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The very best places to go, things to see and what to eat in the best of all possible places - Paris.
My favorite spot to stay in Paris. Small hotel smack in the middle of the 6th arrondissement. Charming folks behind the desk, decent English spoken if that's important (the owner is English) and a lovely bar for a glass of champagne at the end of a hard day....Cafe Laurent (but the bartender's name is Flavio) also offers jazz most nights. Rooms are decent sized for Paris and they offer Hermes toiletries and big, comfy terrycloth bathrobes.
Just around the corner from the Hotel d'Aubusson. Typical Parisian cafe but with the ambience of the rue de Buci street market. Snotty waiters, warm croissants.
Take a stroll through the garden before lunch. Sail the boats, sit on the benches to feel the sun on your face, take your kids to the carrousel. Grab a newspaper (Herald Tribune?) and enjoy the park. Just don't sit on the grass.
Hip cafe just up the street from the Hotel D'Aubusson - stop here for lunch when you've shaken off your jet lag. They have a wonderful roast chicken and a great club sandwich.
Yes, you can shop here (and they have a fantastic selection of Longchamp handbags and the MaxMara picks are superb) but you should also go to view the incredible domed iron celing designed by Gustave Eiffel. Bon Marche also has several spots for a quick coffee.
Pop in for an apertif after shopping. Less tourist than the Deux Magots.
A 'bargain bistro" offshoot of the famous Guy Savoy. Delicious meals although the dining room can be overrun by Americans.
A stroll across the bridge at night to catch the lights of the Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame and the boats.
No trip to Paris is complete without a ride on the Bateaux Mouches (or any of its competitors - in fact I tend to prefer the Ponts Vedettes the best).
A great little museum with a restaurant serving lunch and brunch.
A wonderful cafe located in the (I believe) Trocadero wing of the Louvre.
Yes they do smell ( a bit ) but it's a fascinating tour behind the scenes of how water etc. move through Paris.
Come for the view on the top floor - incredible view out over Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame etc. Have a coffee at the cafe and unwind for hours.
You'll need to dig a bit to find out how to get here (I walked with friends from the 16th) and you'll need to "ferry" across the small river but it is lovely on a sunny Sunday.
Often hosts musicals that run subtitles if you're concerned about rapid funny french.
And if your french is better... watch comedy at the Point Virgule.
Bad link (sorry) - but this is my hands down favorite magazine with listings of things to do in Paris. Has a guide to current (and upcoming) movies, shows, events, museum opening hours etc. EXTREMELY HANDY