From Hermès to Miu Miu, the Stylist team brings you the fashion lover's ideal day in the French capital.
9am: Style haven
Wake up in Hotel La Maison Des Champs-Élysées (8 Rue Jean-Goujon; lamaisonchampselysees.com), Stylist’s HQ for our Paris issue. Opened just four weeks ago, the boutique hotel is a black and white homage to the clean lines favoured by the fashion house of the moment Maison Martin Margiela. With a mirrored reception boasting a baby grand piano and a bar and dining room draped entirely in white linen, it’s quite the welcome. We recommend suite 411 for the most stylish sleep, with wallpaper that creates the image of the perfect French apartment and toilet walls covered entirely with magazines.
10am: Hit the spa
Make like a true stylish Parisian and begin your day with a signature ‘L’Or De Vie’ facial at the Dior Institut at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée (25 Avenue Montaigne; plaza-athenee-paris.com). The ultra-feminine white and silver spa is trademark Dior, with a huge screen showing the latest runway shows on a loop. Opt for the one-hour The Ritual facial which uses a secret anti-ageing ingredient, followed by a complimentary green tea and slice of lemon cake. Don’t forget to check out the hotel’s Le Relais Plaza restaurant on your way out, where Yves Saint Laurent used to eat daily.
11am: Retail therapy
Every serious shopper should begin with a pilgrimage to Christian Louboutin’s store (pictured above) on 68 Rue Du Faubourg St Honoré (christianlouboutin.com). Stay on this fashionable street and you’ll not only pass Sarkozy’s official pad but a multitude of designer boutiques on route – Miu Miu, Lanvin, Hermès...
The most fashionable place to lunch in Paris is Hôtel Costes (239 Rue Saint-Honoré; hotelcostes.com). This dark and moody hotel has a reception which acts like a fashion runway and is the go-to spot for fashion editors during Paris Fashion Week. Order the langoustine risotto and people watch for an hour.
Further down you’ll find Colette (213 Rue Saint-Honoré; colette.fr), a place of worship for fashion lovers. This sickeningly cool three-floored concept store houses the slickest designers alongside interiors and much more. Make sure you pause to admire the field of red poppies on the first-floor balcony and buy the €20 ‘Colette surprise’ by the door
Make like a true stylish Parisian and begin your day with a signature ‘L’Or De Vie’ facial at the Dior Institut
Next, head to the Marais district. Similar to London’s Shoreditch, it’s a maze of cobbled streets packed with one-off boutiques. Luka Luna (77 Rue De La Verrerie; lukauna.com) is a quirky but stylish shop where you’ll find chic gifts with a sense of humour. On the same street is BHV Homme (36 Rue De La Verrerie; bhv.fr) – a department store solely for men.
Whichever route you take through the warren of streets, definitely make sure you find hidden gem of a jewellers, Pierre Caron Bijoux (52 Rue Des Archives; 0033-14887 0749). With an array of distinctive delicate designs in gold and silver, prices range from just €12 to €80, but look much more expensive. Where Rue Vieille Du Temple meets Rue Des Francs- Bourgeois, you’ll find Comptoir Des Cotonniers, Zadig & Voltaire, Sandro and more. On Rue Des Rosiers, there’s an impressive Lee store and vintage shop Coiffeur. The last must-stop is Merci boutique (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais; merci-merci.com) – a store in an old factory where, thanks to its 10,000 rare secondhand titles, book lovers will thrive.
3.30pm: Style tour
Jump on the Metro at Bastille and head to Mabillon, right in the centre of the Saint-Germain area. Les Boutiques du Marché Saint-Germain is where galleries line every street. We favoured clothes stores Ekjo (6 Rue Des Quatre Vents) and Kyrie Eleison (15 Carrefour De l’Odéon). Follow with an afternoon tarte aux pomme (€11) at the popular Le Comptoir (9 Carrefour De l’Odéon) and cocktails in bar Schmuck (43 Rue De Ponthieu) – the tangerine pool cocktails are amazing.
8.30pm: Le dinner
Jump in a taxi to Kong (1 Rue Du Pont Neuf; kong.fr) which once featured in series six of Sex And The City. This chic restaurant and cocktail bar was designed by Philippe Starck and is a touch of Tokyo in Paris with clear Perspex chairs with geishas on the back, plus the pan-fried tuna steak with red curry sauce and mash is amazing. When you’re suitably warmed up, blag your way into Le Montana (28 Rue Saint-Benoît). Reopened by Purple magazine’s Olivier Zahm, we spotted half of next season’s Chanel collection on the Parisian models who danced in this club until late.