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Romantic Skip Through Paris à deux

February 02, 2017
The Perfect Day… For Couples

Here’s how to while away Saint-Valentin with your beloved in pretty-as-a-picture Paris, romance guaranteed...

Start with divine buttery croissants – or a raspberry mini macaron – at artisan boulanger Eric Kayser’s branch in the 7th, then wander this chic shopping area for nest-feathering and antiques (seek out Muriel Grateau’s sleek white gallery for elegant modern jewellery, tableware and bags, and Deyrolle for natural curiosities, brilliant butterflies and taxidermy creatures).

Stroll over the Seine via Pont Royal bridge and the Jardin des Tuileries to the joyous Musée des Arts Décoratifs, home to a heavenly collection of historic and modern design and decorative pieces, from furniture to wallpaper. Afterwards, pop into nearby Palais Royal to spoil your dear heart with goodies from Didier Ludot, purveyor of museum-quality haute couture vintage fashion, and perfume whizz Serge Lutens (his exclusive Palais Royal fragrance collection includes heady floral Tubéreuse criminelle and white jasmine wow Sarrasins).

Feeling peckish? Taxi back over the river for lunch on aphrodisiac bivalves at intimate oyster eatery Huîtrerie Régis. Then hail a ride to mansion museum Musée Jacquemart-André in the 8th for Italian Renaissance and C.18th French art masterpieces set amid lavish furnishings, and a rather good afternoon tea in its gorgeous grand café.

Having refreshed at The Pen, the utterly seductive Pierre Gagnaire is just round the corner with a special Valentine’s menu or for a more relaxed affair, dash to Basque boîte Chez l’Ami Jean, where chef Stefane Jago whips up succulent salmon, seasonal truffles and wow-worthy Wagyu. Valentine’s va-va-voom!

Eric Kayser / 18 rue de Bac, 7th / +33 1 42 61 27 63 / 7am-8pm Tue-Sun / maison-kayser.com

Muriel Grateau / 37 rue de Beaune, 7th / +33 1 40 20 42 82 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat / murielgrateau.com

Deyrolle / 46 rue du Bac, 7th / +33 1 42 22 30 07 / 10am-7pm Mon-Sat / deyrolle.com

Musée des Arts Décoratifs / 107 rue de Rivoli, 1st / +33 1 44 55 57 50 / 11am-6pm Tue-Sun, till 9pm Thu / lesartsdecoratifs.fr

Didier Ludot / 125 galerie Valois, 1st / +33 1 42 96 06 56 / 10.30am-7pm Mon-Sat didierludot.fr

Serge Lutens / 142 galerie Valois, 1st / +33 1 49 27 09 09 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat / sergelutens.com

Huîtrérie Regis / 3 rue de Montfaucon, 6th / +33 1 44 41 10 07 / lunch & dinner daily / huitrerieregis.com

Musée Jacquemart-André / 158 blvd Haussmann, 8th / +33 1 45 62 11 59 / 10am-6pm Tue-Sun, till 8.30pm Mon / musee-jacquemart-andre.com

Pierre Gagnaire / 6 rue Balzac, 8th / +33 1 58 36 12 50 / lunch & dinner Mon-Fri / pierre-gagnaire.com

Chez l’Ami Jean / 27 rue Malar, 7th / +33 1 47 05 86 89 / lunch & dinner Tue-Sat / lamijean.fr

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