If you ever had a reason to visit Paris then it would be to soak up the atmosphere at Paris Fashion Week. Even if you can’t get a ticket to a luxury fashion show, you can get into some of the after parties and shop like an A-lister down Rue Cambon. This was my first visit to Paris and it blew me away. Paris truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the food the parties and of course the shopping. If you’re planning a weekend getaway then Paris is the perfect choice as it’s only an hour and 20 minutes flight from Manchester airport.



 Top three things you need to know when visiting Paris:

Where to eat

Where to shop

Where to party




Weekends away should always involve brunch and the best brunch in town is served at Derrière. The vibe is relaxed, the interior is a mish mash of vintage and the food is delightful. If you can get a table that is attached to a double bed then you’re on to a winner. If you like your restaurants cosy and cute then Chez Julien will be ‘the one’. The food is incredible and the atmosphere is romantic, perfect if you’re going with a date. If you’re with the girls and fancy flossing it up then head to Kong, it appeared in a Sex & The City episode when Carrie met Aleksandr Petrovsky’s ex-wife. It has an amazing view of Pont Neuf and the Louis Vutton offices, the food was good but the prices weren’t.




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You should visit Le Titty Twister just for it’s name. On arrival you’re greeted by a fabulous and flamboyant doorman @iliesse_west who really sets the scene before you’ve even walked through the doors. It’s a bar/club open until 6am playing everything from R&B to House music and it’s one of the places ‘to be seen’ so I’ve heard. If you’re after somewhere a bit more upmarket then head to Les Bains, I was lucky enough to get invited to a fashion after-party there. The drinks were pricey but the music was insane and the clientele was fruity, everything you would expect at Paris fashion week. If you’re still feeling fruity after Les Bains then head to the greatest cabaret show on the planet, Le Crazy Horse. If you’re not familiar with it then remember Dita Von Tease? Well she did some shows there that got her quite a bit of press. Expect the hottest women on the planet, performing sexy dance routines pretty much naked. Celebrities that have been spotted there include Rihanna, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lana Del Ray and Scarlett Johansson.






As we all know Paris is renowned for it’s shopping. It’s the home of the original Chanel and Hermes store and cult store Colette. Admittedly I didn’t do much shopping as I’d enjoyed myself a little too much in Les Baines and Titty Twister. The shops I did get to see were Hermes, Colette and of course the original Chanel store at 31 Rue Cambon. The main streets to find fabulous stores are Rue Saint Honore (Colette, Jimmy Choo & Burberry), Rue Cambon (Chanel) and Avenue George (Hermes). There are definitely more streets and stores to mention….but like I said…..the hangover got in the way!



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