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5 unmissable things to do in Paris

September 29, 2020

The saying goes that ‘Paris is always a good idea’. Our expert concierge share some of the many reasons why that’s true, with their own personal selection of favourite things to do. As the city gradually regains its vibrancy, now’s the perfect time to rediscover these world-famous landmarks.

Louvre and Musée d’Orsay

These two leading heavyweights of the art world have to be seen to be believed. They’re both home to so many amazing things but the best thing is that you’ll always find something new to delight in. Each time I visit, I feel like I have the whole history of France and Paris before me. It’s part of our rich heritage and I’m very proud of this. It’s incredible to think that the Louvre alone is home to 35,000 works of art. It’s definitely something you need to keep revisiting. Over at the Musée d’Orsay, my standout piece is the huge clock face. I love the idea that this historic building used to be a train station, and the views out over Le Meurice and Montmarte are like a work of art too.

Anouck Faivre, Concierge at Le Meurice

Eiffer Tower

Our famous ‘Iron Lady’ is the undisputed symbol of Paris. When it was built in 1889, this monument was famously meant to be a temporary addition to the city skyline but now we couldn’t imagine being without it. The Eiffel Tower is such an impressive piece of engineering and the view from the top is something else. Personally, I like the challenge of walking up rather than waiting for the elevator. There are lots of steps but the view changes as you go and the stunning panorama when you reach the top is ample reward for your effort. Suddenly you have the whole of Paris stretching out all around you.

Cyrille Jombart, Concierge at Hôtel Plaza Athénée

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Montmartre

Montmartre is a real cliché of Paris, with its cobbled streets, beautiful basilica, love of art and numerous bistros. The secret of its enduring appeal is that it’s full of charm. Perched high on the hillside in the 18th arrondissement, this famous Parisian district has lost nothing of the village feel that appealed to artists in the 19th and 20th centuries. It’s still a true melting pot of art and a source of inspiration for cinema. I like walking down the steps from the basilica and looking out across the city. It’s particularly beautiful to watch as the sun sets and city lights begin to sparkle.

Cyrille Jombart, Concierge at Hôtel Plaza Athénée 

Château de Versailles

Step back to the time of Louis XIV by discovering the Château de Versailles. Located just outside Paris, this castle is grandeur in the extreme. Discover 2,300 rooms and explore the extensive gardens, which change with the seasons. This place instantly transports me to the elegance of another era. I recommend a tour with one of their guides to get the most out of your visit then taking time to soak up your surroundings from the comfort of the Ducasse restaurant, Ore. Another must-see is the musical fountain show – such a magical experience.

Anouck Faivre, Concierge at Le Meurice

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Walk along the Seine

You get to appreciate a wonderful combination of Parisian landmarks and local life, especially during the summer months when the bars are open and lots of sporting activities take place. The bridges are another firm favourite of mine, particularly the opulent Pont Alexandre III and historic Pont Neuf. If you don’t feel like walking, you can easily catch a boat then simply relax and enjoy the ever-changing scenery.

Anouck Faivre, Concierge at Le Meurice

To complete your Parisian experience, stay in style at Le Meurice overlooking the world-famous Tuilereris Garden, or at Hôtel Plaza Athénée alongside the city’s finest fashion boutiques.

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