Paris City Guide Including The Best Hot Chocolate You’ll Ever Drink & The Most Luxurious Shopping Centre EVER!

Whether it’s you’re first trip to Paris and you’re looking for ALL of the tips ever on where to stay, eat, shop etc or if you’re planning on visiting again and would like to try out a few new places, then this is the post for you! I’ve rounded up my top tips on what to do in Paris, pretty much covering everything I did whilst I was there so grab a cuppa and prepare for a picture heavy guide to Paris…

Where to shop: Galeries Lafayette
Pretty much the only shopping centre you need to visit whilst in Paris, this place is insane and by far the most beautiful shopping mall I’ve ever visited. Me and the girls went to Paris at the end of November and it was such a lovely time to visit as it was super festive – the giant Christmas tree was something else! 
With seven floors including high end brands, beauty, children’s, stationary, high end and so, so much more – this is the only place you need to visit for shopping whilst in Paris! I absolutely loved visiting the galeries and can’t wait to return next year, it’s something that I’d advise setting aside a good few hours to shop as there’s so much to see and do!

We were fortunate enough to watch the fashion show that the galleries put on for guests & shoppers!

Where to enjoy a break: Angelina’s – 226 Rue de Rivoli

If you’re looking for a break in between exploring the city, or to try out the best hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted (yes, ever!), the Angelina’s is the place for you! Me and the girls stopped off for a hot chocolate and some cake after being recommended Angelina’s by so many people and it honestly didn’t disappoint! It was super beautiful inside, so whether you visit to sit in and dine or grab some macaroons on the go, I highly recommend making a trip (and wearing a loose waistband!).

Where to visit: Le Palais Royale – 8 Rue de Montpensier, 75001

You’ve probably spotted the Palais Royale in any bloggers pictures that has visited Paris, it’s super dreamy for photographs as the humbug striped plinths and lined tree walkways make for a wonderful #OOTD snap! Even if you’re not heading there to snap some shots, I’d highly recommend a walk through the grounds as it’s so pretty, a great place to stop off and rest your feet whilst tucking into your macaroons from Angelina’s!

Where to get pampered: Anne Semonin – 2 rue des Petits Champs – 75002

When I first arrived in Paris I checked my bags into my hotel then headed straight to Anne Semonin for a made to measure facial at their Atelier De Beaute in central Paris. I’m a huge fan of Anne Semonin skincare and it’s a brand that I’m familiar with (their Balancing Intensive Complex always puts my skin back on the straight and narrow if i’m suffering from breakouts!).

The hour long facial was so incredibly relaxing (pretty sure I may have fallen asleep!), and my skin was literally glowing when I left. I didn’t apply any makeup after as I wanted to let the products have the maximum effect on my skin! This phyto-aromatic treatment combines serums, masks and specially selected mineral complexes to meet the specific needs of your skin and is the perfect pamper treatment for a little relaxation on your trip!

Where to dine: The Lobby restaurant at the The Peninsula hotel – 19 Avenue Kleber, 75116

On our last night me and the girls dined at The Lobby, the hotels french and international restaurant and I can honestly say it was the most beautiful place I’ve ever eaten. Ever! The room was so grand with giant chandeliers and someone playing the piano, if you’re looking for a romantic setting or a special occasion restaurant then I genuinely couldn’t recommend this place anymore, it was just so incredibly beautiful! 
We opted for the Menu de Marche where the head chef Laurent Poitevin and his team create a new menu with the ingredients of the season and region, and it was divine. The hotel also has various other bars and restaurants including their cantonese restaurant; Lili and their rooftop restaurant; L’oiseau Blanc which offers the most incredible views over Paris and would be lovely of an evening when the city and Eiffel Tower are lit up. I’d definitely recommend a visit and promise you will be absolutely blow away by the hotel interior, service and the food!
The hotel are also running their Snow Pages this Christmas which they started back in 2003 to help raise money for the Make A Wish foundation and they have raised over €1.5 million since launching which is incredible! To find out how to get involved take a look at their Snow Page here!

When the bathroom so fancy you have to take a selfie! 

The most beautiful hotel lobby I’ve ever seen!…

Where to stay: Holiday Inn Paris Opera – 30-32 Boulevard Poissonniere, 75009

If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay that’s central in Paris, then look no further as the Holiday Inn Paris Opera is the place for you! If you’re travelling by Eurostar then the hotel is less than 10 minutes from Gare du Nord which is perfect and it’s less then 15 minutes away from the Champs Elysee, Notre Dame and the Louvre!

The average nightly rate is €134 including breakfast which is great for a couple of days break, the rooms are spacious and comfortable and the location is spot on. I’d highly recommend looking into booking this hotel if you’re heading to paris as it was a great all-rounder for an affordable price!

Have you been to Paris before? Anywhere I need to visit on my next trip?

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1 Comment

  1. Caz 18th December 2015 / 7:13 pm

    Your photos are stunning! I'd love to visit Paris at Christmastime 🙂

    Caz | thisiscaz

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