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Olivier Dubray

A trip to the City of Light is certain to dazzle should you tap into the expertise of our Navigator extraordinaire, Olivier Dubray.

Navigator Biography

Some people fall into a career in hospitality, others make it their life’s work. Olivier Dubray is most definitely one of the latter. A Navigator of over seventeen years and a member of the Clefs d’Or association, which only admits elite-level concierges, the native Frenchman takes pride in making guests at the Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero Hotel “feel like Parisians and not like an ordinary tourist” – scouting the Parisian lifestyle magazines and using his local knowledge to ensure their trip to Paris plays out like it did in their dreams. Olivier’s own wanderlust is unquenchable. Originally from the north of France, he is inspired by the freedom and possibility of travel. His own voyages often take him as far as Africa, where he resists the tourist trails in order to experience life as a local and spot some rare wild animals. You will struggle to find any lions or zebras roaming free in Paris, of course, but Olivier seems pretty head-over-heels with the City of Love, too. He is particularly taken with the “chic and bourgeois atmosphere” of the 16th arrondissement where he works. A typical day begins with a brisk espresso at Carette (“a nice tearoom on Trocadero square”) and ends with a glass of wine at Flow on the Seine. Sandwiched between is, well, a sandwich, or a baguette at La Petite Marquise to be more precise. Oh, the good life…


La Petite Marquise - find
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La Petite Marquise

Dine as the French do and pick up a baguette that's so fresh you have to juggle it between your hands as it cools. Truly a Paris delight.
La Petite Marquise offers your favorite traditional French pastries plus some creative new ones in a modern atmosphere. They boast some of the best croissants in the neighborhood, best accompanied  by a glass of orange juice when you stop in for breakfast. For lunch, enjoy a delicious quiche and try one of their famous macarons for dessert. You can even take a box of mini croissants with you to go - perfect for sharing with friends. A Parisian classic, this charming corner bakery has been around since 1935.
Address: 3 Place Victor Hugo, Paris, 75116, France
Phone: +33 1 45 00 77 36
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 07:30 AM to 07:30 PM
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L'Atelier Saint-Georges

This restaurant gives the American burger a decidedly French twist with gourmet cheese.
L'Atelier Saint-Georges offers classic American burgers packed with French cheese and meat, and complemented by fine wine and home-made pastry. It offers a contemporary ambience with sparkling, ornamental chandeliers, glossy lime green and aqua walls adorned with mirrors, French windows and wooden chairs. The names of their burgers begin with the French word for mister.
Address: 16 rue Henry Monnier, Paris, 75009, France
Phone: +01 7716 1896
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Le Flamboire

Smell the grilled meat and fish being cooked over a wood fire and your mouth will water with delicious promise.
Add some fire and spice into your life by visiting Le Flamboire, a restaurant featuring fire grilled meats. Imagine a juicy steak and skewered prawns taken directly from the wood fire oven and placed in front of you while you're sipping on some delicious wine. The impeccable salads and desserts also help make Le Flamboire a perfect dining experience.
Address: 54 Rue Blanche, Paris, 75009, France
Phone: +06 95 01 77 38
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Fondation Le Corbusier

Maison La Roche now houses the largest collection of Corbusier's works.
At the very edge of the 16th District, Foundation Le Corbusier is a veritable palace dedicated to architect and designer Le Corbusier. Initially designed as a combination of house and art gallery, this sprawling modernist maison is the perfect exhibition hall for the designer's work, even the space a testament to his architectural prowess. Over 8000 pieces of design work are inside.
Address: 8/10 Square du Docteur Blanche, Paris, 75016, France
Phone: +33 1 4288 7572
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM

La Maison de Balzac

This museum is particularly interesting to lovers of French literature.
The famous writer, Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), lived in this house from 1840 to 1847. Having suffered a few disagreeable encounters with his creditors, he created a password system to insure that only his friends could enter- friends who come alive through letters and portraits illustrating the author's life.
Address: 47 Rue Raynouard, Paris, 75016, France
Phone: +33 1 5574 4180
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM
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Bucherer

Invest in timeless elegance with timepieces from Rolex or TAG Heuer at this luxury watch store.
Bucherer have been keepers of time since 1888. The Swiss luxury brand was launched by Carl F. Bucherer and is sold across Europe in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Looking to tap the Parisian market, their flagship store replaces the 144-year-old Old England and occupies three levels of this iconic building. Its proximity to the opera makes it well-known among tourists and shopping enthusiasts.
Address: 12 Boulevard des Capucines, Paris, 75009, France
Phone: +33 1 5504 8490
Opening hours: Open every day except Sundays from 9am to 7pm
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Le Mary Céleste

Enjoy the original cocktails and fresh oysters at the hip and sophisticated Le Mary Céleste.
Le Mary Céleste is a sophisticated destination for patrons to enjoy cocktails, wine and oysters in a classy atmosphere. The cafe offers a weekend brunch and daily happy hour while oysters are in season. snacks are available to compliment your wine and cocktails. This place is often packed with hip crowds, but reservations can help to secure your spot in this favorite cafe.
Address: 1 rue Commines, Paris, 75003, France
Phone: +33 1 23 45 67 89
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 06:00 PM to 02:00 AM,Saturday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 02:00 AM
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Musée Cernuschi

Experience an eye-catching wealth of Asiatic artifacts culled on namesake Enrico Cernuschi's 1871 travels to the far east.
Located in Paris's 8th Distrcit, Le Musée Cernuschi allows visitors to see the private collection of Enrico Cernuschi, a banker from Milan who returned from a trip to the far east with a number of priceless regional treasures. Sculpture, ceramic, metal and numerous other materials form the basis for the eye-catching pieces scattered throughout the once private mansion of Cernuschi. Make sure to take note of the large items such as bronze vases and ornate tapestries dating back centuries. 
Address: 7 Avenue Vélasquez, Paris, 75008, France
Phone: +33 1 5396 2150
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
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Le Syndicat

This eccentric speakeasy revives recipes of vintage cocktails blending the finest aged cognacs, brandies and other French spirits.
Le Syndicat is a New York-style speakeasy advocating the revival of vintage French spirits in contemporary mixology. Tucked away inconspicuously in the 10th arrondissement, its bare stone walls, gold fleece drapes, and dim lighting exude a non-conformist vibe. The bartender blends aged cognacs, armagnacs, brandies and rums into classic recipes like Le Vieux Hexagone and Le Sudist, served in silver cups or glass tumblers for effect. You can also sample vintage liquor flights at their tastings.
Address: 51 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, Paris, 75010, France
Phone: +33 6 6663 5760
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21

Chef Paul Minchelli balances minimalism and rustic simplicity on a contemporary French menu featuring fresh local seafood.
21 has made a comeback at rue Mazarine where you will just find the number written on a black awning. Inside there are black leather booths and wooden tables and the menu is written on a blackboard. You can order from the menu, dishes ranging from fresh herring sprinkled with spring onions, sardines fagora, laboutargue to pasta, filet of sea bass, marinated herring, confit of sardines, a stunning tartare, squid risotto and lisettes. This small place has great service and a small wine list to match the food. It is owned by Paul Minchelli who knows his seafood very well.
Address: 21 rue Mazarine, Paris, 75006, France
Phone: +33 1 4633 7690
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12:15 PM to 02:00 PM,Tuesday to Saturday from 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Moynat

Travel in style with opulent leather trunks, bags and more, designed by the legendary Moynat in Paris.
Moynat specializes in upscale leather goods, geared towards people who prefer to travel in luxury. As part of one of the longest legacies in trunk-making in French history, this boutique boasts a beautiful circular showroom. In addition to trunks, Moynat offers toiletries, leather bags and housewares to satisfy all of your travel needs and extend your trip beyond the boundaries of your vacation.
Address: 348 rue Saint Honoré, Paris, 75001, France