Winter in the City of Light
Travel guide 1 January 2024
With postcard views, twinkling lights and cobblestoned streets, come the winter season, there’s nothing quite like the sparkle and allure of an evening in Paris. We joined model Elise Hoogerdijk for the best bits…
To see

Bridges, churches, fountains and monuments sparkle, illuminating each of the avenues of the French capital. After dark, head straight to the Eiffel Tower, where more than 20,000 twinkling lights line the famous landmark. Or for a truly memorable night, take a romantic cruise along the Seine and marvel at sights such as the Pont Alexandre III – considered one of the city’s most beautiful bridges.

Shimmer, shine, sparkle

Recommended Price

425 €

La Vallée Village price

255 €

Claudie Pierlot

Smooth leather boots with heels
TOP TIP

Stop at rue Saint-Domonique and watch the Eiffel Tower’s stunning light display illuminate the night sky. This elegant pair of boots make the perfect companion for exploring.

Stop at rue Saint-Domonique and watch the Eiffel Tower’s stunning light display illuminate the night sky. This elegant pair of boots make the perfect companion for exploring.

ELISE HOOGERDIJK

MODEL & CONTENT CREATOR

Recommended Price

1.290 €

La Vallée Village price

860 €

Yves Salomon

Women's down jacket with fur collar
DON'T MISS

Travel just 40 minutes from the city and celebrate the start of a new year at La Vallée Village. This winter, the open-air shopping destination is filled with new arrivals, cosy homeware must-haves and luxurious beauty treats to ease you into 2024.

To do

When the sun goes down, watch the city come alive. Choose from a host of activities, all set in the heart of the city, so you’re never far from a cosy bar to dive into. From visiting the Louvre by night or a caberate at the Moulin Rouge to a spectacular concert at Sainte Chapelle or Palais Garnier, there’s no escaping the magic here.

A spot of culture at the Louvre
Get the look

Recommended Price

265 €

La Vallée Village price

178 €

Sandro

Floral jumper

Recommended Price

195 €

La Vallée Village price

131 €

Sandro

Women's flared lower leg trouser

Recommended Price

165 €

La Vallée Village price

99 €

Claudie Pierlot

Wool scarf

Recommended Price

229 €

La Vallée Village price

149 €

KARL LAGERFELD

Kapri signature lo lace sneaker

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To stay

While in Paris, make The Hoxton hotel your home. This grand eighteenth-century residence with period details is well placed for exploring, with the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries and the banks of the Seine just 20 minutes’ walk away. For a nightcap, @EliseHoogerdijk, friend of The Bicester Collection, recommends climbing the infinitely Instagramable staircase to Jacques' Bar before retiring to your suite. The cocktails are arguably the best in the city.

Your Parisian home from home

Recommended Price

335 €

La Vallée Village price

217 €

Maje

Black pleated lace dress
STYLE TIP

Keep things effortlessly elegant for cocktail hour in this simple dress from Maje – très chic.

Eric Bompard scotland blue Seamfree turtleneck pullover with Guernsey details

Recommended Price

415 €

La Vallée Village price

278 €

Eric Bompard

Seamfree turtleneck pullover with Guernsey details
TOP TIP

Still at La Vallée Village? Head to Ladurée. Revered around the globe for its sensational sweet treats, it would be amiss not to try one of its dainty macarons – bon appetit!

To brunch

Paris is home to more than 1,000 boulangeries and patisseries. Do as the Parisians do and kick start your day in the capital with a deliciously flaky pastry.

Self-proclaimed creative boulangerie BO & MIE, located a few steps from the Louvre, offers its unique take on a variety French classics. Open until 8 pm, it’s the perfect spot for a post-dinner ‘something sweet.’

Elise Hoogerdijk enjoys a taste of Paris
The perfect treat awaits at Ladurée

La Vallée Village price

34 €

Ladurée

Box of 12 Eugenie

La Vallée Village price

3,30 €

Ladurée

Vanilla-strawberry heart-shaped macaron

La Vallée Village price

12 €

Ladurée

Signature creation "Le Baiser"

La Vallée Village price

48 €

Ladurée

Sweet Pleasure Entremet 6 portions
To browse

Sandwiched between trendy boutiques and cafés with wicker-chair-lined terraces is TASCHEN Paris. Designed by Philippe Starck, the space itself is something to behold; elegant, minimal and perfectly curated. Inside, the shelves are lined with books, covering everything from art and architecture to photography. The boutique walls are scattered with limited-edition prints and one-of-a-kind artwork. Once the centre of literary life in Paris, TASCHEN Paris, continues to be a haven for book lovers today.

A book lover’s paradise

Recommended Price

575 €

La Vallée Village price

179 €

Michael Kors

Women's Reed large tote
STYLE TIP

Make sure to bring along a roomy tote bag, this one from Michael Kors is perfect for stocking up on souvenirs for your loved ones (or yourself).

City break essentials

Hackett London

Suede hold-all bag

Recommended Price

795 €

La Vallée Village price

475 €

Marni

Cardigan

Recommended Price

295 €

La Vallée Village price

198 €

Sandro

High-top sneakers in LWG-certified leather

Recommended Price

275 €

La Vallée Village price

165 €

Claudie Pierlot

Trucker collar jumper

Be sure to make time to walk around Le Marais. This area is packed with great shops, restaurants and cafés.

ELISE HOOGERDIJK

MODEL & CONTENT CREATOR

Recommended Price

155 €

La Vallée Village price

100 €

Maje

Long-sleeved stretch top with sequins
STYLE TIP

You don’t need to dress up for a seat at Bambini, but we think this evocative interior demands a look that is equal parts sophisticated and playful. Try this sequin top from Maje.

To eat

It's not all croque monsieurs and coq au vin in Paris. Bambini, a vibrant new(ish) trattoria, offers no-fuss, delicious Italian food in the city centre. On the menu you'll find generous helpings of pasta and incredible Neapolitan pizzas. As for cocktails, expect the classics alongside a selection of delicious Italian wines – all served against a striking backdrop of the Parisian skyline.

An Instagram-worthy interior
Complete the look

Recommended Price

115 €

La Vallée Village price

74 €

Maje

Diamanté earrings

Recommended Price

175 €

La Vallée Village price

113 €

Maje

Stretch flared trousers with sequins

Recommended Price

275 €

La Vallée Village price

178 €

Maje

Heeled clogs with chain finish
To drink

Home to a chic crowd, Hotel Costes is the place to be seen. You’ll be transported back in time with its long velvet drapes, decadent chandeliers, deep sumptuous chairs and menu of classic Parisian cocktails – all in keeping with the charm of a bygone era. We recommend ordering a Moscow mule; the strong ginger-lime flavour makes it the perfect cold-weather contender.

Cue the cocktails at Hotel Costes

Recommended Price

345 €

La Vallée Village price

242 €

ba&sh

Short Coat VERLAINE
DON'T MISS

Why not toast to the new year at the Bollicine&Co Champagne Bar at La Vallée Village. Wrap up in your favourite ba&sh coat as you toast to a successful day of shopping.

What to pack

AMI black two buttons blazer jacket La Vallée Village

Recommended Price

560 €

La Vallée Village price

375 €

AMI

Two buttons jacket

Recommended Price

160 €

La Vallée Village price

112 €

Tommy Hilfiger

Chelsea boots

Recommended Price

285 €

La Vallée Village price

190 €

The Kooples

Emily medium vinyl pouch
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