Plaza Athénée: This is definitely a luxury hotel but it’s the quintessential Parisian hotel. It’s also stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower, L’Avenue, and decadent shopping.
The Hoxton: This 172-room boutique hotel located in an 18th century Parisian residence featuring a grand original staircase. It’s the place to grab a drink, dinner or just hang in the courtyard.
La Réserve: This boutique hotel is tucked away in between Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. This is not only a hotel, but also has apartments if you wish to have an extended stay. The restaurant is a must with 2 Michelin stars and the bar is cozy with its dark red velvet interiors and craft cocktails. Don’t forget to grab their signature scented candle up on your departure.
EAT & DRINK
L’Avenue: This is my first stop right when I arrive in Paris. The menu is a crowd pleaser and I have never had a bad cocktail. If you can, grab a table on the patio for primo people-watching.
La Poule au Pot: I came here for the first time 2 years ago and couldn’t wait to get back. This classic French brasserie is a MUST stop in Paris. The chicken and foie gras is beyond and order the floating island for dessert.
L’Ami Louis: This has been touted as the best brasserie. With only 14 tables and the same servers for the last 20 years, the food is classic, always consistent, and another must if you can get a res.
Hemmingway Bar at The Ritz: I love popping into the Hemmingway Bar for a light lunch and classic cocktails. The décor is you guessed—it all Hemmingway inspired. Just remember it’s closed Sunday and Monday.
Le Stresa: When you have had enough French food then it’s time to pop into this classic Italian restaurant. The prosciutto is incredible and so is the pizzette, it’s just the right size.
River Limousine: I have done this three times and it never gets old. It’s like a fairy tale…you are just floating down the Seine in a classic Venetian water taxi sipping champagne. Perfection!
Fondation Azzedine Alaia: I love visiting any fashion exhibit when I am in Paris. This time I popped over to visit the house that Azzedine Alaia used as his workshop and living space for many years. It pays homage to his entire fashion career and showcases many of his classic designs.
There are so many incredible shopping streets and stores in Paris, it’s mind-boggling. My must stops are Rue Saint-Honoré, Avenue Montaigne, Rue de la Verrerie in the Marais and Le Bon Marche to get that big commercial shopping space.