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24 hours in Paris


With just 24 hours to spend in Europe’s most style-conscious city, be sure to schedule these high-fashion hotspots into your itinerary

Verity Hogan,

10am
Start your day with a late breakfast at Angelina. This historic café opened in 1903 and has been frequented by an array of fashion designers, artists and writers. No doubt many of these visitors will have enjoyed the rich hot chocolate with side order of whipped cream, and Angelina’s signature Mont Blanc cake – which combines meringue, chestnut purée and cream.

Angelina, 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 8200

12pm
Follow your traditional breakfast with something a little more cutting-edge; Cancan boutique is in the trendy Pigalle district, and stocks a range of innovative designer fashion from around the world. The range is updated every season, but the current collection has a Scandinavian feel, with directional pieces by Antipodium, Camilla Norrback, House of Dagmar and Markus Lupfer.

Cancan, 30 rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris, +33 (0)1 4280 3041

1pm
Continue to push boundaries with lunch at avant-garde eatery L’Agapé Substance. Taking an experimental approach to both its décor and cuisine, the restaurant combines micro-gastronomy with Asian flair, and offers a menu which consists of a list of ingredients without any indication as to how they will be cooked or served. The space is bijou, and diners gather around a central counter with a view of the open kitchen at work.

L’Agapé Substance, 66 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4329 3383

3pm
Spend your afternoon checking out Paris’s burgeoning eco-fashion scene. Centre Commercial uses its effortlessly stylish space to showcase brands that use ecologically sound manufacturing processes and employ local artisans. On offer are womenswear, menswear and accessories from a diverse range of international brands, including Repetto, Church’s, Christine Phung and Valentine Gauthier.

Centre Commercial, 2 rue de Marseille, 75010 Paris, +33 (0)1 4202 2608

5pm
Paris’s famed patisseries provide the ideal afternoon pick-me-up. Sadaharu Aoki’s work is proving a pleasing and quietly subversive alternative to traditional patisserie. The Tokyo-born pastry chef offers up olive-coloured slabs of white chocolate with green tea and sesame, alongside pots of pear and azuki jam and marrons glacés.

Sadaharu Aoki, 56 boulevard de Port-Royal, 75005 Paris, +33 (0)1 4535 3680

7pm
Dine with the city’s hipster élite at restaurant-of-the-moment Bones. The restaurant takes its name from its stripped-back interior – the exposed brick walls, wood and tiles create a stark, industrial vibe. This focus on the bare essentials continues into the cuisine; Au Passage alumnus James Henry produces a fixed four-course menu each evening, with the emphasis on high-quality ingredients sourced from respected producers.

Bones, 43 rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011 Paris, +33 (0)9 8075 3208

9pm
Le Meurice has attracted a circle of loyal guests since 1835, and its darkly intimate Bar 228 is the perfect place to end a long day at the shows. Recently refreshed by Philippe Starck, this opulent hideaway is dotted with crystal decanters, leather stools and tiny lamps. The 300-strong drinks menu, which includes more than 50 whiskies, is another reason to visit.

Bar 228, Le Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4458 1010

11pm
Stay in suitably luxurious style at the Castille. Situated next door to Chanel’s legendary salon on rue Cambon, the hotel has a similarly timeless sense of style, with its sophisticated décor and unrivalled service. Chanel devotees should check into the Rivoli wing, where suites take inspiration from Coco’s own apartment – with a clean, 1930s design executed in black, white and beige.

Castille, 33-37 rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4458 4458

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