I'm an Editor Who Has Just Moved to Paris—Here's What You Need to Know About the Stylish City


Welcome to Out of Office… Who What Wear UK’s chic travel guide that provides you with the most stylish take on any given destination by tapping creatives who know where to stay, what to eat and, more importantly, which items to pack. This month, Who What Wear UK Contributing Editor Avalon Afriyie shares her tips for a memorable trip to Paris. 

Paris travel guide 2024

I know the appeal of Paris all too well. My deep affinity with the city started at age eleven when my favourite pastime was frequenting HMV, in search of films with any mention of Paris in the blurb. Regular readers may be accustomed to my incongruous “throw caution to the wind” migration tale, though if not, after two decades of being enamoured by French culture, a devoted viewer of French film and reader of literature, in July 2023 I packed my bags for my favourite city and have fallen deeper in love ever since. It’s had its challenges, but each day I wake up indebted to it and grateful to be in one of the most rousing and fruitful cities in the world. Dubbed the place for creatives, the city of love and lights, it’s one of the most aspirational destinations for travellers and at a mere Eurostar journey away from London, it’s certainly plausible for a long weekend break. Since uprooting, I’ve amassed something of a directory—places to see, shop, and eat, many of which are hidden treasures. Scroll on to discover my ultimate guide to Paris.

1. Where to Stay

Paris travel guide 2024

Hôtel Dame des Arts: A home-from-home situated in the voguish Latin Quarter boasting a contemporary elegance and generously sized bedrooms complete with Diptyque toiletries. Its in-house restaurant Dame overlooks a botanical courtyard with resident chef Othoniel Alvarez Casteneda at the helm. Casteneda has cultivated a menu with seasonal ingredients to reflect the taste of his heritage, albeit with a refined twist. Expect zingy tuna tostada, fresh seafood caldo and Mexican-inspired deserts —  the mole chocolate ganache being a personal favourite. Here, you’ll be walking distance from Jardin du Luxembourg, Panthéon, Shakespeare and Company (a longstanding bookstore for anglophiles) and Le Caveau de la Huchette — a bustling underground jazz club where you’re guaranteed an unforgettable night.
Grand Pigalle Hôtel: Nestled in the heart of SoPi (an acronym coined by locals for South Pigalle) lies Grand Pigalle Hôtel, an unassuming boutique hotel in a lively artistic district. You’ll recognise it for its navy lacquer which directly contrasts the stone-hued Haussmann buildings. The establishment boasts 37 rooms, with homely characteristics — many with a wraparound balcony, from which you can take in the charm of Pigalle and neighbouring Montmartre. Whereas many tourists make a beeline for central spots, here you’ll have an authentic taste of Parisian life.

2. What to Pack





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