8 ways to enjoy Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris
Rediscovering the City of Light through the lens of the late fashion designer.
The recent death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has shocked not only the members of the fashion industry but also societies across the entire globe. Famed for his otherworldly creations for French luxury house Chanel, Lagerfeld had passed away at the age of 85 on the grounds of ill health incurred by his private battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his beloved Birman cat Choupette, who is the sole heir to his estimated $195 to $300 million fortune, many of which are centered in Paris . While our hearts will remain broken in the absence of the iconic master, we forever our love of The City of Light to him. To honour the spirit of his long life, we list down eight remarkable ways to enjoy
the Paris that Lagerfeld had seen through his eyes and loved.
1. Savour a bite at Café de Flore.
Lagerfeld loved hanging out at Café de Flore, which serves as one of the oldest coffee houses in Paris. Opened in 1880, the café is famous for serving the who’s who of the city. The fashion icon is part of the list of high-profile clients which also include famous writers and notable philosophers. “Without the Flore, Saint-Germain would not be Saint Germain. This is the ultimate café on the left bank of Paris,” Lagerfeld once said. The Floor’s best sellers: their onion soup, as well as hot drinks, and fruit juices. Delectable edibles are not the only reason why Lagerfeld had felt at home here. “I also love the atmosphere and food at the Café de Flore.”
Café de Flore is Located at 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain.
2. Smell the roses at Lachaume.
Lachaume is overflowing with elegant flowers and bouquets that you cannot exactly find elsewhere in Paris . Looking at the perfect designer blooms alone will make you feel romance. Lagerfeld buys his flowers at Lachaume. The naturally lit boutique has been the go-to destination for unique flowers in Paris since 1840. “White orchids and white hydrangeas – impossible to find year round,” Lagerfeld said of his favourite blooms, during one of the times when he would speak highly of the place. Naturally, Lachaume has become one of the city’s most exclusive florists over the years.
Lachaume is located at 103 Faubourg Saint Honoré.
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Another one of those century-old establishments in Paris is E.B. Meyrowitz . The luxury brand of optical goods was established in 1875. Since then, the store has upheld its traditional craftsmanship and elegant design with their works. The frames are simple but exhibits timeless elegance for spectacles. It isn’t a surprise that a fashion icon like Lagerfeld would buy his glasses there. “I am nearsighted, and with them it is perfectly taken care of,” Karl once told Elle US. E.B. Meyrowitz glasses are something millennials will call a “manssential.” It’s combination of purpose, style, and store value makes anyone who wears such glasses an instant center of attention.
4. Discover niche literature at Librairie Galignani.
Book lovers are going to go crazy over the Librairie Galignani . It started serving the Parisian society as a house of publishers way back in 1520, before officially opening a store in 1801. The place has endured the test of time, which is a testament to the store having the best literary finds. Where Lagerfeld fell into place? He loved to read, and he loved to read here at the Libraire. And boy, did Lagerfeld consider reading a serious addiction for himself! Passage de l’Odéon by Laure Murat, a book about Sylvia Beach, Adrienne Monnier and literary life in Paris between the two world wars is one of his favorite works that can be found in the book store. On his love for books, Papa Karl had
said: “I want to read everything and see everything because I like to be informed… It’s impossible to say what my favourite book is. For me, reading is a serious illness, like an addiction.”
Librairie Galignani is Located at 224 Rue de Rivoli.
5. Dine out at La Maison du Caviar.
A man with a taste for the classy things in life would definitely dine for nothing less than La Maison du Caviar . The establishment is one of the better-known upscale restaurants in Paris. It may not be as antiquated and historical as the rest of Lagerfeld’s favorite places, but just being inside the restaurant will make you feel his presence as you dine. “I love La Maison Du Caviar because they have the best caviar in the world. There is nothing like this and I go since I was sixteen or seventeen,” Lagerfeld once mused. The restaurant, which had opened in 1956, has been serving the best caviars in Paris since. Its Parisian and international clientele not only get to taste different kinds of caviars but also smoked fishes on top of other gourmet products.
La Maison du Caviar is located at 21 Rue Quentin-Bauchart.
6. Seek inspiration at Musee D’Orsay.
Lagerfeld frequents Musee D’Orsay, specifically to seek renewals of perspective from a Gustave Doré exhibit . Doré was one of the best known French mountain painters historically anchored in the second half of the 19th century. He was known for his focus on the French mountain genre, to which he would return again and again throughout his career. From 1860s onwards, he particularly explored every aspect of it from the picturesque and sublime to the meditative and dramatic.
Influenced by Alexandre Calame and Gustave Courbet before him, Doré, an athletic and tireless traveller with a passion for mountaineering, travelled around the French coast. He journeyed through the Vosges, Savoie and Pyrenees regions, as well as in the Tyrol, Switzerland, and Scotland for inspiration. But it was in Scotland in April 1873, in the area around Braemar, Balmoral and Ballater, that he became a serious watercolour artist and a brilliant member of the Society of French Watercolourists from 1879 to 1882.
Musee D’Orsay is located at 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur.
7. Meditate at Jardin du Luxembourg.
Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the royal gardens of the Luxembourg palace. It must be said, however, that the garden is now owned by the French senate. Built in 1620, the 23-hectare lawn is lined with trees, flowerbeds, and model sailboats. A picturesque Medici Fountain caps its beauty up. The place is perfect for those who like to sketch their surroundings or simple just want to meditate through ambient sounds of birds and winds.
Jardin du Luxembourg is located in 75006 Paris.
8. Admire the contemporary wonders at Galerie Kreo.
Galerie Kreo is filled with contemporary designs that will blow your mind. Their displays definitely put the “art” in artisan. The gallery defines itself as a “laboratory space of contemporary pieces,” and has created pieces exclusively for show. The who’s who of vintage and contemporary designers have showcased their works here. Now, Lagerfeld himself had enjoyed visiting Galerie Kreo from time to time, as he greatly appreciated their eye for artistic discoveries. The gallery is recognised as one of the world’s most important and influential design galleries today.
Galerie Kreo is located at 31 Rue Dauphine.