Visit: Joëlle Ciocco
Dubbed as the best facial by celebrities (fans include Natalie Portman and Carine Roitfeld) and industry insiders, Joëlle’s magic touch is one of Paris’ best-kept beauty secrets. Here you can enjoy a gentle treatment that leaves you smooth, glowing and plumped-up for at least three days. It’s perfect for those who are jetlagged or generally feeling puffy and tired.
FOR A GREAT CUT
Visit: Delphine Courteille
Parisians claim that some women come especially from Brazil, America and Italy to have their haircut here. Not only are you in impeccably safe hands, the salon itself feels very private and luxe and is located in a courtyard set off the beaten track for extra peace. Expect to leave with that cool-girl texture you’ve always craved and a slick cut that looks ultra-glossy. Side note: Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities too, as rumour has it this salon is a hit with some top A-listers.
FOR BEAUTY CARE
Visit: Buly Store
Stocking everything from pretty toothpastes to luxe hand creams and perfumes, there are two of these you must check out if you’re on the hunt for new beauty finds. One can be found on Rue Saintonge while the other is based on Rue Bonaparte. Insiders recommend visiting the one on Rue Saintonge for the ultimate Parisian experience. With a coffee bar inside, they’re set to open a spa in September and are introducing ‘Le Comptoir des Services,’ where you can bring anything you’ve brought for engraving and personalisation – you can get your treats wrapped in luxe, leather fabrics, too.
FOR YOGA OR BOXING
Visit: Chez Simone
If you want to take on yoga or up your fitness, head to Chez Simone’s chic apartment where you can take different workshops with pro trainers. Warm, welcome and calming, the whole environment motivates you to feel good and relax – no matter your skillset. There’s also the addition of FRESH skincare and body treats post-workout, along with acai bowls and aperitif boards to keep you going.
FOR HAIR TREATMENTS & COLOUR
Visit: Christophe Robin
Haircare meets wellness at Christophe Robin’s beautiful salon located at 16 Rue Bachaumount, 75002. With incredible scalp massages and luxe treatments on offer, it’s the place for intense treatments that leave your hair feeling revitalised and fresh. Book in for the full reclining chair experience if you’re in need of serious relaxation. Our favourite bit? If you want to pop in and try the world-renowned products you can. Assistants will come and help you suds up before you blow dry at your own convenience – ideal if you’re time-poor or just want to get a feel for the brand.
FOR SPINNING CLASSES
Think of this as the French version of Soul Cycle – intense, fun classes that run both morning and night with a mood-boosting soundtrack that keeps you going through the burn. The classes are 50 minutes long and focus on fast-paced cardio, muscle toning and working the biceps and triceps. Prices start from 15 euros but can vary depending on whether you purchase a pack all at once. You’re guaranteed to walk out feeling invigorated, and a little shaky – but in the best possible way.
FOR SOLO SPA DAYS
Visit: Hammam Pacha
If you’ve ever wanted to try a Turkish bath, head to Hammam Pacha. Featuring colourful tiles (keep your phone handy), a beautiful steam room and treatments that vary from facials to intense, deep massages, you’ll instantly unwind in this zen environment. Pop in for a quick treatment or stay for the whole day – the choice is yours.
FOR THAI MASSAGE & CHINESE MEDICINE
Visit: Ladda Massage
Located on a rooftop in Paris, this is definitely the place to go if you like your massages in private, serene spots. Delivering deep Thai massages along with reflexology, they have a huge terrace where you can enjoy some relaxation and tea post-treatment – heaven.
FOR BEAUTY STAPLES & TOP-UPS
Visit: Le Bon Marche
Founded in 1852, this art deco department store is well-known for providing shoppers with the ultimate shopping experience. It remains a mecca to Parisians and tourists looking to fill their wardrobes and beauty kits. Expect to find everything from your go-to Diptyque fragrance right through to niche brands you’ve never heard of and pretty packaging that makes for the ultimate present. Just be sure to reserve a whole day for a visit here – you could find yourself hooked for hours.
FOR NICHE FRAGRANCES
Visit: Nose Fragrance Boutique
If you’re after a new perfume that doesn’t smell like everything else, get yourself down to Nose – one of the most comprehensive fragrance boutiques you’ll ever come across. If you want to take the full experience, you’ll be given and iPad and asked to catalogue every fragrance you’ve ever owned to discover a personal profile of scents based on you and what you like. Clever, right? There’s also a little espresso bar to check into if you’re in need of a break.
FOR LUXE TREATMENTS
Visit: Nuxe Spa
Elegant and cosy, the Nuxe Spa is a luxe space dedicated to beauty and wellbeing. The ultimate place to relax and unwind, head here when you have a whole day to switch off and enjoy the facilities fully. Treatments use the spa’s signature products for an addictive, coconut scent that lingers all day long. Whether you opt for a massage, facial or mani/pedi, you’ll get the highest service possible with amazing results to boot.
FOR FRENCH PHARMACY FINDS
Visit: Oh My Cream Store
If you’re in a rush or doing a whistle-stop tour of the city, get your fill of French pharmacy buys here at this aesthetically-pleasing store. It has every product for your skincare needs – from niche to well-known. You’ll want everything on the shelves for the covetable packaging and pharmaceutical formulas.
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