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Upon Arrival: Paris

However exciting it may be to have reached your destination, the first day of a trip can be taxing. Long flights are tiring, and hotels don’t always have rooms ready for check-in before mid-afternoon. Few travelers care to leap into their trip bleary-eyed, embarking on a full-day excursion, nor do they want to waste the day completely. In the spirit of finding a happy medium, we have outlined an ideal arrival day in Paris, depending on where you are staying.

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Hotel: Hotel Le Bristol or La Réserve

  • Late Breakfast: Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel (in the gardens, if weather permits)
  • Restore: Take a dip in Le Bristol's rooftop pool or La Réserve's subterranean one
  • Perfect Lunch: Have a bite at Le Camondo, the restaurant at the Nissim de Camondo museum, which is renowned for its collection of decorative arts.
  • Culture Moment: Walk to the nearby jewel of a museum, Musée Jacquemart André.
  • Shop Around: Hit the designer stores on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
  • Caffeinate: Stop into classic tea salon Ladurée for a sweet treat and coffee or tea
  • Lovely Stroll: Discover the impressive gardens and beautiful colonnade at nearby Parc Monceau

Hotel: Ritz Paris or Le Meurice or Hôtel de Crillon

  • Late Breakfast: Take in the grandeur of your hotel’s dining room over a quiet breakfast
  • Restore: Stretch out on a deck chair at Le Meurice's Spa Valmont or go for a swim in the Ritz or Crillon's beautiful pools
  • Perfect Lunch: Settle into Parisian life at classic restaurant Le Soufflé.
  • Culture Moment: Take in just one exhibit at the sprawling Musée du Louvre.
  • Shop Around: Pop into Rue Saint-Honoré’s many boutiques, including the Louis Vuitton flagship store, which has great contemporary art exhibitions
  • Caffeinate: Stop for a sweet and pick-me-up at the iconic Ladurée or Angelina (but beware of crowds)
  • Lovely Stroll: Lose yourself in the magical Tuileries gardens.

Hotel: Hôtel Lutetia

  • Late Breakfast: Enjoy a post-flight breakfast (not to mention excellent people watching) at the historic Café de Flore, which serves the world’s best club sandwich and a great omelette et salade.
  • Restore: Relax at the hotel's Akasha Spa, which has a serene pool and offers pampering treatments.
  • Perfect Lunch: Pop into Aux Prés, a jewel box of a restaurant from famed French chef Cyril Lignac that serves delicious international fare like crispy salmon rice and caramelized eggplant with miso.
  • Culture Moment: Step into the nearby Saint-Sulpice, one of the lovelier small churches in Paris.
  • Shop Around: Check out the ridiculously charming Rue de Seine, littered with small galleries and boutiques, and Le Bon Marché, the oldest department store in Paris and a must-visit for fashion lovers.
  • Caffeinate: Post up at buzzy old-time Saint Germain bistro, La Palette.
  • Lovely Stroll: Go for a walk en plein air at the exquisite Jardin du Luxembourg.

Hotel: Hotel Plaza Athenée

  • Late Breakfast: Order scrambled eggs in the hotel's iconic red geranium–filled garden.
  • Restore: Book a massage under twinkling ceiling lights at the hotel’s Dior Institut.
  • Perfect Lunch: Eat delicious Middle Eastern fusion at the uber-stylish Shirvan.
  • Culture Moment: Check out what’s on at Grand Palais or get inspired at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent, which is dedicated to the late fashion designer (buy tickets ahead of time).
  • Shop Around: Stop into some of the many high fashion boutiques on Avenue Montaigne. Don’t miss the home boutique at Christian Dior.
  • Caffeinate: Nothing beats high tea in the hotel's La Galerie.
  • Lovely Stroll: Take the 20-minute walk to the L’Arc de Triomphe

Hotel: Pavillon de la Reine

  • Late Breakfast: Take in the charm of Places des Vosges from a table at famous tea salon, Carette.
  • Restore: Check out Les Bains du Marais for a classic hammam experience.
  • Perfect Lunch: Head to Breizh Café for crêpes or the über-stylish Carbon for Argentinian cuisine.
  • Culture Moment: Visit the beautifully renovated Musée Picasso.
  • Shop Around: Meander down the storied boutique-filled street, Rue Vieille du Temple.
  • Caffeinate: Stop into the charming teashop and café, the Mariage Frères.
  • Lovely Stroll: Every street in the Marais is picturesque, but if you want to venture further, arrange for a private boat ride along La Seine—it’s the best way to take in the splendor of the city.
Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to Paris. Our specialists can book you at the property that is right for you, plan seamless travel transfers and arrange great activities, meals and special experiences.

Published onMarch 5, 2019

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