Escapes: Paris, always a good idea

Escapes: Paris, always a good idea

The French capital needs no introduction. It’s synonymous with food, culture, fashion, and architecture, rarely disappointing those who visit. I’m personally drawn to its cutting-edge fashion, art, culinary scenes, and the romance of the city. Hope my travel guide will help you plan an unforgettable trip!

TRAVEL TIME
There is no “right” time to visit Paris. The warmer months mean picnics and parks, but also a lot of tourists. Cooler months mean darker skies, occasional rain showers, but fewer crowds. 
Fly into Charles de Gaulle International Airport or you can easily reach Paris by train if you are coming from a surrounding city or country in Europe. Take the RER (the train system), Uber, or a taxi to get to the city. 

WHERE TO STAY 
If you’re looking to get an authentic taste of Paris life—AIRBNB is a great option. A variety of apartments, good prices, and several locations are always available. Make sure to read the reviews and do your research!
During my most recent visit we stayed at the Hotel George V, which is operated by the Four Seasons chain, has a great location near the Champs-Elysees, and is beautifully decorated with historic art and furniture. 
If you’re looking for that iconic photo of a big balcony window open to views of the Eiffel Tower, Hotels Le Bristol and Shangri-La, are the places to capture it. 
There are so many hotels to choose from in the city which can be a little overwhelming. I’ve had the chance to stay at Le Meurice, Mandarin Oriental Paris, and the Ritz Paris all with top notch service and a few of the most luxurious hotels in the world! 

WHAT TO EXPECT
While some people may speak English, French is the most spoken language—practice the essentials! The Euro is the currency throughout France and in many other Europe countries. It is wise to carry cash as small retailers, restaurants, and coffee shops don’t take credit cards. 
The public transportation in Paris is a very useful and inexpensive way to get around. However, the best way to see the city is to walk around on foot! 

WHERE TO EAT
Hotel Costes, although it's great for dinner on Saturday nights, it is my favorite spot for afternoon cocktails and snacks. 
L’Avenue is an absolute scene—most of the fun is sitting outside, great people watching of celebrities, stylish Parisians, and trendy visitors. 
LouLou is located in arguably the most famous location in the world—a few steps away from the Louvre. Every course is both simple and decadent and the perfect combination of Italian food and the French touch. The truffle pizza is a MUST!
Wild & The Moon is the perfect spot for tasty health-conscious food that is actually filling. An all vegan menu including juices and tonics—, adaptogenic coffee, smoothies, golden mylks, and charcoal lattes. If you’re like me, always seeking a little balance, stock your mini-bar with all their pre packaged foods! 

CAN’T MISS
Aside from the obvious—the Eiffel tower, The Louvre, The Pompidou, and Versailles—no other city has Paris’s cultural credibility or stores of art. It’s rare to find a museum where you can see a wide variety of a single artist’s work, after a much anticipated renovation, the Picasso Museum, is now open to the public. Galerie Perrotin is my favorite gallery in Paris, best known for giving Damien Hirst his first solo show and Takashi Murakami first exhibit outside of Japan, the gallery continues to launch up-and-coming artists from around the world. 
Bar Hemingway is famous for being an old haunt of many Paris creatives—in addition to Hemingway himself, Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, and Gary Cooper. This place gives me major Midnight in Paris vibes!
Shop ’til you DROP! Montaigne Market, Merci, and Galeries Lafayette are the kind of stores where you can buy anything from a Chanel bag to chocolate truffles.  An overall great selection of the best French and worldwide designers at prices for everyone.

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