Wander through the charming streets of Paris while savouring its culinary delights and world-class wine. This romantic city is divided into 20 arrondissements (districts), each with its own character. Don't forget to grab a Pariscope at any kiosk; this free guide will tell you everything that's on in Paris that month.
The Seine is a beautiful river that meanders through the centre of Paris. With your latest holiday squeeze in hand, or perhaps just your camera, take a stroll along its banks and zigzag over the bridges while marvelling at the charming historical buildings that line both sides.
The French pretty much invented flea markets, and this particular one in Paris is the biggest in the world. You can easily spend an entire day rummaging through antique treasures and vintage goods at these stalls. Think old-fashioned brooches, postcards penned to lovers from long ago, and exquisite furniture that will have you wishing you had a Parisian apartment all of your own to put it in.
Montmartre is what every Parisian dream consists of. This little village, perched on a hill in the heart of Paris, is the artistic centre of the city. Walk the cobblestone streets of this romantic quartier and have a glass of red or two along the way in the name of culture.
This relatively new and super trendy nightclub on the left bank of the Seine opens its doors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm until 6am. The club is on the top floor of the Quai d'Austerlitz complex that contains shops, cafés and a fashion museum. Dance until the early morning on this swanky rooftop terrace.
No, it is not a myth - the croissants and baguettes (and cheese and cured meats and macaroons) in France are to die for. So is the wine. Together, they form the perfect recipe for a picnic in the sun. So why not sample a few of these French delicacies on the grass field in front of the Eiffel Tower? If you manage to stay till after sundown, you'll be treated to the tower being lit up like a Christmas tree – an exquisite spectacle.
In 1889, a man named Gustave Eiffel designed the tower as the entrance to the world's fair – a festival held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Today, the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, and you can climb all 81 stories of it by foot or by lift, the latter of which is a must better option unless you're superhuman. There are restaurants on the first and second floor, and for those who want to take it a little further, you can even have a glass of champagne on the top floor. The tower is open by day and by night – expect to queue unless you've got some hook ups (wink wink).
This legendary restaurant, located in an old train station, was founded in 1896 as a cheap eatery for workers. In its huge hall, you can order simple but delicious food and wine whilst you share your table with complete strangers. At the end, the waiter will write up the bill on the disposable tablecloth. Easy, straightforward and above all, very French!
7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre
Often referred to as the Temple of Art-Deco, this historical brasserie was a popular hangout for artists of Montparnasse. To this day, many celebrities show their faces (or hide them behind big sunglasses), as it remains the most famous restaurant in Paris. Start the night in style with some oysters and a French cheese platter, and end it by doing a runner, because the bill will be a hefty one!
102 Boulevard du Montparnasse
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? Popularised by film and song, The Moulin Rouge is yet another classic in Paris and is well-deserving of its international reputation. This cabaret venue in the heart of Pigalle, on the Boulevard de Clichy, is the best place to head if you want to see the shimmering of diamonds and a sea of ladies dressed in red peacock-feather outfits doing the can-can. But it's not all dancing – you can expect acrobatics, ventriloquy and even a snake pit on show. With its fairytale décor, the dining hall is a great venue for a dinner you won't easily forget, no matter how many bubbles you consume.
82 Boulevard de Clichy
Eating raclette may technically be a Swiss tradition, but the Parisians do it well – especially at Les Fondus de la Raclette. Here, you will sit at a table with an inbuilt stove and load it up with offerings from your own chopping board – think cheese, lashings of cured meats and a baked potato. Melt everything together in bubbly deliciousness, and eat it straight from the hotplate. Amazing.
107 Avenue Parmentier 75011
209 Boulevard Raspail 75014
19 Rue Joseph Dijon.
We'd say Dans Le Noir has to be seen to be believed, but that's not quite true, because when you dine here, you cannot see at all. Have the restaurant's blind waiters bring you a surprise two or three-course meal, and witness your other senses – especially your taste – explode as you devour the food in complete darkness.
51 Rue Quincampoix, 75004