Paris Travel Guide

A city of art, fashion and romance, Paris is the go-to city break for culture-seekers and lovers alike. We’ve pulled together our edit of this key destination – from where to stay and shop, to the must-see highlights.

 

Where to Stay

The Hotel Banke, a member of brand to trust Rusticae Hotels, is set in the Opera neighbourhood of Paris, conveniently located just a short walk from the Louvre and offering views of the Sacré Cœur Basilica.

The building’s previous life as a bank headquarters offers unusual and spectacular architecture to the hotel, including a grand lobby with a glass cupola. During your stay, be sure to admire the hotel’s extensive art collection, gathered from across the globe.  

hotel

Hotel Banke

 

What to Do

Paris is home to some of the most famous artworks in the world, don’t miss a chance to view these masterpieces yourself. Start off at the Louvre, the world’s largest and most visited museum to see historic artefacts and renaissance paintings – including the iconic Mona Lisa.

Continue your journey through art history at the Musee D’Orcey, where you’ll find some of the finest examples of the Impressionist movement. Finally, head to the Centre Pompidou for a snapshot of 20th century art to bring you up to present day. The museum has a regularly changing programme of concerts, talks and films too, if you fancy something a little different.

Louvre. Editorial credit: S-F / Shutterstock.com

Louvre. Editorial credit: S-F / Shutterstock.com

The recently opened Le Grand Musée du Parfum is also well worth a visit. The immersive space, set inside a 19th century mansion, takes you on a “multi-sensory” journey through the history of perfume, highlights the science and craftsmanship of scent through interactive displays and hi-tech installations.

parfum

Le Grand Musee du Parfum

A trip to Paris isn’t complete without a little shopping, head to department stores Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marche to choose from a variety of your favourite luxury brands. Take a breather from the bustle of the busy streets at Appartement Mayshad, where you can view and find out more about the craftsmanship behind brand to trust Maison Mayshad’s designs.

Take a break for a coffee, then head to Merci, an eclectic store full of carefully curated contemporary homeware, along with fashion and books too. Found in the winding streets of Le Marais, an area packed with boutique and designer stores that are perfect for a little retail therapy.  

Appartement Mayshad

Appartement Mayshad


Where to Eat

If it’s a casual brunch you’re after we recommend to La REcyclerie. This environment-aware café offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan options made with fresh local ingredients, many of which come directly from its own urban farm and garden. Check the website ahead of time as La REcyclerie hosts regular sustainability-themed talks that are worth planning your visit around.

larecyclerie

La REcyclerie

Come the evening, try Epicure for classic French cuisine. Head chef Eric Frechon combine seasonal ingredients in delicious and often unexpected combinations – think macaroni stuffed with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras – a style that has won him three Michelin stars. Set in the Le Bristol Hotel, the restaurant has two dining rooms that are used according to the seasons.

Make sure you save time for an afternoon patisserie, we recommend Angelina. Established in 1903, and once frequented by Coco Chanel, it’s become famous for its rich and delectable  “African” hot chocolate and trademark Le Mont Blanc pastry, which combines meringue and chestnut purée.

Mont Blanc Patisseries at Angelina

Le Mont Blanc Patisseries at Angelina


What to Pack

We recommend packing light for a trip to Paris, not only will it make negotiating the metro a little simpler, but will leave room in case window shopping turns into buying! Think key pieces that can be transitioned from day to night through layering and accessories.

Try an on-trend jumpsuit layered with a fine knit or silk blouse for wandering through museums, then swap for heels and a statement ring when it’s time for dinner and cocktails.  Or simply throw a chunky knit over an ankle-skimming dress for a comfortable outfit that is brimming with texture and personality. (Street style images credit: Jonathan Daniel Pryce) 

Paris-Fashion-Week

 

Gabriela Hearst
Stuart Georgette Blouse

Gabriela Hearst
Lennox Wool Jumpsuit

Maiyet
Cashmere Knit Trench

Nicholas Kirkwood 
Casati Pearl Loafers

IWC Schaffhausen
Da Vinci Automatic

Camilla Elphick
Crystal Wave

Arctic Circle Diamonds
Northern Lights Pendant

Little Luca Jouel
Regina Goldy Earrings

House of Garrard
Twenty Four Bracelet

Okapi
Ostrich Truex Blue Keychain

Maison Mayshad
Leather Cabas

Okapi
Small Yemaja Serpentine

Maiyet
Asher Fringe Slip On

Loewe
Guipere Dress

Ally Bee
Chunky Jumper Alpaca

Karmoie
Buddy Moss Sunglasses

Stephen Webster
Hoop Feather Earrings

Christian Dior
Red Suede Pump

Kiehl’s
Ultra Facial Cleanser

Aura Soma
Parfum Pink Blue

Argyle Pink Diamonds
Hardy Brothers Ring

Elvis & Kresse
Weekender

Flamingo Jewellery
Peridot Ring

Kiehl’s 
Ultra Facial Cream

Bodas
Sheer Tactel Balconette Bra

Bodas
Sheer Tactel Hipster Thong

Gilda & Pearl x Harriet Clare
Short Slip

Lisa Franklin
Coco Foundation

Aeos
 Realive Serum

Vana
Peanut Crocodile Cardholder

Fountain of Youth
Rejuvenating Night Cream

Robe de Voyage
Coral Scarf

Seascape Island Apothecary
Awake and Sleep Oil Set

 

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Sophie Corfan