From stylish boutiques to decadent restaurants – how to do Paris like a local in winter

PARIS is one of the most popular destinations for a city break, but the French capital is not just about its most famous tourist attractions.

Here, beauty editor Tara Ledden shows you how to see the City of Light like a local, with boutique galleries, glamorous cocktails and one-of-a-kind boutiques.

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Paris is one of the most popular destinations for a city break, but the French capital is not limited to its most famous tourist attractions.

DISCOVER THE BEST SHOPS

Shopping in style? Check.

Historic neighborhoods to explore? Check. Amazing food to devour? Check.

The Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann department store is an attraction in itself and a must if you are in town for shopping

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The Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann department store is an attraction in itself and a must if you are in town for shopping

In addition, the French capital is the birthplace of the perfume brand Diptyque. Her original boutique in the Saint-Germain district is therefore an excellent starting point for beauty fans.

The Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store is an attraction in itself and a must if you are in town for shopping.

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And while you’re there, head up to the eighth floor for sweeping city views.

On the other side of town, in the Bastille district, the Ailleurs boutique is full of unique household items (Elsewhere-paris.com) and further east, Le Tampograph is home to a tongue-in-cheek artisan who crafts rubber stamps of insults, poems and quotes that make them quirky memories (Tampograph.com).

EAT ALL!

In winter, head to Angelina for her famous hot chocolate, £7.30, but expect to queue or take it from her pastel pink trolley outside (angelina-paris.fr).

For more decadence, pick up a box of Ladurée macarons around the corner, for the ultimate Parisian indulgence (Ladurée.fr).

A box of Ladurée macaroons is the quintessential Parisian delicacy

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A box of Ladurée macaroons is the quintessential Parisian delicacy

Café culture is at the heart of the city’s social scene, so take a seat outside the OG, Les Deux Magots at happy hour for some top-notch people-watching (Lesdeuxmagots.fr).

For a savory bite, you’ll find the best croque monsieur at Lastre Sans Apostrophe, a takeaway near the Eiffel Tower, or head to Ober Mamma, an Italian that’s in the same group as the much-loved Gloria and Ave Mario. from London.

The truffle pasta, £16.50, is divine (Bigmammagroup.com).

SEE IN STYLE

The weather is as unpredictable in Paris as it is in the UK, so escape the rain with a movie at Max Linder, a stylish cinema showing international films with French subtitles, £10 per adult (Maxlinder.com).

Stay until Sunday evening for a free afternoon organ concert at Saint-Eustache Church.

The Louvre Museum is a must in Paris for art lovers

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The Louvre Museum is a must in Paris for art lovers

It is almost halfway between the Center Pompidou and the Louvre Museum, so you can visit them all in the same day.

For something unusual, learn how a wealthy family of art collectors lived in the 19th century at their house-museum, the Musée Nissim de Camondo (Madparis.fr), or go to the Musée de l’Orangerie to see Monet’s Water Lilies (Musee-orangerie.fr).

If art isn’t your thing, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris (Museeyslparis.com) and The Dior Gallery (Gallerydior.com) pay homage to the history of their fashion houses, with historic garments and workspaces on display.

DO LIKE MARY

Located in the 2nd arrondissement, the Hotel des Grands Boulevards is just a 20-minute walk from Gare du Nord.

The building itself predates the French Revolution and has four-poster beds and rich velvet interiors in soft colors.

Hotel des Grands Boulevards offers four-poster beds and rich velvet interiors in soft colors

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Hotel des Grands Boulevards offers four-poster beds and rich velvet interiors in soft colors

It’s also home to a courtyard restaurant and two stylish bars, one of which was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s love of seashells and mosaics.

Sip on an exquisite cocktail, like the mezcal-based Yellowstone, £12.

There’s even a vegetable garden, so while you can’t get much more central, it’s a peaceful enclave.

Breakfast in bed arrives on a silver platter, and the same continental spread is available downstairs.

Rooms cost from £203.60 (Grandsboulevardshotel.com).

In the 3rd arrondissement, the Hotel de Roubaix offers eclectic artwork and plenty of board games, with rooms from £140 a night (Hdroubaix.fr).

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

The city has five Statues of Liberty.

Return flights from the UK to Paris start from £61.

Plan your trip to Fr.parisinfo.com.

In 2024, Paris will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. You can pre-book Olympic packages with On Location for the ultimate hospitality experience (Onlocationexp.com/olympics).