Paris, France, For First-timers
France’s City of Light has stolen visitors’ hearts for centuries; prepare to be bowled over by some of the world’s finest bistros, grandest gardens and most exquisite architecture.
The allure of Paris, they say, is timeless…
What Is There to Do?
Dress up and show up. Paris is glamorous and ritzy, the home of haute couture, bohemian quarters, art treasures, historic architecture, and iconic cuisine in Michelin-starred restaurants and in cosy bistros.
Food & Drink
It would be criminal to come to Paris and not spend time in pretty Montmartre, the hilly, bohemian area once notorious for its red light district that fed the Moulin Rouge. It can be tourist, so it’s a welcome surprise to find Le Miroir – a modern bistro smack in the middle of it all. It serves delightful patés and rillettes, and other well-prepared French staples.
Tucked down an inconspicuous alley, this bijou bistro with stonewalls and wooden tables is a classic. Frenchie is always packed and for good reason: excellent-value modern dishes prepared with just the right dose of unpretentious, creative flair. Book in advance, or try tapas across the street at the no-bookings-needed Frenchie Bar à Vins.
One of the oldest patisseries in Paris, Ladurée has been around since 1862 and was the original creator of the lighter-than-air macaron. Its tearoom is a top spot at which to indulge on the Champs-Elysées. Alternatively, pick up some pastries to go from croissants to those trademark macarons, it’s all quite heavenly.