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My perfect day in Paris

Find out how our BA expert, Karen Stride, spends 24 hours in Paris.

collapsedshowRue Montorgueil – a foodie paradise
Rue Montorgueil – a foodie paradise.

Rue Montorgueil – a foodie paradise

You’ll think that you’ve arrived in ‘foodie heaven’ as you stroll along Rue Montorgueil – I couldn’t quite believe what I’d stumbled across! It’s lined with the most incredible patisseries, boulangeries and chocolatiers and the smell of bread, chocolate and cheese will make you want to eat it all. If you have time, I’d recommend grabbing a café au lait and an outdoor seat – the perfect spot for people watching. Or simply absorb the wonderful atmosphere as you pass through – although in my opinion, window shopping is impossible as the colourful macarons, flawless chocolates and irresistible gateaux squares call out to you.

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Unmissable Marais.

Unmissable Marais

I loved the Marais area. Even on a drizzly day its charm and appeal won me over. Trendy but not pretentious, this picturesque area is bursting with an eclectic mix of shops. I stumbled across two taste-bud-tingling finds that shouldn’t be missed. After some retail therapy, head to locals favourite, Chez Hanna, for lunch and for enormous (and somewhat impossible to eat) falafels. You’ll be far too full to savour another bite, but before you move on make sure you visit L’éclair De Genie. If like me, you're a sucker for a sweet treat, a peak through the window at the endless lines of eclairs will lure you in. Don’t let the queues or price tag put you off – they’re well worth it!

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Pop-up bars along the Seine.

Pop-up bars along the Seine

The Musée d'Orsay is a ‘must see’ on any trip to Paris – even if you’re not an ‘art lover’ you’ll appreciate this stunning building and its contents. Grabbing a drink in the museum isn’t cheap – so I was delighted to find some laidback ‘pop-up’ bars along the Seine that are quite charming.

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Lose yourself in the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Lose yourself in the Jardin du Luxembourg

My favourite Paris park was definitely Jardin du Luxembourg. Grab yourself a drink (mulled wine does the trick when it’s chilly) and make your way down to the boating lake. The surrounds are scattered with chairs – the perfect place to rest your feet and take it all in. I spent ages just watching people sailing the boats – wondering if they would ever capsize! My favourite sight was a group of older French gentleman playing chess – there was something very humbling about it. If you like a bit of ‘people watching’, you’ll love it here.

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The best views of Paris.

The best views of Paris

I love the way that the lights of Paris twinkle at night and after-dark the Arch de Triomphe provides an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower's dazzling light show. As the meeting point of 12 avenues, the base of the monument is somewhat chaotic. But climb the stairs (there’s quite a few) to the top and you’ll be greeted with a much calmer experience.

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Walking tour of Montmartre.

Walking tour of Montmartre

I’d highly recommend an evening walking tour of Montmartre with a local – for me it ticked every box. Many people recommend seeing this area at night, but probably an equal amount warn you of its somewhat promiscuous reputation. We started off by the bright lights of Moulin Rouge and wound our way up to Sacré Coeur – the highest point in Paris. It’s a bit of a walk, but by the end you’ve seen lots, learnt about the crazy antics of its artist residents and built up an appetite to grab dinner in one of Pigalle’s neighbourhood bistros.

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Luxury breaks in Paris.

Chic Paris is perfect for luxury breaks. Make your way to the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store or elegant Place Vendôme for designer-boutique shopping. At the ideally-located Park Hyatt Paris – Vendôme, treat yourself to indulgent pampering at its sumptuous spa. Or stay at one of our luxury palace or boutique hotels and dine in lavish style. With three Michelin stars accredited to its restaurant, the 5 star Le Meurice offers a superlative culinary experience.

Paris shopping

Paris shopping

As one of the world’s foremost fashion capitals, the opportunities for designer-label shopping in Paris are endless. Find cutting-edge clothing at the flagship Galeries Lafayette or Printemps department stores, and ultra-chic boutiques of Place Vendôme. Head to Forum Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli for high street brands. Or make your way to bohemian Le Marais for eclectic fashions and unique art shops. The enormous Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen flea market is a must for bargain hunters.

Romantic Paris vacations.

Romantic Paris vacations

Paris is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in the world. Its stunning historic monuments, beautiful bridges, pretty parks and intimate bistros invite couples on special vacations. Gaze at the twinkling lights of the city on a romantic dinner cruise along the Seine. Share a kiss under the ‘lover’s bridge’ at Pont Marie and toast special occasions with Champagne at Flûte Bar & Lounge. And the top of the Eiffel Tower is, of course, a popular place for marriage proposals.

Paris family vacations

Paris family vacations

Spend unforgettable family vacations or memorable day trips at magical Disneyland® Paris. Dive into an underwater adventure at the SEALIFE Paris aquarium. The superb Pompidou Centre isn’t just for adults, children can have fun learning about modern art and architecture at the museum’s interactive Galerie des Enfants. Explore exciting themed worlds at Parc De La Villette or go ice-skating on winter family vacations in Paris. Stay at one of our hotels near Disneyland with fantastic facilities for children.

Paris sightseeing

Paris sightseeing

Fill cultural breaks in the French capital with visits to stunning historic monuments, iconic landmarks and internationally renowned Paris museums. Explore central Paris by foot on a bus tour to see landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and majestic Palais Garnier opera house. Visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles and see priceless artworks including the Mona Lisa at the world-famous Louvre museum. The striking architecture of the Pompidou Centre is almost as fascinating as the modern-art treasures it houses.

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Paris weather

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Five things to do in Paris when it's sunny

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It's a city of indoor pursuits — museums, galleries, world-class shopping — but summer offers a chance to enjoy the very landscape of the city.

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