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Fajer Fahad’s Guide to Hidden Paris

Before Fajer Fahad became a contributing editor for luxury cosmetics boutique Violet Grey, the stunning Kuwaiti worked under Azzedine Alaïa in Paris as his head of public relations. The globe-trotting 28-year-old later moved to L.A. where she now rubs shoulders with some of Hollywood’s most renowned faces including celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkins and makeup artist Pat McGrath (who counts Fahad as part of her inner circle). Fahad now splits her time between Los Angeles, Paris, and Dubai. While in the City of Light, she prefers to eschew the usual fashion haunts in favor of zen tearooms, boulangeries, and flower shops. Fahad takes us on a personal journey of the most intimate spots in Paris to inspire your next trip.

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

L’ARROSOIR, 102 RUE SAINT-MAURA

Chandeliers cover the ceiling while pots, glass jars and stone urns overtake the floors. The floral fragrance that fills the air is similarly magical as the ambiance.

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

BOULANGERIE, RUE JEAN-NICOT, 75007

“This little gem is on a quaint and discreet street in the 7th. The baguettes and patisserie are a delicious secret of this arrondissement.”

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

CAFÉ KITSUNE, PALAIS ROYALE, 75001

“Paris’ answer to Alfred’s in L.A.. This matcha haven is a constant contender for Instagram stories.”

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

HOTEL BURGUNDY, 6 RUE DUPHOT, 75001

“In a central location, Burgundy is a boutique hotel that aesthetically pleases the senses. The decor and ambience create the perfect place to meet and stay.”

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

INTERSECTION OF RUE CAMBON AND RUE SAINT-HONORÉ, 75001

“One of the most beautiful corners in the city, this intersection is two blocks from Place Vendôme and two blocks from rue de Rivoli—but still idyllic as well as green.”

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

LE BON MARCHE ÉPICERIE. 38 RUE DE SEVRES, 75007

“The Grande Dame of grocery shopping. This is the place where everything that your stomach and heart crave is found.”

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

LE LOUVRE PYRAMID, 75001

An attraction that never ceases to amaze me, the pyramid is as beautiful during the day as it is at night. It’s best viewed from the terrace of Café Marly. Quintessentially Paris.

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

TORAYA, 10 RUE SAINT-FLORENTIN, 75001

“A taste of Tokyo in central Paris. This beautiful tea room is a great place to meet friends for matcha and mochi.”

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

PARFUM CARON, RUE FAUBOURG SAINT-HONORÉ, 75001

“A visual pleasure. This parfumerie boasts beautiful trinkets, bottles, and fragrances.”

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Photographed by Cibelle Levi.

PARFUM CARON, RUE FAUBOURG SAINT-HONORÉ, 75001

“Jewel-toned perfume bottles in trays.”

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