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Destination of the Week: Paris

Posted by Maria Inês Pinto on 19/12/2014
Destination of the Week: Paris

Also named the City of Light and the Capital of Fashion, Paris is known internationally for being one of the most romantic and beautiful of all cities in the world. It also boasts of being the city with the second highest Michelin-awarded restaurants and of being home to some of the world’s most luxurious fashion and cosmetics brands including Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Lancôme, L’Oréal, and others.

Everyone will find something to love in this exquisite European capital: from art galleries, to historical museums, architectural gems, mouth-watering pastries, delicious wine and scenic river views, Paris simply never disappoints.

What to do

With a rich history and beautiful natural beauty, a large part of the city including the River Seine has been garnished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Must-see city landmarks include the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Château de Versailles, the Grand Arche de la Défense, the Sacré Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

Paris also boasts of numerous art galleries and museums that cater to every visitor. These include the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Rodin Museum, Picasso Museum, Les Invalides and Cluny.

Where to stay

Paris is well known for its luxury and refinement, but there is truly something for every budget in this sparkling city. From exquisite boutique hotels, to elegant and centrally located accommodation and designer hostels, it will be hard to run out of options for where to stay in Paris.

Hotel Plaza Athénée (£££)

With an excellent location just five minutes away from Avenue Champs Elysées, Hotel Plaza Athénée provides luxury accommodation at an average of £1,000 per night. This may seem like a stretch but with a Dior Institue spa, 5 exquisite dining options serving all kinds of world cuisine, an elegant cocktail bar, a shoeshine service, and elegant guestrooms with marble bathrooms, you will definitely spend your monies right.

Hotel Regyn’s Montmartre (££)

If you still want comfortable accommodation at a more budget-friendly price, Hotel Regyn’s in Montmartre is your best bet. Located on Place des Abbesses near Saint-Jean church, this elegant hotel combines an ideal location with premier facilities and amenities. Soundproofed guestrooms, a delicious buffet breakfast, and free Wi-Fi are just some of the things you can enjoy in the heart of Montmartre.

Absolute Budget (£)

Located just in front of canal St. Martin in one of Paris’s trendiest districts, Absolute Budget is a stylish hostel offering great accommodation at incredibly low prices. Starting from just £30, you can spend the night in a shared dorm and enjoy free Wi-Fi access, a hearty breakfast, a 24 hour reception desk and no curfew.

Where to eat

It is no secret that French cuisine is renowned around the world for its exquisite flavours, beautifully detailed presentation, and innovative combinations. From fresh pastries, to sweet desserts and delicious dishes, the French have something for everyone. Read our suggestions below for some places where you will be able to grab a bite of these mouth-watering dishes.

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (£££)

Alain Ducasse, also famous for being the “most Michelin starred chef in the world”, has reopened his restaurant at the luxurious Plaza Athénée and revamped the look to make it more natural, holistic and refined. Serving French haute cuisine with a twist, Ducasse takes naturally grown ingredients and combines them in creative ways to serve tasty and innovative dishes.

La Pulpéria (££)

Argentinean chef Fernando Di Tomaso and his South American team know exactly what they’re doing when they serve their delicious meat dishes. Not very vegetarian-friendly, this busy bistro offers magnificent cuts of beef and pork that are unbelievably tender. Prices may seem a bit high, but the quality (and quantity) of the food will leave you plenty satisfied.

Le Petit Clerc (£)

Located just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower, this charming bistro is ideal for a meal after or before a visit to this city landmark. Serving everything from tasty sandwiches to filling omelettes and well-garnished salads, you will be able to find a variety of dishes that will leave you feeling satisfied. Plus, a hot dish is served daily for just €12.50 (£9)! It’s quite a popular place with the locals though, so make sure to book a table in advance!

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