Sitting on the Eurostar, I start to wonder why I don’t do this more often. Paris is so close yet a world away.
After checking into your hotel (I recommend Park Hyatt Place Vendome a la Chiara), or your fabulous friend’s residence, I recommend hitting the shops immediately. Though the French are known for their elegant style and all round chic, they are not known for working seven days a week.
London is expensive, there is no question about it. This is never more evident than when one is shopping in Europe. Par example, I have had my eye on a certain pair of Tod’s boots for this winter, which I purchased on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, they were 20% less in Paris than in London (based on the current exchange rate). No joke.
Wandering down this street is a shopper’s paradise as it is home to virtually every major fashion house, including the flagship for Hermès. My favourite little shoe paradise is on the lower ground of Barbara Bui, stunning interiors with even more beautiful shoes.
Located in a small courtyard next to Burberry you can find Honor, a tiny artisanal coffee shop serving the perfect mid-morning caffeine fix and sinfully tasty little pastries.
Once laden with your designer spoils make your way to Hotel Costes’s terrace restaurant for lunch under the gorgeous chandeliers amongst Europe’s elite. The interior is rich, red and sumptuous; the staff are beautiful and the cuisine is delicately international. Glance around carefully to spot designers, celebrities and a stray royal. Sit back, order a fabulous bottle of Chablis, discuss where you’ll be skiing this winter and don’t look at the bill.
The evening sees me dining at Monsieur Bleu. It features refined Art Deco interiors and quintessentially Parisian views of the Tour Eiffel. (More to come on this delightful restaurant)
The next morning, after a croissant and café, I’m on the Eurostar racing back to London and left wondering why my city break has been so brief.
À bientôt Paris!
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