How to Find Paris Without Leaving LA

I’m going to be honest here… I’ve never traveled outside the state of California. I know what you all must be thinking- But you’re so mature and worldly! How is that possible?? Honestly I’m not even sure, I guess I’ve always been so busy living life that I’ve never had the opportunity to truly live.

Now I’ve always considered myself a bit of a francophile (because I love croissants and took French in high school), so whenever I feel overcome by the wish to travel abroad, that envie d’ailleurs, there’s only one solution guaranteed to work.

Hit up my favorite street in Los Angeles.

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It’s a secluded area just off a Wilshire and it’s a truly hidden treasure and well kept secret by all Angelenos- a little Paris right in the middle of our beloved city. I swear it is so French, all it’s missing is that Eiffel Tower. And the Louvre. And the Poodles (though maybe if you’re lucky you’ll see a poodle while you’re there because we have them here in America as well).

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I love just grabbing a large latte and strolling along, stopping every once in a while to admire the shops. One of my favorites is an old antique store with the absolute quaintest things possible. I swear, last time I was there I wanted to buy literally everything. I was obsessed.

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I can’t tell you the exact location, since I would hate for it to be overrun with tourists… but just know if you’re heading East on Wilshire past the 405, you’re probably on the right track BUT if you pass that Urth Caffe you might have JUST missed it 😉 That’s all I’m saying!

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It’s so inspiring to visit different places in the world. I think it helps remind us that people are more than just people, we’re humans. To me, a place like a little Paris in LA is something that can bring us closer together because all people can experience a different culture together when they go there. I’m sure it’s no perfect replacement for the real thing, but it’s a definite start.

So honestly, you will thank me on so many levels if you find it. Get out there and start exploring. Even the alleyways are cuter (and I thought cute alleyways was an oxymoron in the US!)

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Romania D.
    June 22, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    OMG I think I know where this is I CANNOT WAIT TO GO LOOK FOR IT THIS WEEKEND! I love L.A. life.

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    Trang Do
    June 22, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Great photos!! Love this post!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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      Phyllis
      June 23, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Thank you! Us Geulasse sisters love exploring 🙂

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    Laura Mitbrodt
    June 23, 2016 at 12:27 am

    How is this street in LA? I lived in LA for 4 months and I never noticed this. It totally looks like Paris
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

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      Phyllis
      June 23, 2016 at 6:38 am

      It’s definitely a well kept secret 😉
      xoxo

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    Kate
    June 23, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Oh I’ve been there before! That antique shop is a great find, with the nicest owner you’ll ever meet. I got a ton of vintage post cards and a cute little bowl to put my rings and small jewelry in. Glad you’ve enjoyed this LA hidden gem!

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    Lauren M
    June 23, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I LOVE this street, I went here once with my boyfriend and we had the nicest day. We sort of found it by accident when we were trying to find a gas station that took rewards points and we are so happy to have stumbled across it. That coffee shop next to the antique store has the best chai latte I think I’ve ever tried. I like to get mine with a shot of their vanilla flavoring- it’s to die for.

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    Natalie Brenworth
    June 23, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Wow, must find this! Thanks for sharing!

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    C
    June 24, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I’ve been to all of these places in Los Angeles and if need be, I can vouch for their existence.

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    Delaney Gibb
    June 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Cute!! Too bad I live in Colorado so I can’t visit 🙁

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    Emily Staiger
    June 27, 2016 at 2:53 am

    I love this! I haven’t been yet but my friend lives near Hollywood and always talks about going to French Street!
    I’ll have to go soon

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    Trisha
    June 27, 2016 at 2:54 am

    I’m a sucker for nice antiques!
    Thanks for posting!

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    Taylor
    June 27, 2016 at 3:28 am

    I love Paris, too!
    I haven’t been, but it’s on my bucket list!

    ~*~*~Taylor~*~*~
    “If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat” – Ronald Reagan

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    Mildo
    September 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Any idea on how to find other cities without leaving LA, like Des Moines or Cleveland? Even somewhere like Tucson

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    Haley
    September 20, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Great post. I ‘m confronting a couple of these difficulties.

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      Phyllis
      September 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Haley, totally know what you mean about difficulties- they are the worst!
      xo

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