So I am off to Paris for the first time this weekend. I ask Grazia’s digital editor, Cheska Stark, who lived in the city of love for one year, to give me the 411. Forget the generic tourist stuff, she shares with Sneak Peek the hidden gems of this romantic city.
Over to you Mademoiselle Stark…
Yes, the Eiffel tower is impressive and the Mona Lisa is in every guide book but when I hit Paris, these are my favourite things to do:
1. Paris is an amazing city for art enthusiasts with museums and galleries around every corner. My favourite are theMusee d’Orsay,Musee de l’Orangerie and Musee Rodin. Musee d’Orsay is set on the bank of the Seine in what was an old train station. Make sure you go up to the top floor for the impressionists, it’s always amazing to see those famous paintings in real life.
Musee de l’Orangerie is in the Jardin des Tuileries on the side of the Seine. If there is a queue it is worth it, after all, where else in the world can you wait in the queue with the backdrop the Conforde, the Champs Elysees and have the Eiffel Tower in the distance. L’Orangerie is the famous home of Monet’s Waterlilies – seeing these artworks was the first time my breath was taken away by art.
Finally Musee Rodin is perfect on a lovely, sunny day as all the sculptures are on exhibit in a beautiful garden. My suggestion – get a baguette from a Paul’s kiosk – my recommendation Jambon et Fromage and picnic in the gardens. There are Paul’s kiosks all over the city and in most of the parks.
2. Walk, walk, walk! Paris is a relatively small city so the best way to get your bearings is to walk. A beautiful walk is from the Jardin des Tuilleries (the most beautiful gardens in the world if you ask me) all the way to Notre Dame Cathedral.
3. VisitColette. Colette is a recognised design store in the world. It’s amazing to browse and find cool little things that you won’t see anyone else. I once met Karl Lagerfeld there.
4. Have hot chocolate at Angelinas and Macaroons at Laduree.
5. Visit theLe Maraisand spend time exploring. If you are in Paris on a Sunday this is one area of the city that completely comes alive on a Sunday afternoon. Indulge in Falafels and Shawarmas and spend time browsing the stores. While you are there make sure you take some time out in Place des Vosges and make your way up to Merci for some breakfast and inspiring shopping.
6. If you are looking for high street shopping hitRue de Rivolifor H&M, Gap, Zara etc. Rue St Honore is the most expensive street in Paris and home to all the most exclusive brands – always be on the look out for celebs, I saw Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise here once and Gisele Bündchen.