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Paris travel guide: Lifestyle addresses

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Paris travel guide: Lifestyle addresses

ELLE France editors have made their pics for the best hotels, museums and shops in Paris. Find out how to get a taste of Paris living with these suggestions for cultural hot spots in the city of love!

• Valérie Toranian – Editor in Chief of ELLE France

• Erin Doherty – Fashion & Beauty Editor of ELLE France

• Elisabeth Martorell – Deputy Editor of ELLE France

• Catherine Roig – Lifestyle Deputy Editor of ELLE France

• Lauren Bastide – Editor of ELLE France & Deputy Editor of DailyELLE.fr

THE MOST CHARMING HOTELS

HÔTEL AMOUR
8, rue de Navarrin, 75009 Paris
33 (0)1 48 78 31 80
hotelamourparis.fr
€€€€
In this intimate place, you don't feel like you are in Paris. The big garden is peaceful while each room offers you a different experience. It is definitely worth the trip.
LB: “Every room is unique - I especially love the big lofty ones - it's in the middle of Montmartre, and it's the perfect place to have drinks. I'd definitely want my best friend to stay there.”

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HÔTEL DU PETIT MOULIN
29 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris
33 (0)1 42 74 10 10
hotelpetitmoulinparis.com
€€€€
A 17th century building that once was a bakery. The façade, which is registered as a historical monument, has been beautifully preserved, while the interior was recently renovated by Christian Lacroix. A must-see for any romantic at heart coming to Paris.
VT: “Decorated by Christian Lacroix…”

L’HÔTEL
13, rue des Beaux-Arts 75006 Paris
33 (0)1 44 41 99 00
l-hotel.com
€€€€
With its incredible decorum, L'Hôtel was Oscar Wilde's last home and the headquarters of the Parisian society in the '60s. The restaurant, which was awarded a Michelin Star, is definitely worth the trip.

L’HÔTEL PARTICULIER

23 Avenue Junot, pavillon D, 75018 Paris
33 (0)1 53 41 81 40
€€€€
This private mansion was transformed into a five-suite luxury hotel in 2007. Situated in the heart of the historic Montmartre area, the house - which used to belong to the Hermès family, is a peaceful haven.

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LE PAVILLON DE LA REINE
28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris
33 (0)1 40 29 19 19
pavillon-de-la-reine.com
€€€€
On the place des Vosges and built by Henri IV, Le Pavillon de la Reine greets you in a luxurious decorum. Housing a Carita Spa, it is a wonderful place to relax and have a great time.
CR: “A four-star hotel which is a bit expensive but so romantic!”

Read on for the best places in Paris for an afternoon stroll...

paris-lifestyle-addresses-001455.jpgFOR AN AFTERNOON WALK

VT: “From the Pont des arts to Etienne Marcel Street (Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris - rue Etienne Marcel, 75001 & 75002 Paris). It is very touristy but I love walking around there!”

ED: “Jardin des serres d'Auteuil (3 avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil & 1 avenue Gordon Bennett, 75016 Paris).”

EM: “The Marais area (rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, rue François Miron, 75004 Paris).”

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LB: “I like to cross the bridges in Paris (Pont des Arts, between Paris 75001 and 75006). It's one of the spots from which you get the craziest view of Paris. On your right, the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais. On your left, Notre Dame and the glittering Seine. I always feel like a tourist there.”

CR: “The banks of the river Seine, around the Ile St Louis and the Ile de la Cité (Ile Saint-Louis, 75004 Paris). It reminds me of a thriller written by Ingrid Astier "Quai des enfers" (Gallimard).”

FLEA/FOOD/FLOWER MARKETS

ALIGRE’S MARKET FOOD

Place Aligre, 75012 Paris
VT: “For the vegetables, exotic fruits and herbs.”

THE ORGANIC FOOD MARKET OF BOULEVARD RASPAIL
Between rue du Cherche Midi and rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris

THE FLOWERS AND BIRDS MARKET

Ile de la Cité, 75004 Paris
LB: “What else can I say ? All is said in the name of this market. Birds only on Sundays.”

THE FOOD MARKET OF AVENUE DU PRESIDENT WILSON

Avenue du President Wilson, 75016 Paris (between the rue Debrousse and the place d'Iéna)
Wednesday: 7am-2:30pm, Saturday: 7am-3pm
CR: “On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, for the best vegetables from Paris and its surroundings.”

PARKS FOR A STROLL

THE JARDIN ALBERT KHAN

10-14 Rue du Port, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
33 (0) 1 55 19 28 00
albert-kahn.hauts-de-seine.net
VT: “An English garden, a Japanese garden, a Vosges forest look-alike etc… You feel like you're travelling from one country to another in this garden!”

THE JARDIN DE BAGATELLE
42 Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, 75016 Paris

THE PARC DE LA TURLURE
(Next to the Sacré Cœur’s basilica) Rue de la Bonne/rue du chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris et 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris

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THE PARC DE SCEAUX
92330 Sceaux (RER B)
parc-de-sceaux-92.net/
LB: “It's a short RER trip from Paris. In April, you can enjoy the Japanese celebration of cherry blossom, Hanami, it's just wonderful.”


THE JARDIN DES PLANTES
2 rue Buffon, 75005 Paris
jardindesplantes.net /01 40 79 56 01
CR: “I never get tired of admiring 400 years of plantation!”


Click through to the next page for the museums you won't want to miss in Paris...

paris-lifestyle-addresses-001455.jpgMUSEUMS

MUSEE D’ORSAY
62 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 45 49 47 03
musee-orsay.fr

How could we sum up everything there is to see in this museum? A must-see in Paris for discovering the greatest paintings and sculptures from all over the world.
LB: “They have just reopened the impressionist wing, their collection is amazing, from Van Gogh to Degas. I love the old train station atmosphere, and the big clocks.”
CR: “Sumptuous both thanks to the place itself and the works it holds. There is also a beautiful restaurant decorated by the Campana brothers.”

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MUSEE DU LOUVRE
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris - Métro Palais Royal Musée du Louvre
33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
louvre.fr

A must when you come to Paris, an old castle that was inhabited by numerous French kings and transformed into a museum. From Egyptian and Greek antiquities to the great paintings (Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is here), it is a delight for the eyes.

MUSEE JACQUEMART ANDRE

158, Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris
33 (0)1 45 62 11 59
musee-jacquemart-andre.com

An ancient private mansion that houses the huge art collection of a famous couple: Edouard André et Nélie Jacquemart. Nothing has changed since they left everything to the Institut de France to transform it into a museum when they passed away.

Gorgeous pieces in a truly charming setting

MUSEE RODIN
79, rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 44 18 61 10
musee-rodin.fr

Rodin is well-known for his masterpiece (The Thinker) but there is so much more to see! In the Hôtel Byron, a private mansion chosen by the artist in order to showcase his work, you can discover his art in this wonderful setting.

PALAIS DE TOKYO

13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
33 (0)1 47 23 54 01
palaisdetokyo.com

The Palais de Tokyo is not your typical museum. It is more like a modern art centre. Exhibitions, conferences or movies, there is always something happening here.

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CULTURAL SHOPS

FNAC DES TERNES
26-30 avenue des Ternes, 75017 Paris
33 (0)825 02 00 20
fnac.com
€-€€€€
Paris's biggest Fnac store, with books, DVDs, CDs - whatever you are looking for, you will find here. But be careful, you might end up hanging around for several hours!
CR: “I could stay there for hours!”

L’ECUME DES PAGES
174 boulevard Saint Germain, 75006 Paris
33 (0)1 45 48 54 48
ecumedespages.com
€-€€€€
Open since the 70's, L'Ecume des Pages remains right next to the Café de Flore. The shop channels a wide range of general literature. Since it closes at midnight you can even go after a night out on your way home.
VT: “One of the last remaining old-fashioned bookstores in Paris.”

MUSEE JACQUEMART ANDRE’S BOOK SHOP
158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris
33 (0)1 45 62 11 59
musee-jacquemart-andre.com
€-€€€€
This book shop is the best way to remain in the atmosphere of the museum, providing a wide range of art books on the works you have just admired during your visit.

WH SMITH

248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
33 (0)1 44 77 88 99
whsmith.fr
For those who want a piece of England in the heart of Paris. Right next to the Louvre, WH Smith brings British literature to your door, not forgetting a well-supplied American and English food corner.

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paris-lifestyle-addresses-001455.jpgHOME DECORATION SHOPS

CARAVANE
19, rue Saint Nicolas, 75012 Paris
33 (0)1 53 02 96 96
caravane.fr
€€-€€€€
To furnish your home in beautiful and natural fabrics for draperies and bed linens, as well as other precious decorative items.
VT: “I buy all my bed linen there. I like the sense of travel it provides me with and the irreproachable quality.”

INDIA MAHDAVI’S SHOP

3 rue las cases, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 45 55 67 67
india-mahdavi.com
€€€€
Everything is gorgeous in this home decoration shop where you can find crazy little items or bigger pieces of furniture. This is the place to go when you want your house to be one of a kind.
CR: “Everything is gorgeous there."

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SAINT-OUEN FLEA MARKET
Porte de Clignancourt, 75018 Paris
On Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays
The most famous flea market in Paris… and also the most crowded. On one side of the old market, you will find pieces of furniture, while the new side of the market sells clothing. The American actress Katherine Heigl was recently spotted there.
LB: "It's Paris's most ancient flea market, and the biggest antiques market in the world: a must see! I got a white 50s kitchen buffet there, and a red Chesterfield sofa. They are my priciest belongings."

SENTOU
26, bd Raspail, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 45 49 00 05
sentou.fr
€-€€€€
A huge furniture shop offering a wide range of designer goodies. 100Drine and her boxes (Tea box, junk box, girl box…) have been a hit since 2000.

FOR GIFTS


ALICE A PARIS

64 rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris
33 (0)1 48 78 17 31
aliceaparis.com
€-€€€
This is heaven for any new parent or crazy auntie. The shop offers a wide range of kids clothes, in many sizes (from 1 month old to 10 years old). And to be totally original, the collections are limited and the prints change every three months.

COLETTE
213, rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
33 (0)1 55 35 33 90
colette.fr
€-€€€€
You will find incredible clothes and simply the coolest and trendiest gadgets at Colette, Paris’ iconic concept store since 1997. Food, books, fashion and cosmetics (carefully selected by Colette and Sarah Lerfel) await you. A must-see for every newcomer in the city, and a haven for tomorrow's fashionable finest.

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MERCI
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris
33 (0)1 42 77 00 33
merci-merci.com
€€-€€€€
Everything in this shop screams "home". Merci was born from a desire to create a new concept store which would look like your own house. Used books, clothes, home decoration, you will find whatever you need here.
CR: “You can find everything there: chinaware, clothes, jewellery…”

SENTOU
26, bd Raspail, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 45 49 00 05
sentou.fr
€-€€€€
A huge furniture shop offering a wide range of designer goodies. 100Drine and her boxes (Tea box, junk box, girl box…) have been a hit since 2000.

THE CONRAN SHOP
117 Rue Bac, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 42 84 10 01
conranshop.fr
€€€€
An iconic British furniture shop in Paris. The Conran Shop houses the trendiest designers in home decoration.
VT: “You can find lots of little treasures from the Tsé Tsé sisters and other designers in different price ranges.”

Find the best wine and food shops in Paris on the next page...

paris-lifestyle-addresses-001455.jpgWINE SHOPS

AUGE
116 Bld Haussmann, 75009 Paris
33 (0)1 45 22 16 97
cavesauge.com
€-€€€€
Everything looks antique in this shop. With all the wooden barrels, you will feel like you are in a really old wine cellar. The staff is really nice and will help you choose a bottle if you don't know what you are looking for.
LB: “My boyfriend will kill me for giving this address. They have the best wine selection in Paris, and he would love it to remain a secret. Too late."

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CAVES LEGRAND FILLES ET FILS
1, rue de la banque, 75002 Paris
33 (0)1 42 60 07 12
caves-legrand.com
€-€€€€
Created in 1880, Legrand filles et fils has been providing wine for more than a century. The store is quite original on its own, with corks everywhere you look. You can buy or drink a bottle here. You can even choose your own bottle and ask for it to be refreshed and served to you at the bar.
VT: “For the surroundings and the great advice.”

LE VERRE VOLE

67 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris
33 (0)1 48 03 17 34
leverrevole.fr
€-€€€
This place is both a bar and a wine cellar. You just have to choose!

SATURNE
17 Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris
33 (0)1 42 60 31 90
saturne-paris.fr
€-€€€€
This is a famous restaurant but also a wine cellar. Ewen is the wine expert and he will help you find what you need to accompany one of their many incredible dishes…
CR: “It's a great restaurant with delicious dishes. You can also buy fantastic bottles of wine selected by Ewen, the best wine expert!”

FOOD SHOPS


BELLOTA-BELLOTA
18 rue Jean Nicot, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 53 59 96 96
bellota-bellota.com
€-€€€€
For the past ten years, Bellota-Bellota has been a reference in fresh Spanish food. You will find everything you’re looking for here and will be of the best quality.
CR: “For the best Iberian ham in the world, great cheese and salmon, an amazing truffle tarama… You can also try the ham on the spot.”

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BIO PRESTIGE
92 boulevard des Batignolles, 75017 Paris
33 (0)1 45 22 53 52
€-€€€
An organic shop, yes, but franco-italian style. Be tempted by the fresh take-away dishes or opt for some imported goodies.

LA GRANDE EPICERIE DE PARIS

38 rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris
33 (0)1 44 39 81 00
lagrandeepicerie.fr
€-€€€€
Next to Le Bon Marché, La Grande Epicerie de Paris is a kind of luxurious supermarket which could be compared to Harrod's Food Hall. Everything you need and want to eat is there: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh pastries and food from all over the world.

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