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Charlotte Laborie: My Top 5 pink spots in Paris to live your Barbie fantasy

Okay, so I watched the Barbie premiere yesterday and had to write a post about it. First of all, it is a beautiful critique of the devastating impact Barbie has had in terms of women’s objectification and setting unrealistic beauty standards.

Second of all, people came to the cinema dressed like they were going to Cannes’s pink (wink) carpet. I have never seen so many people wear pink at the same time; it was unbelievable. As I always do, I rocked up to the cinema in the baggiest black clothes I had in my closet, ready to eat 2 kilos of popcorn (you know it) #screwpatriarchy.

Anyways, this movie depicts Barbie Land, where women rule, patriarchy has never been heard of and all men have abs. Please can I apply for a visa to move there? No? It’s an imaginary world?!

What do you mean it’s an imaginary world? … I’ll be back, but I just have to wipe away the water coming
out of my eyes; I don’t understand what’s happening.

So if I can’t move there, I’ll just have to find places that look incredibly similar, sit there, and be in complete and utter denial of the world we live in and pretend I live in Barbie Land!

Are you onboard?

Cool.

Come on Barbie, let’s go party (oh oh oh yeahhh).

Enough chit-chatting. Here’s my list of my top five pink spots in Paris that perfectly align with Barbie’s glamorous world. From charming cafes to stunning bars, let’s explore the magic of these pink havens in the heart of the French capital.

Also if you hate pink because it’s too girly maybe read up on internalised misogyny xx.

La Quéquetterie

This HAD to make it as No. 1 on my list. This place makes waffles shaped as … I’ll try and stay tasteful and let you draw your own conclusions from the photo. The shop is completely pink and covered in flowers, it’s stunning and the waffles are actually delicious!

I recommend the white chocolate topping with the nutella filling.

La Quéquetteri

28 rue d’Aboukir

Giorgio

Embrace the vibrant and whimsical atmosphere at Giorgio, where retro-futurism meets Italian disco, meets the glamour of ’70s California. This restaurant truly sets the stage for a festive and gourmet experience.

It specialises in Italian gastronomy, and their pizzas, cooked in a wood oven imported from Napoli, are masterpieces. Prepare to be enchanted by not only the taste but the ambiance that transports you to a bygone era of elegance and fun.

Giorgio

21 rue de Charonne

Maison Sauvage

Maison Sauvage is where all the cool, hip people go (I know that because I’m hip and cool and I eat there). It’s super healthy, quinoa salad avocado toast vibe, with great brunch options. It’s also in one of my favourite areas of Paris, in the 6th arrondissement, close to Odeon. You can’t go wrong with Maison Sauvage.

Maison Sauvage

5 rue de Buci

La Maison Rose

You’ve definitely seen it on Instagram. La Maison Rose, which literally translates to the Pink House, is a delightful French restaurant. It has a concise menu that revolves around the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients.

La Maison Rose draws inspiration from the authentic French farm-to-table cuisine and the rustic Italian cucina povera tradition – which stands for the Italian kitchen wizardry that turns everyday ingredients into surprisingly delightful dishes.

La Maison Rose

2 rue de l’Abreuvon

La Favourite

This adorable brasserie is bursting with flowers and joy. They have a great brunch and food menu, it’s the perfect place to go to and forget about your hangover whilst sipping their signature Hot Pink Latter, with milk, raspberry, candyfloss syrup, whipped cream.

Did I hear a YUM?

La Favorite

4 rue de Rivoli

Well, there you have it – my pink-tastic escapade following the Barbie premiere! From the sea of pink outfits to the eye-opening critique of beauty standards, this movie had me feeling all kinds of emotions.

Although I can’t move to Barbie Land (boo hoo!), I feel like I have secured a few spots I can feel my best self in and embrace the pinkittude, whilst indulging in incredible cuisine.

PS: Type “Barbie” into Google search and the page will turn pink! You’re welcome. You now have a fun fact to say at parties to help you look cool. Follow me for more tips 😉

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Read more about Paris here in Dispatches’ archives.

Read more from Charlotte here.

Charlotte Laborie grew up in England, Belgium and Switzerland. Charlotte then moved to Paris and graduated from Sciences Po Paris. She is still based in Paris, where she works in marketing.

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