With world-class fashion designers, art museums and sporting championships, Paris represents a modern, thriving capital that bursts with innovation, edgy design and a love affair that never ends with elegance and great food. If you crave baguettes, art deco street signs, macarons and the voice of Edith Piaf, then you’ve come to the right place. Sip coffee over a copy of Le Monde and watch the (well-dressed) world glide by. Then see what else Paris gets up to in these 21st-century days.
A legendary cathedral with stained glass windows to impress even the uninterested.6 Parvis Notre Dame, 01 4234 5610
While the Moulin Rouge (92 boulevard de Clichy, 01 5309 8282) no longer has a bohemian vibe, it is still alive and (ahem) kicking. Meanwhile, Café de Flore (172 boulevard Saint-Germain, 01 4548 5526) thrives after dark with the literary ghosts of de Beauvoir, Camus and Sartre. For live jazz, visit Caveau de la Huchette (5 rue de la Huchette, 01 4326 6505); for techno and dance, try the Rex Club (5 boulevard Poissonière, 01 4236 1096); and for a classical evening out, visit the sumptuous Opéra Garnier (8 rue Scribe, 01 4001 1789).
Hotel Du Nord - 47 rue Albert Thomas, Tel: +33 01 42 01 66 00
This tiny establishment, which is located a stone's throw from the hip Canal Saint Martin, offers excellent value, friendly service, Wi-Fi, terrace café with canal views, a library, and even free bicycle loans to explore one of the city's more eclectic neighbourhoods.
Hotel le Parc Trocadéro - 55-59 Avenue Raymond Poincarré, Tel: +33 1 44 05 66
Well located in the chic 16th arrondisement, this Marriott-run property offers every modern convenience you could wish for, including spacious meeting rooms with the latest technology, a beautiful private garden, which doubles as a courtyard dining room, and a menu devised by super chef Alain Ducasse.
Hotel Jules - 49-51 rue La Fayette, Tel: +33 1 42 85 05 44
Prolific hotelier Grace Leo's newest Paris property is located not far from the business and shopping district of the Opera. It's also in easy reach of Paris' most famous auction house, Drouot, well-known antique dealers as well as some of the better theatres and more interesting restaurants. The 101-room hotel cultivates a modern vintage look and offers high-speed Wi-Fi, fitness centre, and an intimate bar perfect for cosy conversations.
Tel: (+33) 1 70 36 39 50
Distance from town centre 15km.
Getting to Orly
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