With Christmas around the corner, the hunt for the perfect gifts has begun. While I was in Paris for work I decided to combine pleasure with pleasure and explore the fantastic shopping opportunities in the city of love. And for those with a guilty conscious at the prospect of spending an entire weekend with something as hedonistic as shopping we have some great ideas on how to include a doses of art, culture and great food as well.
Where to shop:
Champs Elysee is home to a Louis Vuitton Store the size of a supermarket. It also hosts many of the big street brands. Venture further down Champs Elysees and explore the Marché de Noël, then take a walk in the Jardin du Louxembourg and hop into the Louvre for a culture escape from the bustling stores.
For more upscale shopping head to Rue Saint-Honoré in 1st arrondissement where you’ll find the oldest Hermes store and a variety of Chanel Stores amongst many others.
La Fayette is home to any upscale brand you can possibly think. The window decoration is a sight of its own
Where to eat:
After an intense day of shopping these are the places where famished Fashionistas refuel:
La Fountaine de Mars is a bustling little Brasserie close to Chlamps Elysee. With its checked red and white tablecloth and French classics on the menu it doesn’t get more Parisian than that. The likes of Barack Obama and Sarkozy have been spotted here recently. Bring some deep pockets as this is not your low budget option.
Restaurant Petrelle is a super cosy restaurant in trendy Pigalle. With an eclectic décor and dozens of candles this is the place for a romantic dinner for two. The restaurant is also home to a cat and a dog who chill out here. The food does unfortunately not live up to the great atmosphere so there is room for improvement.
Restaurant L’Angelique is an off the beaten path, Michelin starred restaurant and offers an elegant interior and fantastic cuisine. Try the 6 course menu with wine pairing.
Where to stay: Hotel Belmont is a small and cosy 4 star close to Champs Elysee.
While you are there don’t miss the new contemporary art museum, the LV Foundation. The building was designed by Frank Gehry and is worth a visit.