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Enjoy unique experiences in Paris during your stay

Known for its endless boutiques, charming bistros and iconic cultural venues, Paris never ceases to seduce tourists from all over the world. From the Kitsuné coffee shop to the Perrotin gallery, via the Bristol bakery, Highstay reveals the best addresses to discover for unique experiences in Paris.

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    • Read a beautiful book at the Assouline bookshop
    • Stop by the Kitsuné coffee shop
    • Visit the Theoreme Editions gallery
    • Awaken your taste buds at Ōrtensia
    • Be fashionable with The Broken Arm
    • See beautiful art at Galerie Perrotin
    • A gourmet break at the Bristol bakery
    • Get pampered at Maison Guerlain

    Read a beautiful book at the Assouline bookshop

    In the 6th arrondissement of Paris, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, stands the Assouline bookshop.

    Capri Dolce Vita, Chanel The Impossible Collection, Travel by design... The finest works in fashion, art and gastronomy can be discovered in this designed showcase. Imbued with red, the walls directly announce the brand's universe. On either side, decorative sheep face two imposing oak tables displaying Assouline's most emblematic collections. As an added bonus, books can be leafed through in a dedicated reading area. The ideal place for literature lovers.

    > Assouline. 35 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris. Open Monday to Saturday, 10:30am to 7:30 pm and Sunday, 1 pm to 7 pm.

    Stop by the Kitsuné coffee shop

    Just eleven minutes by cab from the Assouline bookshop, this coffee shop is the ideal address for a unique experience in Paris. Nestled in the former Jules Tournier fabric store, opposite the Palais-Royal gardens, one of the capital's most legendary cafés has decided to set up shop. Inside Kitsuné coffee shop, the green marble bar combines with the work of painter Jean-Philippe Delhomme on one of the walls. When the weather's fine, the café's large terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the delicious drinks on the menu, including matcha, latte and macchiato. A coffee shop that offers a unique experience in Paris, in the gardens of the Palais-Royal.

    > Kitsuné Palais Royal coffee shop. 51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris. Open Monday to Sunday, 9.30 am to 7 pm.

    Visit the Theoreme Editions gallery

    A few steps away is the Theoreme Editions gallery. Founded by David Giroire and Jérôme Bazzocchi, the publishing house has taken over the premises of the former Joyce gallery to present pieces designed by the young guard of French and international design. Over an area of 75 m2, the SISTEMA series of modular sofas by Pool Studio, the UDO UDO table by the Hall Haus collective and the aluminum console by Victoria Wilmotte reveal the full extent of the craftsmen's know-how. A beautiful escape facing the gardens of the Palais Royal, promising a unique experience in Paris.

    > Theoreme Editions. 168, Galerie Valois, jardin du Palais-Royal, 75001 Paris.

    Awaken your taste buds at Ōrtensia

    Lunchtime is approaching. It's time for your driver to take you to the gourmet restaurant Ōrtensia, located not far from the Eiffel Tower. Japanese chef Terumitsu Saito is now at the helm of this luxurious restaurant. Having worked in the kitchens of top French and international gourmet chefs such as Guy Martin and Thierry Marx, the young culinary creator delights his guests' taste buds with a cuisine of sophisticated simplicity, imbued with multiple inspirations gleaned from his career. Wagyu beef with white asparagus and fish tataki with green radish are just two examples of Terumitsu Saito's subtle savoir-faire.

    > Ōrtensia. 4 Rue Beethoven, 75016 Paris. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 12:30 am to 1 pm for lunch and Tuesday to Saturday from 19:30 pm to 20:30 pm for dinner.

    Be fashionable with The Broken Arm

    After a delicious meal, how about a visit to one of the capital's most cutting-edge fashion boutiques? Just down the street from the Carreau du Temple, The Broken Arm concept store offers a unique Parisian experience. Marine Serre, Jacquemus, Coperni, Raf Simons... the most fashionable luxury brands can be found here. With a mix of young and famous designers, the boutique offers a wide selection of top-of-the-range products for all fashion lovers.

    > The Broken Arm. 12 rue Perrée, 75003 Paris. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm.

    See beautiful art at Galerie Perrotin

    Just past 4pm... Time for a delicious mint tea at the Moroccan delicatessen in the Marché des Enfants Rouges. And why not head over to Galerie Perrotin? It's just a 10-minute walk away. Housed in an 18th-century mansion, this cultural venue opened its doors in 2005. Takashi Murakami, Xavier Veilhan, Daniel Arsham... With some fifty international artists on its books, the Parisian gallery is one of the pillars of the contemporary art scene. Every year, the walls of the gallery welcome a host of new works, much to the delight of visitors. A unique experience in Paris.

    > La galerie Perrotin. 76 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

    A gourmet break at the Bristol bakery

    Fancy a delicious viennoiserie? A stop at the Bristol bakery is a must. Located in the heart of Paris' 8th arrondissement, the Parisian palace is easily accessible by cab from the Galerie Perrotin. Through the window, the capital's emblematic monuments, including the Palais Garnier, the Concorde and the Palais de l'Elysée, will flash before your eyes.

    In the basement of the Bristol, chef Eric Frechon and his brigade prepare traditional sweets. Using a Sidobre stone mill installed directly on site, ancient wheat flours are ground daily to ensure that the breads retain all their flavor. From croissants to butter and flaky brioche, every marvel prepared by the artisan bakers is available directly from the Épicerie des Ateliers du Bristol. The perfect address for a unique experience in Paris.

    > L'Épicerie des Ateliers du Bristol. 114 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm.

    Get pampered at Maison Guerlain

    And now we're off to the Maison Guerlain on the Champs Elysées! None other than American architect Peter Marino was responsible for decorating the premises. Spread over three floors, Guerlain's luxurious perfumes, make-up and skincare products will give you a unique experience in Paris. A veritable temple of beauty, this jewel is also a showroom where the famous Belgian photographer Charlotte Abramow has already exhibited her marvelous photographs.

    > La Maison Guerlain. 68 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday, 11.30 am to 7 pm.

    Now that you know all the capital's best addresses, you'll have no excuse to miss out on a unique Parisian experience when you visit.

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