And its oh-so-chic style

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     You can explore Paris on foot, from
iconic department store Galeries Lafayette
(check out the food hall – it's insane!)
to jaw-dropping escalators at Centre
Pompidou (book in a lunch there for
a great view of the Eiffel Tower). Café
La Perle is a great pitstop for some fizz
and a charcuterie board, while the club
sandwich at Hôtel Costes is the best I’ve
had, plus you can people watch
fashion types all
day long.

The City of Light is a big love letter to the beauty and romance of fashion. Parisian women are the pinnacle of practical chic and classic elegance – in perfectly-cut skinny jeans, rolled up to show a flash of ankle, ballet pumps and a Breton striped tee, all pulled together with artistically dishevelled hair and minimal make-up. Follow suit with cropped black skinnies, a half-untucked mannish shirt and a dainty necklace.

Breakfast at the Shangri-La hotel, set in the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grand-nephew and boasting views of the Eiffel Tower. Once you’ve had your fill of pain au chocolat, make your way along the Seine to enjoy the Jardins du Trocadero. Then hail a taxi to the Dior Institut at the hotel Plaza Athénée for a L’or De Vie facial so you can face the day with that fabled French glow.

Don’t miss the Papier glacé exhibition at Palais Galliera – an ode to a century of fashion photography at Condé Nast, on from 1 March. Worked up an appetite? A secret fave of visiting fashion folk is L’as du Fallafel, a grab’n’go falafel joint in the heart of the Marais – Paris’s hippest district. For something more elegant, lunch al fresco at the opulent Hôtel Costes.

Now for shopping... Colette is a classic go-to spot, stocking everything from edgy luxury labels to beautiful design books. And at Merci you can pick up clothes alongside cool homeware in a historical glass-ceilinged building, before heading to The Broken Arm, where you can shop as well as rest up at the hip in-house café.

For dinner, don a dress with a 90s vibe and head to Kong – you may recognise it from Sex and the City – in the top two floors of Kenzo’s office in front of Pont Neuf. Then party the night away at David Lynch’s club Silencio, inspired by the club in his film Mulholland Drive. Oh là là!

Clemence Poesy
Shangri-LA Hotel
Oh So Parisian!
Merci Merci!
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