With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, the C&C Team have curated their pick of what to do for a weekend in Paris. Enjoy!
Where to stay
Our absolute favourite place to rest our heads when in Paris is Hotel 123 Sebastopol. Just a short 5-10 minute taxi ride from the Eurostar station and located in the Réaumur-Sébastopol area (just between the Sentier quarter and the Marais) you are far enough from the tourist hot-spots to enjoy genuine Paris but still just a short cab ride or enjoyable stroll away. This hotel is truly a one-off, inspired by vintage cinema but featuring all the modern technology you could wish for.
24 hours in Paris
Start your day with a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel. From fresh pancakes and pastries, to a traditional continental breakfast of ham, cheese and salads you can't go wrong. Go all out and treat yourself as you'll need all the fuel you can get for a full day of exploring!
Head south-west out of the hotel for a gentle 30 minute stroll down to the Jardin des Tuileries, beautiful formal gardens separating the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde. This beautiful, cultural walking place for Parisians and tourists features two ponds perfect for lounging beside with a good book.
From here, you are perfectly located to follow the hordes to the Louvre, one of the world's largest museums and home to the world-famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci. We'll let you into a secret, under 25's from the EU get free access, so don't forget to show your ID card or passport!
Just across the road at 224 rue de Rivoli is Galignani, a fantastic English language book shop offering fiction, non-fiction, fine arts books and guides. This is the perfect spot to pick yourself up a paperback to carry with you for those mid-afternoon stops to the local restaurant for a coffee and pastry.
Just a stones-throw away is the Avenue Montaigne, Paris' answer to London's Bond Street. This high-end fashion avenue is perfect for window shopping or if you fancy treating yourself to something really special. Our pick of the bunch is the Joseph store (14 Avenue Montaigne) featuring not only their own collection but a carefully curated edit of incredible labels from around the world, Celine (53 Avenue Montaigne) for their instantly recognisable handbags and the Parisian classic Chanel (51 Avenue Montaigne). After all, who doesn't deserve a treat once in a while?
Need a little late-afternoon refuelling? We suggest L'Avenue restaurant on Avenue Montaigne, a delicious French brasserie and a fab people-watching hotspot. Delicious food with a price tag to match it's location, but if you want to treat yourself then this is the place to go! But save a little space...
Pop up rue de Marignan and turn left on to Avenue des Champs-Elysees and you will discover the beautiful L'Aduree cafe. This place is somewhat of an institution and the perfect spot to pick up a sweet-treat to finish off your lunch.
If you're still enjoying a gentle stroll around Paris, head north-west up the Champs-Elysees and you will come to the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars and beneath its vault lies the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I. Spend a moment taking in the beautiful carvings and inscriptions.
You must be getting tired now so how about heading back to the hotel for a quick freshen up? We recommend grabbing a cab as it's quite a walk from here!
For dinner, we love Hotel Costes, the place to see and be seen especially during fashion week. We'd advise booking as it is certainly a popular haunt. With delicious food and the dimly-lit buzzing atmosphere in the bar, it's a perfect way to finish off your day. Dependent on whether you are wearing your fanciest heels or wore dressy flats, the hotel is just a 30 minute walk should you wish to get some fresh air before bed.
Plus 5 Super Touristy Attractions
1) The Eiffel Tower - a complete tourist trap but absolute must-do!
2) Notre Dame cathedral - considered a supreme example of French Gothic architecture.
3) Disneyland - the land of fun for children and adults alike!
4) Centre Georges Pompidou - this high-tech architectural building houses a vast library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, a bookshop, movie theatre and panoramic terrace.
5) Musee d'Orsay - known for housing the world's premier collection of impressionist paintings.
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