Whether you’re dreaming of Paris or have a European escape in the works, our guide to Paris is your first point of reference for the best trip ever. We’ll always have Paris…
There is an abundance of stunning hotels in Paris, however, most of them cost a pretty penny. Hôtel Providence is a rare find; it’s beautifully decorated, in a great located and full of quirky touches that Review Girls will love. This boutique hotel houses only 18 rooms, each decorated uniquely in exquisite wallpaper including velvet and art deco prints. The rooms feature gorgeous vintage furniture, antiques and even a fully equipped in-room cocktail bar. A vintage lover’s paradise, this hotel will make it difficult to leave your room!
Burning off all the croissants while taking in the Parisian sights – now that’s something we like the sound of. Paris is a cycling-friendly city, and although it can be a little hectic on the road sometimes, it is well-equipped with bicycle only paths and lanes. If you’re a confident rider, you can hire a bike through the Velib public bike sharing system and explore yourself. It is inexpensive (a weekly pass will set you back 8 euros) and they’re placed every 300 meters around the city. If it’s been a while since you’ve been on a bike, there are lots of guided tour companies that will take you around the city. Carry a baguette and a bottle of French champagne in your basket and finish your ride with a picnic at the Eiffel Tower.
A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without some time set aside for shopping! Galeries Lafayette is a renowned upmarket department store chain in France. Their Boulevard Haussmann location in the 9th arrondissement of Paris is the most spectacular and famous store. Featuring striking Art Nouveau architecture, the store’s most memorable feature is the beautiful dome. The store houses more than 3,500 brands, and while there may be no Review store, it’s a gorgeous place to spend a day shopping.
It’s important to take a cake break on your busy shopping days and no one does it better than this place. NINA’S Paris in the 1st arrondissement is the epitome of femininity and even has ties to royalty. The shop is named after Nina Diaz who created a cake recipe that was offered to Marie-Antoinette and passed on through the generations. Pop by NINA’S and try this famous apple cake, and have a pot of the Marie-Antoinette tea which is made of fresh hand-picked apples and roses for the King’s Kitchen Garden of Versailles.
The French are a talented bunch, and food is one of the many areas in which they excel. For a very French dining experience, dine in at a Parisian brasserie. Brasserie Julien is one of Paris’s most beautiful restaurants. The walls are adorned with beautiful mirrors and the sky high ceilings feature Art Nouveau detailing, the restaurant itself is like a piece of art. Expect French classics on the menu including foie gras, steak frites and of course escargot, also known as snails. This restaurant will take you on a journey to Paris’ heydey, a time of jazz and old world charm.