Raphael (27) is a fashion blogger from Paris who recently graduated from business school. He has lived in New York, Barcelona and London for a couple of years and is now back in Paris to finally explore his own country. On this page he tells us what he likes most about Paris and shares some fashion advice.

 

Your wardrobe essentials?
The perfect leather jacket, a hat, black & white t-shirts, suits and a perfectly fitted shirt.

What would you wear for a special night out in Paris?
A tuxedo – there’s nothing more elegant for a man.
Which restaurant would you recommend to visitors for an authentic Parisian experience?

Café des Musées is a great, established brasserie run by a very good friend of mine. It’s situated in “Le Marais”, which is the perfect location for a stroll after lunch. A great place to eat and to take photos. Other trendy places include: Soya, PNY, Café Méricourt, Ober Mama.
What do you always have in your luggage?

I always carry two pieces of luggage: one for t-shirts/shirts/knitwear, jeans, shorts/swimwear & another one just for shoes, which is an absolute necessity. In addition, I always have a traveller holdall with me, in which I carry my camera and lenses, as well as my drone.
 

The most special thing about living in Paris?

Being able to discover new places (cafés, shops, streets) every day and having the possibility to do so much in terms of culture, fashion, nightlife.
 
How would you describe your perfect day as a tourist in Paris?
Waking up with a nice breakfast and going straight to the gym for an hour. After this, I usually go for brunch at one of my favorite places and wander through Paris to visit my favourite locations to take photos. I usually like to extend the day until the golden hour begins. In summer, there really is nothing to compare with taking photographs during a Paris sunset.

Coolest places in Paris? Your favourite district?
Definitely the “Rive Droite” and the 3rd, 9th, 10th and 11th.

Where can we enjoy the best view of Paris?
I really recommend the top of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower of course. However, for a change of scenery, and for something perhaps more unique, I would go to the Tour Montparnasse observatory.