A Weekend in Paris

02May12

Getting its name (city of lights) originally from being the center of ideas and education in the Age of Enlightenment, Paris emanates all that is romance, exquisiteness, and glamour – basically anything that holds an indefinable allure. Here are a few ideas to keep you entertained on your trip, touristy and otherwise…

STAY:

Stay at the charming, boutique hotel Le Pavillon des Lettres, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group and sister hotel of Le Pavillon de la Reine. The location in the 8th arrondissement, the service, the rooms and the hotel itself are excellent and ensure an enjoyable  experience.

SHOP:

The Champs-Élysées has all the high street brands, including the much coveted Sephora that for some odd reason has not opened in the UK yet.  Try coming here before noon as it otherwise gets swamped with tourists shopping and taking photos of the Arc de Triomphe. There are also quite a few museums you can check out here.

If you’re looking for luxury, take a walk down Avenue Montaigne. Louis Vuitton (also on the Champs), Prada, Harry Winston, Chanel, etc. are all here. You can stop in the famed Plaza Athénée for tea.

Go to Galeries Lafayette and Printemps which is even nicer, for a wider variety of brands in a high-end department store setting. Make sure you get there early if you’re going on a weekend as the crowds can be overwhelming!

EAT: 

The Mini Palais is architecturally stunning and the food is delicious – I recommend the tuna tartare. Make sure you allow plenty of time to eat here though as service takes a while.

tuna tartare

Mini Palais

 

L’Avenue restaurant on Avenue Montaigne is the perfect way to treat yourself after walking all around Paris. Everything on the menu is excellent. And when the weather is nice you can sit on the terrace and people-watch in an intimate setting.

La Société is a super trendy spot that is great for group dinners. ‘Le tigre qui pleure’ is a delicious steak dish that melts in your mouth. You’ll be sure to bump into a celebrity or two here.

Make sure you soak in all the sights and sounds of this magical city before you go on to your next destination.

As always, have a great trip!

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One Response to “A Weekend in Paris”

  1. Steve & I were just in Paris and totally agree with your recommendation even to the restaurant on the Ave Montaigne. Good work! Pat


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