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Kasia

Originally from New York, Kasia moved to Paris in 2009, soon after serendipitously meeting a handsome Italian on the streets of Soho. Thus began her life of Love in the City of Lights, also the name of her blog. Once settled into the Haut Marais, Kasia launched her namesake handbag line and soon after fulfilled another dream of travel writing.

Urbansider: What brought you to Paris in the first place?

Kasia: A beautiful love story. It had been my dream to live in Paris for many years, ever since first visiting as a university student in London. I would find any occasion possible to spend a few days wrapped in the glow of the City of Lights. While traveling the world in 2007, I made Paris home for a few weeks and realized how difficult of an adjustment it would be. I had let go of the dream… until meeting the man with whom I’d set my dreams in motion, in Paris.

Urbansider: How has your relationship with Paris evolved?

Kasia: While I would visit friends in Paris and got to know the city from an insider’s perspective, there’s nothing like truly becoming a local to better understand the cultural nuances of the French capital. Each arrondissement is a world in itself, with its own shopkeepers, markets, and local cafes. Through the years, amidst all the difficulties in assimilation, my love affair with Paris has grown deeper, particularly with my beloved neighborhood the Haut Marais.

Urbandsider: What do you miss in Paris that you found in other cities?

Kasia: While in the last few years Paris has become much more globally-minded, with expats from all corners of the globe choosing to call the city home, international bars and coffee shops flooding the city, and nouvelle cuisine restaurants opening alongside centuries-old brasseries, it’s still the energy of motion in New York that I miss. I try my best to bring it to Paris!

Urbansider: How do you deal with the ‘Frenchness’ of Parisian people?

Kasia: I must admit that I’ve become immune to the famous French ‘attitude’. Both personally and professionally, I am often surrounded by expats, or Parisians who have lived abroad and possess a much more open-minded outlook on life. It also helps that I’m married to an Italian! Wasn’t it Jean Cocteau who said “French people are Italian people in a bad mood”?

Urbansider: What’s your favorite daydreaming spot in Paris?

Kasia: There’s nothing like strolling along the Seine on Île Saint-Louis, particularly on those endless summer evenings when time seems inconsequential. Just to sit along the river’s edge and read, or dream, or picnic with friends. This is where I feel the pulse of Paris most deeply.

 

Kasia’s favorites:

Sightseeing: Picasso Museum, Rodin Museum, YSL Museum
Stroll: The tangle of Marais streets composing the 3rd and 4th arrondissements
Cocktail bars: Candelaria, Mary Celeste, Copper Bay
Restaurants: Le Petite Marche, Baltard au Louvre, Freddy’s
Coffee shops: Loustic, The Broken Arm, Republique of Coffee
Brunch: Treize Bakery
Chill: Village Saint Paul
Gigs: Olympia, Palais Garnier
Experience: Diner en Blanc

Kasia's picks

    Jacques Genin

    Chocolate Lover's Delight

    Musée de la Vie Romantique

    Home of Parisian Romantics

    Les Chouettes

    Chic Drinks & Dining in Eiffel-Inspired Interiors

    Hammam Les Cent Ciels

    Heavenly Moroccan Hammam in Paris

    Matières à réflexion

    One-of-a-Kind Creations

    Free Persephone

    Spring Cottage Spa in Paris

    Liquides

    Parisian Perfume Bar

    Candelarìa

    Mexican Speakeasy

    Season

    Hip, Healthy Eats

    Le Marché Saint Pierre

    Parisian Fashionista's Fabric Shop

    Hôtel National des Arts et Métiers

    Design Haven Dining in Paris’s Haut Marais

    Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

    International Eats & Fresh Flowers

    Wild and the Moon

    Vegan Cool Coffee

    Les Résistants

    Farm to Table

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