How to splurge in Paris (without breaking the bank)

“Paris is a city made for spending money, there’s temptation around every corner.” That’s a quote from Leah Walker, this week’s guest, a luxury travel writer who knows Paris inside out.

She joins me in the studio to explain how to have an extravagant trip in Paris. But, even if you’re not in a position to go all in (join the club), then there are still a few good tips in there for how to splurge without spending too much.

Of course, as always, you should listen to the podcast episode for the full picture. We also talk about Shakespeare, Texas, and basketball. But if you’re in a hurry to get to Paris and spend your money then here are three of the main tips to get you going:

Shop during the sales

You can save mega euros by waiting until the twice-a-year government regulated sales (or soldes), which take place in July-August and January- February. The savings can be beyond 50 percent, even at the big department stores. And if you’re not living in the EU, you can get the VAT refunded (12 percent) if you spend more than 175 euros in one day. More info on that here, via Galeries Lafayette (incidentally pictured below).

Eat lunch (not dinner) at a good restaurant

A fancy dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris with have you salivating, but it might it might also leave you in tears if you look at the prices. Leah recommends that you stop in for lunch instead, when it’s typically less crowded and a lot cheaper. Look out for the set menus in the low season, like January and February, and you’ll find some great savings.

Go to a Palace Hotel for a cocktail

Yes, you can go to the Ritz Hotel for just 30 euros. I mean, you won’t be staying the night, but you’ll be in a very luxurious setting with a great cocktail for a few hours. Some of the hotels mentioned in the episode: Georges V, the Ritz, Le Meurice. Four Seasons, Shangri-La, the Bristol.

They’re the tips. Listen to the show for the full story and be sure to follow Leah on her site Leah Travels here.

Now, at the end of the episode you will hear Leah and I agreeing to do a live video at the Place Dauphine in Paris. Good news – it’s going to happen! We will be strolling the charming square then seeing it from above from the terrace of a beautiful apartment from rental company Paris Perfect, where Leah also works. That’s the balcony pictured below (and at the very top of this page too!)

The Monbazillac apartment via Paris Perfect. More info here.

Did you miss our live walk? Click the play button below to watch the replay! And heck, why not subscribe to the channel so you can watch the other six videos this week!?

Thanks for listening!

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