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Elegant spots to eat, drink and shop: the ultimate Paris travel guide by Charlotte Chateau


25 March, 2022


13 April, 2023

Charlotte Chateau
A photographer and passionate foodie, Charlotte spends most of her time exploring Paris’s hottest new restaurants and bars.

From the grand Haussmann boulevards to the sun-kissed banks of the Seine, Paris is endowed with endless grace and timeless charm. Wander down the ancient cobblestone streets of Le Marais, passing lively café terraces, sophisticated bistros and phenomenal patisseries on your way. A paradise for gourmands and culture-lovers alike, this is a city of endless vibrancy and wonder, with little pieces of history and local tales to be found everywhere you turn.

There are endless things to do in Paris, both for new visitors and old-timers alike. Every day in the city brings new experiences and discoveries and, even for residents, a trip to another arrondissement can open up a new world of possibilities. What’s more, if you’ve got lots of time on your hands, then there are plenty of day trips you can do from Paris too, making it a great city base for a longer getaway.

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While catching a glimpse of the iconic Eiffel Tower is a must for first-time visitors, as well as admiring the world-famous artwork at The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, there’s plenty to be seen off the beaten path too. We caught up with Parisian Charlotte Chateau, to discover the best inside tips for a chic city break. Here are some of her very favourite things to do (and eat) in the City of Light.

Have a brunch at Kafkaf

Who doesn’t love brunch?! In my eyes, it’s the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday morning in Paris. And what better spot than Kafkaf? The bright colours, friendly waiters and incredible brunch dishes have made this one of my favourite places for a mid-morning pick me up. Come hungry, as the portions are huge. My personal favourites include the indulgent grilled cheese sandwich, the eggs benedict dripping in spicy hollandaise and the show-stopping pistachio brioche. Bon appetit!

See a show at the Opéra Garnier

This magnificent monument never fails to dazzle me. Boasting 1,979-seats, it was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon III himself and took nearly 15 years to build. Architecturally, it showcases all the grandeur of the Enlightenment era (siècle des Lumières), a vision of towering columns, impressive domes and endless marble, mosaic and gold. My favourite shows are the ballets here, as they and full of emotion and beauty - an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking setting.

Discover French designers at the concept store Merci

You can’t visit Paris without taking some time to check out the city’s wonderful boutiques. I especially love spending a lazy afternoon browsing the concept store Merci - you’ll find endless homeware, fashion and furniture here. They have an excellently curated selection of products, everything is so beautiful and you won’t find a lot of these brands anywhere else. What’s more, the store itself is very nicely designed and calm, they treat it almost like a magazine and have changing themes running throughout the shop and even small exhibitions on contemporary issues. What’s more, through the Merci Project, the shop provides support to women and children in Madagascar and beyond. Meaning your purchases are good for the world too.

Enjoy some pampering at the Molitor

If you’re in need of a spot of relaxation, then the Molitor is the place to head to. Located just a few steps from the picturesque Parc des Princes, this spectacular five-star MGallery hotel boasts the biggest hotel spa in the whole of Europe - le Spa by Clarins. With an array of bespoke treatments on offer, you’ll leave feeling completely rejuvenated. The Molitor is also famous for its iconic outdoor pool - first opening in 1929, this was Paris' most popular swimming place for over 60 years. Today, open all year round, it remains a symbol of the leisure of the 30’s - an elegant art deco restoration which will transport you back to a bygone era. To enjoy the pool heated to 28°C, you have to stay the night at the hotel - but that’s no bad thing! The view of the pool from the room is spectacular and you can profit from the lovely rooftop and excellent restaurant during your stay: a win-win situation in my books.

Explore ancient underground quarries and pretty cobbled streets in La Campagne à Paris

For a special afternoon out, head over to this small but magical area, nestled in the heights of northeast Paris. La Campagne à Paris has the feeling of being a tiny village right in the heart of Paris, built upon a maze of underground quarries and winding cobblestone streets. I love to go here for relaxing walks amidst the exotic scenery, admiring the picturesque brick and millstone homes, framed by flower-filled gardens and winding flights of stairs.

Still wondering what to do in Paris?

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