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Cast away clichés of champagne lunches and pastel-hued macarons. Where do cool girls paint the town red in the City of Lights? We’ve picked five quirky activities for a modern girls’ getaway to Paris. From gourmet sleepovers to steamy hammams, here’s how to inject a Paris stay with a lot of fun – and a soupçon of sauce…
Grain is slowly but surely gaining on grape in Paris, as the city’s craft-beer scene grows. Suds aren’t just for hipster bros: corral your girl gang and roll up your sleeves to brew one of 30 different beers at Brew Unique, a DIY microbrewery. Got a taste for it? Hit up Les Trois 8 to debate IBUs and IPAs or Kiez Biergarten for a competitive round of foosball. Santé to that.
Lunch at Le Pavilion des Canaux is a house party of sorts. In this faux maison, pick a pew in the kitchen, sink into a sofa in the living room or dive into the bath – don’t worry, it’s been drained. In this home from home, you and your mates can sip on Lomi coffee, order fresh salads, soups and breads and engage the resident digital nomads in lively conversation.
Not one to strike a bum note, Derrière delights visitors with its quirky home-dining concept. Find its hidden entrance behind the Andy Wahloo cocktail bar and ask to be seated in the upstairs bedroom. Citrusy lobster, Périgord duck and wild seabass are best enjoyed tucked-up under a duvet. Between courses hunt down the ‘smoking room’: a Narnia-esque space hidden behind a wardrobe.
Pack your dancing shoes and time your visit for the monthly La Nuit Swing under the Big Top-style roof of Théâtre Équestre Zingaro. Start your night mingling with local beaux in the beginners’ class, before Lindy hopping to a live orchestra till late. Those who see daybreak at 5am can refuel with a free homemade breakfast.
Les Cent Ciels hammam – a Moroccan reverie of zellige tiles and trickling fountains – is the perfect respite after an action-packed break. You’ll get slathered in black soap, exfoliated, massaged with jets and more, before adjourning to the sauna, steam room and Turkish bath. A curative and body-positive bonding experience in one.
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