Paris (packing list)

Hotels

Hospitality at its finest

  1. Hotel Grand Amour, Gare du Nord (10e)

Arty lodgings with spice

This hip 42-room guesthouse combines the charm of a b&b with grand-hotel luxury and has interiors styled by graffiti artist Saraiva. Keep an eye out for his custom-designed genitalia-patterned carpet.

18 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010
+33 (0)1 4416 0330
hotelamourparis.fr/grandamour

  1. Hotel Providence, Republique (10e)

Boutique charisma

There are numerous theatres nearby so actors come to this eccentric and charming hotel for post-show drinks, making for a colourful crowd.

90 Rue René Boulanger, 75010
+33 (0)1 4634 3404
hotelprovidenceparis.com

Food and drink

Smart bites and top stops

1.   Le Clown Bar, Oberkampf (11e)

Playfully inventive cuisine

The belle époque-era interior with its painted circus figures somersaulting across the mirrored walls is a fitting backdrop for the culinary whirls and turns that chef Atsumi Sota takes with his creative, modern French à la carte menu.

114 Rue Amelot, 75011
+33 (0)1 4355 8735
clown-bar-paris.fr

2.    Le Chateaubriand, Canal Saint-Martin (11e)

Bistronomie at its finest

The charm and aesthetic of this restaurant is that of an old-style neighbourhood bistro but its reputation is world-renowned. Le Chateaubriand hasn’t seen an empty table since its founding in 2006 (bookings must be made at least 21 days in advance).

129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011
+33 (0)1 4357 4595
lechateaubriand.net

3.   Le Cave à Michel, Belleville (10e)

Lively tapas hotspot

In the evening this petite wine shop transforms into a standing-room-only space offering seasonal small plates heaped with grilled octopus, artichokes and Galician beef.

36 Rue Sainte‑Marthe, 75010
+33 (0)1 4245 9447

4.   Barthélemey, Saint-Germain-des-Prés (7e)

Cheese-lover heaven

No fridges, branding or use-by dates can be found in Fromagerie Barthélemy, only wall-to- wall cheese. More than 200 varieties, mostly made from raw milk, are stored and released only when ready.

51 Rue de Grenelle, 75007
+33 (0)1 4222 8224

5.   Claus, Louvre (1e)

Boutique brunch

A little different to the typical Parisian breakfast of coffee and croissant eaten standing at a café bar, here diners can choose from a number of three-course breakfast menus.

14 Rue Jean‑Jaques Rousseau, 75001
+33 (0)1 4233 5510
clausparis.com

Retail

Shop talk

1.   Merci, Le Marais (3e)

Thematic exploration

This former wallpaper factory now gathers quality clothing, design furniture and home essentials. The ground floor is regularly given over to exhibitions built around ambitious themes and also houses a restaurant that faces a pretty garden on the lower level.

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003
+33 (0)1 4277 0033
merci-merci.com