Coming to Paris for Christmas will always be a hit: Paris is and will always be the best shopping place on earth: you’ll for sure find THE kind of present you need, from a diamond ring to an Eiffel Tower goat cheese…
But a trip to Paris is in itself a great present to treat your partner, kids, mother in law or your best friend.
To make the best of this celebration stay in the city, here is our selection of things to do and eat, Joyeux Noël!
Singing we will
Good news for the Parisian and our dear guests, My Fair Lady will be playing in Théâtre du Châtelet for Christmas, the best way to get in a joyful mood! This great production will be played in English, so let’s enjoy a real musical in Paris from Dec 5th to Jan 1st.
And after the show let’s have a good French dinner in la Robe et le Palais, my favorite address around…
Party time for the kids
OK, I have to admit that Christmas time can be also a great period for the children: lucky them, they can come and play in the Grand Palais nave during “Jours de fête”, or choose to go for ice skaking in front of Paris town Hall… And of course the classic Ferris wheel will be in Place de la Concorde.
So send your partner with the kids in the Christmas jungle while you’ll be finishing your personal presents, you need to spoil yourself!
Shopping addict: here we go!
Christmas time = shops open all the time including the weekends, hurray! For a professional Christmas present hunter, you have to be ready by the end of November with your two lists: your personal long list with very clear pictures and shop addresses that you can leave in your partner’s wallet, and the short list for your partner/kids/parents/friends.
On my personal list you’ll find:
Exhibitions we will see
Between two shopping sessions let’s enjoy the last days of great exhibitions, we’ll be happy to buy the tickets in advance for our dear guests!
Don’t miss the handsome naked men in “The nude man in art from 1800” in Musée d’Orsay, for once the masculine body is the star, enjoy!
Georges Braque will be also ending beginning of January, and so is the exhibition dedicated to Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera in Musée de l’Orangerie. Don’t miss either the Salgado event in Maison Européenne de la Photographie, beautiful!
Foie gras hunting: Christmas food shopping
Far from the tourist trap Christmas markets, you have to visit a real Parisian food market to prepare your special Christmas menu: poultry, chestnut, dry fruits, oysters… You’ll find anything you wish, especially in the Richard Lenoir Market on Thurdays and Sundays, the biggest one in Paris… Don’t miss the one in Boulevard Raspail in Saint Germain for organic food (Sunday as well).
Of course you can also do your shopping in different areas, buy your foie gras in Comptoir de la gastronomie, go to Legrand wine dealer to taste and buy your champagne, go the the famous Desnoyer butcher to choose your “chapon” and run to La Pâtisserie des rêves for the special Christmas vanilla “bûche”, my favorite one so far!
But the best will be to be guided by Sue for one of her famous gourmet tour to discover the secret addresses of your area, follow the guide, no time to loose in Paris…
So we wish you all a Merry Christmas and we’ll be happy to welcome you in one of our apartments and plan for you special Christmas holidays, à bientôt!
La Robe et le Palais: 13 Rue des Lavandières Sainte-Opportune, 75001 Paris
Jour de fête in Grand Palais. From Dec 21s t to Jan 5th
Emmanuelle Zysman: 81 rue des Martyrs 75018 and 33 rue de Grenelle 75006
Centre Commercial: 2 rue de Marseille 75010
Patricia Blanchet: 20 rue Beaurepaire 75010 Paris
Tassia Canellis: Showroom 153 rue Amelot 75011 Pop market: 50 rue Bichat 75010 Paris Balibaris: 14 rue de Marseille 75010 and 21 rue Saint Sulpice 75006 Paris Dyptique: 8 rue des Francs Bourgeois 75004, 49 avenue Victor Hugo 75016 and 34 boulevard Saint Germain 75006 Merci : 111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75011 Paris “The nude man in art from 1800” in Musée d’Orsay until Jan 2nd Georges Braque in le Grand Palais until Jan 6th Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera in Musée de l’Orangerie until Jan 13th Salgado in Maison Européenne de la Photographie until Jan 5th Comptoir de la gastronomie 34 rue Montmartre 75001 Legrand wine dealer 1 rue de la banque 75002 Desnoyer butcher28 rue du docteur Blanche 75016 La Pâtisserie des rêves 93 rue du Bac 75007