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If you're planning a citytrip to Paris, here's the place to start
Paris is a glittering world city with an unparalleled number of historic buildings and important museums. Two of Paris's best known sights are an absolute must: both the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou have collections of outstanding quality.
The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Gardens, is the second largest public park in Paris, and one of top must visit attractions in Paris. The park is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace. In 1611, Marie de Medicis, the widow of Henry IV and the regent for the King Louis XIII decided to build a palace in imitation of the Pitti Palace in her native Florence. Read more
Located on a small and peaceful street, just steps from Gare de l'Est and Gare du Nord, the Best Western Hotel Faubourg Saint-Martin is an ideal base for reaching the Grande Boulevards and the Halles shopping mall. Freshly renovated and refurbished, this Paris hotel is now trendy, urban, and will make you feel at home. Start your day with a bio and healthy breakfast buffet in the stone vaulted ceiling breakfast room. Ready to go out? You are in the right place for theatres, jazz-Soul & World Music (New morning), discount retail shops, old fashion Parisian brasseries and much more. The atmosphere of the typically Parisian distric is very cosmopolitan, with theatres, cinemas, shops, clothes wholesalers contributing to make it a lively commercial and cultural area. Easy to reach thanks to metro lines 4, 8 and 9 (the Strasbourg-Saint-Denis metro stop and Velib Station are just a 2-minute walking distance), this hotel has everything you might need for a perfect stay in Paris, including free wireless Internet access.
The hotel Pavillon Saint-Louis Bastille is situated in the heart of historical Paris, between the Place de la Bastille and the Gare de Lyon and within walking distance from the famous Place des Vosges and Marais district. A welcoming atmosphere invites guests to enjoy a pleasant stay, in a typical Parisian ambience. On-site facilities include a cosy bar and 2 fully equipped meeting rooms.
One of Paris' most historic restaurants, founded in 1793 by Catherine Lemoine, the decor of Chez la Mere Catherine respects its past, retaining features such as traditional antiques, chairs and a bar. Spread throughout large rustic rooms, this is the original 'bistro' overlooking the city, with a peaceful garden and a blooming flowery terrace for wonderful summer dining. Although the menu has certainly changed over the years to meet the wishes of the clientele, the changes are not so radical as to stray from the typical cuisine of France. Offerings on the menu include Honey Confit of Suckling Pig, Ginger Grilled Frog's Legs and Seabream with Mango Coulis, amongst other delights. Entertaining you with performances of yesteryear, cabaret singers put on a show every night, whilst you enjoy your dinner in the romantic atmosphere of the village of Montmarte.
Open until late every day, the Le R'Yves restaurant, bar and lounge is a cleverly designed Parisian restaurant, inspired by the style of the 1970's.
Leather seating, golden toned alcoves and a light panelled bar area complete the space in which the ambience is warm and relaxing. Head Chef Didier Petin is at the helm of the kitchen and presents a creative menu featuring simple yet sophisticated cuisine.
With 20 years of experience under his belt in well known restaurants such as La Fontaine Gaillon or Le Doyen Ăˇ Paris, Petin takes inspiration from the cuisine of Asia and the Caribbean in his dishes, often using exotic spices and produce. Tuck into dishes such as tomato chutney with grilled olive oil bread; fillet of red mullet with aubergine crumble; chicken tandoori curry with cardamom infused rice and Black Angus entrecote steak. Desserts include roasted pineapple; rum juice and coriander cake and the unforgettable Jivara millefeuille. After dinner head to the lounge bar where you can chill out to the music and enjoy a drink or two.
Found just behind the Montebello quay which looks out over the L'Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame, Le Reminet is a charming bistro, attracting both tourists and a regular resident clientele.
This authentic and charming restaurant fits in perfectly with this historic quarter of Paris and offers a gastronomic menu where dishes are a true work of art.
Chef Eric Ponchet has created a superb menu full of the freshest seasonal ingredients, always of a first class quality and prepared with passion. Le Reminet also boasts a fabulous wine cellar that will please all wine lovers.
This new contemporary culinary showcase can be found in the prestigious Place de la Madeleine in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Opened by Jacques Grange, the ambience is a refined one and food gourmets everywhere will be impressed by the beautifully presented dishes.
Try the famous Balik salmon, a recipe of 25 stages that dates back to imperial Russia over 150 years ago. Other dishes include crab, oysters and fresh caviar. The menu really does offer the ultimate in small pleasures.