Meet Haydee Touitou
I don't remember how I started following Haydee Touitou on Instagram, but it had probably something to do with apartamento, A.P.C, or our mutual friends. She's a Parisienne to her bones, daughter of the founder of my all-time go-to brand, cinephile, writer, as well as a consultant on editorial and publishing matters. Paris has been Haydee's home all her life except for a few years spent in Brussels, Belgium. She lives in St-Germain-des-Prés, also known as home to an array of museums and mythical cafes. One day she will write something too long to fit in a magazine that could hopefully turn into a book but for now she does copywriting, writes for magazines, and is one of the contributing editors for apartamento magazine.
Earlier this year, Haydee launched The Skirt Chronicles with two of her best friends, Sarah de Mavaleix and Sofia Nebiolo – a publication founded by women, which reflects a feminine voice yet does not exclude anyone from the conversation.
Apart from writing, Haydee loves spending her free time at the movies or in a café with a good novel. But most of all, she likes going to exhibitions with her friends, or seeing them over dinner or a good old chat on a bench.
What do you love about Paris?
My friends and family.
You're a writer. Do you have any go-to spots in the city for writing?
At the Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France, one of the best kept secrets of Paris. The library is breathtaking. The furniture is so precious, you’re not even allowed a bottle of water inside.
Your dad is Jean Touitou and A.P.C. is written in your DNA. Aside from wearing A.P.C., where else do you shop for clothes in Paris?
I’m ashamed to say that I don’t really shop anywhere else in Paris. My clothes that are not A.P.C. come from vintage stores called Kilo Shop where I buy Levi's 501, or professional supplies/military stores like Surplus Doursoux. They have shorts that are perfect for the summer. I do have a couple of pieces that I cherish like an Atlantique Ascoli top or a Charvet shirt.
Where do you go for an apéro in Paris?
Le Rouquet near my house but honestly any café is fine by me.
And for coffee?
Telescope and Boot Café.
What are your favorite restaurants in Paris?
I cannot not mention the restaurant where my younger brother is the chef: Vivant on rue des Petites Écuries. I always order a vegetable entrée – my favorite is sweet potatoes with sour cream and fish roe – and then a pasta. But he’s amazing with fishes too! Lao Siam is by far the best Thai restaurant in Paris so I go there quite often.
What are some hidden gems you want visitors to check out?
Musée Gustave Moreau, Musée de la Vie Romantique and Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.
You're into movies. What are the best cinemas in Paris?
There are so many! Actually, that might be my favorite thing about Paris. At any given time of any given day, there is always, always, a great movie to see whether modern or older. The one I like the best is the Filmothèque du Quartier Latin.
Best shops for literature and magazines?
Shakespeare and Company, Librairie Yvon Lambert, and L’Ecume des Pages.
If you were to live abroad and got 24 hours to visit Paris, what would you do?
I guess I would start by having breakfast with family. Since I’m back only for one day, we would probably go to Café de Flore. Then I’d go to Ecume des Pages to get a whole bunch of books, and maybe dream a bit in the travel guides section to plan a trip. Then I’d walk in the 6th and 5th arrondissements, probably through the Luxembourg gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) to reach the Natural History Museum (Museum national d'histoire naturelle). I don’t know how many times I’ve been there, but it always feels like the first time. I guess it would be a place i’d awfully miss if I didn’t live in Paris.
I’d have lunch with my closest friend who lives in the area, at the Foyer des Étudiants Vietnamiens. Then walk towards the Seine and eventually stop for a coffee at Shakespeare and company Café, and probably buy more books at the bookshop. After that, I'd head to the right bank for the afternoon, walking around the 3rd, 4th, 10th or 11th arrondissements, pretty much where the wind takes me, I guess.
For drinks and dinner, I’d head to rue des Petites Écuries because it’s a convenient location to meet up with many friends. Pizza for dinner at Da Graziella and hanging around for a bit. Most evenings in Paris end up at a terrace or someone’s apartment talking and talking for hours. If lucky there might be a bit of dancing around involved as well.