Your guide to a perfect day in Paris

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Your guide to a perfect day in Paris

Why not make the most of a day in Paris to discover all the cool new places that are making the French capital's pulse throb?

Your guide to a perfect day in Paris

Marie-Antoinette in place de la Concorde

Unthinkable to perambulate around Paris this autumn and not start with the Hôtel de la Marine, newly-opened and looking like a mini-Versailles in Paris! What is different about this place? It aims to restore the atmosphere of the 18th century within a decidedly contemporary and vibrant place that will be a source of fresh air for the city's lifestyle with a combination of culture, literature, fashion and gastronomy.

Not enough time to enjoy the amazing one-hour visit and soak up the vibes of Madame de Pompadour, Marie-Antoinette, and the rest of the court? You can infiltrate this new emblematic place without a ticket via the secret entrance in place de la Concorde and have the ultimate Parisian breakfast, sheltered from the traffic, on the terrace of the Café Lapérouse, in the dream setting designed by Cordelia de Castellane (artistic director of Dior Maison and Baby Dior), before going to track down some gems in the adjoining concept bookshop.

Hôtel de la Marine
2 Place de la Concorde
75001 Paris
https://www.hotel-de-la-marine.paris/en

Café Lapérouse
2 Place de la Concorde
75001 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 93 65 53

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Your guide to a perfect day in Paris

A gourmet stroll in the Tuileries

A few metres from place de la Concorde, a gourmet curiosity has just opened. Want some proof? You will find there the sugary confections of the World's Best Pastry Chef 2019, François Perret, pastry chef at the Ritz, who has just opened Le Comptoir du Ritz at 38 rue Cambon: a veritable independent coffee shop where you can indulge in sweet treats to take away. It just remains to stock up on supplies (marbled cake, madeleines, sandwiches) or leave with the very stylish “cake shake” (a cake you drink from a cup), all the better for feasting on while sitting on the legendary green chairs of the Tuileries Garden at the end of the street and so a spot of sunbathing. Children will have a wonderful time on the merry-go-rounds with their wooden horses, or indeed the entire Tuileries funfair.

Comptoir du Ritz
38 Rue Cambon
75001 Paris
+33 (0) 1 43 16 30 26
https://www.ritzparis.com/en-GB

Jardin des Tuileries
113 Rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris

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Your guide to a perfect day in Paris

Louvre Rivoli, the new epicentre of real Parisian life

Go back up the rue de Rivoli, past the Louvre, to penetrate deeper into this must-see district. You simply must stop to admire the Bourse de Commerce where François Pinault opened his museum of contemporary art. The building really is worth a quick look! Because apart from its collection of extraordinary artworks, the commission for the building work was entrusted to Japanese architect Tadao Ando, winner of the Pritzker prize, who succeeded in breathing new life into this historic monument, emblematic of the history of Paris, without changing it out of all recognition.

Right opposite, on the other side of the rue de Rivoli, you can discover the new face of La Samaritaine. After being closed for 16 long years, the huge iconic store designed by Ernest and Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jay has revived its Art Nouveau style and Parisian chic. Intended as a place for wandering about in and finding inspiration, it offers you the opportunity for a stroll that takes in a real bread oven and a Kayser bakery, the Loulou boutique, a stylish bazaar overflowing with little gifts and cool souvenirs of Paris, a corner of Perrotin's art, and gourmet concepts such as Parisienne by Maison Plisson. Shopaholics are sure to find something to please them from a formidable selection ranging from traditional luxury brands to hand-picked small emerging labels unearthed via digital means, such as Copenhagen fashion week.

La Samaritaine
9 Rue de la Monnaie
75001 Paris
+33 (0) 1 88 88 60 00
https://www.dfs.com/en/samaritaine

La Bourse de Commerce
2 Rue de Viarmes
75001 Paris
+33 (0) 1 55 04 60 60
https://www.pinaultcollection.com/en/boursedecommerce

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Your guide to a perfect day in Paris

Picnic at the Hôtel de Ville

Continue your stroll by walking along the quays until you reach the Hôtel de Ville, the building that houses the city's local administration. If you are feeling a bit peckish, now is the moment to succumb to the Parisians' new gourmet passion—now or never! You may have heard of the Relais de l'Entrecôte restaurant, the gourmet restaurant that serves only sirloin, accompanied by their own fries and their famous secret sauce. The brand has just come up with a street food concept that is utterly original: La Baguette du Relais. Here, the American sandwich is reinvented Parisian-style with a baguette filled with meat, fries and the famous sauce! It is a curiosity to devour in the romantic gardens of the National Archives—a moment of pure ecstasy.

An alternative for a sit-down in the district? Take a seat on the pedestrianised terrace of Eataly, the world's most sought-after Italian food store, which has set up its exceptional market behind a delightful Parisian paved courtyard. La Piazza, a small, typically Italian café, gives you the opportunity to feast on a plate of antipasti or exquisite pasta in peace, away from the crowds.

La Baguette du Relais
10 Rue des Archives
75004 Paris
+33 (0) 1 40 09 72 11
https://www.labaguette.relaisdevenise.fr/menu-1?lang=en

Jardin des Archives Nationales
60 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 27 64 20
https://www.archives-nationales.culture.gouv.fr/en/web/guest/les-jardins

Eataly
37 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 83 65 81 00
https://www.eataly.com/us_en/magazine/eataly-stories/eataly-paris-marais/

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Your guide to a perfect day in Paris

An arty break in the Marais

Go back up the rue des Francs-Bourgeois, taking you back past the town house with the Musée Carnavalet hidden away inside it. What is so special about it? It tells the story of Paris from prehistoric times to lockdown. Another highlight of the summer is the exhibition devoted to the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, which is not to be missed, no matter what. Your stroll should be interrupted by a drink or dinner in its secret courtyard, Les Jardins d'Olympe. Behind this place is a collective of committed women with their fingers on the contemporary pulse, starting with the staff uniforms designed by Marine Serre, the most sought-after designer right now and very committed to upcycling, or the chef Chloé Charles, famous for her vegan, zero-waste cuisine.

Le Musée Carnavalet
23 Rue de Sévigné
75003 Paris
+33 (0) 1 44 59 58 58
https://www.carnavalet.paris.fr/musee-carnavalet

Les Jardins d'Olympe
16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois
75003 Paris
https://www.lesjardinsdolympe.com

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Your guide to a perfect day in Paris

A cool stop-off in Montmartre

To continue your Parisian peregrination, your itinerary now takes a left turn, at the exit from the Montmartre Funicular, where the former terminus building erected for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 is enjoying a new lease of life as a combined designer boutique, delicatessen, coffee shop, bakery, bar, restaurant—and rooftop! Cœur Sacré is, to all appearances, the little gem that is ticking all the right boxes right now and is reinventing the souvenir shop aimed at both tourists and Parisians, in the manner of a cool concept store devoted to the French design scene.

First of all, make a few purchases on the ground floor, taking your pick from some twenty or so brands that are 100% French, and proud of it. There are no plastic Eiffel Towers here, and the selection, which aims to be responsible, includes Bisou T-shirts by Mathilde Cabanas, metro-sign sweatshirts by Le Bijou Parisien and quirky socks by Coucou Suzette. Next, go up onto still-exclusive roof for dinner with the best view of Paris—an experience to both crown and prolong your enjoyment of the picturesque charm of Montmartre. After that, put down your baggage in the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, a real country house with a garden in a secret cul-de-sac on the Butte, and have your breakfast with grass under your feet and accompanied by birdsong—what a dream!

Cœur Sacré
5 Rue Saint-Eleuthère
75018 Paris
https://www.coeur-sacre.com/

Hôtel Particulier Montmartre
23 Avenue Junot
75018 Paris
+33 (0) 1 53 41 81 40
https://hotelparticulier.com/en/

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