photo(2)Back in Paris. It feels like I was only here a month ago. Oh, I was!  This is my view from the flat I stay at (image right). Sigh! I’ll merge some of the spots I enjoyed from both trips.

New dining pick is Philou – in the heart of Canal St-Martin. Well only if you start to salivate at the words of baked winter root veggies with snails in pesto, cod on lentils, and duck foie gras with gingerbread.

Hotel Amour is a hipster hot spot for dining – also with a garden terrace. Note: mandatory for reservations on this one.
hotel costes
I have long enjoyed the CD series of Hotel Costes. Although I fell out of love with them around disc 4 and back enthralled 9 onwards. So a must do for me was a visit by their famous namesake. Hotel Costes isn’t rated well as a hotel – but very good for dining and their lounge.

photo(1)In the lounge I recommend Dani Roses (check out the window display to match the martini) complete with a large rose petal. Dinner in the garden is a proper dose of see and be scene. And on the way to dinner drool at the windows as you walk thru rue St-Honoré Fashion District.

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Apres cocktails are great at the classic Buddha Bar (also known for their iconic CD series), and no visit to Paris will be complete for me without stopping by ultra luxe Hotel Plaza Athenee. My favorite Paris host is the Director of the bar and the circle of  – but even without his addition of interesting people from all over the world it’s still a buzzing locale of model Dj’s and a gorgeous room. This is also my fave Avenue in all of Paris: Hotel Athenee, Chloe, Harry Winston…and the Canadian Consulate! Ha.

When you’re ready to turn it up a notch Chez Rasputin was amazing. Intimate, rowdy and glam all in one bundle. And a few famous faces that we shared bottle service were an entertaining bonus. But this one isn’t an easy one to wander into.

So if you’re looking for an easier admittance to do some dancing I recommend L’Arc Club. Complete with ‘in your face’ sparklers on every  bottle of champagne ordered and an endless number of Gotye remixes!Chez-Raspoutine-cabaret-rouge-repere-underground-paris-hoosta-magazine

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Shelley Mantei founded as part of the network in 2006 (forever in fashion blog years!). The It Lists help busy women define their personal beauty, life and fashion style – vogue nirvana. It's a trend blog featuring the “it” bag, “it” girl, or “it” scoop! Shelley is also a public relations & social media consultant for life + style brands. She's a Vancouver import who now calls Toronto (Canada) home, but is always scooting somewhere to bring you jetsettera tales. Twitter: @shelleymantei

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