Ritz Paris

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day in France — which we’d ideally all celebrate in Paris! If you’re lucky enough to have had a mother-daughter holiday in the City of Light, you’ll appreciate that it’s not just a city for women, but women of all ages and life stages. For any of you planning a trip to Paris with your mum or mini-me, consider the following itinerary ideas …

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Fashion & Food

le printemps du gout paris

Spend a morning working up an appetite by shopping your way around the luxurious, fashion-laden floors of Printemps (the beauty section is particularly divine), then head up to Printemps du Goût, the food hall lavished over the top floors of the men’s building. On level seven, drool over the beautifully displayed artisanal French produce, then on the next level, La Place du Marché, sit yourself down for lunch, which is served with a sublime view overlooking Printemps’ fantastical gilt-trimmed domes and beyond.

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

salon proust hotel ritz

Afternoon tea might seem a rather English thing to do, but pâtissiers at Parisian hotels have taken the ritual to an exquisite new level. This is especially so at Salon Proust in the Ritz, where it’s a French take on the tradition — think lemon-glazed madeleines, along with a selection of other delicacies inspired by favourite French childhood treats. The atmosphere, too, is second to none: revel in the cosy, carpeted nook that’s lined with wooden bookshelves, fragranced with voluptuous roses, and softly lit with warm, glowing lamps.

Ballet at the Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier ballet

The gorgeousness of the old opera house must be seen to be believed: it’s an opulence of marble, mosaic and sparkle. If a ballet is on while you’re in town, book yourself a couple of ruby-velvet tufted seats, and get there early enough to snuggle in and admire the whimsical Marc Chagall painting and opulent, overblown chandelier overhead. Alternatively, book yourself a guided visit of the Palais; the English tours occur at 10.30am and 2.30pm every day. Click here for information.

‘If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.’ So proclaimed the author, whose years in Paris during the 1920s, those années folles, influenced his life-long appetite for the good […]

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The macaron might have had most of the sweet spotlight these past few years, but that other classic French treat, the madeleine, should not be underestimated for its powers of satisfaction. The madeleine is a little sponge in the shape of a scallop shell. Writer Marcel Proust transformed it into a cultural icon when he […]

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