Haute Hangouts: Paris

By  April 14, 2014

What would a trip to Paris be without a romantic rendezvous or two around the City of Light? Shop, drink, and eat like a proper Parisian in the world’s most stylish city by following the lead of our Haute Hangouts guide.

Chateaubriand Restaurant Chateaubriand Restaurant

It’s rated one of the top five restaurants in the entire world, and its fixed price menu is only 60€. Make sure to have the friendly sommelier help you chose the perfect wine.

L’Ami Jean Restaurant L’Ami Jean Restaurant

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood near the Eiffel Tower, this little restaurant is the ideal place to experience French cuisine with a bit of modern flair.  Do not miss the Parmesan soup!

Boudoir Wine Bar Boudoir Wine Bar

This adorable wine and tapas bar located just steps off the Avenue Champs-Élysée is a great place to grab a quick bite and delicious glass of wine after a day of shopping.

Le Bon Marché and Le Grand Épicerie Le Bon Marché and Le Grand Épicerie

The ultimate in haute shopping and fine foods! First, pop into Bon Marché for the epitome of haute French shopping. Then cross the street to the newly opened gourmet grocery store to stock up on fine wines and French treats.

French Pharmacy French Pharmacy

Be sure to leave extra space in your suitcase for the fabulous French skin-care products from one of the hundreds of pharmacies all over the city.  The best one is in the St. Germain neighborhood, and you can get a list of everything you must pick up right here.

Merci Merci

Located in the super-hip Marais district of Paris, this self-proclaimed store of “pop-up shops” always has the latest in clothing, jewelry, and home accessories.  Plus, you can stop for lunch in the adjoining café.

Forum Cocktail Bar Forum Cocktail Bar

This glamorous cocktail bar is a sexy spot to end an evening tucked into one of the oak-paneled tables among an elegant Parisian crowd.

Ballroom du Beef Speakeasy Cocktail Bar Ballroom du Beef Speakeasy Cocktail Bar

Hidden behind an unmarked door and down a dimly lit spiral staircase are some of the best cocktails in Paris. Bonus: The helpful staff will even let you make a reservation to ensure you snag a good table any time of the week.

Angelina’s Hot Chocolate Angelina’s Hot Chocolate

Angelina’s is reported to have the best hot chocolate in the world, and its flagship location is across the street from where the Paris Fashion Week tents usually set up. Très chic.

Luxembourg Gardens Luxembourg Gardens

Take a gorgeous afternoon stroll through the expansive gardens bordering the St. Germain neighborhood. Pick up a Nutella crepe or a vin chaud (hot mulled wine) near the pétanque (French-style bocce) courts.

Sacré-Couer Sacré-Couer

Situated at the highest point in the city, this basilica has the best free views. Plus, entrance to the breathtaking church won’t cost you anything.

Musée d’Orsay Musée d’Orsay

This museum formerly housed a beaux-arts train station and now is home to masterpieces by Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh. Buy your tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines.