Paris is one of a kind. It’s a magical city unlike any other. Walking down cobblestone streets with the scent of a fresh baguette from your local boulangerie (which you can’t help but sneak a taste of before you stash it in your tote), you can almost hear the soundtrack of Amelie playing in the background. It’s equal parts enchanting and romantic, and many people will only ever dream of getting to spend time in the city of lights. But Paris will always be Paris, and Red Carpet Paris owner Claire Vidal, left her home in France to pursue the American Dream in Los Angeles.
So what better way to celebrate than with a list of the top 5 ways to get a taste of that magical Parisian culture in Los Angeles. A virtual housewarming of sorts.
1 - Le Petit Paris - Downtown LA
Le Petit Paris boasts amazing natural lighting and classic European decor without being overly stuffy. They offer luxurious Parisian dining staples including lobster eggs benedict, and croque madames for breakfast to truffle pizza and meunière sole for dinner
2- Bottega Louie Macarons
Macarons are a classic french treat, and Bottega Louie’s are the best in LA. Their macarons are prepared daily in small batches using only the finest ingredients. These delicate cookies are made with California almond flour and filled with all natural fresh fruit compotes, buttercreams and ganaches.
3- Cocktails at Chateau Marmont
This great castle on the hill is the set of a film waiting for someone to call action - this is the place where things happen. Checking in is like turning up in the middle of an ongoing party at a European country estate - there is always someone you know staying here.
4- Croissants from Proof Bakery
According to LA Weekly, Proof Bakery makes the best croissants in town, along with exquisite tiny tarts, brioche, glorious cookies. It’s definitely worth the trek to Atwater Village to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning strolling the quaint neighborhood while enjoying a buttery, flaky croissant from Proof.
5- Getty Museum
Located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Museum features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American, Asian, and European photographs. Among the artworks on display is the Vincent Van Gogh painting Irises.