With the focus on the Tour De France this week, it was not surprising that Paris was the top of our radar, and on all our wish lists The infamous city of love and romance boasts breathtaking sites including Notre Dame, The Champs-Elysees, Chateau de Chambord and even the Stade de France which is pretty amazing.
Stroll along the avenue Montaigne for an unforgettable high fashion shopping experience and head to Café Verlet for an authentic French pastry and freshly roasted, aromatic coffee. With plenty to see and do (the Eiffel Tower is just the beginning) we've selected our favourite spots to eat, sleep and explore the capital of love.
Places to Eat
Le Stella - One of the last few remaining independent brasseries is located on a quiet corner of avenue Victor Hugo, serving French classics including roast lamb, onion soup, steak tartare and escargots (if you're feeling brave) and you don't even need a reservation
Ze Kitchen Galerie - Located in St-Germain-des-Pres, the artistic hub of Paris, this upscale neighbourhood is home to this contemporary French restaurant. Styled like the neighbourhood, the restaurant incorporates Asian flavours into each dish, specialising in pasta and fish.
Places to Sleep
Seven Hotel - If you're looking for something funky, dramatic and plenty of fun then then Seven Hotel is your answer With themed rooms including Alice in Wonderland and James Bond, you may not want to leave Sip cocktails or have a beer in the lounge bar all for around £150 per night
Hotel du Champs de Mars - If you're looking for a romantic spot that is close to famous landmarks, then this hotel is perfect. Pavement cafes are located just around the corner and you've even got the Eiffel Tower right at the end of the street. A great spot that's quiet with plenty of character.
Places to Explore
Louvre Museum - Visit one of the finest art galleries and view the iconic pyramid structure or even just pretend you're an extra in the Da Vinci Code film For the best view, visit the museum on a night and watch it transform into a golden wonder before your eyes.
Stade de France - Even if you're not a football fan, the stadium itself is not one to be missed. With an impressive design and elliptical shaped roof (so you don't get wet) you can enjoy matches and concerts in one of the 80,000 seats.
For more tourist information visit Paris Info