Le Progrès is great for a café lunch with all the cool kids in the Marais. If you want to splurge, the central courtyard at the Hôtel Le Bristol is the meeting spot of Paris' couture-clad. For a low-key, well-priced dinner, try Chez Ginette, in Montmarte, or La Fontaine de Mars for a fabulous Parisian-bistro vibe, complete with red and white check tablecloths. For the Paris of yesteryear, try Bar de l'Entracte, a hole-in-the-wall behind the Palais Royal.
Parisian fashion faves:
Vanessa Bruno, A.P.C. and Isabel Marant for Parisian chic in divine fabrics. Petit Bateau for all your cotton essentials. Journal Standard de Luxe is a new favourite for 'relaxed luxury' - a Parisian specialty. Stop for bijoux at sublime jewellers Vanrycke, Marie-Helene de Taillac and Adelline. And, of course, when in Paris, Hermes, Chloé and Lanvin. For fabulous one-stop shopping, head to department store du jour Le Bon Marche.
Did someone say homewares?:
Merci is a must-visit for an amazing, original range of homewares, fashion, accessories and more - everything from furniture to crayons! Caravane for beautifully designed, urban exotic furniture and homewares. Mamie Gateaux for divine Parisian vintage wares, circa 1950.
It's hard to beat perfectly Parisian Ladurée for macaron and Angelina for financier cake. The city's best citron tart can be found at Pain de Sucre in the Marais. Stock-up on artisan tea, to sip with your divine desserts, at Kusmi Tea.
Must-do tourist activities:
Visit the Eiffel Tower when it's lit-up at night. Do the art thing and visit the Musée d'Orsay - it's superb.
Take a stroll through the Jardin des Plantes, making sure you stop for fresh mint tea at the incredible Mosquée de Paris.
rue Montorgeuil is another great spot for shopping, a world away from the tourist fare. While you're here, take a turn down rue de Petit Carreaux and marvel at the veritable smorgasbord of boulangeries, fromageries and other French food purveyors. Les Archive de la Presse, also in the Marais, is another great find, for vintage books, magazines and posters. A stroll down Canal Saint Martin will uncover many-a fabulous boutique also - make sure to stop for café au lait at Sésame, a real gem.