Mini-series: Rute Vendeirinho takes you to her favourite girly destinations for a weekend, including insider tips and where to go for a girly weekend photo session! Next stop Paris.
Are you desperate for that perfect weekend away with your girlfriends? If so, prepare yourself, forget about the household, the mummy duties… and embrace some girly pampering for a few days. A hassle-free program is just what I promise you! And, please, give yourself a special treat and forget about the budget. Indulge yourself with everything you deserve!
A train to take
Taking the TGV from Luxembourg to Paris is probably the best way to get there, and enjoy an about 2h good chat with the girls. However, if you don’t buy your ticket well in advance, it might become quite expensive, so you might want to consider getting there by car.
A lovely place to stay
Secret de Paris is glamorous, unique and very central. The hotel’s design theme is a tribute to Paris monuments, so each room is a genuine Parisian treasure waiting for you. It is located just a few steps away from Montmartre, Opéra Garnier, and the department stores of the 9th arrondissement. The average price per night, per person is €135 in a double room.
Insider tip: The hotel is very high-tech and details include various gadgets (eg an “atmosphere creator”). Plus, the hotel offers a SPA that is open 24/7.
Address: 2, rue de Parme, Paris (9th arrondissement)
Le Marianne is the crème de la crème of Paris sophistication. Near Champs-Elysées, this hotel is close to all of Paris’ beautiful architectural masterpieces, the boutiques of infamous Parisian style, and many Michelin-starred French restaurants. The perfect location to explore all that is haute culture. The average price per night per person is €100 in a double room.
Insider tip: The bountiful breakfast is served under a bright glass roof next to a tree-lined patio. As such, the room has the natural feel of being outside yet having a warm, room temperature.
Address: 11 rue Paul Baudry, Paris (8th arrondissement)
It’s pamper time!
Some shopping therapy might be just what you and the girls are looking for and Le Marais is one very cool spot. Just to mention some favourites: Manoush‘ clothes collection is a mix of feminine French with a gipsy touch (75 Rue Vieille du Temple); Tabio has some of the finest and cutest stockings, leggings and socks (15 Rue Vieille du Temple); Joy is all things girly, light, beautiful and fun (38 Rue Roi de Sicile).
The amazing chocolate creations of Patrick Rodgers are a must see, and a must try! The employees will gently walk you through the different shapes and flavour combinations. Pricey, true – but it’s totally worth it.
Insider tip: There is also a boutique in Sceaux Centre, which is the original one, and it’s fun to look at the window display, as there is always one of Patrick’s original creations on display.
Address: 108 boulevard St Germain, Paris (6th arrodissement). Nearest tube station: Odéon, Saint-Michel
A visit to a make-up bar is an original idea to start any girly evening. Makeup Me is located in the centre of Marais and it offers the right selection of make-up services. Just don’t forget to book it in advance.
Insider tip: Ask for the complimentary hot drink (or two).
Weekend opening times: Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 9pm.
Address: 12, rue de Montmorency, Paris (tel. 0983384072)
The Perfect Pic
There’s no better way to get the best girly weekend shot in Paris than while fancy shopping!
In between the Champs Elyseés and the Seine river banks, the famous Avenue Montaigne is the fanciest shopping avenue of Paris, famous for the Dior flagship store, Valentino, Chanel, Bulgari… just to mention a few. Even if those shops are too much for your budget, I’m sure some “window shopping” won’t hurt anyone!
Insider tip: Don’t miss the plaques on the sidewalk honouring long gone Parisian designers.
Address: Avenue Montaigne can be found behind the Champs Elysées (towards the Seine) between the Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alma/Monceau metro stations.
Food and wine, please!
La Loire dans la Théière (“The mouse in the teapot”) is a cute, eclectic and bohemian place, where you can taste some french country food.
Insider tip: If available, make sure you try the lemon tart topped with meringue. Be there early as it gets very crowded.
Address: 3, rue des Rosiers (Le Marais)
For a more exquisite choice, you might want to book a table at Apicius. In the heart of Paris’ 8th arrondissement, just a stones’ throw from the Champs Elysées, you will find all the elegance you’ll need for a Parisian dinner.
Insider tip: Book your table by e-mail (email@example.com). All you need to include is date, time, number of people and your contact details (name, mobile phone and e-mail).
Address: 20 rue d’Artois (8th arrondissement)
The perfect place to go out on a Saturday night is World Place. Having 3 celebrity owners (Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and Sean Penn) certainly helps to maintain the buzz of this club, but the fantastic atmosphere with modern design and purple lighting is also a plus.
Insider tip: Weekends are the busiest, so make sure you arrive there before midnight (preferably by 11pm) if you want to avoid the line-up. The dress code is casual but stylish.
Address: 32-34, rue Marbeuf (Champs Elysées)
You know…because you’re worth it…
By Rute Vendeirinho, March 2015