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RUMOUR has it that Parisians close the shutters on the city for the summer holiday exodus without leaving so much as a decent baguette in their wake. Not true – this is the time that Paris relaxes and parties. If you are looking to escape for a few days, here are some suggestions for how to pass the time.


For cafe society… Patisserie Carette is an utterly perfect way to start the day with serious Parisian style. Situated on the 16th arrondissement, with views of the Palais de Chaillot and the Eiffel Tower from its wonderful pavement terrace, this 80-year-old establishment oozes art-deco chic from its tiled mosaic floors to its gilded mirrors and bentwood chairs. The elegant locals favour it for great coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and arguably the best brioche in town. Its éclair au chocolat was voted best in the city in 2007 and its macaroons are, quite simply, to die for. www.carette-paris.com


As Parisians migrate to coastal climes, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the City of Light without the crowds, as Kirsten Higgins finds out


For crystal gazing… The 16th arrondissement is also home to the neo-rococo wonderland that Phillipe Starck has created for the Musée Baccarat in the former mansion of the Vicomtesse de Noailles. From the red-carpet entrance – complete with chandelier in a fish tank – to the Alchemy room decorated by Gérard Garouste, this museum is intended to dazzle. Divided into three areas, one section simply showcases special commissions for Baccarat’s most prestigious clients, including the Tsar of Russia, Prince of Wales, Emperor of Japan, Josephine Baker and Coco Chanel. If you want to eat at the opulent Le Cristal Room restaurant, be warned that there’s a long waiting list. www.baccarat.fr


48 businesslife.je June/July 2010


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