Not everyone has endless empty days in which to escape. For those of you with a hectic schedule, we've got just the ticket. Allow Louis Sheridan to guide you through all Paris has to offer in just one day. 


To kick things off, let's assume that, like me, you're hot off the Eurostar at an inhumane hour with the appetite of a predator and a thirst for good coffee - it's time to explore the City of Lights.

9:30AM: Buvette

Yes, I know, not quite as early as I would like to have you think but I fear any earlier and my eyes would still be sealed shut. Thirst things first, it's time for coffee and an all-important pastry fix.  Now you're spoilt for choice but my absolute favourite has to be Buvette. Tucked away in infamous Pigalle, this NY export is oh-so-welcoming and feels timeless. Sink in to a window seat and watch the world go by, letting the coffee sharpen your senses.

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11:00am: Colette

It's been said a billion times but it's never been truer; Paris is the home of fashion. Chances are that you'll soon feel underdressed, overdressed or plain hungry for a new wardrobe. Help is at hand and it comes in the form of Colette. Inside this futuristic shopping space you'll find a carefully curated selection of your favourite designers, from outlandish streetwear to devastatingly chic offerings. I suggest treading the line between the two and channelling Marant to feel like a true Parisian. A special mention has to go to the vast beauty and grooming section found upstairs-downstairs and the plethora of no-idea-what-it-is-but-I-must-have-it pieces strewn about the place.

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11:45am: Buly 1803

Nestled among a selection of the finest art and interior design shops the city has to offer sits the surprisingly new Buly. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this charming little apothecary had been here forever, in part due to the name, but also thanks to the interior which whispers of great history. Not a candle aficionado? Use this an opportunity to buy a knock-out gift. Choose your desired scent or create your own from the line-up of essential oils and clays on offer before picking out the heavy marble case to hold it. Now that's bespoke gifting at its finest but though truth be told you'll probably end up keeping it. 

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12:15pm: Odette

Treating yourself is exhausting and sustenance is required pretty frequently. Head to Odette and pick out a selection of what must be the most incredibly flavoured cream puffs known to man. The salted caramel ones are really quite something.


12:45pm: Le Labo

Another must visit while in Paris, if only to purchase the fragrance inspired by and exclusive to the city - Vanille 44. Musky, mysterious and a little bit sweet, it's memorable for all the right reasons.


1:30pm: Grazie

An achingly cool pizza joint on the edge of Marais. The pared-back decor is enlivened by exposed pipes, peeling walls and their very own peacock.. And quite possibly the best stocked bar this side of anywhere. Grab a seat up front, place your food order and seeing as it's now the afternoon, order a cocktail or three. The guys here shake a mean Old Fashioned but I can say in confidence that whatever you order, it will be great. 


3:00pm: Merci

I challenge you to peruse the shelves at Merci and leave with nothing. It's quite frankly impossible. The store practically defines must-have whether you're a tech-geek, fashion addict or neither. All bases are covered - there's even a used book cafe where you can hole up with a coffee and try to justify buying everything you fancy. I'm sure you'll manage. 

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4:00pm: Le Bristol Paris

It's check in time. Prepare for a decidedly warm welcome in jaw-droppingly decadent surroundings. You will of course have opted for a garden-facing room (or the Honeymoon suite, complete with seven balconies if you're feeling flush) so as to admire the inch-perfect topiary and pastel-hued flowerbeds. Be sure to make the most of the La Prairie spa and explore every corridor, hall and staircase, keeping an eye out for the cats who call Le Bristol home. Whiling away a few hours at the hotel, it would be easy to forget you were right in the thick of things, but don't, because it's time to see more...


8:00pm: The Beef Club

It’s all in the name. This late night haunt - which specialises in the finest cuts of Yorkshire-bred beef - sits atop a DJ-manned ballroom inhabited by impeccably dressed revellers looking for a good time. Whether you choose to eat first and drink later, or vice versa is your call, but a heads up from me, make sure you do both. Don't leave without trying the profiterole - it's enormous and near life-changing.


10:00pm: Candelaria

This is a personal favourite, soon to be yours too.  Upon arrival you'll find an unassuming taco shop filled with happy, feasting locals. What you're here for is hidden towards the back, behind a white door. Edge a little closer and you should be able to hear the muffled sound of disco and hip-hop classics. Descend the stairs and the music becomes louder, the lights darken and you'll find yourself on the dancefloor next to what looks like a hastily assembled cocktail bar. Mingle, indulge in something rum-heavy and try not to get too excited when Outkast comes on. On your way out, grab a taco for the road; you'll be glad you did.


12:30:am Silencio

Book a table to ensure you get in to this famously choosy members club. As a result you’ll be rewarded with an impressive drinks list, a solid soundtrack and what must be the hottest crowd for miles. Good vibes all round. Just make sure you can remember the name of your hotel when it comes to home time.


9:30am Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol is something not to be missed and the best way to alleviate the symptoms of yesterday's indulgence. It'll prepare you for your onward journey so order something hearty and savour it. If you miss your departure, be thankful and repeat the previous day - et voila!


Words by Louis A. W. Sheridan

All images via the Discover & Escape Instagram


 

What to pack


Aspinal of London Refillable Journal

Aspinal of London Refillable Journal

Montblanc Princesse Grace de Monaco Rollerbal

Montblanc Princesse Grace de Monaco Rollerbal

How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are hardback

How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are hardback

Diptyque The Art of Face Care Travel Collection

Diptyque The Art of Face Care Travel Collection

Banjo & Matilda Silk & Cashmere-Blend Eye Mask

Banjo & Matilda Silk & Cashmere-Blend Eye Mask

Leica C, Light Gold Camera

Leica C, Light Gold Camera


What to wear


Larose Grey Zip Fedora

Larose Grey Zip Fedora

Isabel Marant Hooded Poncho

Isabel Marant Hooded Poncho

Gucci Suede Ankle Boots

Gucci Suede Ankle Boots

Jeep Outfitter Light 4-Pocket Jacket

Jeep Outfitter Light 4-Pocket Jacket

Thom Browne Trousers

Thom Browne Trousers

Marcelo Burlon Sneakers

Marcelo Burlon Sneakers


What to buy


Le Labo Vanille 44 Fragrance

Le Labo Vanille 44 Fragrance

QLOCKTWO wall clock

QLOCKTWO wall clock

Buly 1803 Campagne D'Italie Candle

Buly 1803 Campagne D'Italie Candle

Merci Brooklyn Tins Wallpaper

Merci Brooklyn Tins Wallpaper

Elvis photograph by Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis photograph by Alfred Wertheimer

Merci Message Bracelet

Merci Message Bracelet

 

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