Things to do here
The extensive collections of the Louvre and the Impressionist masters of the Musee d’Orsay are a must for any first time visitor to Paris. The Metro is not only one of the oldest in the world, it's also one of the most extensive, so getting around is easy and fun. Food, in all its manifestations in Paris, is a joy. The local bistros, that in many cases offer the food of specific French region, are still frequented by office workers at lunchtime and there’s no city that does fine dining quite like Paris.
With three Michelin stars, fine dining in Paris doesn’t come any fancier than chef Pascal Barbot’s cuisine at L'Astrance. Still a firm favourite with Parisians, you'll need to reserve two months in advance (one month for lunch). In the 16th arrondissement at 4 Rue Beethoven, 75016. Phone: +33 1 40 50 84 40.
Mirrored walls, floral motifs and ceramic tiling dating from 1906 still decorate what was originally a restaurant for workers. Dishes at Bouillon Racine include hearty fare like suckling pig. A Parisian classic.
- Located in the trendy Oberkampf neighbourhood, the four-star Hôtel Fabric was originally a 19th-century textile factory. Vibrant rooms come with flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and minibars, as well as cement-tiled bathrooms with rainfall showerheads. Some have redbrick walls, sofas and/or courtyard views.
- In the bohemian Marais district, a block from the Saint-Paul metro stop, Hotel Emile is a relaxed boutique hotel just 2km from the Musée du Louvre. Casual, streamlined rooms with double-glazed windows feature white-tiled, open-plan bathrooms, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Complimentary breakfast is served in a bright dining room.