Paris

The only city that could have birthed a stereotype as elegant and ineffable as the Parisienne. No matter how much of it has been uncovered, Paris remains mysterious, confusing, secretive and alluring: just like la Parisienne.

Use our personalised Google map below to navigate your way around the city of light

Hôtel Thoumieux

STAY

Stunning prints, epic bathtubs, and delicious breakfast. Don’t miss the fantastic Brasserie and the Gastronomique – foie gras overload, anyone?

79 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris

Rose Bakery

EAT

Rose Bakery serves delicious, healthy corner fare shop options – cheese scones, scrambled eggs and Nicky’s favourite, a smoked salmon and dill omelette.

46 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris

Relais Christine

STAY

Just a few steps from the Quartier Latin, the charming Relais Christine is just about as Parisian as it gets. Just a 2 minute walk from the best restaurants, shops and museums in town.

3 Rue Christine, 75006 Paris

L’Hotel Le Bellechasse

STAY

For your home away from home and located in a quaint street next to the Seine River, there is Hotel Le Bellechasse. Each room is individually decorated, making each a unique experience.

8 Rue de Bellechasse, 75007 Paris, France

Mama Shelter

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One of Nicky’s top picks, designer boutique hotel meets glampacker at Mama Shelter. Quirky details are abound – Star Wars light fittings and voyeuristic details just to name a few.

109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris

Colette

SHOP

A quintessential modern-day fairytale, exclusivity and approachability combine in this Gallic icon. Our favourite shopping pick ever hosting some of the coolest industry events.

213 Rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris

Cafe La Perle

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From locals seeking morning coffee to the too-cool-for-school crowd and their boutique beers, La Perle caters to and attracts all types, seemingly without trying.

78 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris

Angelina Tearoom

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The Chanel jacket of coffee houses (and very close to Chanel itself too): luxurious, timeless and simply delightful, darling! Set in a traditionally elegant Parisian interior with flourishes aplenty.

226 Rue Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Jones

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A  somewhat cosy and laid back restaurant that is renowned for its seasonal dishes, Jones takes a stripped-approach in both the interior and the menu, so everything from the sausage to butter is handmade.

43 Rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011 Paris

Georges

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Perched atop the Centre Pompidou, Georges offers avant-garde, industrial design complete with panoramic views over Paris and an impressive menu to match.

19 Rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris

Café de Flore

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Café de Flore is one of the oldest and most prestigious coffee houses in Paris. Celebrated for its famous clientele and an art deco interior which hasn’t been touched since World War II.

172 Bld Saint-Germain, Paris, France

Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore

SHOP

Opened in 1919 by Sylvia Beach, this bookstore has served as a gathering place for writers such as Ezra Pount, Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. It was also featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.

37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

L’Eclaireur

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Nicky’s favourite shop and a true leader in fashion retail, stocking a unique mix of Céline, Balmain, Faliero Sarti and Margiela, it’s luxurious, eccentric, old school, rock ‘n roll and more than a bit exciting.

40 Rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris, France

Hotel Particulier

STAY

Beautifully quirky, intimate and Art-house, this hidden gem in historic Montmartre used to be owned by the Hermès family before being transformed into a five suite luxury hotel.

23, Avenue Junot, Pavillon D, 75018 Paris

Chez Janou

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In a quiet corner right behind Place des Vosges you’ll find Chez Janou, an ever-busy, buzzy bistro serving Provençal dishes washed down with an impressive selection of Pastis and wine.

2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 75003 Paris

Andy Wahloo

DRINK

A place to meet friends and chill out, Andy Wahloo is a ’70s Morocco bar with a Pop art skew. The beautiful people flock here, and an electro beat soundtrack sets the tone. Cocktails are a must.

69 Rue Gravilliers, 75003 Paris

Derrière

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Just like your crazy boho friend’s apartment, Derrière’s den is a living room and mock-bedroom decorated in eccentric manner, housing an enclave of tables serving hot, good ol’ retro-inspired French food.

69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris

Le Mary Celeste

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Named after a lost sea vessel, this unpretentious nook in the heart of the Marais is one of our top picks for their solid cocktails, eclectic pan-asian share plates and the freshest oysters you’ll find in Paris.

1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris
Café Kitsuné
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Maison Kitsuné is many things: fashion house, coffee shop, record label. This tiny Parisian café is our favourite place to take it all in, and is where fashion insiders and cool kids like to sip and stroll.

51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris

Le Chateaubriand

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A key figure in the bistronomie movement, the approach is to strip haute cuisine down to its essence, serving honest, sexy low-key dishes focused on market fare in a humble yet modish setting.

129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris

Au Passage

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Cheap lunchtime menus focused on simple, earnest dishes and fresh market fare are the heart and soul of humble modern bistro Au Passage.

1 bis passage Saint-Sébastien, 11e Paris

Le Dauphin

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Offering stripped-down, innovative dishes with firework presentation in a modern French, buzzy yet intimate atmosphere.

131 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris

Isabel Marant

SHOP

If you’re in Paris you can’t skip a visit to the most Parisian label of them all: Isabel Marant. Her flagship store at Rue Charonne is possibly our favourite as it was Marant’s first, and has been open in the same location since 1998.

16 rue de Charonne, 11th, Paris

Pamela Popo

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A great spot to eat like a local for a night out in the Marais. Pamela Pop is a petite and trendy restaurant just a block from the Rue de Rivoli and named after a song by Serge Gainsbourg.

15 Rue François Miron, 75004 Paris

Café Marly

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A local’s favourite, old-fashioned and very Parisian, Café Marly is a city institution. A half-modern, half-Napoleon III era brasserie boasting exceptional views of the Louvre and its pyramids.

93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Bar Hemingway

DRINK

An award-winning Parisian institution, head here for the beloved address, fabulous concoctions and to spot fashion insiders, Parisian dandies and enlightened travellers alike.

15 Place Vendome, Paris, France

Bob’s Kitchen

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Organic, healthy and beautiful: that’s the premise at Parisian vegetarian canteen Bob’s Kitchen, a small, hip cafe-restaurant offering salads, soups, bagels, futomakis and a trademark “veggie stew”.

74 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris

Claus

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The spot that has been named the haute-couture breakfast specialist in Parisian foodie circles. Claus serves organic mueslis and cereals, fresh juices, jams and honey, squeezed in between luxury shop fronts.

14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris

Fondation

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This speciality coffee house focuses on making an excellent brew, and that it does very well. Set out in a minimalistic decor, the cafe is a local favourite and is the perfect spot to sit and people watch.

16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris

Marcel

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Head to Marcel for the best casual brunch in the city. We strongly recommend the Norwegian poached eggs on a muffin served with smoked salmon and lemon butter.

15 rue de Babylone 75007 Paris
1 Villa Léandre 75018 Paris
22 rue Montmartre, 75001 Paris

Ballroom

DRINK

Le Ballroom is a dark and luxurious speakeasy that is all velvet walls with a hard-to-find charm. We recommend the Salers Smash and the Cucumber Fumant.

58, rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, Paris

Merci

Shop

Paris’s latest concept shopping sensation combines the best of fashion, design, household goods and quick eats, all housed in a former 19th-century fabric factory.

111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris

Holy Belly

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The Holy Belly concept focuses on good coffee, good food and good service, all of which it delivers exceptionally. Think generous servings of classic yet delicious food in a small, intimate setting.

19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris

Café Trama

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For a true French culinary experience, make sure you book Cafe Trama. Without being too over the top,  Trama delivers exceptional food alongside an equally impressive wine list in a humble setting.

83 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris

Clown Bar

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The clown bar is situated in the historic Rue Amelot, and is equally charming as it is trendy. Decorated tastefully with clowns (trust us, it just works), the real attraction here is the food.

114 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris

Ellsworth

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This culinary gem serves up classic plates with a fine dining twist, and aims to create everything in store, from yoghurt and bread to their own sausages.

34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris

Hotel Bachaumont

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A design-lovers dream stay, this art deco hotel is located in the heart of Paris, and is only a short 12-minute walk from the Louvre.

18 Rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris

Nanashi

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Nicky’s favourite Japanese in Paris, Nanashi offers fresh bento boxes in a bright and spacious setting, and is a little easier on the wallet. Perfect when you’re on the hunt for something fresh and light.

57 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris

The Broken Arm

SHOP

For coffee and fashion all in one, look no further than The Broken Arm. Supplying the best Parisian and international labels alike, you can’t go past the shopping here.

12 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris

Rachels

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Serving updated classic American diner dishes, you can expect pastrami, pickles, blue cheeses, pulled pork and bacon in a casual setting. But make sure you leave room for the real highlight – the cheesecake.

25 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris

Septime

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Earning its place in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and a Michelin star to prove it, Septime is guaranteed to deliver an unbeatable dining experience in a minimal interior.

80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris

Miznon

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If you’re looking for an easy eat out option, Miznon is the place. The no fuss chain restaurant specialises in delicious pitas while still maintaining that Parisian culinary element to a typically middle eastern dish.

22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris

Twinkie

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Want brunch? Look no further than Twinkie. Serving up breakfast and brunch favourites all day every day in a New York loft style restaurant, Twinkie offers French, American and Scandinavian cuisine.

167 Rue St Denis, 75002 Paris

Calexico Boutique is an international designer boutique based on James Street in Brisbane. The boutique currently houses over 85 international fashion labels, including Rag and Bone, Acne Studios, Isabel Marant and Helmut Lang, and offers a unique shopping experience with exclusive weekly arrivals and complimentary in store styling sessions.