From the quaint cobbled streets to wide sweeping shopping boulevards, the stunning architecture and world-class museums and galleries, Paris is a city that you will never tire of.
Take to the Seine
Hop on board the Bateaux Mouches to get your bearings on the city. Tours are informative, and in many languages, so you’ll learn more about Paris, its rich history and where its landmarks are located, ready for you to return to. If you like to walk, much of Paris can be explored on foot, so take your time and enjoy the scenic wander.
The obvious highlights shouldn’t be missed, but for something special book a table in one of the restaurants of the Eiffel Tower, situated on first and second floors (after you’ve ascended to the top and taken in the views).
Art lovers adore Paris, and it’s not hard to see why with the plethora of world-class galleries and museums, as well as street art. The Mona Lisa in The Louvre is, of course, one of the most celebrated paintings in the world, and you’ll have to queue to get a glimpse of it. The Musée d’Orsay is also worth a visit, but if you’re a fan of Claude Monet’s Water Lillies, then you can’t miss a trip to the Musée de l’Orangerie, just across the river from Musee d’Orsay. A small gallery set in Jardin des Tuileries, this is a quieter way to see his work, in a beautiful setting. Take a stroll around the pretty gardens afterwards while you’re there.
Visit Saint-Germain-Des-Pres and the Latin Quarter to explore little shops and parks. Stop for lunch at Le Deux Magots, a famous café that used to be a meeting place for intellectuals, with patrons including authors Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus and James Joyce, and artist Pablo Picasso. It’s still a trendy place to go, and you’ll probably have to queue to get a table outside, but it will be worth it for some people-watching over a croque monsieur.
Everyone knows Paris as the “City of Love”, and we agree it really is quite romantic. That’s not to say it’s not a great place to visit with friends, too, though, with plenty of fun activities and a buzzing nightlife scene. However, if you are there as a couple then there are the pretty tree-lined boulevards and a moonlit stroll down the banks of the Seine. For romantic fine dining, head to L’Avenue on L’Avenue Montaigne. Sit outside in warmer weather, or enjoy the intimate atmosphere and moody lighting inside. Seafood, steaks – whatever you pick is excellent.
Fans of Phantom of the Opera should visit the famous Paris Opera House, Opera Garnier. It was built in 1861 and the inside is fascinating, with the highlight being Chagall’s elaborately painted ceiling. There are plenty of restaurants around, including the famous Le Grand Café Capucines, which has been a Paris establishment since 1875. Don’t miss the crêpe suzette, flamboyantly flambeed table side in a delightfully retro way. This is in close proximity of shops, including Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.
Where to stay
La Clef Tour Eiffel Paris
With the most famous landmark on your doorstep, this is a perfect place to stay when visiting Paris. Amble down the Champs Elysée admiring the sights and window shopping at the designer stores, and when you’re ready for a rest, head back to the relaxing boutique hotel. From classic rooms to two-bedroom suites, everyone is catered for here. There’s a fully-equipped gym for fitness fans, and a breakfast room serving a traditional French petit dejeuner too, to set you up for the day.
Four Seasons George V
For a special trip away, the George V is known for its luxury. As well as a spa, there’s the three-Michelin-starred Le Cinq restaurant to indulge in.
Flights on Qatar Airways are direct and cost approximately QR5,000 in this season with a journey time of around seven hours. They fly three times a day to Paris. Turkish Airlines and FlyPegasus fly via Istanbul and return tickets cost approximately QR2,700 and QR1,700 respectively.
Explore on foot for the best way to see the city, in good weather. However, the metro is easy enough, 300 stations on 16 lines and a single ticket costing around €2 (QR8).