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    Fall in love with the City of Romance

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    Fall in love with the City of Romance

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    Fall in love with the City of Romance

How to enjoy Paris

From the iron pinnacle of the Eiffel Tower, to the white stone domes of the Sacre Coeur and the multi-colored pipes of the Centre Pompidou, Paris is not short of iconic and instantly recognizable architecture

  • The Louvre is a must, though be warned it is staggeringly huge, you could easily spend a day, a week, mooching through its echoing galleries
  • For art on a more intimate scale, visit the Musée Rodin: the sculptor’s exquisite mansion is home to The Kiss and sits within gorgeous gardens
  • Head out of town to visit the Château de Versailles where the treaty that ended the First World War was signed in the lavish Hall of Mirrors

To feel the essence of Parisian romance, explore the winding, lantern-lit streets of the Marais, and sample the menus of Art Deco bistros and restaurants that twinkle below their Michelin stars. For cobbled alleys and stairways you’ll want to photograph, head to Montmartre. When your feet begin to complain, continue sightseeing from the comfort of a Bateau Mouche and enjoy the river-eye view of Nôtre Dame and Pont Neuf.

To truly indulge in the art and joy of shopping, you really need to step inside the Galeries Lafayette. The wares of this upmarket department store are stunning, but browsing can be tough when your eyes keep being drawn to the fabulous domed atrium and lavish balconies. For prêt-à-porter chic, head to rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where you’ll find France’s leading fashion labels including Chanel, Hermès and Dior.

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    When to visit Paris

    Visit in July to witness the spectacle of the Tour de France when the city’s most famous street, les Champs-Élysées is transformed into a race track for lycra-clad skinny men. The party atmosphere throughout the city is palpable – the French love their cycling – and the final stage of the greatest cycle race on earth is celebrated by all.

Hotels we adore in Paris

Here are the hotels that we love in Paris. We've shared our insight about what makes each one special to help you select the perfect place to stay

  • Gourmet guide

    Paris is jam-packed with gastronomic delights. There’s so much to choose from. Our French friends told us where they take visitors, to show them the crème de la crème of Parisian dining.

    Le Pré Catelan and Carré des Feuillants: there are usually last-minute tables available. Highly recommended.

    L’Arpège, near Musée de l’Armée: “Wonderful!”

    Le Bristol, located inside Le Bristol hotel on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: “If you can get a table, you must go!”

    L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (St-Germain): “Try the mashed potatoes. Seriously! It’s the signature dish.”

    And there are lots of other two and three Michelin star restaurants throughout Paris.

    Bon appétit!

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