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Paris

By Coco

Paris is for lovers.  Lovers of life, of love, of art; lovers of the good life.  We’ve been travelling to the City of Lights for years and still find ways to fall deeper on each visit.  It’s romantic, stunningly beautiful, cosmopolitan and chocked full of incredible history.

For this guide we’re lucky to have one of our own, Mademoiselle Winy, (who has been spending a month of every year in Paris for the last five years) as our guide.  French, being her native tongue, has gained her a little more access and below she shares with us some of the best that Paris has to offer.

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The W Hotel Opéra:

The first W Hotel in France, stays true to its reputation. Fun, funky and friendly.
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3487

Royal Monceau:

Serving up the best brunch in the city by far, this hotel has recently been refurbished, boasts an indoor pool AND two restaurants with a Michelin star
http://www.leroyalmonceau.com/

Le Mama Shelter:

Affordable, funky and fun
http://www.mamashelter.com/en/

George V:

Sandwiched between the Champes -Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower, the George Cinq is the ultimate in luxury with impeccable service and unworldly beauty
http://www.fourseasons.com/paris/

The Real Deal:

If you want to feel at home and rent an apartment while in the City of lights: www.airbnb.com or www.roomorama.com

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Kitchen:

I absolutely love this place!  A cheap,  healthy, fresh, vegetarian restaurant.  May sound very un-Paris-like but after a few days of croissants and steak et frites, this spot will be right up your alley
http://www.bobsjuicebar.com/

Semilla:

modern French food at its best.  You really can’t leave this place without having a great meal.
54 rue de Seine Paris (75006)
https://www.facebook.com/semillaParis

L’atelier de Joel Robuchon:

one of Paris’s most renowned chefs, Joel Robuchon, brings a French food to life in a way not many others can.
www.joel-robuchon.net

Georges restaurant at Pompidou centre:

head here for a dinner to remember
www.centrepompidou.fr

Verjus

for a full meal or snacks with great wine – American comfort food in Paris
http://www.verjusparis.com/

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There is so much to see and do in Paris by day that if you have enough energy to hit the streets at night you’re a trooper!  Most of the romanticism of Paris is found on sidewalk cafes during long lunches and dinners over too much wine BUT if you can find it in you, here’s a list of some of the spots we’ve been known to have a drink or ten….

VIP Room Paris:

http://www.viproom.fr/

Le Baron:

http://www.clublebaron.com/

L’Experimental Cocktail Club Bar

Mama Shelter Bar:

http://www.mamashelter.com/en/

W Hotel Bar:

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3487

Wanderlust

www.wanderlustparis.com

Frenchies Wine Bar

http://www.frenchie-restaurant.com/en

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Yes, shopping in Paris is everything you imagined and more.  From shopping centers seeped in history to the most perfect independent boutiques; you’ll be sure to stretch your budget once you’ve realized it’s only halfway through your trip and there are a million things you MUST have!

Le Bon Marché:

Paris’s oldest, chicest and best department store

http://www.lebonmarche.com

COS:

H&M luxury sister that you can’t find in North America
www.cosstores.com

Isabel Marant:

Cult label, quintessential French

http://www.lebonmarche.com

L’Éclaireur:

Cool and one of our all time favorites for niche designer lines

http://www.lebonmarche.com

Zadig et Voltaire:

Rock and Roll done in French

http://www.lebonmarche.com

Colette:

Paris’s coolest concept store

http://www.lebonmarche.com

[travelribbon]Adventures:[/travelribbon]

There are few cities in the world where getting lost is part of the fun; Paris is most certainly one of them.  Grab a map of the city and the Metro and head out.  Make sure to stop and all of the givens Eiffel Tower, Louvre; but try out some from the list below, they won’t disappoint.

Le Centre Pompidou

– for the modern art lover

https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en

Le Palais Royal

– historical buildings and garden, one of my favorite places to daydream

The 6th arrondissement:

Considered the “fashion neighborhood” home to Le Bon Marché, La Grande épicerie du Bon Marché  and most of the French fashion labels. After a day of shopping, a nice place to stop for a drink is Café de Flore
http://www.cafedeflore.fr/accueil/menu/

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Le Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood:

hipster central located around Le Canal, stretches between the 10th and 11th Arrondissements

Le Marais:

vintage stores, cute boutiques, lovely cafés

[travelribbon]What To Pack :[/travelribbon]

Looking like a tourist is ill advised in most cities, Paris being one of them.  Here are a few pointers that will help you through.

Flat shoes, if you want to “fit in” with the French, a pair of Chuck Taylors

Layers, layers, layers – In case the weather gets hot or cold

Sturdy heels yes, love Paris but the cobblestone streets are a challenge when wearing heels

An adapter to use for your electric items (blow dryer, flat iron…)

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