Paris is considered by many to be Europe’s most captivating city and is ideal for a romantic short break. With more restaurants, better chefs, more museums and amusements than it has had at any other stage in its history, the best time to visit the ‘City of Light’ is now.
Dotted with fine palaces and historic buildings, the city is also an artistic, intellectual and literary pacesetter. It’s very easy to lose yourself in the world of chic over-indulgence while watching life pass by on the Champs Elysees or to spoil yourself with an long al fresco lunch in one of the city’s many bistros and cafes or to spend an afternoon immersed in the rich pickings of fine art on display in one of the city’s many magnificent museums.
Paris is a melting pot of the past and the present – the city offers a perfect backdrop for a seductive mix of romance, style, history, adventure and art. Paris is riche, diverse and sophisticated, but it’s also an affordable and romantic city break that isn’t too far from home.
Paris is the gourmet capital of Europe, and is renowned for its expensive haute cuisine restaurants as much as its moderately priced bistros and cafés (expect to spend about €70 - €80 per couple for a meal with drinks). If you’re looking for some restaurants that come recommended then Le 7eme Sens, Alcazar and Petrelle are definitely restaurants that you have to visit.
The 10th Arrondissement continues to be the best locality for bars but the Café Charbon or the nearby bars set up around it – Au P’tit Garage, La Mercerie, L’Alimentation Générale – in the 11th are hard to beat as well. We’d recommend that you try out Café Charbon, Au P’tit Garage, L’Alimentation Generale and Kitty O’ Sheas.
Having practically invented fashion, Parisians still set their own trends and let the rest of the world follow.They don’t follow the same trends that the rest of the world does.The Golden Triangle, where Avenue Montaigne, Champs-Elysees and Avenue Georges V meet, is the haute-couture centre of the city, while the nearby rue St-Etienne Marcel might have you rethinking your entire wardrobe!
High-street fashions can be found on Rue de Rivoli and Les Halles where all the global brands are located, while Rue de Rennes has a reputation that is exaggerated, but the smaller streets around it – Rue D’Assas, Rue Bonaparte and Rue Cherche Midi – all contain chic little emporiums that should satisfy anybody serious about fashion.
If you want to look at a real cabinet of curiosities, visit Talamari where you’ll find everything from antique china to children’s toys. For perfumes head to Editions de Parfums where the latest scents are available.
The city's main department stores are Le Bon Marche and La Grande Epicerie, both on Rue de Sevres. Galeries Lafayette offers you 9 floors of shopping while Printemps is well worth a visit.
When in Paris…
Make sure to visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Luxembourg Gardens!