PARIS CAPITALE DE LA MODE
Paris forever that’s the word!
Spring, summer, winter, or autumn, Paris is the city to love, shop and live in regardless of the season. The city has countless shops, designer boutiques, restaurants, bars, museums, not to mention its lovely streets and unique architecture. With so many choices day and night, it may be difficult to find time to sleep; yet alone to see everything Paris has to offer. Here are our recommendations on where to go and what to do in order to make the most out of this magnificent city.
Enjoy visiting all the fabulous monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Art Bridge, the Grand Palais, and the splendor of Versailles! Yes, they are continually popular with tourists, but there is a good reason for this: they are actually quite amazing and not to be missed.
FEW OF OUR MUST-SEE PLACES and MUST-DO THINGS:
THE SEINE: A tour on the famous “fly boats” is a really stunning experience that allows you to see Paris from a different point of view, and take some amazing photos while avoiding the traffic. After, those with artistic sensibilities should make way to the left bank of the Seine and simply saunter along exploring the architecture, shops and taking in the atmosphere.
AVENUE MONTAIGNE: If you are into fashion you are in the right city! Avenue Montaigne is one of the most expensive streets, dotted with stores such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Celine, Prada, Bulgari and many many more. Whether you spend hours shopping or just browsing, we guarantee you will be in the mood for lunch. The Avenue is super-chic and always a safe bet for a delicious lunch, or dinner. There is also the Brasserie des Theatres, perfect for a drink or a delectable meal at any hour.
RUE SAINT HONORÉ: Another famous shopping street that will take you straight to the Louvre. Pass by the Place Vendôme to see the most fabulous and expensive jewels, and have a drink at the Ritz Hotel Bar in case you want to do some celebrity spotting.
INDOOR SHOPPING: If the weather is not on your side, there is still the fabulous option of the warm atmosphere of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps stores. These famous department stores are veritable havens for foodies and fashion worshipers alike. There is something for any budget too, which is always a bonus.
MONTMARTRE: Within minutes this art street will captivate you. Have your portrait done or admire painters and sculptors creating right in front of your eyes.
LE MARAIS: One of the oldest places in Paris is also its most visited one for its countless cafes, restaurants, shops, and museums.
ST GERMAIN DES PRÈS: If you are found of luxury experiences, if you like unique designers shops and showrooms or even if you just want to admire gorgeous objects, this is your kind of place… Enjoy the great Parisian tradition of people watching, while sipping coffee on one of many street terraces.
QUARTIER CHINOIS: Visit Paris’ Chinese neighborhood and feel like you are making another trip within your trip! Full of restaurants, shops, nice gardens…
LA COULÉE VERTE: Former railway station, this huge garden is one of city’s most famous along with the Luxembourg garden. It ends at Place La Bastille. Play parks for children, a cyclist way, and all green around … A green oasis in the middle of Paris.
LA GRANDE JATTE ISLAND: You need to visit this island, as it is simply spectacular, especially in spring! It inspired countless artists like Monet, Van Gogh and Seurat.
LE GRAND PALAIS: Located on the Champs Elysées Avenue, Le Grand Palais organizes over 40 art events each year. It’s emblematic of Paris and it’s France’s pride and joy.
LE JARDIN DES TUILERIES: Once a ceramic clay roof factory, it is now a famous garden, known as the oldest and the most important in the city. It has been classed at the UNESCO Patrimony.
OPERA DE PARIS: Paris’s Opera is the main opera company in France. Consisting of Le Palais Garnier (opened in 1875) and L’Opera Bastille (founded in 1989), it brings 340 ballets and musical performances each year.
CHAMPS ELYSÉES: You probably have already heard about this huge and magnificent avenue. Nearly 2 kilometres long, starting at Place de la Concorde and ending at Place Charles de Gaule, for a lot of people les Champs Elysées epitomizes France.
RUE DU FAUBOURG ST HONORÉ: Between Royale Road and Ternes Place, this 2070 metres long street is full or art galleries, luxurious shops and fantastic restaurants.
Bar du Plazza Athénée:
This elegant and modern hotel/bar has received a “Best bar experience” prize, and for a good reason too. Enjoy fancy cocktails like Fashion Ice, La Rose Royale or Gelly shots!
Forget everything you know about partying! This nightclub created by David Lynch is THE place to be. Loved by celebrities and famous DJs, it is 700 square meters of fun straight from the mind of one of Hollywood’s most unique film directors.
Managed by Laurent de Gourcuff, this is a jet set meeting point for diner and drink. Once a bordello, this VIP hotspot hosts some of Paris’ best DJs.
Titi Twister Nightclub:
The underground “Hang out” bar, Titi Twister is where New York meets LA, rock meets chic, and neon lights clash with black leather jackets. There is a play pool and an enormous smoking room, electro tunes & cool ambiance.
WHERE TO EAT?
Paris is a foodie heaven and there are many Michelin Star restaurants and a multitude of amazing eateries to enjoy. We are singling out La Truffière and Le Relais d’Auteuil here as two of our preferred cold weather restaurants, but look out for a great compilation of our favourite Parisian eateries that will feature in our news shortly.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
January: Phenomenal New Year’s Eve Parties everywhere
February: We celebrate Chinese New Year!
March: Two fashion weeks – Prêt-à- Porter and Haute Couture – with fashion shows and pop-up boutiques
May: Time for sport with Roland Garros!
June: 21st it’s Music party and the Gay Pride.
July: The Bastille surrender on the 14th, one of the most important moments in France’s history. Then, in the middle of the month a huge biking competition with the Tour de France takes place on the Champs Elysées.
August: The Rock en Seine and Techno Parade are two fun music festivals not to be missed
September: Time for culture and art. Museums are open at night all month long.
December: Christmas market is lighting up on the Champs Elysées. If you are lucky you may witness Paris covered in snow!