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Bright Lights, Big City: M.J. Bale’s Paris Hit List

August 14, 2019

By M.J. Bale Staff

“Nothing is more sublime than Paris”, wrote Victor Hugo, adding that those "who contemplate the depths of Paris are seized with vertigo". Paris is dizzying, we agree. One could spend a lifetime there and still not see everything the City of Lights has to offer. But if you, like us on our Spring 18 campaign shoot, only have 48 hours in Paris, here’s a quick hit list.

1. HOTEL RITZ: When Hemingway entered Paris with troops in 1945 he made a beeline to the Ritz, liberating the cellar of its champagne. We suggest you do the same.

Hotel Ritz Paris

2. LA MARY CELESTE: Looking for a funkier vibe than the classical Ritz to enjoy cocktails and oysters? Hit La Mary Celeste in the Marais.

La Mary Celeste

3. LE BALLROOM DU BEEF CLUB: Restaurant and subterranean speakeasy-style bar downstairs that segues into a nightclub of sorts. Perfect for when you want to party into the oui hours.

Le Ballroom Du Beef Club

4. L’ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON: High-octane action & classy, high-end dining in Saint-Germain’s Hôtel du Pont Royal.

L’ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON

5. VERJUS: American-born chef Braden Perkins makes arguably the city’s best frites here in this cosy restaurant located next to the Palais-Royal.

Verjus

6. JACQUES GENIN: Jacques Genin is considered Paris’ best chocolatier, the French version of Willy Wonka. Grab your partner and head to his sweet workshop in the 3rd.

Jaques Genin

7. LOUVRE: Dodge the hordes of tourists and take in one of the world’s best art collections. Stroll the Jardin des Tuileries afterwards feeling chockas full of culture.

Louvre

8. SENNELIER: Inconspicuous-looking artist’s store along river Seine on Quai Voltaire selling elegant handmade paper made from pulped cotton.

Sennelier

9. PLACE DE VOSGES: Sit with your amour and people watch in this green Marais square, the oldest in Paris and former home to author Victor Hugo.

Place De Vosges

10. LE CARMEN: Located in a plush mansion in edgy Pigalle, Le Carmen is a series of cool, velvety salons playing some of the best new music in Paris.

Le Carmen