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City Guide: 48 hours in Paris

Experience Paris like a local with our top picks for exploring the city in style…

DINE 

 

Septime

Nestled amongst the picturesque bookshops and artistic boutiques of Rue Charonne lies charming restaurant Septime. Created by French cooking sensation Chef Bertrand Grébaut, each dish is pure, seasonal and delicious. Designed by a former student of Penninghen design school, the mirrored walls, industrial accents and antique furniture set the scene for the perfect meal. What’s more, the menu changes by the day so prepare to be happily surprised on each and every visit.

DRINK

Albion

Blink and you’ll miss it, this low-key drinking den looks more like a wine shop from the outside, but venture in and you’ll discover a grand open space filled with wooden wine racks, grand antiques and stripped-back elegance. Not to mention the drinks menu – the wine is 100% French and of the finest quality. From supple and delicate whites to rich, full-bodied reds, this sophisticated spot is a real hidden gem.

 

STAY

Hotel Relais Christine

Calling the city’s Latin quarter home, this gorgeous Parisian hotel is a real treat for the eyes. From period accents and vaulted ceilings to pretty courtyards and wrought iron gates, explore this honey-hued townhouse and you’ll find a stunning breakfast room, private terrace and roaring fire. Plus, you’re just a short walk from the Louvre, Notre-Dame and some of the city’s world-famous galleries, so you’re guaranteed to get your culture fix.

 

UNWIND

La Vallée Village

Just 35 minutes from Paris, La Vallée Village boasts more than 110 boutiques of luxury brands with savings of at least 33%, and sometimes more, on the recommended retail price. Dedicated to creating a luxury experience, the Village embodies Ile de France’s architectural style. To make your visit extra special, this elegant destination also offers a range of five-star services including Hands-free Shopping, Valet Parking and a range of authentic dining options.

The Spa by Carita at Le Belmont Champs Elysees

A stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower, this luxury hotel and spa is the ultimate place to relax and recharge during your trip. Featuring a range of special treatment rooms, a traditional Turkish bath and an upscale gym, the hotel has a lavish feel with decadent marble, rich woods and the finest linens. Post spa, be sure to visit the lounge to enjoy the hotel’s extensive menu of cocktails, French wines and champagnes. 

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Parisian Edit

Lauro dress
Salvatore Ferragamo
£1850 £925
Lauro dress
Munich balerina
BOSS
£340 £199
Munich balerina
Sunglasses
Gucci
£220 £100
Sunglasses
Staple mini bag
BOSS
£275 £189
Staple mini bag
St Linfay scarf
Gucci
£2060 £930
St Linfay scarf
Gelsomino back pack
Coccinelle
£199 £129
Gelsomino back pack
Susi patch
Salvatore Ferragamo
£540 £324
Susi patch heels
Mariah combo top
DVF
£248 £164
Mariah combo top
Coccinelle
£95 £61.75
Necklace
Payton bib shirt in white
Temperley London
£395 £160
Payton bib shirt in white

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