With our beloved C'est Si Bon slogan back for the new season (on a classic striped tee and cool sweat top), there's no denying we love a touch of Parisian style. As does acclaimed illustrator and bestselling author Megan Hess, who recently published her fifth fashion book instalment: Paris Through a Fashion Eye, an overtly chic guide to the French capital.
Filled with her beautiful original illustrations, Megan's latest offering is a detailed look at the epicentre of elegance - from where to shop to where to eat, drink, dance and people watch!
Deservedly at the top of every fashion-lover's travel list, we caught up with Megan to ask her for some insider tips on the infamous City of Lights...
How would you describe Paris to someone who has never been?
The most romantic city in the world!
Describe your perfect day in Paris…
I always stay at Le Bristol (I’m their Artist in Residence) so waking up is an experience in its self! I love their French Toast and espressos for breakfast. A perfect day would then be wandering the galleries in St Germain and stopping at Cafe de Flore for cheese and coffee. Then on to Rue Cambon for a little shopping at Chanel. Then just around the corner is Hôtel Coste where I love to have dinner. The people watching is second to none and so is their famous Crackers Cheese cake! To finish the night, a walk along the Seine river looking at all the beautiful lights of the city...
Breakfast Out: Le Café Marly
Under the arcades of the Louvre's Richelieu wing, Café Marly's tables offer exquisite views of I. M. Pei's glass pyramid in the central courtyard of the museum. Decorated in Napoleon III style and conceived by designer Olivier Gagnere, it transports you to Napoleonic Paris in a scene set with a marble corridor and fabric-draped chairs. Start the day in style with a Parisian breakfast of a croissant and coffee, or, after a day of exploring the Louvre galleries, wander in for a Champagne with a view.
Lunch Break: Ralph’s
It's no secret that Americans love Paris, ever since the days when literary expats like Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound frequented the Left Bank. Ralph's - another American in Paris - sits above the flagship Ralph Lauren store on boulevard Saint-Germain, in an irresistibly elegant seventeenth-century building that continues to welcome local Parisians and visitors alike. The cafe reflects Ralph Lauren's modern simplicity, from its interior to the menu's repertoire of American classics such as the lobster salad and Ralph's burger.
Dinner with Friends: Hôtel Costes
Renovated by Jean Louis Costes and Jacques Garcia in 1995, the hotel's Belle Epoque-meets-boudoir styling gives it a distinctively bohemian feel. Oozing with attitude, with red-lit corridors and irresistible cocktails, the luxurious dining setting attracts the fashion industry's in-crowd (so is second to none for people watching!)
Girl's Night Out: Le Dokhan’s Bar
Bar Le Dokhan's stakes it claim as the City of Light's first ever Champagne bar. Set in Le Dokhan's hotel, the bar has a menu that showcases more than two hundred Champagnes. Sip well known names or try some of the boutique and vintage finds. The gilt and green baroque-style interior is as sumptuous as its sparkling menu.
Dream date night: Cristal Room Baccarat
Housed in the extravagant Galerie-Musee Baccarat, the mansion that is the former residence of Marie-Laure de Noailles, the Cristal Room Baccarat is one of the most magical dining experiences Paris has to offer. Dine surrounded by the sparkling crystals that adorn the walls and hang from the ceiling - an awe-inspiring chandelier of one hundred and fifty-seven glittering lights makes for a stunning centrepiece!
Favourite Art Gallery: Cahiers d’Art
Cahiers d’Art is one of the world’s most distinguished art publishers, and a must when in Paris! It works directly with artists to create a revue, books, limited edition books and prints, and catalogues raisonnés – each of which is a celebration of the artist’s individual character and vision.
Must-see Tourist Spot: Pont Alexandre Bridge
I Consider this the prettiest bridge in the entire world! A pair of winged gilt bronze statues greets visitors at either end of the Pont Alexandre III, the ornate Beaux-Arts style bridge that links Paris's Rive Gauce with the Rive Droite across the Seine. It is a beautiful, romantic setting and fittingly features in Woody Allen's mystical film Midnight in Paris.
And lastly, describe Paris in three words…
Inspiring, beautiful and magical.