As an arbiter in taste and a well-travelled IT girl, Syrian creative director Maya Chantout is here to give you the ultimate Paris guide. If you are staying for PFW or a bit longer to get a taste of the city, look no further. Let this guide take you to places where you can satisfy your taste buds and return home with an envy-worthy wardrobe. As a Parisian for ten years, Maya Chantout knows where to take you to the coolest niche spots you’ll never find in your usual travel list.

Top must visit food spots in Paris?

“I’m a big Japanese food lover!! Always going to rue Saint Anne and the restaurants around it.”

Kodawari Ramen (Tsukiji)

Udon Jubey

Source: Japon Paris

“Best French Food in Paris is Chez Jaïs”

“Best Tacos & Margaritas are at Candeleria!”

Favourite matcha places:

“I usually have 1 matcha per day.”

Jugetsudo By Maruyama Nori

Shodai Matcha 初代

Courtesy of Shodai Matcha

Best places for vintage shopping?

“Les puces de Saint Ouen: I love hanging out there in general. Almost every Sunday I visit for inspo, a lot of my furniture were also bought there.”

Best fashion shops:

Chez Sarah (insane collection)


Other shops in Paris:

  • “Rose market vintage 9ème (for chic YSL and Celine vintage)

Nice pieces 3ème (special extravagant)”

“I also always shop at my friends brand By Gone Days, whether they do pop ups in Paris or online”

Must-visit cultural spots?

“Centre Pompidou and don’t forget to pass by the library, they have a very good photography section”

“Bibliothèque Forney, ask for the archived magazines if your doing a fashion research.

Bibliothèque Forney – Courtesy of SoloSophie

“Institut du Monde Arabe”

Musée Picasso

Best self-care places:


“Ambassade Biologique Recherche Paris”

Radio frequency at French Touch Montaigne”

Best hair dresser:

@barthair for a fashion event”

Best makeup artist 

@lorelencoriton for a doll look”

Best boutique hotels to stay in?

Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

“Hôtel Grand Amour”

What should you avoid?

“I’ve been in paris for 10 years now, so personally I avoid all the touristy places.” 

Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at or follow her on social media @rundoozz.