LYN­G­GAARD’S GUIDE TO PARIS

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STAY

My favourite ho­tel is Hô­tel Costes ( 239–241 Rue Saint-Honoré; www. hotel­costes.com), just around the cor­ner from the flag­ship store. I like the bo­hemian feel, the vel­vet and the chan­de­liers, and the fas­ci­nat­ing ap­pear­ances of the guests, mixed with amaz­ing food and fab­u­lous drinks. I have had some good busi­ness meet­ings in here — the at­mos­phere al­ways adds an ex­tra di­men­sion.

EAT

The last time I vis­ited Paris, I went to Loulou ( 107 Rue de Riv­i­oli; www. loulou-paris.com), lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful build­ings around Lou­vre Mu­seum. The food is Ital­ian, but you are still very much part of the Parisian kitchen. It’s a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion to en­joy the view of the Tui­leries Gar­den. To me, a busi­ness din­ner is just as much about build­ing re­la­tions as talk­ing busi­ness and Loulou is a per­fect set­ting.

DRINK

For a busi­ness meet­ing — or even a drink — the best place for me is ac­tu­ally our own shop, Ole Lyn­g­gaard Copen­hagen ( 4 Rue du 29 Juil­let; www. ole­lyn­g­gaard.com). The shop it­self is el­e­gantly cosy, and since our jew­ellery col­lec­tion is al­ways the rea­son for meet­ing, it’s con­ve­nient to have all the col­lec­tions avail­able.

SHOP

Our store is lo­cated in my favourite shop­ping district, around Place Vendôme and Rue Saint-Honoré. Walk­ing around this area al­ways in­spires me. See­ing small con­cept shops and huge flag­ship stores sit­ting side by side makes it an un­usual mix of ex­pe­ri­ences.

VISIT

Rent­ing a scooter and driv­ing around in the crazy traf­fic is a true Parisian ex­pe­ri­ence — you can get from the Lou­vre to the Arc de Tri­om­phe to the Eif­fel Tower in no time. I al­ways en­joy vis­it­ing the Fon­da­tion Louis Vuit­ton ( 8 Av­enue du Ma­hatma Gandhi; www.fon­da­tion­louisvuit­ton.fr). Frank Gehry’s marvel­lous, serenely modern ar­chi­tec­ture makes a per­fect con­trast to Bois de Boulogne’s beau­ti­ful gar­dens. I’m also will­ing to stand in line to visit the Grand Palais

( 3 Av­enue du Général Eisen­hower; www.grand­palais.fr/en), where I have seen some spec­tac­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tions.

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