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Monique's Guide to Paris

August 20, 2013

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Being part French and spending so much time in Paris as a child with my family, I feel as though this city is my second home. The elegance of the architecture and the chic Parisian lifestyle has always inspired me and is very much a part of my DNA. It truly is the most magical city in the world. Here are some of my favorite things about the city of lights:

Hotel  -

Plaza Athenee

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The rooms have the quintessential Parisian style and the service is superb. Just steps outside of the hotel, you are in shopping mecca. It is the ideal location! 

Restaurant –

L’Avenue

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One of my favorite lunch spots with my girlfriends. Chic interior, tasty menu and great for people watching. The restaurant is conveniently located in the heart of Avenue Montaigne, which is lined with amazing shops. Montaigne market is a trip staple.

Voltaire

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For dinner, Voltaire is a must. The intimate and romantic setting, delicious food and incredible service makes for a perfect night at this charming and chic restaurant.

Caviar Kaspia

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Another dinner favorite, Caviar Kaspia is a lively and fun restaurant that is ideal for a group dinner. Their caviar selection is legendary and their smoked salmon is another specialty. Here is a photo of me with my friends, Sally and Michel of Perrin Paris. 

Day activity –

Wandering the streets

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During the afternoon, I simply enjoy roaming the streets of Paris, soaking in the beautiful monuments and city life that surrounds me. 

Evening activity–

L’Opera

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I love to go to the Opera to watch ballet. It has such an old world Paris iconic setting.

Shopping –

Les Puces Saint-Ouen

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This flea market, located in Saint-Ouen (just a quick minute 30 minute drive from the city), has a vast array of beautiful antiques from vintage designer jewelry to clothing and furniture. I always find something special or something that inspires me when I walk through this market.

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After a long morning of browsing, I treat myself to lunch at Ma Cocotte. I recommend the poulet fermier de challans a la broche.

Children’s Store –

Bon Point

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Bon point is the most refined and exquisite children’s clothing brand in the world. Their Paris flagship, located in the 6th arrondissement, has an amazing assortment of children’s clothing – the interior design of the store is simply sublime.

xx, Monique

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