Ma Vie à Paris (4th Edition)


Still in the form of a thick, gilt-edged novel, this fourth edition of Ma Vie à Paris (My Life in Paris), the only travel guide printed on letterpress, has been considerably enriched. There are no fewer than two hundred new addresses, new venues and meticulous updates on prices, opening times, atmosphere and decor.

The two creators, Ivan and Benoît, have devoted special pages to cabarets, wonderful places not just for tourists: institutions such as the Comédie Française, theatres, second-hand bookstalls, and restaurants open on Sunday and Monday evenings. As always, they have focused on craftsmanship and exceptional secret addresses. This latest edition features a thick central section of photos, like a book within a book, a new cover design and 416 pages.

Designed to look like a classic French novel rather than a gaudy tourist guidebook, Ma Vie A Paris is a must-have for Francophiles. It is printed traditionally, in one of the oldest typographic printing presses still in production in France, using high-bulk paper and lead blocks. Exuding Parisian good taste, the book offers an in-depth guide to the chicest and most beguiling areas of the city. Even the most passionate of Paris-lovers will find some curious and unexpected new spots to visit in this sleek tome.

Soft cover, with gilded edges. Includes slip-cover, and fleamarket guide supplement.

Size: 185 × 135 × 38 mm.


  • Tread the pavements of Paris like a local with Astier de Villatte’s Ma Vie En Paris as your guide. Explore Paris like a local in-the-know.
  • Ma Vie à Paris and Ma Vie aux Puces have been comprehensively updated to give pride of place to creation, family craftsmanship, and all that is exceptional. Take the jewellers who have been selling antique rings for four generations and will repair jewellery on site. Or the plumber who is also an antiques dealer. The Potager du roi garden, which sells delicious produce three times a week at unbeatable prices. And cobblers who can magically restore your shoes in a workshop that has remained unchanged for a quarter of a century…


Astier de Villatte

Astier de Villatte ceramics are handmade in their Parisian workshops. Each piece is unique, as a result of manual work and the natural method of drying. The white enamel allows an irregular glimpse of the brown clay underneath. The production of ceramic objects is a long and delicate process. Each piece is entirely made by one craftsperson. In fact, you can find engraved on each piece the initials of Astier de Villatte and of the craftsperson who made it.


A postcard from Paris— Astier de Villatte

We share with you a peek into the home of Astier de Villatte founders Ivan Pericoli and Benoît Astier de Villatte...