Paris, in the heart of Art de Vivre
With its appealing vitrines, artisanal perfumery & flower and accessories boutiques, enhancing ambiance of boutique hotels, worldwide open museums, michelin star restaurants.
Start the day very frenchy.. Croissant, Orange Juice, Coffee & Bonjouuur
I am in love with croissant so any boulangerie on the corner of the street is perfectly ideal for me. I randomly pick local one but here are some good boulangerie chains; Eric Kayser, Jean Noel Julien, Cyril Lignac.
If you need nothing but the best, you may try breakfasts in luxury hotels or brasseries like Shangri La, The Peninsula, Ritz, Hotel Costes, L’Avenue but I recommend you to keep Peninsula and Plaza Athene for lunchtime for perfect michelin experience.
My favourite place is Le Cafe Marly in the Louvre gardens. After a quick breakfast (petit-dejeuner), I like to take a walk around city and do some window shopping of latest world stage so anywhere close to Place D’alma also could be ideal for breakfast. Everyday there is a new exhibition opening in galleries, museums and foundations.. My favourite ones are in usually
- Palais de Tokyo
- Louis Vuitton Foundation
- YSL Foundation
- Les Art Decoratifs
- Musee De La Mode
- Maison Europeenne la Photographie
- Grand Palais
But don’t miss out to check
- Musee D’Art Moderne
- Centre Pompidou
- Musee D’orsay
- Musee de Monnaie
- Jeu de Paume
- Cartier Foundation
- Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
- Picasso Museum
- Musee Rodin and of course Louvre
That would be so lovely to have lunch just like in the famous painting of Renoir, “Luncheon on the Boating Party“. What about to create your own fantasy, here are some delicate place of worship;
- Alain Ducasse Plaza Athene & Baccarat Crystal Room for brillant atmosphere & excellence (I used to like previous decor of Baccarat Crystal Room not the current one as it was more in the mood of Marie-Laure de Noailles who used to live in that building)
- Le Lobby (Amazing taste, also a feel of Moscow not Paris)
- LouLou & Minipalais for one of the nicest terraces
- Georges for the view (was such a enchanting one)
- Le Dali
- Ralph’s for gardening
- Le Coq around Tour Eiffel (foie grass is my fav)
Patisseries in Paris, it is more than art thou. Sometimes just enough to watch in admiration
- Pierre Herme
- Laduree (sorry it might be cliche but ispahan is a must)
- La Maison du Chocolat (best eclair)
- Printemps Ground Flooor (go crazy for pastries & as a tip don’t miss out 9th floor rooftop view)
My best teatime with wine tasting offer was in Le Meurice Hotel.
Have a fancy cocktail in
- The Bar Hemingway (welcome the heritage)
- L’Hotel (in the search of Oscar Wilde’s spirit)
- Le Bar du Plaza Athenee (for an icy bar)
- L’Oiseau Blanc (rooftop bar)
- Buddha Bar
- Le Bar du Bristol
- Le Bar Kleber (most appealing cocktails)
- Harry’s (it is a classic)
These are popular places to night out for dinner;
- Le Cinq
- Caviar Kaspia (seafood mania)
- Maison Blanche (with the rooftoop view)
- Monsieur Bleu (with Tour Eiffel view in terrace)
- La Societe (surprising menu, Le Tigre (tiger beef))
- Market (by Jean Georges)
- Faust (degustation menu)
- Matignon (dance, dance, dance then)
- Les Bains (secret pool clubbing)
Go for a lifetime experience and pick a michelin chef restaurant like L’Atelier Joel Robuchon, you can’t imagine how beautiful places you gonna discover just behind Champs Elysees like;
For more, Michelin guide will help you.
Don’t forget that you are in Paris, it is a world city so you may give a try for Vietnamiese, Malay, Thai, Korean, Porteguese or Lebanese cuisine easily.
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Go for a live show/cabaret; Crazy Horse, Mouline Rouge, Lido and Michou. Especially Louboutin’s special show for Crazy Horse was fantastic. Even Beyonce was inspired from the show for her Partition video.
I think I would prefer Maxim’s during Belle Epoque era to enjoy more..
On sunday or any day to relax, take a long walk at Bois Boulogne to fulfill yourself with fresh air. Well why not to enhance the day with art also in Louis Vuitton Fondation there. I suggest you not to eat in the museum restaurant as La Gare is close to have brunch or direct to Versailles gardens to chill like Sun King, XIV Louis either.
Don’t think it is too cliche and touristic to do it and climb on top of the Tour Eiffel, Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomphe or Notre Dame Cathedral, cruise on the Bateaux Mouche, walk around back streets of Notre Dame Cathedral around ile Saint-Louis.
Some luxury boutique hotels in Paris
- Hotel Costes
- Les Bains
- Hotel Thoumieux
- La Maison Champs Elysess (Cigar Room)
- San Regis
- Hotel Le Montana
Luxury hotels are mostly around 1er, 8eme & 16eme arrondisment like Ritz, Park Hyatt, Four Seasons & Peninsula (outstanding bathrooms). I also very wonder newly designed room by Karl Lagerfeld in Hotel de Crillion.
I used to have best rooftop terrace, but other rooftop bars, restaurants are not bad (lol, c’est pas mal, en disant que je sonne comme tres français) which I may write it in another post.
It seems like a bit to do list so I let you do it in Frenchy way, CARPE DIEM…
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