LA VIE EN ROSE IN NYC

Do you feel like an effortlessly chic French girl trapped in an American’s body? Follow this guide to live like a Parisian for a day…even if you’re stuck in NYC…and on a budget.

Start the day off right by popping into Ladurée for some macarons. You’re probably sick of hearing about these miniature treats, but trust us when we say that they are not overhyped. Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Orange Blossom…these delectable sweets come in a wide variety of unique flavors and are worth every calorie.

APC is one of those brands that is just so quintessentially French. Proud Francophile Kanye West has even collaborated on a denim line with the company. Even if you’re not willing to drop $120 on a Kanye West “Hip Hop T-shirt,” you should check out the brand’s SoHo boutique.

Located in the heart of Meatpacking, Pastis is a bustling lunch spot. The incredible ambience is reason enough to check it out. With authentic French options like Croque-Monsieur and Steak Frites, this is as close to Paris as you’ll get in New York.

Post lunch, stop by Ludivine downtown to window shop. This boutique brings French fashion to New York. Carrying covetable Parisian brands that fly a bit more under-the-radar than your Diors and Saint Laurents, this is the go-to for fashionable girls in the know. Discover brands like Vanessa Bruno, Carven and Jerome Dreyfuss.

Come for the scene, stay for the food. Balthazar is a NYC classic – the perfect place to people watch. Everyone seated is utterly fabulous and has that certain je ne sais quoi. This restaurant is on the pricey side, but you’ll get to try some of the most authentically delicious French cuisine this side of the Champs-Élysées.

End the night by taking in a film at the legendary Paris Theatre. This is one of those places that you absolutely must go to once in your life. With only one massive screen in the entire place, this is definitely a movie-going experience unlike any other. The theater mostly plays foreign and art films, so the crowd tends to be filled with real movie buffs.