. Megan says...

    I was in Paris (and some other towns in France) this summer and LOVED that almost every french person had a baguette in their arm! Including a guy boarding a flight to London with us. It was the funniest thing to me and my sister to see all these baguettes sticking out peoples bags, or on the subway. We also noticed you can buy a baguette just about anywhere too, which was a disappointment coming home and having to run to the grocery store for fresh bread.

  31. bailey says...

    Hey – Could you tell me where those boots are from in the picture of Stella taking a photo?

  32. Marcy K says...

    Yes to Paris in January! Smaller crowds at the museums and all the cafes feel so cozy.

  33. J’adore Paris. I will fulfill my dream of living there for longer than a week someday!

  34. Maria says...

    If that’s Stella in the picture with the camera, what are those simple black bottles she’s wearing?

  35. Awww I love your outfits! So simple and chic! I am totally copying them! Or maybe not as I dont look good in skinny jeans =P

  36. Katie says...

    Lol about the falafel. My friend and I ate at a tiny schawarma place in Florence twice in the 2 days we were there. I know we live in a multicultural society, but it’s still funny to me as that’s not the traditional Florentine fare!

  37. Ahhh, you went to so many places I went this past summer.
    How was the line at L’As du Fallafel? Having a dad who’s spent a lot of time in the Middle East has spoiled me for authentic, delicious, and quick falafel :)

  38. Lisa says...

    You also need to visit Marseille – it has a rough reputation but it’s a beautiful city (and the coastline around it is gorgeous)

    I LOVE French pharmacies. They’re insane and my thinking is that it’s cheaper to buy stuff there than in the UK because of currency fluctuations and what not (any excuse to go nuts in one …). They have so many different brands and amazing products. I could spend days in one

    We were planning on a trip to France this summer and you e reminded me of another reason to go back to Paris -l’as du falafel. Sooooooo good

  39. Susanne says...

    there used to be night trains from Austria to Paris – I loved hopping in the train at the evening and waking up in Paris for a petit dejeuner; other way round I went in the bakery just before departure and went straigth from the railwaystation to my work, with baguettes, pain au chocolate fresh from Paris for my collegues which was always fun and very special. Unfortunately they cancelled those trains, so it`s not such an easy journey anymore – better to go to Italy -in terms of nighttrains- nowadays. (waking up in Venice or Rom isn`t so bad either ; ) ). I love Marais and the Rodin Museum is one of my favourites. An other place to go is “Saint Chapelle” with its stunning glass windows all round, a wonderful place as I think. Thanks for your wonderful post!

  40. Juliette says...

    Next time you should absolutely go to “Miznon”. It’s a falafel restaurant which is 1min from “L’as du falafel” and 100x more delicious ! Imagine !
    (I’m living in Sydney at the moment and it feels so good to see pictures of Paris (my home town)! Thanks !!)

  41. Rats in the park? Are you for real?

  42. Anna says...

    Have been in Paris in different times of the year and do prefer colder months or spring to summer in Paris. Maybe a bit smaller crowds, but the main reason is that Paris does November better than any other city I know! Couldn’t agree more about statues as memes, haha. And know I want to book a flight, merci! xo

  43. J’adore!! You did a shit ton in 3 days!!!

  44. Megs says...

    I did my first solo trip to Paris just days before you arrived. My favorite blogger in such a sweet beautiful city. We experienced it just days apart. What a wild world this is.

  45. Eliza says...

    Oh my goodness, this is such a treat to see. We were in Paris the week after Christmas through the New Year, and stopped by many of the places in your pictures. We went to Chez Janou for the second time in as many years; that scallop risotto really is excellent. Convenient when your apartment is right next door, too:) Darling waitstaff. Was the manager who could be Obama’s brother there that night? So warm.

    Dragged my husband to Sezane after seeing your previous feature on the founder, and loved it…beautiful space, fabulous clothes. I was in real danger of leaving with a stack of shoes but found they ran slightly short and oddly wide, a problem that the salesman said was a common complaint, alas.

    Saw the crazy lines at L’As du Falafel and passed on it, and ended up tucked away at Carette on a cold mid-morning, wandered through Merci and fantasized about how much I could stuff in my luggage.

    Glad you had so much fun!

  46. Lauren C says...

    Stella: The cowboy hat insta stories. I WAS DYING!

    Glad you two had fun. Going to Paris on Feb 4 and hope I don’t miss your guide! Xo

    • Angela H says...

      im going to paris with my mother feb 4th too! neat to know that a fellow cupofjo reader will also be there at the same time :P i hope you enjoy your trip!

  47. Kelley says...

    This brings back so many memories! I spent part of a summer in Paris 15 years ago and went to the museums you mentioned and tried falafel for the first time there, among many other wonderful things. Its such a wonderful, beautiful city. I can’t wait to see the photos from your shoot!

  48. Rebecca says...

    Sounds like a dream weekend!! My husband and I went to Paris in September 2013 and actually ate at Chez Janou our first night! We were so tired after flying overnight and exploring the whole day that of we were the first people to ask for a table for dinner at 5 pm. For dessert, we ordered the chocolate mousse. Neither of us speak a lick of French so we were so surprised when they brought out the biggest bowl of mousse you have ever seen! (My husband actually took a hilarious picture of me with it.) After the tables of French couples next to us had a quick laugh, they explained that we were supposed to take a scoop and put it on our plates!! Since we started dinner so early, we were the first to order it for the night, and it was completely untouched so it looked like they were delivering the biggest dessert you have ever seen to our table. 😂😂😂 We still laugh about it!

  49. Jeanne says...

    My sister in law and I are leaving for a quick girls trip to Paris in two weeks. We’re from So Cali so we’ve been flummoxed over what to wear in Paris during this kind of weather – cold and possibly rainy. This gives me a good idea. Should I bring rain boots? (Maybe those beautiful Parisians are too chic to wear rain boots!) Or will knee high leather boots be appropriate? Thank you for this insight Joanna and Stella

    • Eliza says...

      You’ll see some knee-high leather boots but many more ankle boots. If your rain boots are comfortable to walk in, you’d be fine, but it’s probably overkill.

    • Lilly says...

      A good pair of ankle boots (or even tall boots, but harder to pack) will work just fine! Just stay away from suede, you’ll want waterproof. Worst case scenario if you’re in the market for a good pair, just wear sneakers on the flight and leave a little room in your bags to pick up a pair of ankle boots while you’re there! ;) I still wear my pair from a trip to Paris 4 years ago. Have so much fun!

    • Jeanne says...

      Eliza and Lilly: Thank you so much for your recommendations! They were really helpful.

  50. I love that painting. Ahhh I can’t wait for the Paris guide!!!!

  51. E says...

    I can’t believe no one has commented yet on the fact that Stella probably has the best job for an early 20s girl in all of America! Joanna, what a badass boss to give her this opportunity and Stella, such a dream to be able to have that experience in your first job! This is employee growth and investment like no other. Live it up!!!!!!

    • ev says...

      my thoughts exactly! she’s like a hit HBO show just waiting to happen (in the best way possible!)

  52. Fabulous! Headed to Paris in February. This just made me all the more excited. Can’t wait to see your city guide and the collab with Sezanne. Exciting!

  53. Emily says...

    Love that you went to Deyrolle! It’s one of my secret Paris spots that I tell people to go visit — looks perfectly ordinary on the ground floor, and then you go upstairs — and WHOA. I always have to resist buying a pith helmet.

  54. Jen Vercelli says...

    Grey sweater and striped shirt underneath pretty please?
    Great post xo
    Jen

  55. Fiona says...

    Please do a post on what you packed! I would love to see what you considered versatile and useful for such a short trip with different components….

  56. Jenny says...

    It’s been so inspiring following your trip on your instagram. And can’t wait to see the Sezane shoot!

  57. Looks like you guys hit most of my favorite places in Paris!!
    Do you know the brand Mont Saint Michel? They have great stuff. My grandfather used to sell their clothes 50 years ago in Bretagne to farmers and workers. They came back a few years ago with really beautiful pieces. Their Paris store is very cool. http://lemontsaintmichel.fr/en/
    And no, I don’t work for them! ;)
    XX
    https://www.instagram.com/pret_a_teacher/

  58. Amber J says...

    THANK YOU for posting about this! I’ve been following on Insta and EAGER for a blog post. Thanks!

  59. Ceridwen says...

    I love this! You guys look so happy. What a treat. And I love your outfits…should be a post in that ;)

  60. eg says...

    Oh, the rats! About ten years ago, my mom was living in Paris and her apartment in the Marais (right across the street from L’As du Fallafel, YUM) was in a super old building (aren’t they all?). Anyway, when I went to visit I could hear the rats scurrying through the walls at night in herds. I had to keep telling myself, “they’re French rats, it’s fine, they’re chic, it’s totally fine!” Whereas if that happened in my NYC apt. I would completely flip out. Somehow – luckily – it didn’t occur to me that French rats are probably much more closely related to the Black Death than American rats….

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahahahhahahaha! Same here

    • June2 says...

      Sonic rat repellers! – they do not bother cats, birds or anything other than rodents specifically (we had both and they were unfazed) – and they REALLY do work!

      I used them in my Hawaiian jungle hut with only screens for windows and never once had a break-in ; ), while my ‘normal’ house neighbors not 100 ft away had a serious rat problem.

  61. Fluck says...

    Bonsoir, … Vous traduirez, Je vous lis tous les jours ! Bienvenue à Paris … Je suis heureuse de vous voir sur vos photos dans des endroits que j’apprécie tellement. Née à Paris, vivant dans le “Grand Paris”, j’espère vous y revoir In Spring, in Summer or a other day may be : -) BisOoux. Marie.

  62. Rachel says...

    I can’t wait for the Paris city guide! My boyfriend is taking me to Paris for 4 days over Valentines weekend and I would so love some travel tips. At the moment we have such a huge list of things we’d like to do – if we tried to fit them all in we’d be frazzled at the end of the trip, so we definitely need help prioritising! Xx

    • Ceridwen says...

      Your boyfriend sounds awesome!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      maybe make a top 10 list or something? if you don’t get to everything, you’ll just have to go back on another trip :)

  63. Eve says...

    Hi Joanna, it’s the second time I notice your beautiful navy turtleneck. Do you mind sharing where it’s from? Thank you! Love your pictures and post, as always :)

    • Megan Cahn says...

      It’s from Steven Alan :)

  64. Stella, your outfits just always rock. I always want to ask you what you are wearing in every single photo! But this time I’m going to prioritize two items: the black coat and black jeans. Where are they from??

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Woah, Paula, blushing way too much. That is so kind of you. Thank you. I am wearing Everlane’s unstructured wool coat: http://bit.ly/2jBokGx, which I pretty much live in and Urban Outfitter’s girlfriend jeans, but they are kind of falling apart already http://bit.ly/2jBnBp7

    • Thank you! And with links! :-D

    • Connie says...

      I would totally agree but my priority would be the black boots!!

  65. Great photos of your trip to Paris. This made me more excited for our trip to France this summer. Will stay tuned for the official Paris guide. I hope all is well with you all :D

  66. Eva says...

    Woops so Marseilles is Marseille in English- got it!
    Anyway- details – Vive Paris!

  67. What fun!!! A few years ago, we were in Paris over the holidays and had NYE dinner at Chez Janou. We struck up a conversation with the bartender and he invited us back after Midnight for the staff party! After the countdown at the Eiffel, we went back to Chez Janou and the staff was dancing on the tables and doing bottle shots! It was so fun to be welcomed into the restaurant for a special celebration.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, that is so incredible, cadence!

  68. Colleen says...

    oh the Rodin Museum…my absolute favorite museum anywhere. So fun to live vicariously through your good fortune!

  69. Eva says...

    Next time you’re in the Marais you really have to eat at Miznon right next to l’As du fallafel (Rue des Ecouffes) – so so good.

  70. Darina says...

    How lovely!! Joanna, my mom’s husband is a fine art photographer (based here in the SF Bay Area), but shot a whole series of images at Deyrolle a few years back and some can be found at the Ralph Lauren flagship store, as well as for purchase at Restoration Hardware. They gave him a special pass to be able to move the animals around the building, and the result is pretty great! Check it out here: http://www.williamcurtisrolf.com/#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=0&a=0&at=0

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      So incredible, Darina!!!

    • Susan says...

      Wow! Beautiful!!

  71. ST says...

    I miss Paris so much. I went for the third time last summer and it makes my heart ache to see these photos. It’s such a beautiful, special place. I can’t wait to go back again.

  72. Caroline says...

    I also remember the tiny elevators! Though mine was definitely not THAT tiny haha! The weirdest thing I saw in Paris was businessmen traveling around on like… I don’t even know what to call it. A handleless unicycle? It was just a motorized wheel, it made them look like Rosie from The Jetsons, it was truly bizarre.

    I also agree with people above: would love to see a guide on what to wear while in Paris, especially comfortable shoes you can wear with tights and a skirt. Those cobblestones are killer! I’m still not totally sold on the sneaks n’ tights look that only French girls can pull off. I wore Blundstones during my month in Paris but I felt like I had elephant feet.

  73. Lena says...

    I’m heading to Paris for my birthday next weekend, so excited! And lucky me, Sezane is launching their jeans collection right on my birthday – guess where I’ll be buying myself a little present :)

    Also, is that video from snapchat? Can we add you on there?!

  74. Celia says...

    I never comment, but I was SO excited to find the US website of Sezane after you posted the creator’s home tour (I think). It’s a wonderful online shop with amazing clothes. I immediately placed an order, making sure to select my equivalent US Size (knowing it’s a French company). Was super bummed that everything I ordered was at least two sizes off (too small), even though I selected the appropriate US Size. Moral of the story: amazing amazing clothing, but the sizing is totally off–one of my major pet peeves. Order your US size equivalent two sizes larger than you normally would, otherwise you’ll be bummed!

  75. Kathy says...

    Joanna would love to know about your black jacket. Looks simple and comfy and sleek!

  76. I am so jealous! That is a dream job! How do I get in on that! Hahaha! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  77. Judy says...

    Love this post. My husband and I were in Paris for the French Open this summer, right before the torrential rains. My husband is a consultant and one of his clients is Stan Smith–THE Stan Smith (who could not be more gentlemanly and kind). I just love him. And, of course, everywhere we looked everyone was wearing the famous shoe from the 70s! So funny to remember. Thanks for sharing that! XOXO

  78. I lived in Paris for half a year, and still, every time I read a blogger’s post on Paris I think: I. NEED. TO. GO. BACK. ASAP. there are just so many places left undiscovered; it upsets me and excites me at the same time! Thanks for sharing Joanna, hope you had a wonderful time.

  79. Twyla says...

    I’d love to hear more about the styles & trends you noticed on French women! Because we all secretly want to be one…

  80. Ahh, Paris!! My husband and I (and our 4 kids) were married in Paris this summer and spent a month staying in different parts of the city! It’s such magic, and each arrondissement is so different! Looks like you had a wonderful time, cannot wait to read the following posts!

    Xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  81. Oooh can’t wait to see the shoot with Sezane! I was in Paris last May (still rainy), and also ate at that fallafel place..so good! The Jardin du Palais Royal (which I see in your last photo) was my very, very favorite spot. <3
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  82. I love visiting cities in the off season. I think it helps me experience the city like a local would and because the obvious touristy activities might not be available to me, I take more ownership of my experience and I end of loving my trip even more!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, i totally agree! barely any tourists, it feels like you’re in a small neighborhood more than a huge international city :)

  83. Bridgette M says...

    Thank you for posting! Excited for the city guide next month. Falafel is on the top of our food list for our honeymoon in March.

  84. RL says...

    The elevator comment made me laugh! Towards the end of my pregnancies my elevator wouldn’t close over my bump without some mega-angling…

  85. Victoria M says...

    Hi Joanna and Stella,
    Your weekend seemed great, I’m glad you enjoyed my city!
    Saint Germain and Odéon really are great places to stay.
    I guess I was not too far off when I told you about Sezane’s Braderie at l’Appartement on Instagram. I’m happy you had actually planned to go and I’m sure you loved it. I can’t wait to see your pictures!
    I rarely comment but have been reading for years and always enjoy you view of les parisiennes !
    Have a nice evening!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thank you so much, Victoria!! xoxoxo

  86. Kate says...

    L’As du Fallafal! I lived so close to there when I studied abroad 10 years (!!) ago. The best!

  87. Brianna says...

    So fun! I’d love to jet off to a new city for a quick trip, especially since it’s been snowing or raining in Reno for almost a week now with no sign of stopping.

  88. Heather says...

    Thank you for sharing Stell and Joanna. Looks like you had an amazing trip! Can’t wait to see more posts and read the city guide. :)

  89. M says...

    Loving the allbirds, Jo :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha they weren’t the absolute chic-est but they were so, so comfy and perfect for walking all over the place. and the grey was subtle enough. two parisian girls actually asked where i had gotten them :)

    • heather says...

      I was also noticing the Allbirds. I’m heading to France in a few weeks and planned on taking them because they are the most comfortable walking shoe I’ve ever owned. I actually think they’re pretty cute – especially if you can get away with going sockless.

  90. Love your post so much. Paris is not far away from me. My first time there was when I was 3 years old.
    Thank you for sharing!
    A big kiss from Germany

    Steffi (www.glamhamup.com)

  91. L’As du fallafel is seriously the best! We make sure we stop there every time we are in Paris. Top tip–there is this teeny tiny garden called Jardin des Rosiers right down Rue des Rosiers from L’As du Fallafel. It is small, secluded and feels kind of like a little secret garden! We always go there to sit and eat our sandwiches, rain or shine! :) It’s one of those dreamy Paris spots that you won’t find in a guidebook!

  92. You picked my two favorite museums in the entire city to visit! Funnily enough, I think L’as du Falafel was the worst meal we had in Paris (we actually stayed about a block away and had heard so much about it that we felt like we had to go.. but we aren’t falafel people ha!)

  93. Heather says...

    now i can’t help but thing – how do i not have a camel scarf??? love this post, thanks for sharing! i can’t wait to go to paris some day.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      same! :) and grey, black and burgundy were the three runners-up in terms of scarf colors.

  94. Lauren Sinnott says...

    Loved following along with you and Stella on social media! Looking forward to the Paris City Guide :)

  95. Nicole says...

    We loved Chez Janou too! It felt so quintessentially French and wonderfully slow :) I loved seeing groups of friends camped out at their tables for the night with carafes of wine!

  96. Leslie says...

    I am absolutely green with jealousy! I haven’t been to Paris in 10 years and I’ve been daydreaming about leaving my toddler and husband at home and going there myself for a few days :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      not a bad idea, leslie!

  97. Oh my goodness, Chez Janou was one of my favorite places in Paris when I lived there. My girlfriends and I went almost every Friday night….because one of the waiters at the time was TRES handsome and we all had crushes on him. What an unexpected trip down memory lane ☺️ Thank you and so glad you have a great trip!! xoxo – Erin

  98. Aj says...

    Cool! Love Paris! X

  99. Abby says...

    The man carrying the baguettes. Pinch me.

  100. Anna says...

    Why don’t you do a guide of Marseille too? It’s a beautiful city and the surrounding nature is breathtaking + the weather is nice all year long. I love Paris, I grew up there, but my mom moved to Marseille a few years ago and now I just love the city. It doesn’t get enough recognition.

    • Melissa says...

      My husband and I are headed to Marseille in April – do you have any suggestions of spots not to miss?

    • heather says...

      My mom and sister went to Marseilles a few months back and their pictures were unbelievable. They did this boat ride out to this place where you can swim into a cave through these crystal blue waters. If I were you, I would definitely do that.

      Also, there’s a v. famous soap shop in Marseilles where they make gorgeous olive oil soaps. https://savondemarseille.com/

    • Amber says...

      I spent two months in Marseille this fall on a residency. I highly recommend the following: MUCEM (not to be missed), FRAC PACA, Le Corbusier hotel and apartments (you can have a coffee in the café!) and the Friche la Belle de mai. Visit ALL the beaches which are so nice and of course, Ile de Frioul.
      If you have kids, bring the smallest stroller you can find or a carrier. Public transit is not accessible and the sidewalks are narrow and bumpy. Eat at Longchamp Palace (or go for a drink there at night!). Also try Sardine, Nour d’Egypte (for brunch) and the Vanille Noir ice cream shop. Eat the local pizza (with sardines, if that’s your thing!) and drink cassis and enjoy!

    • Anna says...

      Hi Melissa, the first obvious thing would be to walk around the city centre, next to the Vieux Port. If you want to do some trendy shopping, you can go around Rue de Paris and Rue Sainte, on the left bank of the old port. On the other side, you can walk along the port, up to the new museum, Le Musem and Cathédrale La Major. Le Panier neighbourhood is not far from there. It’s very picturesque neighbourhood where you can find lots of sunny piazzas and La Vieille Charité, a former almshouse now used as a museum. Marseille’s train station has a stunning visa, from where you can see La Bonne Mère or Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, which is one of Marseille’s most famous sight (you can visit it too). Not too far from the station, you can walk up to Le Palais Longchamp, recently restored and used as a museum. Le Cours Julien is another close-by neighbourhood, with lots of bars and restaurants. Another nice walk would be to get off at Rond-point du Prado metro stop and walk to the sea. Le Parc Borély is worth a sight too. You could go to have a look at La Villa Radieuse, a Le Corbusier building that hosts art exhibitions on its roof. From there, you could just walk along the sea side to La Pointe Rouge. Then, you have all the Calanques! It might be easier if you have a car, or maybe by bike, but you could definitely get buses too. Les Goudes (with the super hidden fish restaurant Restaurant Baie des Singes), La Callelongue (La grotte is a good restaurant too), Sormiou, Morgiou, Luminy, Figerolles etc. If it’s too cold to swim, you can always go for hikes. It does get windy, but it’s usually very sunny. There’s lots of other stuff you could do, but this should be a good start. Also, depending on how long you’re planning on staying, but Aix en Provence is a gorgeous town and very easy to reach by train from Marseille (the trip takes about half an hour and costs very little). Lastly, go to Nour d’Egypte for a “oriental” brunch during the weekend. It gets really crowded, so either go early or after 13. Enjoy!

    • Anna says...

      Sorry, it should read Rue du Paradis and Rue Sainte.

  101. Lisa says...

    Ah, yes. It’s been too many (19?!) years since I’ve lived in Paris, but even then as a woefully poor student, L’As du Fallafel was *that* good. I loved reading about this trip – thanks for a great trip down memory lane!

  102. Audrey says...

    Love Chez Janou. Totally agree that the food is delicious it feels so lively and fun. And they have a great selection of pastis, which seems like a French rite of passage.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      stella had never had it so we ordered a glass for the table as soon as we sat down! :)

  103. Zoe says...

    I mean…DREAMY! Can’t wait for more!! Also, Nick and Stella look like a V cute couple :-) :-) :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha he definitely thought she was adorable!

  104. Amy says...

    Stella, I love your boots in the shot of you taking photos. Where are they from? xo

    • Jenna says...

      Agree – need to know!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thank you so much, Amy! They were Madewell’s Chelsea boot, but I can’t find them online anymore! xoxoxo

    • Marianne says...

      I was scrolling through the comments to find out the same thing! Super cute!

    • Connie says...

      Hahaha.. question answered! Love the women who love Cup
      Of Jo.

  105. Megan says...

    Ohhh, thank you! My husband and I are escaping to Paris next week/end to get out of DC for the inauguration. :) L’As du Fallafel was already on our list, so I’m glad to see it has the Joanna/Stella stamp of approval. I’m sorry we’re just missing the official City Guide, but appreciate the pictures and links!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      megan, email us if you’d like and we’ll send you our cheat sheet! hello (at) cupofjo (dot) com

    • Erinn Sauer says...

      I’m heading to Paris in two weeks with my sister-in-laws. we’re all leaving the hubbies and children to go romp. I’m super excited! Any chance I can request your cheat sheet. Also, I was so excited to visit Sezan, but the website says they’re closed until April. Any other shopping suggestions that are as cute?

  106. Kelly says...

    Great photos! I have to ask where you got your striped sweater. :-)

  107. we just went to paris this past fall and loved it! went to many of the same places, and the falafel!!! so good! we had it twice!

    i’m working on putting together more of our photos, but i shared some posts from our visit on my blog here: http://www.katelynryan.com/?s=paris

    xo katelyn

  108. The last time we were in Paris, the line at l’As du Falafel didn’t die down ALL DAY. Our daughter was 20 months, so my husband and I divided and conquered. I waited in line while they played at the park. An hour and half later, we were on the Seine boat cruise with wine and our falafel and it was totally worth it!

    • heather says...

      I think the only reason I was able to get the falafel was because I got it in February. I was in town visiting my sister and we literally happened upon it by accident and there was NO line. We were like, oh that smells good, why not? We had no idea it was so famous. The next time we visited Paris my husband was with me and I’d been going on and on about how delicious the falafel was so much that we made a special trip to the Marais so he could try it and, wouldn’t you know, insane line.

      (Or, rather, giant mass of people tightly packed around the window. I don’t find that Parisians really stand “in line” so much, despite what the children’s book Madeleine would have you believe).

  109. Anne says...

    So interesting – to see my city through your eyes! I confirm the size of Parisian elevators: mine is the same without the glass doors..

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg anne i would DIE.

  110. Emma says...

    I was following along with your trip on Instagram and feeling green with envy! What an amazing trip – can’t wait to see all the content (especially the collab with Sezane! I’ve been obsessed with that store since you posted the owner’s apartment). Thanks for the wanderlust! :)

  111. Christine says...

    Yesssss…Falafel.

  112. Alyssa says...

    What boots are Stella wearing? They are beautiful!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Alyssa! They are Madewell’s Chelsea boots, but I can’t find them online anymore! xo

  113. Uhh, Paris. Such a dream. I’ve been three times and am always scheming of how to get back. Currently daydreaming of a winter evening in France all day!

    Xo, Brittany
    http://Www.notablob.com

  114. Hunter says...

    I totally stocked both of your instagrams while you were there :) Loved it so much!! Also, the cowboy hats in the airport (insterst joy emoji) !!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahahahah, thank you so much, Hunter! Really appreciate it :)

  115. Zoe says...

    YESSS!!! You got the falafel. I was really really hoping you would. It really is the best.

    • It looks like you had the BEST time! Paris is just the best, no matter the season. :)

  116. omggg I love it. The first time I went to Paris was in January. I was 10, and it really was strangely cool to be there in such a blah time. It was 2000, and the Eiffel Tower was still doing its Y2K light display. So excited to see what comes next. Love you all always. xx

  117. Wow, you are really lucky you had this short trip to Paris! Thanks for the wonderful pictures!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  118. Meredith says...

    We just spent New Year’s in Paris and it’s so funny (and validating) to see you go so many of the same places! That scallop risotto at Chez Janou was so yummy, and I think I saw on Insta you had chocolate mousse from the BIG crock as well? Twins!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, twins for sure!

  119. So glad you went to Breizh! We ate there five years ago and I still dream about it.

  120. It’s crazy how tiny the elevators are! We stayed in the Marais and my husband and I could just fit if we stood shoulder to shoulder and didn’t move. At the end of our trip we shoved all of our luggage into it and raced down the spiral staircase to meet it at the ground floor. Luckily no accidents took place that day ☺️ Check out http://www.ofgoodstock.com/blog for pics of my honeymoon to Paris!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      can’t wait to see, annie!

  121. Maggie says...

    Oof not sure I’d categorize the swarms of rats as cute. Although, since they were Parisian, I guess they can play their Ratatouille card.

  122. Tania says...

    I studied abroad in Paris in the early 00s and we were all obsessed with that falafel place. The crispy eggplant! I haven’t thought of that in so long. Now if I could just figure out how to re-create it…

  123. Rachel says...

    Will you post about what you packed for the trip? Always intrigued to see what people wear on European travels – same as at home, or trying to emulate the look of a chic French woman?

    • Sara says...

      Ditto! Leaving for a trip to Paris with my husband on Monday, and still obsessing over what to pack! My first time there and I’m so excited!

    • Tania says...

      Apparently, you pack all black with a touch of camel (scarf).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      for sure!

      for outerwear: black sezane scarf, black everlane anorak (http://bit.ly/2jciKy7)

      for tops: a navy turtleneck sweater, a gray turtleneck sweater, a black silk blouse, a madewell button-down

      for pants: blue jeans, black jeans, outdoor voices charcoal running pants for the flight home (http://bit.ly/2jchfQu)

      for sleeping: navy eberjey pajamas (http://bit.ly/2jB3HdT)

      for shoes: gray allbirds sneakers, white converse, black flats

      plus, makeup, a brush, toothbrush/toothpaste, a book for the plane and my computer. everything fit into an Away carry on bag, with a little room left over for bringing chocolates and macaroons home :)

      that’s it! hope that helps! xoxoxo

    • Sara: it’s going to be cold next week! Like in the 20s. Bring layers.

    • Sara says...

      Thanks for the suggestions! My husband and I both did a run on Everlane over the holidays for sweaters, and I finally invested in the Smoking Loafer. I continue to be impressed by the quality of their clothing!!! I’m definitely going to make sure we do Chez Janou after seeing everyone’s feedback.

  124. Amy says...

    Love this, and am bookmarking the restaurant suggestions for later!! My husband and I are going to Paris in April, so I’m excited to see your guide next month. :-)

  125. glad you enjoyed it! it was fun to follow along on IG :)

  126. Sam says...

    How did your Allbirds sneakers work out walking all day on Paris streets? I just bought a pair for an upcoming trip to Rome but I can’t really try them out beforehand because I live in Minnesota and it is freezing.

    • ALLBIRDS ARE AMAZING. i was just about to comment on joanna’s when i saw your post and had to reply. You will love them!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes they were perfect for walking around!

    • heather says...

      Sam: I have to go to Minnesota for work tomorrow and I have no idea what to wear on my feet. What do business women wear in the winter? Would big honking sorel boots with fur at the top be too much? It’s going to be 8 degrees!

    • Sam says...

      Heather – people definitely dress for the weather here so your Sorels would be just fine. I wear snow boots to work and then change into other shoes at my desk. If it isn’t too snowy, leather boots with wool socks will do the trick.