Four reasons to visit Paris, and what to wear while you're there. By Alice Riley Smith
To stay at The Parister. There's nothing not to love about this little gem of a hotel that recently opened in Paris's trendy 9th arrondissement, a short climb away from the magnificent Sacre Coeur and the cobbled streets of Montmartre. The interior is modern chic; pine-panelled walls, plush green velvet and a bronze bar perfect for a nightcap. An atrium with hanging plants and criss-crossing corridors at varying heights up through the traditional Parisian building is a welcome oasis from the city. Don't forget to pack your swimming costume – the basement swimming pool is a treat.
To eat at Le Pigalle, a hotel with a lovely little restaurant serving up small-plate food to die for. Simple, seasonal food – particularly veggies - from local producers is prepared in flavoursome ways – a whole cauliflower grilled with a tahini dip, a steamed artichoke with the stems intact, creamy hummus, guacamole on toast and, of course, a cheesy croque monsieur. Order plenty to share for the table and, on the weekend, stay for drinks at the bar when the DJ comes on late.
To see the Picasso Museum, housed in the beautiful seventeenth-century Hôtel Salé in the heart of Paris. Here are more than 5,000 Picasso works and thousands of archived pieces, comprising paintings, sculpture and illustrations created throughout the artist's lifetime.
To shop in Le Marais. Spend a day shop-hopping through its pretty streets, where bigger brands rub shoulders with little-known French boutiques, and ridiculously Instagrammable florists cosy up to cafes with tables and chairs spilling out onto the pavement - order a croissant and a café au lait, and watch the world go by.