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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hang With Hipsters in Paris

Skip the touristy, overpriced central districts for the upper arrondissements, where the cool kids eat, shop, and party on the cheap.

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1. Where to Stay


Enjoy clean décor in the high-tech rooms at Le Kube Hotel.  

Admire work by art and design stars M/M, Pierre Le-Tan, and the late Dash Snow at the très chic boutique Hotel Amour (from $140), with 24 individually designed rooms sporting vintage seventies furnishings. The lobby café spills out into a lovely garden courtyard, where you can smoke like a French bobo over a bottle of L’Oratoire de la Pansière ($30).

Surround yourself with Philippe Starck’s funky designs, like superhero-mask-adorned light fixtures, at Mama Shelter (from $110) in the laid-back 20th Arrondissement. All 170 rooms feature new 24" iMacs and free Wi-Fi, while Mama Pizzeria serves up mini pizzas ($4) day and night. Take advantage of Super Sundays, when room prices drop to $107.

Borrow a parka and sip Grey Goose cocktails (4 for $52) inside a bar made of ice at Le Kube Hotel (from $347), a grand nineteenth-century maison particulière converted into 41 sleek rooms with clear glass walls separating beds from bathtubs. Wednesday nights bring female D.J.'s such as Anto and Liz Gomis to the fur- and glass-lined lobby bar.


Published on Nov 18, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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