By Bianca Posterli
Veronica Webb has had a longstanding love affair with Paris. The City of Light was the place she called home at the height of her modeling career, so of course she came to know all of its ins and outs. Plus, the lucky lady had the privilege of learning the language of love from designer Azzedine Alaïa. With such a rich history together, Modelinia couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to tell us about the hottest places to go while visiting the romance capital of the world.
For a full-on fashion experience, stay at designer Azzedine Alaïa’s boutique hotel in one of the three large full-floor apartment-style suites. Located in the Marais district right next door to his showroom, “it’s loft-apartment living in the center of Paris, and Place de la Concorde, Tuileries, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees, Musée Picasso—everything is in walking distance,” says Veronica.
5 rue de Moussy
According to Veronica, a must-stop is Ma Bourgogne. “It’s a real bistro with great steaks and even better ice cream. And the view onto the Place des Vosges is one of the most eternally beautiful in Paris.”
19 Place des Vosges
For lunch, head to this open-air stand on the rue de Rosière in the Marias for the best falafel in town. Veronica swears it’s “the freshest, most tender and delicious sandwich in town, which is quick, healthy, and lean. I love it!”
When it comes to interior design, Veronica heads to Galerie Kreo, but for primitive arts it’s all about Musée du quai Branly. “Just a simple walk down the quai by the River Seine has enough architectural eye candy to satisfy my constant craving for beauty,” she says.
31 rue Dauphine
Musée du quai Branly
37 quai Branly
Every girl loves to look her best, and Veronica is no exception. She heads to Dessange for their amazing beauty treatments, and while she’s being spoiled she also enjoys people-watching. “I like it more for watching the international ultrarich and the ultra-fashionista clientele that frequent this three-story beauty supercenter.”
39 avenue Franklin Roosevelt
All Alaïa, all the time. “I usually just shop at Alaïa in Paris. They have everything I need.” But she also likes Decathlon for sports gear; for vintage, Veronica heads to Noir Kennedy in the Marias and hits up L’Eclaireur for jewelry.
7 rue de Moussy
26 avenue Wagram
12 rue du Roi de Sicile
3 Place des Vosges
Stop by on a weekend night for a taste of the swanky Parisian scene. “You can lose yourself without losing control.” If crowds and dancing aren’t really your thing, then at least make sure you stop by during the week to check out its lounge or restaurant for a calmer evening.
3 avenue Matignon
Whenever Veronica visits Paris, she makes sure she stocks up on her favorite skin cream. “It comes from any pharmacy in Paris. It’s my very favorite skin treatment.” Embryolisse cleans, moisturizes, and helps to reduce irritation after shaving, all the while working to preserve and maintain the skin’s natural properties.
She also insists on a stop at this shop for tea and cookies. Set up like an old apothecary, Mariage Frères has over 500 varieties of teas and tea-related products (cups and saucers, steepers, infusers, etc.) to purchase and bring home to friends.
30 rue du Bourg-Tibourg