Audrey Hepburn-Inspired Paris Itinerary -

Audrey Hepburn-Inspired Paris Itinerary

Audrey Hepburn may not have hailed from France, but this icon of elegance left her mark on this country. From Funny Face to Charade, many of this British actress’ films took place in Paris. Audrey also rubbed elbows with famed French designer Hubert de Givenchy and became the face of his brand. Here’s a look at Audrey Hepburn’s relationship with France and the best Audrey Hepburn-inspired activities in Paris.

Audrey Hepburn-Inspired Paris Itinerary

Audrey Hepburn Biography

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Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium to a Dutch mother and a British father, per Britannica. Her multicultural roots were only the beginning. Throughout her life, Audrey bopped around the world: from attending boarding school in England to studying at a conservatory in the Netherlands, starring on Broadway and studying ballet in London. During World War II, she even used her dancing skills to raise money for the Dutch Resistance, according to Time.

After being discovered by French writer Colette, she starred in Gigi on Broadway in her early 20s and immediately won over the audience, according to Britannica. Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady are but a few titles among Audrey Hepburn’s many roles. Audrey achieved fame across the board and is one of 14 entertainers to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, per

Audrey Hepburn’s Films in France

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Sabrina, Funny Face, How to Steal a Million, Charade. Audrey starred in multiple films set in Paris. From strolling along the Seine with Cary Grant in Charade or dancing on the cobblestones of Montmartre in Funny Face, Audrey is inextricably linked to the French capital. 

In 2024, Meghan Friedlander and Lucca Dotti, Hepburn’s son, published Audrey Hepburn in Paris, an homage to this actress’ love for the City of Light. “Paris was her playground,” says Friedlander in her interview with Town&Country. “It was a place that she could escape to, in the same way that we escape when we watch her movies in Paris.”

Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy

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Audrey met Givenchy as she was preparing for her role in Sabrina, according to Vogue. This fateful encounter turned into a lifelong friendship. He continued to dress her on and off the screen. Givenchy designed her wedding gowns; he dressed in Funny Face, How to Steal a Million, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and others, per Vanity Fair. In 1957, Givenchy asked Audrey to pose for an advertisement for his fragrance l’Interdit, per LVMH

“For me she represented elegance, elegance of heart, grace and beauty,” says Givenchy of Audrey in a Vogue article.

In her interview with Town & Country, Friedlander said that Hepburn’s son told her, “Hubert (Givenchy) really was the central person in her life—her best friend, her soul mate, and he was the executor of her will. That was a huge part of her life and that meant something because it meant that she trusted him.”

Whether you’d like to light up the Louvre or jazz up the Latin Quarter like Audrey, we’ve rounded up the best Audrey Hepburn-inspired activities in Paris.

Take a Cooking Class in Paris

Hopefully you’ll have more luck than Audrey Hepburn’s character when she starred in Sabrina and took a cooking class in Paris. Spend the afternoon with an experienced chef as you learn in the kitchen. Whether you’d like to improve your seafood skills or pastry abilities, you’ll have your choice of workshop at the Ritz. Don’t forget to turn on the oven!

Walking Tour of the Jardin du Luxembourg

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“‘Of all the parks in Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg is the most successful in joining the pleasures of park and garden on a human scale,” said Audrey Hepburn in her documentary Gardens of the World. Wander the regal gardens like Audrey Hepburn in the heart of Paris. Our guide will show you the best spots in these gardens dating back to the early 1600s. 

Personal Stylist Experience at La Samaritaine

Audrey Hepburn remains a timeless classic of sophistication. Follow suit with a personal stylist experience at La Samaritaine department store. French Side Travel can secure an appointment in its private lounge at l’Appartement. Your stylist will help you find the perfect pieces based on your body type and color palette. Perhaps you’ll be tempted by Givenchy pieces, just like Audrey.

Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

Inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant’s riverboat cruise in Charade? Spend the evening on the Seine with a panoramic view of Paris over a three-course meal. Swoon at the city of Paris all aglow with a front-row seat.

Where to Stay in Paris

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Hôtel Raphaël
Nearly 100 years old, this five-star hotel will charm you with its elegantly styled rooms and proximity to the Arc de Triomph. Audrey Hepburn was known to stay in this chic hotel during her time in Paris. Enjoy a fruity cocktail on its rooftop terrace with its exceptional views of the city or book a table at its elegant restaurant.

We couldn’t agree more, Audrey: Paris certainly is a good idea! You might be interested in: A Historical and Cultural Escape to Paris or An unforgettable Fashion and Art Trip to the City of Light. Need some help planning your trip?

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