Arrive into Paris and transfer to your hotel for a light breakfast and post-flight massages. Freshen up and then take a cab to Saint Germain. Stroll through the impossibly romantic Jardin du Luxembourg before shopping Rue de Seine, one of the more charming streets in Paris. Stop into its many small galleries and boutiques — Isabel Marant for clothing and Cire Trudon for candles. Turn onto Quai Malaquais and stop into the exquisite Dries Van Noten boutiques and then browse the numerous bouquinistes (used and antique booksellers) along the Seine.
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Visit the Musée Rodin. The 18th century villa is filled with many of the sculptor’s stunning stone works and the manicured gardens blooming with roses are ideal for a stroll in the fresh air. Fans of Impressionism meanwhile should head to the Musee d’Orsay, the phenomenal museum housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station where you will find masterpieces by Manet, Monet and Degas. Finally, board a chic Riva boat for a private sunset cruise (replete with Champagne) along the Seine. There’s no better way to take in the magic of the city on your first day in Paris.
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Morning Sleep off the jet lag and ease into the day. Spend the late morning in the Marais. Stroll the historic neighborhood’s medieval streets, stopping into its small galleries and boutiques. Relax over a hamman and sauna at Les Bains du Marais (opened on weekend days to both men and women). Visit the recently re-opened Musée Picasso. Housed in a 17th century mansion, this small museum plays host to a vast collection of the artist’s work and is a must-stop on any trip to Paris.
Make your way over to the quiet yet hip neighborhood of Canal St. Martin. Explore its many charming boutiques and galleries. Stop by Bob’s Juices, where all Parisians are currently flocking for cold-pressed juices and smoothies, Ten Belles for the best coffee in town or Le Cantine de Quentin for a bottle of wine, before making your way to the Napoleon-era tree-lined canal, one of the most romantic spots to pass an afternoon.
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Morning Have a decadent breakfast at one of the palace hotels — either Plaza Athenée, or Hotel Le Bristol. On a beautiful day, nothing is quite as romantic as either of their courtyard gardens. Spend the morning shopping sunny Avenue Montaigne and then visit the lovely Musée Jacquemart André, a gem of a museum where you will find paintings by a range of old masters.
Rent vélibs and peddle your way to Montmartre and visit Espace Dali, an intimate museum that houses a permanent of collection of over 300 of Salvador Dali’s works. Meander through the small, historic streets of the neighborhood and stop into one of its romantic little cafés for a coffee or glass of wine. Check out what’s playing at Studio 28, one of the most charming cinemas in Paris before ending the day with a visit to iconic Sacré Coeur where you can take in the best views of Paris.
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