PARIS A Chic Weekend Style Guide to Paris

In the words of Aubrey Hepburn, ‘Paris is always a good idea”. Local design expert Pierre Frey shares his insider tips for the chicest weekend in Paris.

PARIS

A Chic Weekend Style Guide to Paris

In the words of Aubrey Hepburn, ‘Paris is always a good idea”. Local design expert Pierre Frey shares his insider tips for the chicest weekend in Paris.

According to a recent Airbnb report, its not Spring or Summer, but Autumn that is the most popular time for Europeans to take a break in the 'City of Lights'. So whether you are hopping on the Eurostar for a romantic weekend, planning a Christmas shopping trip or exploring investing in Paris’s competitive property market, don’t miss our latest style guide to Paris. Courtesy of Pierre Frey, the marketing director and grandson of Paris’s most iconic design house, insider guides don’t get much chicer than this. 

Where to Shop

Astier de Villatte:Unique, chic and hand made in Paris, they stock the most elegant accessories for table and home”. Pick up handmade pottery crafted from black terracotta clay in a workshop that once housed Napoleon’s silversmith. Scented candles are inspired by exotic global destinations that range from Delhi to Zermatt and even Broadway. 

Rue Saint de Honoré 75001

Deyrolle: “Just visiting this store is an experience, the animals feel so real that it is quite a journey”. With a vocation to celebrate the beauty of nature, this 175 year old shop is a global reference in taxidermy and entomology. Browse beasts, birds and mammals from all over the world that have inspired the likes of Dali and André Breton.

46 Rue du Bac, 75007 

Pierre Frey: What can I say, they are best home textiles, wallpapers, carpets and accessories”. Now a global style reference, get your creative juices flowing at this iconic fabric houses’ headquarters.

1-2 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006

Maison de la Truffe:Even if you don’t buy truffles, this shop is excellent for olive oil, salt and one of a kind food stuff”. This boutique and tasting space is an altar to ‘the black diamond’, so stock up on the ultimate gourmet gift or stop for a decadent spot of lunch. 

19 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris 

Egle Bespoke: “My favourite clothes stores for both prêt-à porter and custom tailoring. Cyril, the owner and manager, is the most talented tailor with the best quality textiles”. Offering custom-made shirts at affordable prices, this hip new tailor is bringing custom-made to a new generation.  

26 Rue du Mont Thabor, 75001

Galerie Jousse: "The best 20th century furniture in Paris – this gallery has such a unique selection I love it all”. Showcasing emerging designers and one-off commissions from hand-picked designers across the globe, this unique gallery combines furniture with contemporary art.  

18 Rue de Seine 75006 

Stéphane Chapelle Fleurist: Stéphane is a very talented florist and selects the best plants and flowers for your home, as well as making the best bouquets ever”. Surprise friends and loved ones with one of Stéphane’s dreamy creations from this elegant boutique located just a few blocks from the Louvre. You’re in Paris after all. 

29 rue de Richelieu 75001

Hisada: “This cheese store is run by Japanese, and they have the best selection of cheese from France and Italy, as well as making the best packages for gifts”. Located a few doors down, the tastings in this singular shop are something special. Don’t miss the cheese macaroons, cheesecake and the silky home-made tofu. 

47 rue de Richelieu 75001

Where to Sleep

Hip: Hotel Costes This hotel, created more than 15 years ago, is still a unique place with a one-of-a-kind service, crowd and atmosphere that has never been equaled – try and check into the room designed entirely in Pierre Frey”. You’ll be excused for never wanting to leave this industry-defining hotel, one of the sexiest spots in town that combines a restaurant with rose boutique and perfume house.” 239-241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 

Classic: Hotel Ritz “After 4 years of refurbishment by the talented Thierry Despont, this legendary hotel re-opened in July. It’s a truly special experience in the heart of Paris. We were behind the creation of the bespoke fabrics and carpets you find throughout the hotel”5 Place Vendôme, 75001 

New & Noteworthy: Le RochSarah Lavoine just created this brand new hotel in the heart of Paris, which has a great vibe and décor – I like going to the restaurant”. Set in the 1st arrondissement, this 37 room boutique hotel is styled with the sprit of a private home and combines and swimming pool and spa with a trendy restaurant and bar. 28 rue Saint Roch, 75001 Paris 

Where to Eat

Classic: Takara: “This is the oldest Japanese restaurant in Paris, its my favourite because it is like being in the heart of a mini Tokyo in Paris. The waiters are traditional Japanese and whatever you order off the menu, you can’t go wrong.” 14 Rue Molière, 75001

Trendy: Loulou: “Joseph Dirand new spot in Paris, this restaurant combines great food and an amazing terrace inside the Louvre from the same crew as Monsieur Bleu”. Great coffee, brunch and a laid-back atmosphere make this a must-visit pit-stop when exploring the galleries and museums of the 5th.  90 Boulevard Saint Germain 

Late-Night: Castel: This is a timeless restaurant and club re-designed by Andre – its always a great experience”. Dinner at this private club allows you access without a member – luckily the food and wonderful service is worthy of a visit alone. 15 Rue Princesse, 75006 

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