CC's Guide to Paris
Paris, you’re mysterious, ever the seductress and have a knack for balancing old-world sensibilities with new. It’s cliche, but you’ll always have our heart. Read on for recommendations, gleaned from a recent stop over.
Schedule late night drinks at this den of decadence. The hotel’s bar is known for its live DJ sets and maxim of total decadence. If you love French opulence, people-watching and models as waiters then pay Costes a visit. Tip: They make an excellent negroni.
239 - 241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 42 44 50 00
Musée de l'Orangerie
A must-see for art lovers who want to experience the surreal beauty of Monet’s Nymphéas painting. It’s best to visit the gallery (known for its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works) as soon as doors open or else be ready to wait in line, even during the off season. Musée de l’Orangerie is located in the West corner of the Tuileries Gardens, next to the Place de la Concorde. Take a walk through the gardens afterwards with an ice cream in hand.
Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France
+33 (0) 1 44 77 80 07
For cobblestone lanes and surprise finds, the Marais district is a must. Spread across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, the historic area has great boutique shopping, vintage stores, the finest falafel in Paris and relaxed bistros with tables sprawling out on the sidewalks. Tip: Sunday brunch is popular in the Marais, just don’t expect to walk in after 2pm for lunch.
Dine here to indulge in the luxury of French ingredients. Brasserie Lipp holds tightly onto its old-world Parisian roots. We love the quirky-strict rules of conduct displayed on the walls, which informs diners that “you cannot wear tennis shoes” and “you may not let your dog sit near you.” The food is predictably rich; you’ll feast on dishes like pigeon millefeuille, duck confit steak au poivre, all cooked to perfection. Afterwards, amble across the road to Café de Flore for an after dinner cocktail and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 45 48 53 91
Le Bon Marché
Founded in 1852, Le Bon Marché was the first modern department store and now stocks an original edit of French and international wares. If you prefer great service rather than being treated like a tourist then we’d suggest visiting Le Bon Marché over Galeries Lafayette, or at least spend more time here. We promise you the architecture is just as good. Tip: Visit their shoe section to source limited edition styles.
24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 44 39 80 00
Mise en Cage
A must stop for sensual silk lingerie. Mise en Cage stocks a variety of brands alongside their own in house label. Owner and designer Florence is always on hand to ensure you get the perfect fit and design for your figure. Tip: Ask about their divine bodysuits – perfect for layering under blazers.
9 Boulevard de Clichy, 75009 Paris, France
+33 1 45 54 51 32
Citypharma - Rue du Four
French pharmacies are a wonder destination for those with an appreciation for skincare and beauty products. All offer up brands with carefully formulated products however Citypharma is a favourite. Go here for cold-cream style formulas, rose water mists, dry shampoos (French made and free of overpowering fragrances) along with nourishing oil blends. Oh, and their anti-cellulite creams are amazing even if you don’t suffer from dimpling. Tip: If one of the lab-coat wearing sales ladies asks if they can help you, let them. They’ll likely know far more about your skin than you in a single glance.
26 Rue du Four, 75006 Paris, France