Local Guide to Paris near Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Well deserving of its moniker, The City of Light is as beautiful by day as it is when illuminated at night. This is a city where hours can easily be spent wandering amongst the cobbled streets, taking in the heady mix of art, music, food and culture. No matter what you seek, with this two-day itinerary you’ll never be far from the best attractions Paris has to offer.
Start the day with a jog or a walk around the Parc du Champ-de-Mars, 15 minutes’ walk to the Quai Branly end.
Parc du Champ-de-Mars
A swathe of green in the heart of the city, the Champ-de-Mars is a sprawling, rectangular park stretching from the Eiffel Tower at its northern edge to the École Militaire at its southern. A jog through the greenery offers up uniquely Parisian views (and an opportunity to burn off those Parisian pastries, too).
Then, head back to the hotel to freshen up, before taking a 10-minute walk to the Marché Président Wilson.
Marché Président Wilson
Held every Wednesday and Saturday, this sprawling open-air food market is one of the largest in Paris, and the fare on offer is as fresh as it is eclectic. Fresh lobster from Brittany, roses, artisan cheeses and escargots – amongst a number of other treats – all vie for the attention of local shoppers.
From the market, Le Petit Palais is 20 minutes away on foot or five minutes by taxi.
Le Petit Palais
Constructed in 1900 to coincide with the Exposition Universelle (World Fair), the decadent Petit Palais is today one of the city’s most intriguing museums. Set across four wings, the fine art museum offers decorative murals, sculptures, and works from Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Avenue Montaigne is then a 10-minute walk from the museum.
The luxurious Avenue Montaigne is ideal for an afternoon of browsing, thanks to its many high-fashion jewellery and designer boutiques. Stop for lunch and a coffee at one of the area’s picturesque cafes and indulge in some people watching before continuing with your shopping – window or otherwise.
Then continue your walk along the Avenue Montaigne to get to Dior.
The Christian Dior flagship store on Avenue Montaigne is a classically elegant affair. The first boutique opened by the French design icon, the beautiful townhouse stocks the latest looks from Dior. A visit here is as much a lesson in couture history as it is a luxury retail experience.
From Christian Dior, the hotel is two minutes’ walk away.
Start the day exploring the avenue Matignon, 10 minutes away from the hotel on foot.
Nestled in the eighth arrondissement, elegant Avenue Matignon plays host to some of the city’s most venerable art galleries, cultural institutes and antique shops. Auction house Christie’s Paris, and appointment-only contemporary art gallery Matignon Jany Jansem, are two addresses that can be found here, making this most elegant of thoroughfares a treat for both browsers and buyers.
Next, take a 10-minute walk to the Musée Jacquemart-André.
This 19th century mansion is now an art museum – housing its former inhabitants’ impressive art collection – and has been open to the public since 1913. An afternoon spent here will afford visitors a glimpse into the gilded lives of art collectors and society figures, Edouard André and Nélie Jacquemart – not to mention the building’s opulent interior.
Take a 10-minute taxi or 25-minute walk to your next destination, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent
The lifeworks of the fashion maestro, Yves Saint Laurent, are on display at the museum bearing his name in the 16th arrondissement. The hôtel particulier itself was the couturier’s haute couture house for 30 years and today plays host to a rotating selection of retrospective displays and special exhibitions dedicated to his designs and vision.
Then take a five-minute walk to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées has been a beacon of the performing arts in Paris since it threw open its grand doors in 1913. Over the past century, the theatre has played host to innumerable performances of music, opera and dance, with everyone from Leonard Bernstein to Maria Callas gracing the stage. Get here before the performance begins and enjoy a drink in the bar while admiring the theatre’s beautiful interiors.
From here, walk two minutes around the corner to Crazy Horse.
Crazy Horse has been a glamorous destination and a temple to Parisian nightlife for decades. From the plush velvet seats to the glamorous, creative razzle dazzle of the performances, it’s clear to see why Crazy Horse has transcended from theatre to legend. Settle in to enjoy the show and prepare to go crazy for “Le Crazy”.
The hotel is then two minutes’ walk away.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.