Paris – the city of romance, fine food, historical architecture, world-renowned art galleries and so much more. Finding suitable accommodation and dining options amongst so much choice can be difficult, not to mention trying to discover the more quirky sights and activities. At least getting from the UK to France’s capital is hassle free, with Eurostar’s European train service providing access to Paris from London in a little over two hours. To avoid drowning in a sea of online reviews and recommendations, check out this brief guide for what to see and do on arrival.
For a unique stay, book a room at Hôtel Sublim Eiffel, located near the Champs de Mars and the Tower itself. Its modern urban furnishings are combined with quirky design features – a Metro-printed carpet amongst them – in this relaxing spa hotel with a difference.
With rooms individually decorated and inspired by worldwide
travels, Hotel Daniel is an alternative to identikit hotel chains. An atmosphere of calm abounds here, despite its central location.
Enjoy dinner with fantastic views at Lounge Eiffel, located in the famed landmark. A three course menu is available in the evenings and a chic bar offers the perfect spot for pre-dining cocktails.
Frequented by locals and tourists alike, Chez Clement Bastille serves up French cuisine in traditional surroundings. The menu has an extensive range of meat and seafood as well as vegetarian options.
The grand exterior of the Hotel de Ville may be seen by many visitors, though few are aware that the town hall also hosts free exhibitions, allowing you to glimpse the interior of this 19th building.
Bring out your inner child and take the kids to a museum they’ll love, with a visit to the quirky Museum of Fairgrounds. Old fairground equipment and attractions can be seen and some even tried out, in one of the biggest collections of its type in the world. The Museum is conveniently located a short walk from the Bercy park.
Visit in June to catch La Fête de la Musique on the 21st of the month. Hundreds of musicians give free performances in the streets, bars, restaurants and cafes across the city. Check out what makes each neighbourhood unique and catch rock, blues, jazz, electronic and more in this musical extravaganza.
Planning an upcoming trip? Don’t miss the much-hyped Salvador Dali retrospective – the biggest for 30 years – which runs at the Pompidou Centre until March. This is just one of a string of blockbuster art shows that have hit the capital in the past, so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Whether you’re whisking away a loved one for a weekend of luxury, or keen to catch the latest arts events, Paris makes the ideal destination. Reaching the city from London is quick and affordable, meaning more time and Euros to spend on your holiday!
(Image by Train Chartering & Private Rail Cars)