Urban Guide

Foody? Arty? Fashionista?



Don’t miss…

1) Waking up gently with a coffee and croissant on the Place des Vosges.
2) Losing yourself in the maze of sumptuous corridors in the Louvre.
3) A walk in the Tuileries gardens or a trip on the Seine in a Bateau Mouche as you watch Paris slip gently by.
4) Lunch in a bistro near the Eiffel Tower.
5) A walk down the Champs-Elysées.
6) An evening at Montmartre.


Paris for Fashionistas

1) Explore the shops in Saint Germain des Près.
2) Have lunch in a café in the Marais, not too far from the rue des Francs-Bourgeois.
3) Drop into the Faubourg Saint Honoré to check out the latest trends before you visit an exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, the neighbouring Orangerie or the Art Deco museum.
4) Stop for a macaroon at Angelina’s, in an old-fashioned luxury hotel, the Meurice or the Régina, or why not tea in one of the Japanese tearooms around the Madeleine?
5) Relax in a spa.
6) Dine at the Spoon, Senso, Pinxo, or in a fabulous little Italian restaurant before heading for a nightclub, Le Baron or Paris-Paris perhaps?

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Paris for Foodies 

1) Try the organic produce at the chic market on the boulevard Raspail, wander round the market on rue Mouffetard taking in the history or, for a livelier, more down-to-earth experience, visit the Aligre market.
2) Take a course in wine tasting or cooking.
3) Find a table in a “grand siècle” style brasserie or enjoy the banter in a good no-nonsense bistro. Why not try one which specialises in tripe or Lyonnaise-style cuisine?
4) Buy truffles, fois gras or wine near the Madeleine, in the rue Marbeuf, in the unmissable grocery hall at the Bon Marché department store on rue du Bac or even at the Comptoir de la Gastronomie at Les Halles.
5) Discover a nice little small estate wine in a pleasant wine bar.
6) Treat yourself to dinner in one of Paris’s Michelin-starred restaurants.


Paris like a Parisian

1) Stock up at the market or why not take part in a demonstration; you will always find one at some street corner or other.
2) Take time to enjoy lunch in a little restaurant with close friends.
3) Do your shopping on rue de Rivoli, rue de Rennes or in the department stores at the Opéra.
4) Take a walk through a park or a museum.
5) Take advantage of the entertainment the city has to offer; why not go to a festival, a show at Bercy or La Villette, or if the weather is nice, what about a picnic at the Champs de Mars, the Invalides, on the banks of the Seine or in fact anywhere the setting is right?
6) Enjoy an evening at La Bastille, on the Champs-Elysées, at the Odéon or in the village of Bercy.


Paris for Arties

1) Have a leisurely read of Le Monde, Libération or the Figaro, as you sip a coffee at the Flore, or at place Saint Sulpice, place de la Bastille, place Gambetta, Les Abbesses… in fact, anywhere in the city you can find a square where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee as you watch the Parisians pass by.
2) Go in search of a book from the booksellers on the banks of the Seine, the literary bookshops (such as Colette, rue Rambuteau or la Librairie de la Hune in Saint Germain), or from one of the city’s libraries (Saint Geneviève, Mazarine or François Mitterrand).
3) Visit an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, the Maison Rouge, the Cartier Foundation or in the galleries of the rue de Seine or the Marais.
4) Explore the little-known corners of the Buttes Chaumont park or the Père Lachaise cemetery.
5) Disappear into a jazz club or an arthouse cinema.
6) Dine at a Japanese restaurant on the rue Monsieur Leprince, have a drink in the Odéon district, at the quai François Mitterrand or in Belleville. 


Paris for Lovers

1) Start the day with breakfast in the gardens of the Palais Royal then lose yourself in the little passageways nearby.
2) Explore the little streets of Montmartre and pay a short visit to the Musée de la Vie Romantique.
3) Have brunch in the Marais somewhere near the rue des Barres, place du Marché Sainte Catherine or on Saint Louis island.
4) If there are not too many people about, stop for a kiss on the Pont des Arts or, if you prefer somewhere more discreet, capture the moment at the Place Furstenberg.
5) Enjoy a glass of champagne at the tip of the Ile de la Cité, on a barge, at the Louvre, at Georges in Beaubourg or in the Chinese bar of the Plaza Vendôme hotel
6) Dine in a wonderful setting at the Train Bleu, the Ambroisie, Macéo, Dôme du Marais, Bouillon Racine, or for a more intimate atmosphere, at the Vieux Bistro, Hélène Darroze or at the Maison de l’Amerique Latine where you can enjoy the gardens in the summer. 


Paris for Traditionalists

1) Go for a morning jog on the Champ de Mars or through the Luxembourg gardens. 
2) Hunt around for antiques on the rue Saint Honoré or at the flea market.
3) Have lunch at a quiet restaurant on the left bank.
4) Follow in the footsteps of the orientalists at the Musée Guimet or the Musée Cernuschi.
5) Listen to a classical music concert in a Parisian church.
6) Spend the evening visiting some friends in their Parisian home.