Eva Chen

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you like in each? 

Obviously New York does not get better. I like Sobaya. I love Maialino, Souen, and ABC Kitchen. There’s a dive Chinese restaurant called Shanghai Café that’s really good. There’s a Bubble Tea place called Kung Fu Tea that I love. And Sundaes and Cones.

When I was living in Los Angeles I lived in Venice, so I love Gjelina, Local 1205, The Tasting Kitchen, and Café Gratitude. Also Moon Juice, which is a really yummy juice bar.

I love Shanghai and Hong Kong for food. Taipei is the best city for food. They invented food trucks; it’s the low-tech version – like carts! The food there is so good. There’s one alleyway you just wander into and it’s all food carts and you just eat your face off.

In Shanghai there is a hotpot place called Hao di Lao. It’s so good and there is always an epic, three-hour wait. They give you playing cards and snacks, and you can get manicures outside while you’re waiting.

Obviously I love Italian food, so I always enjoy Milan because I eat pasta and gelato with abandon.

Any spots here in Paris?

L’Avenue is always good for a lunch. Le Castiglione is always good for people-watching. Hemingway Bar when it was open at The Ritz was always amazing, I loved how cozy it was!

What are five things right now you’re really loving? 

Right now I am loving everything under the sun from Kenzo. They have a collection now that’s an evil-eye pattern, which I love. There’s a new brand of water filters – it sounds so specific and weird – called Soma (I drink tons of water as well). It’s from my friend Ido Leffler, who started the company Yes to Carrots. It’s basically a really beautiful version of the usually clunky water filters you see. It’s really chic. It’s this gorgeous carafe and it’s beautifully designed. It’s a good thing to have, because you want to drink a lot of water but you don’t want to have a wonky, big water filter on your desk. Anya Hindmarch sent me a really cute little envelope collection that has my actual address on it, so I really love that. There’s the brand Whistles out of London, and they’re coming to the US. They make the best leather skirts and leather pieces for under 300 – 400 dollars. So everything Whistles leather. And then Birkenstocks. I’ve been wearing them since I was fourteen or fifteen, and now they’re in fashion and I’m like, “It only took eighteen years – yes!” So now I feel very vindicated that Birkenstocks are cool. I had a drink with a French Vogue editor last night and I was trying to explain how birkenstocks are cool in the US and she just stared at me like I had eight heads. Our Market Editor, Laurel Pantin, wears those white orthopedic Birkenstocks and she makes them look good! She has amazing style. I love seeing all of Condé Nast wearing birkenstocks.

What are some of your healthy routines? 

Eight vats of green tea is one. I don’t really eat a lot of bread, besides the croissant I just housed! But when you’re in Paris, I think croissants don’t count. I don’t drink soda ever, unless I’m having a root beer float, which is maybe twice a year for dessert. Tons of sunscreen; I think sunscreen is the secret to good skin. I don’t smoke. I do yoga; I try to do it once or twice a week. I used to do a lot of Pilates; I’m going to try to get back into it. Sleep is the most important thing. A few nights ago, because of jet lag, I got ten hours of sleep and it was like the fountain of youth had sprung inside of me. I felt so much better. I think if everyone got eight hours of sleep they would be functional, normal, happy people. If I were doctor, that’s what I would do. I would have a prescription pad and write “Eight hours of sleep” and then hand out prescriptions.

Do you have a style icon?

My style icons are always evolving. There are the staples like Kate Moss and Alexa Chung. My Grandma has really amazing style; she mixed prints before mixing prints was cool. She has this amazing angora leopard print cardigan that I’m totally going to steal from her. She is a big fan of headware so she has a great selection of hats. My Mom has amazing style as well; she was one of the first people I think to wear Narciso Rodriguez. I love her style. Léa Seydoux looks really good. Diane Kruger; her style is impeccable. Kerry Washington kills it on the red carpet. I think she looks amazing. Olivia Palermo could not look more perfect on a day-to-day basis. Caroline Issa always looks so, so elegant and perfect. I just love her style. It’s mostly the cool downtown girls that I love.

If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there? 

Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Jenna Lyons (because I’m obsessed with her), Oprah, and Martha Stewart. If anyone couldn’t come, Michelle Obama and Ellen Degeneres would be next up! It would be less of a dinner and more of a book club. I’d like to have a book club with these women – or a discussion group. And I’d just sit and listen to the wisdom.

Eva wears an Isabel Marant SweaterThakoon Skirt and Alaïa Sandals


*Read Part One of our interview with Eva Chen here

*Eva Chen, photographed in Paris at Kusmi Tea, by Danielle Kosann