Inspiration in Paris is everywhere. A muse to countless painters, writers, designers, it is a place known to trigger new ideas and insights. Some believe it’s the light in and around the city that drives one to create, for others it is simply the lives of the great artists who have graced the streets. While the Louvre, the Pompidou and Musee D’Orsay are obvious mainstays, here’s our current insider hotlist of where to get your creative juices flowing.
HOTEL PLAZA ATHÉNÉE
Christian Dior’s first ever store was chosen to be close to the Plaza Athénée, which has prided itself as being Paris’s sexiest hotel since the 1930s. Now the brand have just re-opened an impeccable 5,500-square-foot spa there (frequented by the likes of Julia Roitfeld and Eva Herzigova). There’s an exquisite (note: expensive) Alan Ducasse restaurant too.
From the beautifully coiffured gardens to Marie Antoinette’s private chambers- there’s over 700 rooms, 60 staircases and 1,200 fireplaces to be inspired by here.
Colette is Paris's coolest concept store, hosting virtually everything from hip toys to magazines, to furniture, apparel (even over 100 brands of water). Their moto? Always be new, fresh, surprising - and streets ahead of the rest.
In between designing, this low profile mainstay is a favourite of Isabel Marant for brunch. Think organic goodness and locally sourced ingredients (not to mention the best carrot cake in town).
When Karl Lagerfeld needs roses for his private dinner parties or Dior decides to have a whole wall of flowers for a show, Eric Chauvin is the man who gets the call. If you love botanical couture, you’ll find garden flowers – irises, roses, peonies- in his upmarket store on Rue Jean Nicot in the 7th arrondissement.
WILD AND THE MOON
Fashion editors and trend influencers have been fawning over this new superfood cafe on Instagram. With fresh organic raw cocoa shakes and avocado toasts- it makes a welcome reprieve from the rich Parisian diet of wine, cheese and macarons.
After what is billed as the biggest refurbishment in history (estimated at $450m and taking 4 years to complete), we’re excited to revisit the Ritz now it's open again. From Chanel’s first ever spa, to the fine-dining restaurant L’Espadon; it will be design porn galore. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote "When I dream of an afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz."
A destination for Left Bank artists and fashionistas, La Societe is a beautiful dining room, owned by the Costes Brothers and designed by Christian Liaigre. Perfect for people watching at lunch or Sat night (when the music pumps up to a more night clubby vibe). We'd definitely visit Hotel Costes too.
Located in a 1500sqm former wallpaper factory, Merci is one of Paris’s most eclectic lifestyle stores that leads the way in conscious retail by giving its’ profits to charity.
Started by a team of perfume experts (who’ve worked for brands like LVMH, L’Oreal and Cartier), you can drop by this fragrance bar for a scent diagnosis, where you take a test and they’ll match you to your ideal scent. Or they will also mix a bespoke one straight up for you.