Meet Haydee Touitou

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.

 
Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

 
 
Église Saint-Sulpice, a stone's throw from my house

Église Saint-Sulpice, a stone's throw from my house

 

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.

 
Pizza at Da Graziella  Photo: Courtesy of Pierre Touitou

Pizza at Da Graziella 

Photo: Courtesy of Pierre Touitou

 

Haydee's guide to Paris

 

EAT

Vivant
43 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris

Da Graziella
43 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris

Lao Siam
49 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris

Foyer des Étudiants Vietnamiens
80 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris

COFFEE

Telescope
5 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris

Boot Café
19 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris

Shakespeare and company Café
37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

Café de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

DRINKS

Le Rouquet
188 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris

CLOTHES

Kilo Shop
125 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
69-71 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris
39 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris

Surplus Doursoux
3 Passage Alexandre, 75015 Paris
131 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris

Atlantique Ascoli
@Colette: 213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

Charvet
28 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris

BOOKS AND MAGAZINES

Shakespeare and Company
37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

Librairie Yvon Lambert
108 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris

L’Ecume des Pages
174 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

MUSEUMS

Musée national Gustave Moreau
14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris

Musée de la Vie Romantique
16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
62 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris

Museum national d'histoire naturelle
36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris

LIBRARY

Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France
23 Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris
 

CINEMA

Filmothèque du Quartier Latin
9 Rue Champollion, 75005 Paris

PARKS

Jardin du Luxembourg
75006 Paris 

 
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