We feature the home of Spree creative director, Chris Viljoen, and creative lead of visual merchandising at Woolworths, Christan Boshoff, in our March 2017 issue. As avid travellers, fashion aficionados and collectors, they have ticked many cities off their travel wish list, but they always – always – return to the City of Lights. They share their Paris must-dos with us, here.
‘For us, Paris is definitely on the top of our list when it comes to travel. It’s the best city in the world – second only to Cape Town, of course,’ says Christan. ‘We just returned from a fantastic 10-day holiday there, where we did a home exchange with a couple who have a tiny apartment in Îll St-Louis and with whom we have swapped several times.’
When in Paris, Chris and Christan love to shop. ‘One of our not-to-miss stores has to be le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, which is always inspiring and definitely one of the best (looking) department stores in the world,’ says Christan. ‘Due to the nature of my job, I always find different approaches to visual merchandising particularly interesting and exciting.’ Other favourites include Merci, for creative and slightly offbeat interior items and clothing, and Collete, where you’ll find amazing high fashion collections, great books, tech gadgets and scented candles.
‘Besides the shopping, which we can get carried away with, probably the most fun for us is just wandering around certain areas and streets, getting fully immersed in the city,’ he says. ‘We love to chat to the locals and discover new, often independent, restaurants, decor shops, and clothing stores.’
‘A few old and new discoveries include, Up-and-Down Rue St Honore, which is always worth it, mostly for the fashion. Le Boulanger de la Tour – said to make the best baguette in Paris currently – has fantastic baguettes, croissants and other treats that are so delicious but not great for the physique! Next door the Rotisserie de la Tour d’Argent, which is little sister to the famed Tour d’Argent, across the road. It is a simple little bistro, but we love it – we had an incredible Christmas lunch there.’
Strolling around Saint Germain is also something that the couple love to do, an area where they’ve discovered many interesting things in the past, most recently a fabulous chocolatier called Patrick Roger.
‘I could go on and on about Paris and what to see and do, but the above gives a pretty clear snapshot of how we like to spend our time there,’ concludes Christan.
See Chris and Christan’s home on page 66 in the March 2017 issue of House and Leisure.