Paris, The City of Light' is a million things to a million people and has inspired and probably exhausted all the superlatives that can reasonably be applied. It has probably more familiar landmarks than any city in the world and is enchanting at any time, 'in summer, when it sizzles' and 'in winter, when it drizzles' as Cole Porter put it.

Paris is a uniquely compact city, measuring just six miles across and visitors take every opportunity to walk to destinations along wide boulevards and through small cobbled back streets to soak up the true atmosphere of Paris. Don't be afraid to get lost, as you will never be far from a Metro station.

If you have some free time during you visit, here are some suggestions of what you might like to do to make your visit to Paris memorable.  



Restaurant Chartier

7, rue du Faubourg Montmartre
75009 Paris
+33 (0) 1 47 70 86 29
Located a few minutes from bot our facilities, this classic, timeless Parisian restaurant.and authentic cuisine provides a classic environment in which to witness and engage in Parisian life.  Take in the impressive high-ceiling historic building complete with details such the waiters' traditional attire and the famous wall of named wooden drawers which at one time held the napkins of its most regular customers.

Le Jules Verne

2nd floor Eiffel Tower
+33 (0) 1 45 55 61 44
Fine cuisine. Long lead-times for evening bookings but lunchtimes can sometimes be often booked a few days in advance online. This is a very expensive choice but then you are paying for the view.

La Maison Blanche

15, avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris
+33 (0) 1 47 23 55 99
Refined cuisine with views over the Seine. Ideal for a special evening out.

Bel Canto

75, quai de L'Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 78 30 18
Every evening a quartet of young opera singers serve in the restaurant and perform the great airs of opera. A marvellous, unique dining experience.

Citrus Etoile

6, rue Arsène Houssaye
75008 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 89 15 51
Charming restaurant near Champs Elysées. An innovative menu combines new Californian with French classics.


28 rue Mont Thabor
75001 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 96 28 18
Authentic little Parisian Bistrot

Le Grand Colbert

4, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 86 87 88
Listed as a historic monument. Typical French dishes mixed with an exotic touch. Fabulous atmosphere and a Passerelles team favorite.

Café de la Paix

5, place de l'Opera
75009 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 07 36 36
Lunch or dine in a true Parisian institution.

Le Jardinier

5, rue Richer, 75009 Paris
A short stroll from Les Grands Boulevards, Le Jardinier is a grand example of a style known to Parisians as "Haussmannienne" in reference to the genius who created the Paris we know today. Classic dishes, warm professional service.

Swann et Vincent

7, rue Saint Nicolas
75012 Paris
+33 (0) 1 43 43 49 40
Welcoming, relaxed Italian restaurant conveniently located opposite Passerelles Bastille.

Café Barjot

18 avenue Ledru Rollin
75012 Paris
+33 (0) 1 43 43 46 07
Beautiful art nouveau décor. Embraces old style French cookery and contemporary world of cuisine.


5-7 rue de la Bastille
75004 Paris
+33 (0) 1 42 72 87 82
One of the oldest and most popular brasseries in Paris.

Want To Try Something Different?

Secret Dinner Party in Paris

.A cross between a private dinner party and a restaurant, 'clandestine restaurants' are springing up around Paris. There is no more insider lunch address in Paris than Lunch in the Loft (http://www.lunchintheloft.com/, approx €50 per head): the exact location is revealed only once you sign up for the party for eight at the home of Claude Cabri. An artist who loves to cook, Claude widened her sphere of guests a year ago when she started emailing food bloggers under the mysterious name of 'Miss Lunch'.

A more professional atmosphere can be found at the Hidden Kitchen (http://www.hkmenus.com/, €80 per head) in the Haussmannian apartment of young American chef Brad Perkins and his partner Laura Adrian. At their dinner parties, 12 guests sit down to a candlelit ten-course meal accompanied by four carefully chosen wines. The quality of the food at the Hidden Kitchen is astounding, and true gastronomes should not miss it, but you'll probably have more fun chez Claude.
















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