Everyone's got that one place (be it a caravan, village, country lane, beach) that reminds them that summer is in full swing. For me, that place is St. Tropez. Despite its reputation as a playground for the rich and famous, I can't help but find St. Tropez the most charming of towns. There's something about cobbled streets and crooked pavements that really does it for me. At every wrong turn, you stumble into a little boutique you never before knew existed and the further you delve into the side streets the more you find yourself immersed into the locals' simple way of life. St. Tropez is unique in the way it merges two very contrasting lifestyles so seamlessly.
My recent two day stay in the town saw me visit many beaches, have my morning orange juice at several cafes and pop into one too many beach boutiques. Below I've written about the five places that really shaped my trip into the unforgettable one that it was.
Battaglia is one of those rare shops that doesn't and doesn't need to follow the season's trends. It has a signature style (one I can best describe as Kate Moss and Pocahontas' wardrobes colliding) and every season, the stock is reloaded with more to-die-for skinnies, waistcoats, sneakers, dresses, necklaces... none of which are defined or limited by passing trends.
Although totally out of budget, this Chanel boutique is one-of-a-kind and a must-see if in St. Tropez. The boutique is in fact a villa- complete with a pool, garden and even a pool house (no noisy pool filters- just more tweed jackets!).
|Grand Marnier, St. Tropez.|
After overcoming the challenge of securing a table at this renowned cafe, sit back, relax, watch the crowds stroll by, sip your café and enjoy a croissant, and turn to your left to catch a glimpse of Elton John and to your right for Karl Lagerfeld! The best time to come is for breakfast at around 9- the crowd is calmer and the mega yachts all still docked in the port.
Other places worth a mention include sandal mecca K. Jacques. Trinity: the jam-packed jeweller carries star studded friendship bracelets and other vibrant accessories, reminding you of an unforgettable summer. Barbarac, the gelateria by the port. Go for a scoop of Kinder Bueno and Oreo cookies. As far as beaches go, no trip (however short) to St. Tropez is complete without lunch and a swim at the Club 55.