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Destination Paris: High Living in the City of Lights

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

Was there ever a city born for chic quite like Paris? On one side of the Seine you will find cobbled streets, sweet scented bakeries, and dusty bookshops, but on the other – there is an intoxicating mix of achingly trendy bars and restaurants, daring designer boutiques, glorious sights, and impeccable hotels. Paris is all about high living and we have the inside knowledge on where to stay and play in the city of light.

Where to Stay

Paris doesn’t fall short when it comes to finery, the cobbled streets spill over with chic places to lay your head. Those seeking palatial charm that would befit Marie Antoinette will adore the Four Seasons Hotel George V. The golden triangle of the Champs-Elysees is the place to stay for high end fashionistas. Every gilded corridor is bedecked in beautiful flowers, Louis XV rooms are punctuated with period desks and marble bathrooms.

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Four Seasons / credit: kiwi collection

Another palatial stay can be found at Le Bristol, considered the loveliest place to stay in town. Politicians and celebrities adore this official palace status hotel with its 18th century courtyard garden, rooftop pool, and fresh floral and feminine styles. Epicure, the restaurant downstairs has also been awarded 3 Michelin stars and is worth bagging a table for its pretty pigeon plate.

Le Bristol Hotel Paris Photo Credit: travellermade.com

At the Hotel Plaza Athenee you can find yourself rubbing shoulders with plenty of rock stars and A list celebs. Magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower, a Michelin star restaurant, and Europe’s only Dior Institute Spa make for a divinely decadent stay.

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Plaza Athenee Hotel / credit: Plaza Athenee

Where to Play

Close to the marvelous Marais you will find the creative concept store The Broken Arm. This is where the ‘it’ crowd flock when they want to peruse gorgeous garments, sip Parisian chic coffee, and swap the latest gossip with their photographers and designers. The beautiful blend of Scandinavian design, stunning lines, and boutique appeal makes this a great morning stop.

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The Broken Arm / credit: francois et moi

Before heading out into the dazzling night of the city of lights, swing by Le Café Marly for a tantalizing tipple. This flamboyant Napoleon III rococo gilt and contemporary design bar gets the balance just right. Sipping something special from the extensive drinks menu in the lit-up courtyard of the Louvre is what Parisian nights are all about.

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Le Cafe Marley / credit: bon appetour

From Hollywood screen and David Lynch fantasy to reality – the club from Mullholland Drive has been transported into Paris. Director David Lynch oversaw the whole project and those lucky enough to make it through the selective guest list are sure to be blown away. Twin Peaks hidden forest vibes, an arts bar, a smoking room, a gold leaf tunnel, and a small stage for international DJ’s are just a handful of things on offer at Club Silencio.

Club Silencio / Credit: Club Silencio

Where to Dine

The dining scene in Paris is so much more than pretty pink macaroons and flaky pain au chocolat. When dusk falls on the city, everyone flocks to find fine dining and French gastronomical feasts in some of the hippest restaurants. L’Avenue is perhaps the most famous of them all and quite often is filled with celebrity clientele like Justin Bieber, Rhianna, and the Kardashian clan. Traditional brasserie food adorns the menu with homemade foie gras, supermodel salads, and lashings of champagne.

<>Bulgari Cocktail Event At Apicius as part of Paris Fashion Week at Apicius on July 8, 2014 in Paris, France.

Apicius Restaurant / credit: bulgari at apicius

For those who are more interested in fabulous food as opposed to celebrity sightings, then Apicius is a prime choice. We are talking well-dressed lobster tails, squab breasts, and chocolate soufflés that defy even the highest expectations. Haute cuisine tradition is tailored very carefully here and you can spend a whole night lost in the fusion of flavor.

Avenue des Champs Elysées Credit Photo: edito.agorabiz.com

Where to Splurge

Paris is an endless array of shopping opportunities whether you choose to pop in to Prada on Avenue des Champs Elysées or if you scour the vintage sections in Montmartre. Be sure to swing by DAAD Dantone for avant garde fashion from the likes of Uma Wang and Rick Owens. Another hot of the press spot has to be Collette, the brick and click empire paving the way for cult fashion, trendy toys, one of a kind magazines, and even a water bar boasting no less than a hundred different brands of the bottled elixir of life.

Eifel Tower Paris at Night

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. With a passion for penning perfect content, she explores the globe, forever seeking out the next story.

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