Lindsay McCallum


  • Paris, France, EUR

Lindsay McCallum is a Forbes Travel Guide Correspondent who is based in Paris and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. A fashion, food and travel journalist, she made the move from Austin, TX to the City of Lights after graduating college. On a constant quest to discover the best restaurants, shops and places to be, Lindsay has established herself as the go-to insider for all things Paris. With a background in communications and PR, and a love for travel and restaurants, Lindsay began compiling travel guides to Europe for the trend forecasting company Stylesight, and is now the Editor in Chief of the luxury travel magazine LUXOS. She also writes tips on hot restaurant, bar, and store openings on her blog, Girl Meets Whirl.

  • On March 18, 2013
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    Where is the best shopping in Paris?

    Depending on what you’re shopping for, Paris offers some of the finest products in the world. If you’re looking for gorgeous French candles, you must visit Diptyque, Astier de Villatte and Cire Trudon.

    If you want to find unique items to take home with you, head to concept stores like Merci, The Broken Arm in the Marais, or Centre Commercial in 10th arrondissement.

    If antiques are your goal, then there is no better place than the open air markets that take place on both the Nothern and Southern edges of the city. To the North, visit the Marché aux Puces, full of rows upon rows of antiquities. To the South, the Marché de Vanves only happens on the weekends, but it is a quaint open-air market where you can find great deals on vintage clothing, jewelry, housewares, maps, and art.

    As for luxury shopping, rue Saint Honoré and Avenue Montaigne are the two most well known streets for designer goods. However, the Palais Royal is a fabulous place to shop. Located behind the famous Comédie Française, the Palais Royal gardens are surrounded by boutiques like Marc Jacobs, ACNE, Didier Ludot, Rick Owens and Corto Moltedo. 

    The famous department stores in Paris, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, are great places to find the essentials, like makeup, shoes, and clothing, as well as to enjoy a glass of champagne while overlooking their gorgeous architecture.  

    Boulevard Saint Germain is another shopping street that you can’t miss while visiting Paris. Home to Ralph Lauren’s flagship Paris store, the new Karl Lagerfeld boutique, as well as famous cafes like Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, Saint Germain is the perfect place to spend an afternoon shopping and lunching.
  • On March 17, 2013
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    What are the best activities to do in Paris?

    Paris is a city that delights all five of our senses on a daily basis. Some of the best activities in the city are those that you can smell, taste and touch- like picking up a freshly baked croissant from a Gontran Cherrier in Montmartre for breakfast, a sweet macaron from Pierre Hermé in the afternoon, or sipping on a little espresso at Kooka Boora while listening to all of the languages being spoken around you.

    When the weather is nice, another great activity to do in Paris is setting up a picnic. Whether perched on the banks of the edgy Canal Saint Martin or in the classic Champ de Mars under the Eiffel Tower, grab some specialty foods like those at the Grande Epicerie, and spend the afternoon relaxing in the sunshine. 

    When the weather isn’t so nice, Paris is a great city for exploring museums and shopping, two fabulous indoor activities. Head to the Orangerie or the Musée Marmotton, two spots that are generally less crowded than the typical Louvre and Orsay museums. For shopping, Le Bon Marché is a great spot to get lost for hours, as is Merci, a chic concept store in the Marais with a great café.

    Summary: Best Activities to do in Paris
    • Get a fresh baked croissant at Gontran Cherrier 22 rue Caulaincourt, 75018 Paris, Metro: Abbesses, Place de Clichy
    • Taste the rainbow of flavors at Pierre Hermé 74 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, Metro: Saint-Sulpice
    • Stop for a coffee after exploring rue des Martyrs at Kooka Boora 62 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris Metro: Pigalle
    • Have a picnic on the Canal Saint Martin (100 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, Metro: Jacques Bonsergent) or on the Champ de Mars (2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris, Metro: Ecole Militaire)
    • Explore the gastronomic heaven that is the Grande Epicerie 38 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, Metro: Sèvres-Babylone
    • Explore the inside of the Orangerie Museum in the Tuileries (Metro: Tuileries) or the collection of Monet artwork at the Marmotton (2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris, Metro: La Muette)
    • Do some shopping or have a healthy lunch at the concept store Merci 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, Metro: Saint-Sébastien- Froissart
  • On March 17, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Paris?

    When visiting Paris, the best attractions are all about the view. One of the best views in Paris is from the Parc de Belleville, the highest park in all of Paris. The large terrace at the top of the park offers panoramic views of the city, similar to those at the top of Montmartre where the famed white basilica, Sacre Coeur, stands. Sacre Coeur and its surrounding cobblestone streets, quaint cafés, and village vibe makes it one of my favorite spots in Paris to visit on a clear day. Other attractions with gorgeous views is the Arc de Triomphe, that stands at the top of the Champs Elysées and offers views in all directions, especially down to the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries gardens. Another great attraction in Paris is the ferris wheel that is installed at the entrance to the Tuileries each winter. Go for a ride at night and enjoy seeing the views of Paris from the top as the city twinkles.  Another landmark to visit in Paris is the famed Palais Garnier, the home of the Paris opera. From the steps in front of the opera, you can see all the way down the Avenue de l’Opéra to the Musée du Louvre. Built during the reconstruction of Paris by Baron Haussmann, the Opera Garnier is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the entire city.

    Summary: Paris Attractions With a View
    • Parc de Belleville 47 Rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris, Metro: Couronnes
    • Montmartre & Sacre Coeur 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, Metro: Anvers
    • Arc de Triomphe Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, Metro: Charles de Gaule Etoile
    • Place de la Concorde Metro: Concorde
    • Tuileries Gardens Metro: Tuileries
    • Le Palais Garnier 8 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, Metro: Opéra
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