The uniform sandstone of the Haussmann buildings, the abundance of gilded historic monuments, the sparkling Seine and its elegant bridges have undeniably made Paris the most recognizable and romantic urban landscape in the world. But while the city has its history – monarchy, revolution, revolt and artistic innovation – with a distinctive style, it is also increasingly focused on the future and the rest of the world. Those wishing to explore the rich heritage of the city can afternoon get lost in the Louvre, explore the Orsay Museum or slip into the innumerable historic churches of Paris (many of which have been reinvented as temples Republicans after the Revolution). For more contemporary tastes, many explorations are to be made in the districts less frequented by tourists – art art venues in the sloping streets of Belleville to boutique hotels and dive bars dipped in Pigalle.The Paris Mint (11 Quai de Conti, 00 33 1 40 46 56 66), the great Monnaie de Paris built under Louis XV, has been reinvented as a cultural space and welcomes this winter "Vanity, Identity, Sexuality", the first great personal exhibition of Grayson. Perry's work in France. It will run until February 3, 2019. For better or for worse, Paris adheres to the spirit of "startup" and The Felicità (Station F, 55, boulevard Vincent Auriol), an Italian company of the Big Mamma group, is based at Station F, the most prominent young business incubator in Paris, on the left bank. Fill up on pizza and taste the changing city.Double Dragon (52 Rue Saint-Maur; 00 33 1 71 32 41 95), which serves specialties of Asian influence (especially in the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan), is the most recent opening of the Levha sisters , whose The servan The restaurant enjoys the reputation of being one of the best neo-bistros in the city. There is no reservation so leave early to avoid the queues and order the fried tofu with XO sauce. Lutetia (45 Boulevard Raspail, 00 33 1 4954 4600), the most famous historic hotel on the left bank of Paris has reopened. It retains its roaring spirit with Art Nouveau and Deco elements restored and renovated, courtesy of Jean-Michel Wilmotte. There are still many elements to satisfy contemporary tastes, including an inventive seasonal menu and a marble-covered wellness area. Double rooms from 850 €.

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The Lutetia is the only grand hotel on the left bank. Credit: AMIT-GERON / Amit Geron More

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Add a getaway to the countryside to your city break with a night or two to The Barn (Moulin de Brétigny Commune Bonnelles 78830; 00 33 1 86 38 00 00), a new elegant hotel housed in an old mill in the heart of the forest of Rambouillet, an hour from Paris. Rambouillet is 40 minutes by direct train from Paris Montparnasse. Double rooms from 140 € (125 £). • The best things to do in Paris

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48 hours in. . . Paris

Day one

MORNINGFill up on energy for a day of exploration with poached eggs and salmon in a chic restaurant. Marcel(15 rue de Babylone, 75007; 00 33 1 42 22 62 62) and pursue the gourmet theme on the other side of the road The Grande Epicerie (38 rue de Sèvres, 75007; 00 33 1 44 39 81 00), the gastronomic hall of the legendary Le Bon Marché department store, where you can buy little things to take away – maybe Mariage Frères tea and chestnuts .

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Then head east Luxembourg Garden and take in the lines of plane trees and ornate parterres, with the top of the Eiffel Towervisible in the distance. Exit the north side of the park making sure to look at the magnificent Medici Fountain on your right. Go next to Street of Seine, via Odeon Squareby visiting the second-hand bookstores and independent galleries that line this historically bohemian neighborhood. Make a literary pilgrimage to (and stop at the coffee shop) at the now luxurious L & # 39; Hotel (13 rue des Beaux Arts), formerly the Hôtel d'Alsace, where resided Oscar Wilde, a penniless, at his death.

Stroll through the Luxembourg gardens and do not miss the Medici Fountain near the northern exit of the park. Credit: This content is subject to copyright, copyright./Spaces Images. More

For lunch, try the gourmet cakes at the Breton creperie Breizh Cafe (1 rue de l'Odeon, 75006; 00 33 1 42 49 34 73;) or Ippudofor some of the best ramen in Paris (14 rue Gregoire de Tours, 00 33 1 42 38 21 99). • The best free things to do in Paris AFTERNOONTo follow Street of Seine up to the river, emerging in front of the French institute building, taking the view on Pont des Arts at the Louvre across the river. Book in advance to visit Holy Chapel, (8 Boulevard du Palais, 00 33 1 53 40 60 80), the resplendent 12th century chapel built by Louis IX (you will have the impression of being in a jewel box of giant jewelery) .After, stop for a coffee in the vicinity of the 1920s cafe The Two Palaces (3 Boulevard du Palais, 00 33 1 43 54 20 86). cross Island of the City to arrive in front Our Lady; Steal a moment of calm in the gardens that line the right of the church before crossing the left bank to visit Shakespeare & Company (37 Rue de la Bûcherie), the outstanding English language bookstore frequented by Beat poets and still a hub for literary types.

Shakespeare & Company was frequented by Beat poets and remains a hub for literary types. Credit: this content is subject to copyright. / Edella More

Stroll on the quay of Montebello, return to the charming island Saint-Louis and stop for a nice hot chocolate at St. Regis Coffee (6 rue Jean du Bellay, 00 33 1 43 54 59 41). Go back to the left bank and take a walk Garden of plants botanical gardens; If you are traveling with your family, consider a visit to zoo(Menagerie garden plants, 57 rue Cuvier). LateRise up at the bar The Avant Comptoir (3 Crossroads of the Odeon, 00 33 1 44 27 07 50). Ask for wine recommendations and have fun choosing from the menu of small French plates – opt for mackerel with grapefruit and horseradish and terrine pork trotter. Or, if you're looking for cocktails, try Prescription Cocktail (23 Rue Mazarine, 00 33 9 50 35 72 87) for an inventive drink from the renowned Experimental Group.Finish with a classic film in the Romantic Romanticism of Film Library(9 Rue Champollion, 00 33 1 43 26 70 38) in the Latin Quarter. If you still want to continue, end the evening with live jazz in the atmospheric cellars of Caveau de la Huchette(5 rue de la Huchette, 00 33 1 43 26 65 05).

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The best bars in ParisPlease note that this route operates on foot, but bus number 63 also covers key sites on the left bank and is suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Day two

MORNINGHead to the history Red Children's Market in the High Marsh and grab a crepe for pastries or a breakfast at a legendary merchant Chez Alain Miam Yum (Rue des Oiseaux, 75003) – get there at the opening (9am) to avoid queues. Boulevard Beaumarchais (Bus 29 crosses the Marais, instead of walking) stopping at the chic concept store Thank you (111 Beaumarchais Boulevard, 00 33 1 42 77 00 33) their homeware section is exceptional – and deli House Plisson (93 Beaumarchais Boulevard, 00 33 1 71 18 19 09). Treat yourself to a delicious picnic with exceptional charcuterie, cheese and Bourdier butter from the deli.

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Descend to the ornate square of the seventeenth century, Place des Vosges. Warm up with a creamy coffee at the elegant Hugo Coffee (22 Place des Vosges, 00 33 1 42 72 64 04) at the north-east corner, or visit the Housefrom his Roman counterpart at the south-east corner (Victor Hugo House, 6 Place des Vosges). Output to Saint-antoine street via the southwestern boundary of the square through the secluded courtyards of a 17th century mansion Hotel de Sully. Rendez-vous in the heart of the Marais Vielle Street of the TempleFor lunch, try a tasty salad served with brio The pick-clops (16 rue Vieille du Temple, 00 33 1 40 29 02) or if you are relaxed, opt for falafel in the historic heart of the Ashkenazi Jewish community of Paris; The Ace of Fallafel (32-34 Rue des Rosiers; 00 33 1 48 87 63 60) is the most famous and undeniably delicious, but prepare for long queues. Walk in the Garden of the Rosiers – Joseph-Migneret (Rue des Rosiers), a quiet park hidden (like many good things in Paris) to the view.

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AFTERNOONHead west Centre Pompidou (Place Georges-Pompidou, 00 33 1 44 78 12 33) from Rose Street via Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, a hub for gay bars and businesses. Stop on the way for ice cream at an award-winning restaurant Ice cream in Paris (15 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 00 33 1 49 96 98 33), known for its combinations of inventive flavors, such as blackberry and jasmine.Please reserve in advance an exhibition at Pompidou; Cubism (until February 25, 2019) is one of the highlights of this season's programming. Make sure to make a stop at the top of the remarkable post-modern building for a drink (certainly, very expensive) at The george restaurant (00 33 1 44 78 47 99) and admire the panoramic views.

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Then, head west towards Halls. Turn right Rue Montorgueil and soak up the smells and images of this traditional shopping street – stop to perfection Anais florist (52 rue Montorgueil) and drool in front of a nice pastry shop Stohrer Pastry(51 Rue Montorgueil). For chic boutiques, explore nearby Tiquetonne street and Bachaumont Street for vintage finds and local designers. Rest your tired feet with a drink in the courtyard restaurant, ready for Instagram, to Hoxton Paris (30-32 rue du Sentier, 00 33 1 85 65 75 00).

After shopping on Tiquetonne and Bachaumont streets, head to Hoxton ParisPlus's Instagram restaurant.

LateStart with a cocktail at Harry's Bar (5 Daunou Street, 00 33 1 42 61 71 14), considered the birthplace of Bloody Mary – served with aplomb by waiters in white coats. Then dine at Conservatory La Régalade which serves bistronomy par excellence (9 Rue du Conservatoire, 00 33 1 44 83 83 60). Round off your stay in Paris with a touch of schmaltz (why not leave a little?) And take a cruise on the Seine in one of the iconic Bateaux Mouches (Port of the Conference), encompassing the Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre and Notre Dame illuminated by the spotlight and the yellow glow reflected on the river. It may sound a little touristy, but sliding on the water is never disappointing.

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Where to stay . .

Luxury life

The Royal Monceau Raffles is a contemporary version of this luxury palace class hotel, with a decor designed by Philippe Starck and fusion dishes of Nobu Matsuhisa, as well as rotating art exhibitions and an elegant "concept store". The hotel is located on Hoche Avenue, one of the roads that leave from the Arc de Triomphe on the Etoile Square. Double rooms from 850 € (749 £); 00 33 1 42 99 88 00

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Behind the elegant Parisian façade of National Hotel Arts and Crafts, elegant interiors reinvented by the Parisian designer Raphael Navot. The hotel is centered around an old inner courtyard, transformed into skylights covered with skylights, which rejoins the bar and restaurant. It is located north of the Marais. Double rooms from 250 € (221 £); 00 33 1 80 97 22 80

The discreet good taste reigns in the public spaces of the National Hotel of Arts and Crafts, where the blue and neutral tones mingle with artisanal elements. Credit: Jérôme Galland / Jérôme Galland More

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The pretty little girl Henriette Hotel is a comfortable and romantic base for a city break in Paris, just steps from some of the most charming attractions of the Bohemian Left Bank. It is the dream of a Instagrammer. Designer Vanessa Scoffier has a background in fashion journalism. His good taste and keen attention to detail are visible throughout the hotel. Double rooms from 89 €; 00 33 1 47 07 26 90

Each of the 32 rooms at Hotel Henriette is a bit different but all are inventive.

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What to bring home. . .

Add a touch of Parisian chic to your home with a designer piece from Sarah Lavoine House(6 Place des Victoires, 00 33 1 40 13 75 75). Or choose one of the tastiest cheeses in the city The Farmhouse (86 Rue Montorgueil, 00 33 1 42 36 70 96) on rue Montorgueil and pack your package under vacuum to bring it home.

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When should we go. . .

You can come to Paris anytime, but the atmosphere is very different depending on the time of year. Winter is a good time for parties and feast of game and oysters. Spring and early summer are the perfect time to enjoy the city's parks and café terraces, punctuated by the Music Festival on June 21 and the military parade and fireworks July 14th. In August, the capital slows and a beach invades the docks, some people like the feeling of calm, but many restaurants are closed and you may have trouble finding a Parisian in the area. Autumn begins with a boost of energy for the new cultural season, large openings of exhibitions and the arrival of new restaurants.

Know before you leave. . .

Essential information

British Embassy / Consulate: (00 33 1 44 51 31 00; For passports and most visitor services, contact the consulate at 15 rue d'Anjou (same phone number) rather than the embassy.Paris Tourist Office: (00 33 1 49 52 42 63;, 25 rue des Pyramides, 75001 ParisAmbulance (samu): call 15Police: dial 17Fire (fire): dial 18Emergency services from a mobile phone: dial 112

The basics

Motto: EuroTelephone code: From abroad, dial 00 33, then leave the zero at the beginning of the 10-digit number. Most Paris numbers start with 01; mobile phone numbers start with 06; numbers starting with 08 are special rate numbers ranging from 0800 free calls to premium rate callsTime difference: +1 hourTravel time: London to Paris Eurostar takes 2:15. The flight time is about one hour <h3 class = "canvas-atom-canvas-text Mo (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "
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Local laws and etiquette

The official titles (Sir, Madam and Miss) are much more used in French than in English. It takes years to master the laws of the vouvant (which version of "you" use). When in doubt – except when talking to children or animals – always use the formal form you (second person plural) rather than the more casual you. When driving, it is mandatory to keep fluorescent bibs and a hazard triangle in the car in case of a breakdown. .

Author bio

Hannah, a native of London, has spent years understanding the intricacies of French grammar before settling in Paris, where she works as a journalist specializing in French culture and society. She enjoys cycling through Parisian avenues and boulevards, spying on café terraces and visiting the weekly flea market in her neighborhood, Puces de Vanves.

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