Marie Claire's favourite Paris hotspots
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With a lively bar, lifts lined in hot pink fur and multicoloured mood lighting over the bed, Murano Urban Resort (00 33 1 42 71 20 00) is a world away from traditional Paris hotels, and the shops of the Marais and the nightlife around rue Oberkampf are only a short walk away.
Hospes Lancaster (00 33 1 4076 4076), an elegant hotel on rue de Berri that has 60 romantic rooms set around a peaceful garden. Marlene Dietrich once had an apartment here, and the mood is one of privacy and luxury. There’s a small Michelin-star restaurant, La Table du Lancaster, and the hotel is just a short walk to the fashion-filled shops of the Champs-Elysées and rue du Faubourg-St-Honoré.
The Crillon (00 33 1 44 71 1500), a magnificent palace hotel in Place de la Concorde, dating from 1758. Within easy striking distance of the city’s best shops and sights, its cosseting bedrooms and Louis XV-style suites feel intimate and welcoming. While you’re there, make sure you make time for a coupe de champagne in the Sonia Rykiel-decorated bar. Les Ambassadeurs, the Crillon’s flagship restaurant, is also worth a visit, occuping a splendid 18th-century ballroom filled with mirrors and gold, where head chef Jean-François Piège creates dishes that are both theatrical and sublime. It’s also a great venue for a lavish and leisurely breakfast.
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Go shopping. Luxury food store Fauchon recently had a revamp, while Le 66 (le66.fr) is a massive new fashion and lifestyle store on the Champs-Elysées. Shine (15 rue de Poitou) is another of our favourites. Located in an old pharmacy in the Marais, it stocks a divine selection of clothes from designer labels such as Givenchy, Marc by Marc Jacobs and See by Chloé.
Sit in a cafe reading and dreaming. Paris Tales (£9.99, OUP) is a collection of short stories by writers such as Balzac and Zola, inspired by locations around the city.
Faire un pique-nique. Stock up at the gorgeous market in rue Mouffetard, then pick yourself a spot in the a href=”http://www.mnhn.fr” target=”_blank”>Jardin des Plantes.
Kiss on a bridge. One of the city’s most famous, the Pont Neuf, has just had a spring clean.
Hit the streets. Walk the full length of the 12th arrondissement (promenade-plantee.org), pick up a free bicycle (en.velib.paris.fr), get rollerblading (pari-roller.com) or take a guided tour by Citroën 2CV (4roues-sous-1parapluie.com).
Party like a femme fatale. For art nouveau splendour, dine at Julien. For more options, get a copy of Paris Eating & Drinking (£12.99, Time Out).
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Visit parisinfo.com for ideals on days out and up-to-date theatre and museum listings.
For some great addresses, Paris Chic & Trendy (£7.99, Little Bookroom) is a new pocket-sized guide that features 54 of the city’s most stylish boutiques, designers’ studios and vintage stores.