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48 hours in Paris

Travellers to the French capital are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping and culture. Here are the essential places to visit on a luxury weekend break in Paris

City Guide
Sally McIlhone,

Begin with breakfast: You need fuel for a day of city exploration and Season, in the République district, is the perfect place to get your day off to a nourishing start. There are plenty of options to satisfy every craving and offerings include healthy matcha and acai bowls with a selection of nutritious toppings, as well as delectable Pancakes d’Oliver, with maple syrup, crispy bacon, orange blossom cream and pecan nuts, or shakshuka – eggs poached in a tomato sauce – with merguez sausage. After your meal, be sure to grab a cold-pressed juice to take away and enjoy as you stroll around the neighbourhood.

Season, 1 rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003 Paris, +33 (0)9 6717 5297

Meander in Le Marais: Home to a wealth of independent boutiques, the neighbourhood of Le Marais offers a taste of real Parisian chic. Peruse the selection of upmarket menswear on offer at Trevor, a slick menswear boutique founded by Laurent Villena in 2015. The store offers leather goods, gentlemen’s grooming items, shoes, accessories, fragrances and ready-to-wear pieces from a hand-picked selection of elite designers. Visit Florian Denicourt and Stephane Verdino for exceptionally made bags and stock up on chic minimalist pieces at Art du Basic.

Trevor, 10 rue de Picardie, 75003 Paris, +33 (0)9 8625 7100

Visit a centre of culture: The Centre Georges Pompidou celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with an exciting programme of events and exhibitions. Founded by Georges Pompidou as both a museum and a creative centre, the centre offers art exhibitions, a cinema, concerts and events which aim to provoke discussion and debate. Book a guided tour to make the most out of your trip to this vast emporium of creativity.

Nearest Metro station: Rambuteau

Discover a culinary king: Tucked away on an elegant side street in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, Le Bar des Prés is one of four restaurants owned by French celebrity chef Cyril Lignac. The gourmet creations here combine the chef’s French roots with his love of Asian cuisine. Sample the Breton mini lobster rolls with avocado, romaine lettuce and green shiso mint, followed by traditional Japanese sweet mochi rice for dessert. Lignac has amassed an epicurean empire, with five patisseries and one chocolaterie to his name, alongside his quartet of restaurants.

Le Bar des Prés, 25 rue du Dragon, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4325 8767

Stay in style: The Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel opened last spring and is one of the most chic places to stay in Paris. The five-star hotel offers an array of elite rooms and suites featuring modern interiors with retro touches and luxury linens. Guests have access to Spa O by Sothys, which includes a hot tub and steam rooms, to ensure a relaxing trip.

Nearest Metro station: République

Embrace pastry perfection: Start your second day with petit dejeuner (breakfast) at renowned patisserie Angelina. From the opulent surroundings to the small and perfectly formed desserts, this café epitomises French luxury. Begin with eggs Benedict and follow this with one of the cafés delicious pastries. The Mont Blanc combines chestnut cream vermicelli with whipped cream and meringue and has been the venue’s signature speciality since it opened in 1903.

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

Visit the jewellery giants: Continue the indulgent theme at the place Vendôme square, where you can visit the boutiques of international jewellery heavyweights such as Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari. Whether you’re looking to invest in a Love ring from Cartier or a Serpenti necklace by Bulgari, these glittering boutiques will have you covered. Watch lovers can admire the horological creations at Piaget and Patek Philippe.

Nearest Metro station: Opéra

Gather some gourmet gifts: Explore the delectable delights of the Fauchon store in place de la Madeleine. This world-renowned foodie favourite is famous for its range of gourmet products, including stunning chocolates, teas and wine. This is the perfect place to stock up on Parisian treats for friends and family.

Fauchon, 24-26 place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 7039 3802

Sip liquid poetry: End your trip with drinks and nibbles in the bohemian surroundings of Bluebird in the 11th arrondissement. Named after the eponymous Charles Bukowski poem, the bar offers an impressive cocktail menu with a focus on gin. Order a perfectly blended drink and raise a farewell glass to Paris.

Bluebird, 12 rue Saint Bernard, 75011 Paris



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