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My Must-List for All Things Chic
in the City of Lights

Because my love for Paris is well documented, I’ve become something of a resource among my close girlfriends. The city has played a major role in my life, so it’s with a special kind of joy that I divulge all of my favorite places with you here. Between my time attending Fashion School in Paris, all of the fabulous work events I’ve hosted there, and the wonderful memories Glenn and I share of the city, I’ve had ample opportunity to seek out the best that it has to offer. Enjoy my take on how the Divine Living woman does Paris in luxurious style.

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Maison Souquet
9th Arrondissement
10 Rue de Bruxelles, 75009 Paris, France
+33 1 48 78 55 55

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This sumptuous boutique hotel is ideal for a romantic weekend getaway. Retreat with your love into its intimate, opulent spaces, all dramatically lit and painted in deep jewel tones. Between luxurious tea-time in the lounge and a dip in the secret spa, you’ll feel totally relaxed and taken care of.

 

Le Bristol​​​
8th Arrondissement
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 53 43 43 00

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Recently celebrating its 90th anniversary, Le Bristol is one of those spectacular Parisian institutions where classic luxury reigns supreme. Marble and fine wood paneling, original art works, and lush fabrics are all de riguer, while a three-star Michelin restaurant means even the food is of the highest quality.

 

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
8th Arrondissement
31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 49 52 70 00

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As a Four Seasons devotee, I’ve stayed at the Georges V several times now and have always adored my time there! Along with the luxe decor and impeccable service, I love the energy around this Champs-Élysées address. It’s right in the heart of it all, with so many great restaurants right there in the 8th.

 

Le Royal Monceau
8th Arrondissement
37 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 42 99 88 00

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This Philipe Starck-designed hotel has been racking up tons of awards in recent years, landing on so many hotlists and creating quite the buzz. Steps from the Arc de Triomphe, you’ll find a modern approach to Parisian luxury, a fab one-star Italian restaurant, a renowned spa, and an exclusive member’s only bar.

 

Mandarin Oriental, Paris
1st Arrondissement
251 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 70 98 78 88

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Book a designer suite at the always-elegant Mandarin Oriental and settle into one of the world’s most stylish streets—Rue Saint-Honoré. You’ll be in the couture center of Paris—a quick jaunt from the Louvre and the Place Vendôme—where you’ll find plenty of high-end shopping steps from the hotel. In between sprees you can drop off your bags, maybe retreat to the tranquil spa or enjoy a cocktail at Bar 8.

 

Park Hyatt Paris – Vendôme
2nd Arrondissement
5 Rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris, France
+33 1 58 71 12 34

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Exuding a classic, regal elegance on the Place Vendôme, the Park Hyatt is a well established 5-star hotel that’s great for both business trips and getaways. Their new larger ambassador suites provide the luxury of your own Paris apartment, while their “romantic packages” are available to add a little extra sparkle to your retreat.

 

Hotel Le Fouquet’s Barrière
8th Arrondissement
46 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 40 69 60 00

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A palatial hotel near the Champs-Élysées, Hotel Le Fouquet’s boasts some of the largest and most luxurious bedrooms in Paris, done up in mahogany, silk, and velvet with plush tufted walls. The hotel also happens to lead in sustainability, upholding high standards for service, environmental commitments, and human rights.

 

The Ritz Paris
1st Arrondissement
15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 43 16 30 30

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Few hotels are more iconic than The Ritz on the Place Vendôme, where Coco Chanel lived for 35 years! This historic locale is home to some of the most expensive suites in the world, including the Imperial Suite—declared a National Monument of France—and of course the 1600 square-foot Coco Chanel suite, full of her favorite furnishings and with her logo set into the marble floors. The lavish, palatial rooms are fit for hosting presidents and royalty, and indeed many have passed through the hotel’s famous doors.

 

Hôtel Plaza Athénée​​​​
8th Arrondissement
25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 53 67 66 65

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Overlooking the Eiffel Tower, the legendary Hôtel Plaza Athénée stands out with its signature red awnings and flowers pouring from its windows. Boasting 5 incredible restaurants—including Alain Ducasse’s namesake spot—and a truly gorgeous spa by none other than Dior, the hotel achieves the epitome of Parisian luxury.

 

L’Hotel
6th Arrondissement
13 Rue des Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 44 41 99 00

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This chic boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter near Saint-Germain has its own unique history and character. All 20 rooms have been individually decorated in homage to different famous guests, including Oscar Wilde, Jean Cocteau and Mistinguette. If you’re looking to connect with the artistic spirit of Paris, this might be the place for you.

 

Hotel Costes
1st Arrondissement
239-241 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 42 44 50 00

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Hotel Costes is one of the most fashionable luxury hotels in town. Known for their sophisticated signature music mixes you can hear in their lounge, the hotel has cultivated a hip party scene of international celebs, models, designers, and influencers. Located on Rue Saint-Honoré surrounded by boutiques, this the perfect spot to immerse yourself in the Paris fashion scene.

 

The Peninsula Paris
16th Arrondissement
19 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, France
+33 1 58 12 28 88

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In a meticulously restored 19th-century Haussmann building, this grand hotel near the Arc de Triomphe exudes a chic, streamlined elegance. Enjoy breakfast in the glass-enclosed restaurant on the 6th floor, or out on the rooftop terrace, to start your day with spectacular city views.

 

Shangri-La Paris
16th Arrondissement
10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris, France
+33 1 53 67 19 98

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A former home of the Bonaparte family, this gorgeous award-winning hotel provides the classic Parisian experience. Enjoy stunning views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower from the balcony of your luxury suite, decorated in soothing tones of blue and cream. Book the right room and you might even be able to gaze upon the Eiffel Tower from your bathtub.

 
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Allard Bistro
6th Arrondissement
41 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 58 00 23 46

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This quintessential Parisian bistro in the heart of the 6th was founded in 1932 by a Burgundy peasant. Superstar French Chef Alain Ducasse took over the legendary establishment in 2013, and continues to keep Allard’s authentic French country food alive and well. When it comes to classics like escargot and steak frites, I’ve found you can hardly do better—plus the bread and butter here is epic.

 

Fontaine du Mars ​​​
7th Arrondissement
129, Rue Saint-Dominique 75007 Paris, France
+33(0)1 47 05 46 44

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With its classic red-and-white checkered tablecloths and iconic basketweave bistro chairs, I love the vibe at this chic spot just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. First opened in 1908, it’s a Parisian institution that draws people from around the world—even President Obama recently dined here with the First Lady! I usually order the housemate foie gras to start, and chicken and morels for the main.

 

Aux Lyonnais
2nd Arrondissement
32 Rue Saint-Marc 75002 Paris, Île-de-France
+33(0) 1-58-00-22-16

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This adorable little gem serving traditional Lyonnais bistro fare has quickly become a favorite! I love the gorgeous art deco decor, while the cuisine by Alain Ducasse is fresh, fab, and more approachable then at some of his higher end establishments.

 

Le Laurent
8th Arrondissement
41 Avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 42 25 00 39

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Le Laurent is my go-to for a chic and romantic night out in Paris just steps from the Champs Elysées. With a one-star rating from Michelin, I find it’s upscale but not too uptight. I love settling into the plush all-white dining room, while during the summer the outdoor garden is also an enchanting place to enjoy a delicious meal.

 

La Tour d’Argent
5th Arrondissement
15 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France
+33 1 43 54 23 31

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Glenn took me to this historic restaurant on the Quai for my birthday once and I totally fell in love! With amazing views of the Seine and Notre Dame, this is one of those Parisian institutions that’s hosted over a hundred years of dignitaries and movie stars. And if you like duck, you’ll be pleased to know that’s their specialty—the restaurant actually raises its own on a nearby farm.

 

Kinugawa
1st Arrondissement
9 Rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 42 60 65 07

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I’m usually in Paris for weeks or months, so it’s nice to break up all the wonderful French food with a great sushi night! Kinugawa near the Place Vendôme is my go-to when I’m craving a light Japanese seafood dinner, with excellent cuisine, a chic atmosphere, and attentive service.

 

Prunier
16th Arrondissement
16 Avenue Victor Hugo, 75116 Paris, France
+33 1 44 17 35 85

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With its dramatic Art Deco dining room, this legendary seafood restaurant and caviar house near the Arc de Triumph transports you to 1920s Paris. Enjoy the finest oysters, caviar, and fresh fish in this one-of-a-kind setting, along with great service and an excellent selection of fine wines.

 

Pierre Gagnaire
8th Arrondissement
6 Rue Balzac, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 58 36 12 50

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Pierre Gagnaire’s flagship 3-star restaurant at the Hotel Balzac showcases the the chef’s signature forward-thinking French cuisine. If you’re looking for an innovative, over-the-top dining experience you’ll enjoy Gagnaire’s futuristic take on the classics.

 

Taillevent​​​​
8th Arrondissement
195 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 40 74 20 20

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Taillevent is another classic Parisian dining institution that I just love! The restaurant received its first Michelin star in 1946 and now holds two. The cozy wood-paneled dining room with its luxurious and serene atmosphere is the perfect setting for date night. I also love their sister restaurant, the Taillevent Brasserie, for a more casual take on their delicious cuisine.

 

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
7th Arrondissement
5 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 42 22 56 56

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The most Michelin-star awarded chef in the world, Joël Robuchon is a French culinary legend. I’ve been to a few of his restaurants around the world, and I have to say L’Atelier in the 7th Arrondissement remains a favorite.

 

Le Jules Vernes
7th Arrondissement
Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 45 55 61 44

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Dinning in the Eiffel Tower? How could you not? The iconic one-star-awarded restaurant from none other than Alain Ducasse is one of those not-to-be-missed tourist opportunities that also comes with a spectacular world-class meal.

 

Davé
1st Arrondissement
12 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 42 61 49 48

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For over a decade, this amazing little Chinese restaurant near the Palais Royal has been one of the hippest dining destinations in Paris. Frequented by celebrities, creatives, and entrepreneurs, this chic spot is renowned for serving the best Chinese cuisine in the City of Lights.

 

Fouquet’s Restaurant
8th Arrondissement
99 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 40 69 60 50

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For a traditional dining experience on the Champs Elysées, you might enjoy this haute brasserie inside the iconic Hotel Fouquet’s. The hotel also contains 4 additional restaurant concepts you might want to explore!

 

Le Comptoir
6th Arrondissement
5 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 44 27 07 97

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Rustic yet elegant, Le Comptoir at the Hotel Relais Saint-Germain is great for a chic lunch. The elevated bistro fare never fails to delight, and I love how every meal begins with warm Parmesan Gougères.

 

Vagenande
8th Arrondissement
41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 40 70 14 91

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Located just across the street from Christian Dior, L’Avenue is one of those iconic see-and-be-seen spots favored by international celebs and super models. Boasting a seductive lounge space and classic French fare, it’s a great start to a fun night out.

 

L’Avenue
41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 40 70 14 91

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Located just across the street from Christian Dior, L’Avenue is one of those iconic see-and-be-seen spots favored by international celebs and super models. Boasting a seductive lounge space and classic French fare, it’s a great start to a fun night out.

 

Isami
4th Arrondissement
+33 1 40 46 06 97
4 Quai d’Orléans, 75004 Paris, France

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This tiny sushi restaurant on the Île Saint Louis is a true hidden gem and considered to be one of the best Japanese restaurants in Paris. Expect understated decor and a serene atmosphere as you enjoy the ultra-fresh, authentically prepared seafood.

 

Ralph Lauren Café
8th Arrondissement
21 Rue Quentin-Bauchart, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 47 23 53 43

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This chic courtyard café adjacent to the Ralph Lauren store in Saint-Germain is where Americans in Paris can feel right at home. Enjoy gourmet burgers and cowboy steaks along with the finest French bubbly in an elegant and comfortable Parisian setting.

 

Restaurant Georges
4th Arrondissement
6ème étage, Palais Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
+33 1 44 78 47 99

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For a modern take on Parisian style, try this designer restaurant at the top of the Centre Pompidou. You might enjoy the industrial-chic decor, but if not you’ll definitely love the incredible city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

La Maison de la Truffe
8th Arrondissement
19 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 42 65 53 22

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Originally a gourmet boutique, this sleek fine dining restaurant specializes in the ultimate of delicacies: the truffle! The coveted ingredient makes multiple appearances on the menu, adding special flavor to delicious pastas, Croque-Monseuirs, and traditional entrees.

 

La Maison de la Truffe
8th Arrondissement
19 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 42 65 53 22

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Originally a gourmet boutique, this sleek fine dining restaurant specializes in the ultimate of delicacies: the truffle! The coveted ingredient makes multiple appearances on the menu, adding special flavor to delicious pastas, Croque-Monseuirs, and traditional entrees.

 

Septime
11th Arrondissement
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France
+33 1 43 67 38 29

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Since debuting a few years ago, this trendy minimalist bistro has been on just about every Paris dining hot-list. Newbie Chef Bertrand Grebaut earned one-Michelin star for his first dining concept, where simple, yet inventive dishes allow the ingredients to shine.

 
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Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie
8th Arrondissement
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 53 43 41 67

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Opening onto a lovely garden, the minimalist spa at Le Bristol provides the full makeover experience, from luxe body treatments and rituals to designer make-up and haute hair styling. Specialties include a Russian Banïya room and skincare by prestigious Swiss brand La Prairie.

 

Les Bains du Marais​
4th Arrondissement
31-33 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, 75004 Paris, France
+33 1 44 61 02 02

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This chic day spa in the Marais is one of the few you’ll find open on a Sunday when everything else in Paris is closed. Luckily this entrepreneur’s haven covers all your beauty needs—blow-out, massage, mani-pedi—and features wifi, coffee, wine and snacks from its restaurant. Men can feel at home here as well—I’ve brought Glenn along and he loved it!

 

Spa My Blend by Clarins
8th Arrondissement
37 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 42 99 88 99

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This all-white spa by French luxury skincare brand Clarins is a sprawling oasis of calm. Enjoy high-end treatments and wellness rooms that include a hammam, a laconium room, and a sauna. Book a session with a fitness coach if you’d like to work out before you relax.

 

Zen Thai Spa
15th Arrondissement
12 Rue du Pic de Barrette, 75015 Paris, France
+33 1 44 26 02 55

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Another one of those rare spots in Paris that’s open 7-days a week, Zen Thai Spa offers a unique Eastern experience in the heart of Paris. If you love a Thai massage, you’ll enjoy unwinding in this luxe and peaceful setting.

 

La Maison Guerlain Spa
8th Arrondissement
68 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
00 33 1 45 62 11 21

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It doesn’t get much more glam than a day at La Maison Guerlain Spa on the Champs-Élysées. The recently renovated space features gold mosaic tiled walls and sweeps of white marble, with luxurious and precise treatments including fantastic facials.

 

The Chanel Spa at The Ritz
1st Arrondissement
15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 43 16 30 30

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I’ve adored my days at The Ritz Spa in the past, and was excited to learn that it’s currently being re-done and taken over by Chanel. Appropriately located in the same hotel where Coco once lived, this will be the first Chanel Spa in the world, with a focus on luxurious skin care from the brand’s haute product line.

 

The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V
8th Arrondissement
31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
+33 (0) 1 49 52 72 10

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This lavish spa is truly fit for a queen. The menu even draws inspiration from Marie Antoinette to create regal treatments like the “Stroll to Versailles,” which includes a body scrub, massage, and facial with notes of orange blossom—her favorite scent. I love the romantic private rooms, some of which include their own hot-tubs for a post-massage dip.

 

Spa Valmont pour Le Meurice
1st Arrondissement
228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 44 58 10 77

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I popped into Spa Valmont across from the Tuileries and walked out looking like I had a non-surgical facelift! Honestly, it was the best facial of my life, and I was so impressed with the anti-aging skincare from Swiss company Valmont that I returned to buy many of their products. The spa itself is sleek and relaxing, offering a sunny terrace to enjoy a healthy lunch or fresh-pressed juice.

 

Javier Alonso at Rossano Ferretti Salon
1st Arrondissement
4, Rue Cambon, 2nd Floor, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 42 60 31 95 

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Introducing the man who did my hair for my wedding, Javier Alonso is a master! Traveling between the Rossano Ferretti salons in Rome and Paris, Javier is great at glam looks for special events, but he also does a beautiful blow-out and cut. And I highly recommend you opt for the 20-minute scalp massage.

 

Dior Institut at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée
8th Arrondissement
25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 53 67 65 35

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This sprawling spa has total wow-factor, with its soaring white archways and circular mosaic-tiled pool. Sketches by Christian Dior hang on the wall, while fashion magazines and coffee table books are left out for you to peruse as you relax after a custom skin treatment.

 

Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris
1st Arrondissement
251 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 70 98 73 35

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The subterranean spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris offers nearly 10,000 square-feet of relaxation, including a 46-foot long pool full of ultra clean water. There are seven private suites, including some designed for couples, complete with their own steam rooms, bathrooms, and vitality pools.

 
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Le Bar du Bristol
8th Arrondissement
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 53 43 43 00

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For delicious craft cocktails and a classic club atmosphere, Le Bar du Bristol is my go-to! The sumptuous space feels like a chic library, with crystal chandeliers, luxurious couches, and a worldly exotic flair. Live DJs spin most nights starting at 6pm, as the hip crowd flits in to meet and mingle after work. My insider’s tip? When you arrive make sure to head straight to the back and discover the coolest spot in the bar.

 

Bar 228 at Le Meurice
1st Arrondissement
228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 44 58 10 66

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The traditional sophistication of Bar 228 takes you back to the den of Louis XIV as reinterpreted by Philipe Starck. Opulent wood paneling inset with exquisite wallpaper provides the perfect backdrop for men in suits and women in cocktail dresses, tables topped with gorgeous crystal decanters, and soft jazz played on the piano.

 

The Hemingway Bar at The Ritz
1st Arrondissement
15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 43 16 30 30

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Coco Chanel is not the only famous name associated with the Ritz—Ernest Hemingway spent many nights sipping away at this historic bar that now bears his name. I love how intimate and quiet it is here, and how the well-crafted ambiance recalls Paris in the 1920s.

 

Bar Kléber at The Peninsula Paris​​​​​​
16th Arrondissement
19 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, France
+33 1 58 12 28 88

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This stunning bar feels airy and grand, with towering oak-paneled walls adorned in gilded moldings. Light pours in from the beautiful covered terrace—one of the largest in Paris—which presents a lovely al fresco dining option during the warmer months.

 

Le Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V
8th Arrondissement
31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 49 52 70 00

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One of the most magnificent bars in town, Le Bar at the Four Seasons is a bit more lavish than its simple name suggests. After sunset, you can expect glamorous Parisians and jet-setters here to be looking their best, so put on a fabulous dress, recline on a lush red velvet sofa and enjoy the finest cocktails, wines and champagnes.

 

Le Baron
8th Arrondissement
6 Avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 47 20 04 01

This chic VIP lounge continues to be one of the hottest nightlife destinations in Paris, drawing international celebs to its intimate dance-floor. For a look at how the influential jet-set crowd does a night of dancing in Paris, Le Baron is a must-go. The doorman here is notoriously selective—so look your best.

 
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Musée d’Orsay
7th Arrondissement
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 40 49 48 14

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Inside a magnificent former railroad station, the Musée D’Orsay houses one of the largest collections of Impressionist art in the world. See works by such famous French names as Renoir, Cézanne, Degas, and Van Gogh while enjoying the beauty of this iconic Beaux-Arts building.

 

The Eiffel Tower
7th Arrondissement
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
+33 892 70 12 39

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Originally built as the grand entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic structures in the world and one of those locations you simply have to see! Remember not every trip here requires you to brave the crowds and ascend the tower, as there are many wonderful places to view the city from above. I always love just strolling around the surrounding plazas and then heading to a wonderful dinner or drinks nearby.

 

Musée du Louvre
1st Arrondissement
75001 Paris, France
+33 1 40 20 50 50

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The Louvre is the most famous art museum in the world, and home to the world’s most famous piece of art—Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. However there is so much more to explore here, as the massive collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative objects, and artifacts spans human creativity through the ages.

 

Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral
4th Arrondissement
6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
+33 1 42 34 56 10

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One of my favorite places in Paris, Notre Dame is where I go to find stillness in the heart of the city. Built in the 12th century, the cathedral is an architectural masterpiece that exudes beauty and Spirituality.

 

Palais Garnier​​
9th Arrondissement
8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
+33 1 71 25 24 23

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This spectacular performance hall built in the 1860s continues to host opera, ballet, and concerts to this day. Whether you score tickets or just swing by, you’ll love this gorgeous building that’s become an icon for Parisian prestige and excellence.

 

Luxembourg Gardens
6th Arrondissement
75006 Paris, France

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I love to spend an afternoon in these absolutely stunning royal gardens that opened to the public after the French Revolution. Covering a sprawling 25 hectares of land, it’s a wonderful place to lose track of time as you stroll through well-manicured French and English-style gardens.

 

The River Seine
Paris, France
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One of the amazing things about Paris is the culture of gathering around the river. The banks of the Seine invite romantic strolls and fabulous picnics, and offer a place where absolutely anyone can enjoy the beauty of Paris and a great bottle of wine.

 

Arc de Triomphe
8th Arrondissement
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 55 37 73 77

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Standing regally at the end of the Champs-Élysées, this massive French national monument is one of the great sights of Paris. Inspired by ancient Roman architecture, the Arc was ordered by Napoleon I to commemorate his 1806 victory and the formation of a new French empire. The empire may be long dissolved, but the Arc remains a gorgeous piece of history that’s great for a photo opp!

 

Sacré-Couer Basilica
18th Arrondissement
35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
+33 1 53 41 89 00

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Built after the French Revolution in the 1870s, this beautiful basilica sits high above Paris in the charming cobblestone hills of Montmartre. It’s one of the best places to enjoy spectacular city views from the lush green grounds surrounding the church.

 

Pont Alexandre III
8th Arrondissement
Paris, France

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Another iconic Parisian monument, this exquisite Beaux-Arts bridge over the Seine connects the Invalides to the Grand Palais, which was built around the same time. Crowned with majestic gilt sculptures of winged horses, the soaring bridge offers sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower and is a wonderful place for a stroll.

 

Moulin Rouge
18th Arrondissement
82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France

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I was delightfully surprised to have the best time at the world’s most famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge! Glenn and I opted for the most exclusive ticket package that includes dinner, which provided us with great seats from which watch this iconic show. The meal was excellent and I highly recommend the extra splurge.

 

Grand Palais
8th Arrondissement
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 44 13 17 17

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The Grand Palais is a very special place to me—it’s where Glenn proposed! Built as a home for French art, this sprawling Beaux-Arts complex is home to many salons and galleries as well as the most important cultural events in town. For example, Chanel hosts their annual couture show exclusively at the Grand Palais.

 

Versailles
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
+33 1 30 83 78 00

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When in Paris, a day trip to Versailles is a must. I’m always inspired by the extravagant beauty of the palace and grounds, where Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV once reigned over a court of hundreds. I love to walk around the impeccable French gardens and tour the ornate living quarters where no expense was spared.

 

The Champagne Wine Region
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This historic wine region 90 miles northeast of Paris is where the world’s best sparkling wine is made and kept. For a chic day trip, take a train or hire a car to visit the cities of Reims and Épernay, stopping in for cellar tours at luxe Champagne houses like Veuve Cliquot and Moët & Chandon—tasting included.

 
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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
5th Arrondissement
 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
+33 1 43 25 40 93

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This English-language book store across the river from Notre Dame in the Latin Quarter is a Parisian literary institution. Founded by an American in 1951, the historic shop has long been a center for arts-and-culture-minded expats and is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a great new read.

 

Paris Flea Market
Saint-Ouen
99 Rue des Rosiers, 75018 Paris, France
+33 6 99 04 34 80

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If you’re into antiques, you won’t want to miss a trip to the Paris Flea Market. Among the treasures you’ll find vintage Chanel bags, old French prints and paintings, housewares and artisan crafts. Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, you’ll need a map to find this tucked away gem just outside the city border.

 

Mariage Frères – Tea Shop
4th Arrondissement
30 Rue du Bourg Tibourg, 75004 Paris, France
+33 1 42 72 28 11

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I’m a huge fan of the delicious tea from this luxe French brand that’s been around since 1854. Their colonial-style boutique and tea room in the Marais is a fabulous place to stop in for an afternoon sip in traditional French style. You’ll also get to peruse the selection of over 600 tea blends and classic accessories that make for great gifts.

 

Avenue Montaigne District
8th Arrondissement
Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France

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Ready for the ultimate luxury shopping experience? All of the most prestigious names in fashion have set up shop on the famous tree-lined Avenue Montaigne near the Champs-Élysées. You’ll find boutiques from Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Chloé, Fendi, Valentino, Prada and many more.

 

Rue Saint-Honoré
1st Arrondissement
Rue Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France

Just north of the Louvre and the Tuileries is the fabulous Rue Saint-Honoré, along which you’ll find an unparalleled variety of luxury retailers, mid-level fashion chains, and exclusive boutiques. From legacy brands like Hermès and Goyard, to designers like Miu Miu and Givenchy, to cutting-edge department stores like Colette, it’s a glamorous area to explore the best of Parisian fashion.

 

Saint-Germain des Prés
7th Arrondissement
Paris, France

With its rich café culture and artistic history, some consider Saint-Germain to be the most iconic neighborhood in the city, and it’s also home to some of the best shopping! Expect to see designer shops from big names like Christian Louboutin, Burberry, and Sonia Rykiel along with some mass-market retailers. Venture off the beaten path onto the charming cobblestone side-streets to discover little Parisian fashion gems.

 

Collette
1st Arrondissement
213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 55 35 33 90

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A cult favorite among fashion industry insiders, this three-story palace of style is known for stocking hip high-end labels like Balmain, Jeremy Scott, and Comme des Garçons. Along with men’s and women’s luxury apparel, Colette also carries a curated selection of magazines, toys, furniture and jewelry.

 

The Latin Quarter
5th Arrondissement
Paris, France

This neighborhood is home to La Sorbonne, and thus is the student center of Paris. The Boulevard Saint-Michel is bustling with cafés, book shops, record stores, chains and fast-food restaurants, however if you explore the side streets you’ll quickly find quirky boutiques with plenty of character.

 

Le Marais​​
3rd & 4th Arrondissements
Paris, France

Le Marais might be the hippest neighborhood for shopping in Paris, with a mix of trendy vintage boutiques and fashion-forward designers like Balenciaga, Chloé , Martin Margiela, Sandro, The Kooples, and Alaïa. Shop ‘till you drop, and if your feet get tired pop into the Repetto shop and pick up a pair of quintessential ballet flats.

 

Le Bon Marché Department Store
6th Arrondisement
24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 44 39 80 00

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In the heart of Saint-Germain, Le Bon Marché is the oldest department store in Paris. Opened in 1852, the shop has managed to maintain its reputation as the chicest store in town, carrying posh labels like Givenchy, Lanvin, and Stella McCartney, plus more street-wise cult-favorites like Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant, and Zadig & Voltaire.

 

The Original Chanel Store​​
1st Arrondisement
31 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 44 50 66 00

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Chanel’s oldest and finest boutique is an essential stop on any Paris fashion pilgrimage. The sprawling store carries one of the largest selections of the brand’s ready-to-wear pieces, along with make-up, perfume, jewelry, bags, and shoes. While there are several Chanel flagship boutiques in this part of Paris, this one is truly special for being Coco’s long-time home and workshop.

 

The Original Dior Store​​
8th Arrondissement
30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 40 73 73 73

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As the story goes, as soon as Christian Dior passed in front of the town house at 30 Avenue Montaigne, he knew he had to have it. He renovated the house in an opulent neoclassical style, and to this day the brand shows couture collections in the grand spaces above the boutique, which carries Dior clothes, cosmetics, and accessories.

 

The Original Hermès Store​​
8th Arrondissement
24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 40 17 46 00

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Thierry Hermès began making luxe leather harnesses and bridles for the French elite in 1837, outfitting stylish Parisian equestrians and royalty like Napoleon III. In 1880 the business moved to 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where the flagship boutique stands to this day, now carrying the full line of coveted handbags, accessories, and the brand’s iconic silk scarves.

 
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Café Marly
1st Arrondissement
93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
+33(0)1 49 26 06 60

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This café and brasserie overlooking the Louvre Pyramids is one of my favorite places to bask in the beauty of Paris. I like to come in the morning to enjoy a coffee, write in my journal, do a little work and watch all the fabulous people traipse through the courtyard.

 

Angelina
1st Arrondissement
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 42 60 82 00

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I love stopping in at this chic Belle Époque-style teahouse on Rue de Rivoli! The luxurious space across from the Toulieres is perfect for an afternoon coffee and treat—I’m particularly in love with their hot chocolate.

 

Les Deux Magots
6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 45 48 55 25

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Opened in 1885, this Saint-Germain café is known for its history of serving famous clientele. Artists and writers like Pablo Picasso, Jean Paul Satre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Ernest Hemingway all loved to come here, and the café continues to support the literary scene with is yearly prize for a French novelist.

 

Café de Flore​​
6th Arrondissement
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 45 48 55 26

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A rival of Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore is another one of the most iconic coffeehouses in Paris, with its own literary prize and legacy of hosting influential French thinkers. To this day it’ lovely to sit out on the sidewalk with a delicious café creme and watch the Saint-Germain neighborhood bustle.

 

Ladurée​​​​
multiple locations
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Ladurée invented the macaron, and in my book you won’t find a better take on the iconic French cookie anywhere else. I love visiting their elegant patisseries in Paris and always stop at their airport location to pick up gifts on my way home.

 

Poilâne
multiple locations
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For bread, you can hardly do better than this chic little boulangerie with three Paris locations and two in London. Think fresh country sourdough loaves and perfect baguettes, a selection of gorgeous pastries Viennese pastries and even delicious daily specials like tartines and salads.

 

Emporio Armani Café
6th Arrondissement
149 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 45 48 62 15

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With its bold red banquettes and sleek lacquered table tops, the Emporio Armani Café in Saint-Germain shows off the modern side of Paris. I’ve found it’s a great place to stop in for a break when shopping in the 7th, and had the best chocolate cake and espresso there on my last trip!

 

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