The DEPARTURES Guide to Paris

Where to stay, where to eat, where to shop, and what to do in the City of Light. 

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To celebrate one of our favorite travel destinations, we've pulled together the best of what Paris has to offer the traveler—from a slew of brand-new, world-class hotels to some of the best shopping in Europe. Stay in a luxurious private suite at the stunning Shangri-La Hotel pool; shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs in the Marais; dine at one of Paris' many Michelin-starred restaurants; and take in masterpieces both new and old at the city's best museums and galleries. 


The Best Rooms in Paris
Thanks to recent renovations, the city’s top suites have never been more beautiful or more luxurious, from penthouse perches offering incredible views to Empire-style suites that have housed royalty. See the slideshow »

Is this the Chicest Suite in Paris Right Now?
Classical French meets the 21st Century with wit and opulence at the Philippe Starck–designed Le Royal Monceau. See the article »

Haute, Hot, and Happening
The city’s hotel scene has transformed in the last year with opening of new instant classics and overhauls of old favorites. See the article »

Puttin' (Back) on the Ritz
An early look at the remaking of the grandest dame of Parisian hotels, the Ritz Paris. See the article »

Best Small Hotels
Small Paris hotels that offer elegance and charm on an intimate scale See the slideshow »

Seven Boutique Paris Hotels
Seven out-of-the-ordinary places to stay prove that little can be lovely, too. See the article »

Where to Shop

The Parisians to Watch
Paris Fashion Week made us discover these three exquisite designers. See the article »

A Menswear Moment in Marais
A new wave of smart shops is putting Paris’s Third and Fourth Arrondissements back on the map for discerning gentilhommes. See the slideshow »

Top Ten Shops in Paris
Always on the hunt for the best curators and artisans, Ralph Lauren Home’s senior VP (and former Elle Décor editor) Françoise Labro reveals her must-go-to spots to furnish the perfect home. See the slideshow »

Boutique Shopping in Paris
The City of Light's best small specialty shops. See the slideshow »

Best Children's Boutiques in Paris
A paradise of typically Parisian kidswear in the Seventh Arrondissement.  See the article »

Dining & Drinking

Top Michelin Starred Paris Restaurants
A guide to Michelin's best in Paris. See the article »

The Hottest Restaurants in Paris
The Peripatetic Gourmet talks Parisian dining. See the article »

Best New Chefs in Paris
These standout new chefs are creating the best restaurants of Paris. See the article »

Three Essential Dessert Finds in Paris
Dessert has never been an afterthought in Paris. But where it has primarily served as the capstone to a standout meal or an on-the-go indulgence, it is the main attraction at these three delightful spots. See the article »

Things to Do

Jewelry Designer Yael Sonia's Guide to Paris
From the oldest Japanese restaurant in town to the chicest boutiques and beyond, the savvy designer shares her picks for the choicest spots in the City of Light. See the article »

Paris' Strangest Museum
Visiting the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, in the Marais, feels like a particularly sumptuous dream.  See the article »

The Picasso Museum Reopens in Paris
After years of renovations and a long list of setbacks, the famous institution opens its doors with a much-anticipated new look. See the article »

Best Movie Theaters in Paris
The most charming and impressive cinemas and multiplexes in Paris. See the slideshow »

The Best Pool in Paris
Take a dip in the new blue sanctuary at the Shangri-La Hotel Paris. See the article »

Paris's Hot New Neighborhood
A guide to the Ninth Arrondissment’s South Pigalle. See the article »

Frank Gehry Goes French
The architect's new, glass-and-steel masterpiece, Foundation Louis Vuitton See the article »

Image Credits: © Shangri-La Hotel Paris, Courtesy of Hobbs, Anna Quaglia / Alamy, Courtesy of La Pagode