10 must-visit places in Paris

From Le Bristol to L'Avenue to the Palais-Royal, Paris is a city of must sees. 

August 10, 2014

To Stay

1. Le Bristol

One of the capital’s classiest hotels, the palace-like Le Bristol has 188 rooms, Michelin-starred restaurants and a roof-top pool that overlooks the Eiffel Tower. Truly stunning. Details: visit lebristolparis.com

2. Buddha Bar hotel

Greeted by red lanterns, silk mosaics and ceramic dragons, this 5-star boutique hotel offers something unique. The converted 18th-century mansion is awash with neo-Asian influences and impeccable hospitality. Details: buddhabarhotelparis.com

3. Le Peninsula

Although it might not be re-opening until August, Le Peninsula is still the talk of the town. Following nearly six years of restoration, the iconic hotel looks set to regain its place at the top of Paris’ most wanted list. Details: paris.peninsula.com 

To Eat

4. Costes

Set within the uber-cool Hotel Costes, the exquisite open-air Italian-style dining courtyard and sultry black-velvet lounge bar is a prime location for a spot of people watching. Details: visit hotelcostes.com

5. L'Arpege

Thanks to the brilliant mind of Alain Passard, L’Arpege has earned its three Michelin stars by focusing on vegetables as opposed to meat dishes. The produce is picked every morning from farms in nearby Le Mans, and the flavours are simply magnifique. Details: visit alain-passard.com

6. Le Dali au Meurice

By combining two world-famous names: Salvador Dali and the Le Meurice Hotel – you know you are in for something truly spectacular. This elegant fine-dining restaurant is awash with quirky touches (chairs with feet in the form of ladies shoes and Le Meurice's iconic lobster telephone) that the artist would approve of. Details: visit dorchestercollection.com/Le-Meurice 

7. L'Avenue

Picture Paris’ dinning scene and you’ll envisage a wonderfully elegant street-side restaurant, with tables strewn over the pavement and espressos in hand. L’Avenue is all that and so much more. Details: avenue-restaurant.com 

To Do

8. Montmartre

Originally a refuge for artist and quirky creative types, Montmartre has boomed and become a must-visit tourist stop. If you can escape the over-priced crepes and tacky keyrings, the quaint streets that wind and weave themselves around Paris’ most famous hill, are not to miss. Neither are the views.

9. Centre Pompidou

Once described as ‘Love at second sight’, the imposing Pompidou Centre doesn’t fit Paris’ quaint aesthetic – but that’s because it’s not meant to. Opened in 1977, the hugely distinctive building was first met with distaste, but soon became a national icon for its impact on the world of architecture. Today, it houses the largest modern art museum in Europe, a centre for music and a vast public library.

10. Palais-Royal

Built in 1629, the breathtaking Palace has a history almost as exciting as Paris itself. From housing French royalty, to being modded in the revolution of 1848, to nearly being destroyed in a fire in 1871. While the palace is not open to the public, the impressive Cour d’Honneur courtyard and gardens are.