Long considered the fashion capital of the world and the epitome of style, Paris is perhaps the most elegant and glamorous city in all of Western Europe. Steeped in tradition and famously cosmopolitan, Paris portrays a village-like metropolis whose residents continue to be notorious for their attitude and hauteur view of life. With its reputation as a magnet for writers, artists and dissidents, Paris remains at the forefront of Western intellectual, artistic and literary life. Offering monument-lined boulevards, museums, classical bistros and boutiques enhanced by a new wave of multimedia galleries, creative wine bars, design shops and tech start-ups. Check out our exclusive insider’s guide for everything you need to know about travelling to Paris.
When to Travel
The best time to visit Paris is perhaps when all the Parisians are on holiday…
Paris, like most major cities can be visited throughout the year, however it is important to decide what you want to see during your sojourn to the city of lights as it may not be open or accessible. A visit in the spring from late March to May can be wet as well as wonderful. The sun has begun to shine, the temperature is on the rise and the overall gloom of winter is fast fading from memory. Enjoy your first picnic along the Seine or linger a little longer at your favourite café on their terrace. It is worth noting that spring break in April does see a surge of visitors to the city from across Europe.
Paris comes alive at Summer, its cafes, restaurants and bars adorned with beautiful visitors and residents spilling out onto the gorgeous streets. The Seine provides the perfect place to stroll and overall the city is just spectacular. The Fête de la Musique provides music and mischief as buskers and singers provide entertainment throughout the night on June 21. The city’s LGBTQ Pride March is the backdrop for what appears to be the biggest party of the month. The city celebrates Bastille Day with a glittering fireworks display. Couple this with the many activities on offer such as concerts, outdoor cinema, the beautiful beaches to be discovered along the Seine and a sun that sets late into the evening, and you can’t go wrong.
A visit in the autumn from September to mid-November is one of my favourite times as the weather is gorgeous, the crowds that much thinner and the city welcomes some amazing events. The Salon du Chocolat, Journée de la Patrimoine, and Nuit Blanche all occur at this time of the year. Paris feels a little more relaxed and revived as the city’s inhabitants settle back into their daily lives after a busy summer and the August break. It is still considered “high season”. However, rates typically begin to fall as you head into October.
Paris in the winter from late November to early March means you’ll have to bundle up, dress warm, grab the scarves, fleece and jackets. You’ll also notice that prices begin to rise in the lead up to Christmas, but this doesn’t mean you won’t get value. Especially as the Christmas Markets and Lights add a touch of magic to the city during the often frosty days. As the new year settles in this is perhaps the best time to visit the many museums and galleries that help make Paris so famous. All cultured out, then head to the shops for the soldes or nation-wide sales which take place in January. It is also a great time to jump the queue for many a major attraction where lines are virtually non-existent. You are also best positioned to grab a bargain luxury break as hotel rates are at their lowest during the year.
Where to Stay
Hotel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel – Fresh off a head-to-toe refurbishment, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, is the epitome of the elegance and spirit of Paris. Here, in one of the world’s most majestic hotels, guests sink into the warmth and refinement of guestrooms offering a comfortable blend of 18th-century heritage and contemporary creature comforts. Dining options include Paris’s best-kept secret, L’Ecrin the distinctive Brasserie d’Aumont the Jardin d’Hiver; and the hotel’s favored rendezvous spot, Bar es Ambassadeurs. Savor quiet moments at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, with its carefully curated menu of selected East Asian- and French-inspired treatments.
Four Seasons Hotel George V – The redecorated rooms and suites of this legendary hotel, awarded VIRTUOSO HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2019 create the atmosphere of luxurious Parisian apartments, as in new Parisian and Eiffel Tower signature suites. Take advantage of the marble courtyard and Artistic Director Jeff Leatham’s floral arrangements throughout the hotel. Experience French Haute Gastronomy at three-Michelin-stars restaurant Le Cinq; Mediterranean cuisine at Le George or innovative cuisine at intimate l’Orangerie – both Michelin-star-awarded. Don’t miss the brand new Spa, offering a unique facial expertise, results-driven treatments, and state of the art fitness facilities.
Hotel Lutetia – Hotel Lutetia is an iconic landmark situated in the vibrant Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris and the only luxury Palace hotel on the city’s Left Bank. Originally opened in 1910, the building’s design was a daring move from Art Nouveau to the emerging style of Art Deco. The Lutetia delivers an authentic Parisian experience and has been at the heart of the local community for more than 100 years. The hotel now features an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and lounges throughout the historical ground floor including the return of the Lutetia Brasserie under the supervision of three Michelin starred chef Gerald Passedat and the Saint-Germain refined restaurant that delights the senses from breakfast oeufs fermiers to after-dinner gourmandises orchestrated by executive Chef Benjamin Brial. Unique to the area, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is Lutetia’s 700 sqm/7,500 sqft spa dedicated to wellbeing and fitness and featuring a 17m swimming pool bathed in natural daylight.
Where to Dine & Drink
What Not to Miss
No visit to Paris would be complete without stopping by at least one of her famous cathedrals. A personal favourite is Sacré-Coeur Basilica, where from the top of Montmartre Hill she overlooks Paris and her citizens providing possibly the most magnificent view point.
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