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By Niamh Walsh on 30th October 2023

For those with a discerning taste for the finer things in life, Paris stands as the ultimate playground of luxury, culture, and sophistication. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a Paris aficionado, this travel guide is tailor-made for those seeking the pinnacle of luxury and style.

Dear Sybarites, when it comes to luxurious travel, few cities compare to the timeless enchantment that is Paris. The City of Light beckons with its art, culture, and, of course, its legendary gastronomy. In this ultimate Paris travel guide, I'll take you on a journey through the most exquisite experiences this captivating city has to offer, from stylish stays to sumptuous dining and unforgettable activities.

Where to Stay

Great Northern Hotel, King's Cross

Before embarking on your Eurostar journey to Paris, set the tone for your adventure with a night at the Great Northern Hotel in King's Cross. This boutique property is a slice of sophisticated London luxury, conveniently located just steps from the train station. The plush rooms and impeccable service will leave you refreshed and ready for your Parisian escapade. I recommended dining at their in-house restaurant RAILS the night before, a relaxed yet refined restaurant, grill and bar, with a reimagined menu that offers modern British classics with subtle French accents in homage to its proximity to the Eurostar. Prices from £329 for a Couchette Room, double occupancy (room only).

Address: Pancras Rd, London N1C 4TB

Website: https://gnhlondon.com/

Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross
Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross

Shangri-La Paris – A Room with a View

Upon your arrival in the captivating city of Paris, prepare to immerse yourself in the epitome of luxury at the Shangri-La . Consider booking the Eiffel View Room, offering an uninterrupted view of the iconic Eiffel Tower, and experience remarkable opulence.

What truly sets Shangri-La Paris apart is its legendary commitment to impeccable service. From the moment you step inside, you are enveloped in a world of refined hospitality, where your every need is anticipated and met with grace. For your inaugural Parisian dining experience, journey to La Bauhinia, the hotel's exquisite restaurant nestled beneath a magnificent glass dome. Here, each dish is meticulously crafted, with a spotlight on seafood, and thoughtfully complemented by an extensive wine selection.

For a delightful experience, we suggest ordering breakfast to your room. This way, you can savour a croissant whilst taking in the breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower at your own pace. Room rates for this exceptional experience start at £3120.62 per night.

Address: 10 Av. d'Iéna, 75116 Paris, France

Website: https://www.shangri-la.com/en/paris/shangrila/

La Suite, Shangri-La
La Suite, Shangri-La

Hotel Wallace, 15th Arrondisement

If you're seeking a more affordable experience, Hotel Wallace should be your destination of choice. This establishment underwent a remarkable transformation in 2021, driven by the artistic vision of Hauvette & Madani. The outcome is a harmonious blend of retro-chic aesthetics and enduring elegance that will transport you to a bygone era of Parisian refinement.

The airy lounge, suffused with natural light, beckons you to relax and fully immerse yourself in the Parisian way of life. Within this space, the allure of Italian dolce vita seamlessly intertwines with the inherent charm of Paris, crafting a distinctive and welcoming ambiance. Room rates begin at €252 per night.

Address: 89 Rue Fondary, 75015 Paris, France

Website: https://www.hotelwallaceparis.com/

Hotel Wallace, 15th Arrondisement
Hotel Wallace, 15th Arrondisement

Where to Dine

L'Oiseau Blanc – Michelin-Starred Rooftop Dining

For a dining experience that soars above the rest, head to L'Oiseau Blanc, the rooftop Michelin-starred restaurant at The Peninsula. Not only will you indulge in world-class cuisine, but you'll also enjoy stunning views of the Parisian skyline, as well as the Eiffel Tower. It's the perfect spot for a romantic evening or a special celebration.

When dining at L'Oiseau Blanc, consider starting your meal with the "Caviar Osciètre," setting the tone for a memorable experience. Follow it with the "Homard Bleu de Bretagne," a succulent lobster dish that beautifully captures the essence of French coastal cuisine. For a delightful conclusion to your meal, the "Soufflé à la Vanille Bourbon" is a heavenly dessert that combines elegance and sweetness.

L'Oiseau Blanc not only promises world-class cuisine but also an ambiance that sweeps you into the enchantment of Paris. Whether you're enjoying the exquisite dishes or admiring the panoramic views, this rooftop restaurant offers an unforgettable journey that lingers in your heart long after the meal is over.

Address: The Peninsula Paris, 19 Av. Kléber, 75116 Paris, France

Website: https://www.peninsula.com/en/paris/hotel-fine-dining/french-rooftop-loiseau-blanc

L'Oiseau Blanc, The Peninsula
L'Oiseau Blanc, The Peninsula

JÒIA par Hélène Darroze – Culinary Artistry with a Southern Twist

Indulge your senses at JÒIA par Hélène Darroze, where Michelin-starred chef Hélène Darroze presents her culinary artistry. This restaurant celebrates the diversity of flavours from the southwest of France, creating a gastronomic journey that is both soulful and exquisite.

The menu at JÒIA is a testament to Darroze's profound passion for the culinary arts and her dedication to crafting unforgettable dining experiences. Among the standout dishes, the "Foie Gras de Canard" is a must-try, a delicate creation that encapsulates the essence of French gastronomy in every luxurious bite. Pair it with the "Poulet Jaune des Landes," a tender and flavourful chicken dish that pays homage to the region's culinary heritage.

To conclude your meal on a sweet note, explore the dessert offerings, where the "Tarte à la Rhubarbe" shines as a harmonious blend of tart and sweet, providing a delightful finale to your dining experience.

JÒIA par Hélène Darroze delivers not just a meal but an experience, that pays homage to the culinary traditions of southwestern France. Set within an elegant and refined ambiance, it is bound to leave a lasting impression that lingers in your memory long after you depart.

Address: 39 Rue des Jeuneurs, 75002 Paris, France

Website: https://www.joiahelenedarroze.com/en/

Foie Gras Carpaccio, Bordeaux Ceps, Fresh Perigord Walnut Cream, Yellow Wine Emulsion - Bernhard Winkelmann
Foie Gras Carpaccio, Bordeaux Ceps, Fresh Perigord Walnut Cream, Yellow Wine Emulsion - Bernhard Winkelmann

What to Do

1. Visit Iconic Museums and Landmarks

No visit to Paris would be complete without exploring its world-famous museums. The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Centre Pompidou are must-visit destinations for art and culture enthusiasts. Don't forget to take a leisurely stroll along the Seine River and admire the stunning architecture of landmarks like Notre-Dame Cathedral and Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

The Louvre, 1st Arrondissement
The Louvre, 1st Arrondissement

2. Take a Seine River Cruise

For a romantic and leisurely way to see Paris, hop on a Seine River cruise. Enjoy the city's landmarks from a unique perspective as you glide along the water. Many companies offer dinner cruises for an extra touch of elegance.

Boat Cruise along the Seine
Boat Cruise along the Seine

3. Shop in Style

Paris is a fashion lover's paradise, and the city boasts some of the most prestigious shopping districts in the world. Stroll down the Champs-Élysées, explore the boutiques in Le Marais, and immerse yourself in the luxury of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Don't forget to pick up some Parisian chic to take home as a memento of your trip.

Here are some of the top designer stores you should consider visiting while in Paris:

  1. Chanel (31 Rue Cambon): No visit to Paris is complete without experiencing the elegance of Chanel. The flagship store on Rue Cambon is an iconic destination for fashion enthusiasts.

  2. Louis Vuitton (Champs-Élysées and Place Vendôme): Louis Vuitton, one of the most recognised luxury brands globally, has multiple boutiques in Paris. The Champs-Élysées flagship store is a must-visit for its grandeur, while the Place Vendôme boutique offers a more intimate shopping experience. Book your own private Paris shopping experience with The Sybarite here.

  3. Dior (30 Avenue Montaigne): Located in the heart of the fashion district, Dior's boutique on Avenue Montaigne is known for its exquisite haute couture and ready-to-wear collections.

Louis Vuitton, Champs-Élysées Flagship Store
Louis Vuitton, Champs-Élysées Flagship Store

4. Enjoy the Magic of Montmartre

Wander through the charming streets of Montmartre, where the artistic spirit of Paris still thrives. Explore the Place du Tertre, where local artists display their work, and visit the historic Moulin Rouge cabaret for a taste of Parisian nightlife.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret, Montmarte
Moulin Rouge Cabaret, Montmarte

Paris is a city of timeless allure and elegance, where every moment is an opportunity to enjoy life's pleasures. Whether you're enjoying a sumptuous meal, relaxing in a retro-chic oasis, or exploring iconic landmarks, Paris promises an enchanting experience like no other. So, pack your bags and let the City of Light cast its spell upon you. Bon voyage!

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