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PARIS LIFESTYLE GUIDE - PINKTROTTERS

Our Paris Lifestyle City Guide in few simple points, bien s'amuser !


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Our Paris Lifestyle City Guide in few simple points



BEST PARIS RESTAURANTS:

Brasserie Bofinger: Founded in 1864, mere steps from the Place des Vosges and Place de la Bastille, Brasserie Bofinger is considered to be the "most beautiful brasserie in Paris". Deep in the heart of Paris' 4th arrondissement in a Belle Epoque setting.

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Le Coupe-Chou: Le Coupe Chou is located in a quieter, less touristy area of Paris on a cute little cobblestone street. The restaurant is very cozy and romantic.

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Le Procope: Paris has far fancier and more famous restaurants, but none as historic. Upon walking into Le Procope, Napoleon's hat is proudly displayed in a glass case. apoleon was just one famous visitor, since Voltaire and Rousseau's regular patronage gave Procope a reputation as a cafe for the literary set, while then Ambassador to France Benjamin Franklin worked on the U.S. Constitution at a table here. A cross between a cafe and a bistro, Procope exudes history while remaining a typical neighborhood place, with a homey atmosphere and seafood-based menu featuring classics such as tiered cold seafood towers of Breton oysters, Spanish mussels, and langoustines.

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Flora Danica: Flora Danica restaurant on the prestigious Champs-Elysees in the heart of Paris is one of the capital's loveliest restaurants. Located in the Maison du Danemark, Flora Danica's two dining rooms are decorated in pure Scandinavian style with chairs by Arne Jacobsen, iconic hanging lamps, and pared-down style. But the terrace is truly fabulous, a leafy oasis that is pure romance on a summer's evening. Chef Georges Landriot keeps the menu strictly Danish.

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Le Sud: Close to Porte Maillot and the Palais des Congrès, Le Sud puts on its colours, offering all the charms of superb Provençal cooking and prime, fresh produce. Let yourself be carried away by the decor, a reconstruction of a Provençal street in the heart of Paris.

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Le Fermette Marbeuf: Situated in Paris' 8th district, the Champs-Elysées restaurant, La Fermette Marbeuf, offers an extraordinary Art Nouveau decor, featuring a 1900-style glass canopy roof listed as an historic monument. Rural and aerial in spirit, it illustrates the theme of Spring, in particular in the form of murals and a Botticelli reproduction.

Le Grand Café Capucines: Le Grand Café Capucines restaurant is situated in the very heart of chic Paris, just a few strides away from the Opéra Garnier. The chef proposes traditional cuisine in a sumptuous Art Nouveau setting designed by Jacques Garcia.

Le Train Bleu: this is an amazing restaurant located in the hall of the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, France. The restaurant has served drinks and meals to travelers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately decorated setting.

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BEST PARIS HOTELS:

Sofitel Le Fauburg: 5-star hotel, close to the Champs-Élysées, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde and the stylish boutiques of the Saint-Honoré district, is perfect both for business trips and stays at the heart of the attractions and cultural life of Paris.

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9 Hotel: At 9HOTEL MONTPARNASSE you will be excited by the Parisian-bohemian neighborhood that still whisper the memory of Picasso, Modigliani, Soutine, Chagall, but also Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. From this past, Losserand street retains a spirit of Arty living that makes it one of the most endearing district of Paris.

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Baltimore Paris - MGallery Collection: In the heart of the elegant 16th arrondissement, near the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower, Hotel Baltimore offers an intimate welcome in a magnificent townhouse dating back to the end of the 19th century. The decor Period furnishings, sculptures, original paintings and elegant and warm contemporary materials are stylishly combined. The softly lit lounge/library and bar is perfect for guests to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Paris. An intimate restaurant The exclusive gourmet restaurant offers subtle yet inventive cuisine.

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Legend Hotel: Step into a mysterious and captivating world at the Legend Hotel. This boutique hotel located on the bustling rue de Rennes offers rooms imaginatively decorated in neutral or warm colours. Contemporary design furniture and fantastic lighting created by the French designer Virginie Cauet create a warm and inviting ambiance.

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Hidden Hotel: The Hidden Hotel is a subtle blend of materials, colours, and scents in an ambience that succeeds in being both contemporary and timeless. It's a unique place, where you forget you are in Paris the moment you step in from the bustling streets.

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Hôtel du Louvre: Located between the Louvre Museum, the Opéra Garnier and the Palais Royal, the Hotel du Louvre, a Hyatt hotel is in the heart of Paris. Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, the Marais neighborhood, the Tuileries Garden, the major department stores and Notre-Dame Cathedral are a few steps away.

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Hotel Wo: A designer hotel, the WO - Wilson Opéra - is located in a quiet street in the heart of the business district in Paris's 8th arrondissement. A short walk from the Gare Saint-Lazare, the WO will surprise you with the convenience of its location between the Champs-Élysées, Opéra, Madeleine and Paris's famous department stores.

Derby Alma: the hotel Le Derby Alma will be glad to host you in a 4-star hotel recently restored and with all comfort so that you will have a great to Paris. With its neo-classical atmosphere, you will be hosted in a nice and comfortable 4-star hotel in the center of Paris, in the heart of the 7th arrondissement of the city.

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Les Jardins Du Marais: Step into the world of Les Jardins du Marais, a haven of peace and greenery in the heart of Paris. Enjoy a unique Parisian experience in a glamorous place with a luxurious lifestyle. Here you can combine relaxation, shopping, sightseeing, cultural outings, conferences and events in the legendary Marais district between Place des Vosges and Opéra Bastille.

Mayfair Hotel: Upon arrival to the Hotel Mayfair Paris, in the historical heart of Paris, between Place de la Concorde and Place Vendome, you will enter a discrete and intimate 4 star Boutique Hotel. Behind the 19th century Haussmann style façade, the interior decoration was conceived to reflect the authenticity, the comfort and the luxury of a Private Mansion.



BEST PARIS CAFES:

La Charlotte de L'Isle: Stepping into La Charlotte de l'Isle is like entering a warm and cosy chocolate dream filled with unexpected delights. Part tearoom, part chocolate shop, the place is also known for its antique chocolate molds, marionette shows, and impromptu musical performances. It is especially reputed for its smooth, velvety hot chocolate.

Mariages Frères: « Tea is a noble beverage. Preparing it is an art that combines skill and tradition » Henri Mariage. The flushes from the most prestigious tea gardens are steeped behind an old oak bar, a true tea preparation counter. The Mariage Frères' golden rules, are applied and harshly used, for the enchantment of the lovers of the most refined and precious tea. The tea salons, decorated with ancient furniture, set a peaceful path where tea lovers and gourmets can meet up with salty flavours and sweet temptations.

Angelina: For over a century the tearoom has built a reputation as a place of sophistication and indulgence. As soon as it opened, Angelina became the place to be among the Parisian aristocracy. Proust and Coco Chanel rubbed shoulders with the biggest names in fashion in Angelina's salons. The interior, designed by the famous Belle Epoque architect Edouard-Jean Niermans, combines elegance, charm and refinement to create a sense of romanticism and poetry.

Stohrer: In the year of grace 1725, Louis XV married Marie Leszczynska, daughter of King Stanislas of Poland. His pastry chef Stohrer follows her in Versailles. Five years later, in 1730, NICOLAS STOHRER opened his bakery at 51 rue Montorgueil in the second arrondissement of Paris. In its kitchen, where desserts were invented for the Great Court, king's delights are still prepared.

Ladurée Royale: Parisian tea rooms' history is intimately tied to the history of the Ladurée family. It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from the southwest of France, founded a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale. In 1871, while Baron Haussmann was giving Paris a « new face », a fire in the bakery opened the opportunity to transformation it into a pastry shop. The decoration of the pastry shop was entrusted to Jules Cheret, a famous turn-of-the-century painter and poster artist.



BEST PARIS COCKTAIL BARS:

Panic Room
: The Panic Room is a club bar which serves house cocktails, and has an exhibition space on the ground floor and a vaulted cellar for dancing. Happy hour from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Buddha Bar: This restaurant/bar/lounge, located on the ultra-chic Faubourg St Honoré, was created thanks to the visionary imagination of its founder Raymond Visan, owner of the famous Barfly in Paris. On a constant quest for new ideas gathered during his numerous trips, particularly to California, Mr. Visan launched the Buddha-Bar that rapidly became a Mecca in the French capital.

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Kong: Bold, new and spectacular, the KONG was born on May 26th 2003.
From the kitchen, decor and music, nothing was left untouched to ensure the success of this UFO that landed on the rooftops of Paris. The atmosphere of the KONG bar entwines both the intimate character of a cocktail bar with the refinement and elegance of a luxury hotel bar. KONG infuses a mixture of a relaxed and elegant, classy and entertaining, lively and friendly atmosphere. On the 5th floor of a Haussmann building, every window boasts a different view.



BEST PARIS SHOPS:

Colette: Fans of Colette will recognize her immediately as the coolest store in town. Her home is Paris, where the hip shop opened 10 years ago on the Rue St.-Honoré and celebrated its first decade last week. Naturally, Miss Cool Colette (who holds dance classes on Mondays and creates music compilations), put on a sumptuous fête, followed by hot party at La Scala club. Behind Colette are Sarah Lerfel and her mother, Colette Roussaux, for whom the store is named. The policy is simple: Always be new, fresh, surprising - and streets ahead of the rest.

Agnès B: agnès b. opened her first shop on Rue du Jour in Paris in 1975. Since then, she has designed clothing for men, women, and children that reflects the spirit of the age by creating a wardrobe that can easily adapt to every personality and can be worn for a very long time. Today, agnès b. continues to design each collection that bears her name, including accessories, watches, jewelry, and sunglasses. The company has more than one hundred shops throughout the world.

Merci: Merci was created in March 2009, in the heart of the historic Haut-Marais district. The founders, Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, realised that Paris lacked a place which brought together the best in fashion, design, household goods, and friendly eating options. Merci's aim is to bring together, under one roof, products and customers who traditionally have not had the chance to meet : vintage furniture or contemporary creations; emerging new fashion brands or already-recognised collections; impulse buys, affordable for all or much rarer pieces, sometimes in limited editions.

Made In Used: Madeinused is for all those who are curious to explore something of the past and something of the world assembled by the creative genius vic caserta who has transformed the medium into an art form.

La Boutique Extraordinarie: You will find beautiful and unusual clothes. Natural fibres, rare animal fibres, young creative brands, unique pieces, textile works of art, colours and materials. A place for both exhibiting and selling. True luxury in different price ranges, pleasing to the eyes and to the senses.

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