The luxury traveller’s guide to Paris

Explore the City of Love in style

Alexander Spatari

From its chic boutiques to its inspiring galleries and thriving café culture, Paris is one of the most exciting cities in the world to explore. And once you’ve gazed in wonder at the Arc de Triomphe and strolled around the thousands of works on display in the Louvre, there are plenty more opulent experiences hidden along its boulevards, just waiting to be discovered.

In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express, we’ve curated a list of luxe locations to elevate your next visit to Paris from the ordinary to the extraordinary – all while making the most of the Card’s exclusive benefits.

How to get there: Eurostar

Board the Eurostar from London St Pancras instead and you’ll be at Paris Gare du Nord in a mere two hours, 20 minutes.

Business Premier is the most generous option, with capacity for three pieces of luggage as standard, no change fees and free cancellation, plus meals designed by Raymond Blanc, served with Champagne as you travel. Well, it makes sense to start your break as you mean to go on…

With the American Express Global Lounge Collection® and your Platinum Card, you have access to 1,400 airport lounges in 140 countries, including when travelling with Eurostar.

Where to stay: Brach Paris


The five-star Brach hotel is located centrally, on Rue de la Pompe, with views of the Eiffel Tower across the Seine from its roof terrace. The interior was designed by Philippe Starck, and is described as “1930s architecture meeting modernism, Bauhaus, Dada and the Surrealists” – it’s a stunning fusion of classic and contemporary, with dark, moody woods, textural leathers and glossy marbles abound.

With rooms equipped with sumptuous soft beds and mini-bars filled with an extended selection of goods beyond the typical beverages, such as games and candles, you may never want to leave your suite. However, if you can bear to drag yourself away, you can also make the most of access to the sports club and basement swimming pool, which are included with your reservation.

Platinum Cardmembers receive several amazing benefits when booking properties from the American Express Fine Hotels+Resorts® collection, including Brach, such as complimentary breakfast, guaranteed 4pm checkouts, early check-ins and room upgrades (when available) to make your visit even more memorable.

Where to shop: Samaritaine

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Sortir a Paris

The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is one of the most popular designer shopping streets in the world, and one that is certainly worth including in your itinerary. But don't overlook the department-store experience – the one-of-a-kind Samaritaine, owned by LMVH, is also a sight to behold. Having reopened to the public in 2021 after a lengthy closure, it’s been restored to its former Art Nouveau glory, and now has concessions from almost every brand worth knowing within its walls (Cartier, Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, and Moschino to name just a few).

It also houses the largest beauty hall in Europe, a varied array of dining options – from caviar to pâtisserie – an intimate personal styling service and an in-house spa, should some rest and relaxation be in order after a day of sartorial decision-making.

Platinum Cardmembers receive one Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent while shopping. These points can then be used on almost anything, from paying off nearly any item on your Card statement to long-haul flights or gift cards to spend with luxury retailers such as Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges.

Where to eat and drink: Restaurant Le Dalí and Champeaux

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Restaurant La Dali

Located in Dorchester Collections’s Le Meurice hotel on Rue de Rivoli, Le Dalí centres its dishes on a farm-to-fork philosophy, celebrating fresh local ingredients that rotate with the seasons – think tender Culoiselle chicken breast served on a bed of green asparagus and sorrel, or roasted côte de boeuf with bone marrow and béarnaise.

With striking interiors inspired by the artist of the same name, you can expect styling just as colourful and captivating as the food (trust us, you’ll want a shot of this spot for your Instagram grid). Our favourite insider tip is that you can beat the queues at Cédric Grolet’s internet-famous pâtisserie and sample them here instead, as his quirky pastries are also part of Le Dalí's Tea Time menu.


Or, if cocktails are on the agenda, pull up a chair at the bar of Alain Ducasse’s Champeaux and you won’t be disappointed. Head barman Olivier Zibi has created a selection of signature cocktails using produce from La Halles market. Highlights include ​the Chandon Garden Spritz – a take on the French classic – and ​the juicy Mango Spark, ideal if the weather calls for a refreshing summertime sip.

However you choose to enjoy your stay in Paris, the Platinum Card offers complete peace of mind. Cardmembers receive comprehensive Worldwide Travel Insurance for themselves and their immediate family whenever they book using their card.

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