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Paris, according to Karl Lagerfeld

Start on rue Saint-Honoré, then work your way across town to Saint-Germain, stopping at Karl's favourite shops, galleries and cafés along the way.


La Galerie Kreo

31 rue Dauphine, 75006

"It's the best gallery in the world for modern furniture," he says. "The Left Bank is something that the other parts of Paris don't have for me. I have spent my whole life in this area. I cannot live in other areas – dying perhaps, but not living." It's a fitting choice for the designer, seeing as it was once considered the bohemian hub for artists and writers including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Ernest Hemingway.


Jardin du Luxembourg


"It's very beautiful," Lagerfeld says of Paris's second-largest park. It spans more than 22 hectares and includes the famous Fontaine de Medicis. That means plenty of space to get your fancy vacation photos in.



213 rue Saint-Honoré

"Rue Saint-Honoré is where I go for bookshops and antique jewelry shops,"?says the self-professed shopaholic. "And I love Colette. She makes a package of a gift even if it's just for €20 – I think she's kind of genius."

Lagerfeld moved to Paris as a student in the Fifties and has maintained a home there ever since. "But I don't go on the street much anymore because of all the people with their cellphones. You can do nothing. You can't window shop because they all want to take a photo with you," he adds.


Café de Flore

172 Boulevard Saint-Germain

"I've been going there all my life – it's unchanged and the way they are is perfect," he says. He recommends the Nordic Salmon dish, Assiette aux 3 coeurs de Saumons. "I could live on smoked salmon. Apparently, it's very good for the skin but I like the taste," he adds.

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