DELPHINE DE COURTRY
OCCUPATION: Art auctioneer
MY STYLE: Sporty and chic. As far as home décor is concerned, I would say heteroclite.
I LOVE PARIS BECAUSE: It's the capital of culture. You can find all styles of art history, from the Roman period up to the 21st century. You can take kids to Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, or the Arche de la Défense—just amazing!
If you find yourself wanting a break from snails and craving some an equally decadent meal of raw fish, consider Orient Extême, which isthought by some to offer the best sushi in Paris. Delphine de Courtry, who describes the restaurant as simply “perfect,” would seem to agree. Her love of the place is largely attributable to Chef Toyofumi Ozuru, whose popular dishes of miso cod, tempura, and teriyaki are at once traditional and modern. The dining room, with its neutral tones, plush banquette, and oak tables, is aselegant as his plates, making this an extremely appetizing choice for Japanese food in the 6th Arrondissement.READ MORE
Le Grand Véfour
Le Grand Véfour is swimming in history, and, like any good Parisian restaurant, butter. Opened in 1784, it soon became a gathering spot for thinkers of the Revolution. After closing for the first half of the 20th century, it reopened with a menu designed by Jean Cocteau. Today, Guy Martin presides over the kitchen, while old school servers who might turn up theirnoses at a mispronunciation of sorrel bouillon tend the gilded dining room. A dinner of frog legs in one of the city’s most beautiful spaces costs about what you’d expect, but there’s a more affordable lunch menu for those with means more common than courtly.READ MORE
Parisian dressing is all about keeping it simple, but with artful details. For the perfect bag or pair of shoes that will make the outfit, look no further than Hoses. It has the feel of a private home, one both cozy and elegant, but those gorgeous heels by Yves Saint Laurent, Eligio Garbo, and Rocco P. on display are all for sale. There are also a few more moderately priced options from the likes of Frye. The owner, Valery Duboucheron, who has worked as a stylist for international fashion magazines, is also adept at applying her skills to individual senses of style. If she’s nailed yours, act quickly, because many of the pieces at Hoses are one-size and cannot be found elsewhere!READ MORE
Saint James Paris
This luxury hotel looks like a picture-perfect estate in the French countryside, complete with a front gate and private gardens, but it’s actually in the 16th Arrondissement, just a short way from the Arc de Triomphe and Trocadéro. The neoclassical chateau got its start in 1892, but with the 12,000 titles in its Library Bar, you can just as easily pretend you’re living among Paris’ tribe of American artist expats of the 1920s. For something a little bit more modern, head to the wellness center. Its signature treatment, the Saint James mineral massage, is sure to leave you with a certain je ne sais quoi.READ MORE
Plaza Athénée may be one of Paris' grandest hotels, yet it still feels like home. The hotel caters well to families, especially during holiday months, when the courtyard transforms into a festive holiday ice rink. Also offered year-round are Barbie and Hot Wheels luxury-themed bedrooms for the younger guests.READ MORE