Enjoy culture and retail in Europe’s style capital Paris

My partner and I want to treat ourselves to a long weekend break and are thinking of visiting Paris. We love art and culture but we also want to have some fun and do some shopping so we’d love some suggestions on what to see and do while we are there.

My partner and I want to treat ourselves to a long weekend break and are thinking of visiting Paris. We love art and culture but we also want to have some fun and do some shopping so we’d love some suggestions on what to see and do while we are there.

Paris is the perfect city for someone interested in arts and culture and you’ll find museums and historic buildings at every corner. However, there is more to the city than the main attractions in the guide books, so be sure to check out the side streets which are filled with quaint shops and wonderful restaurants which are all worth exploring.

Paris oozes charm and has a certain je ne sais quoi that you won’t find in any other city so it is quite clear why millions of people visit every year and many return multiple times. Given that you are on a weekend break, one of the best ways to take in all the sights the city has to offer is by taking a sightseeing tour bus. A one-day unlimited pass costs around €27 per person and takes in all the best known sights including the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Sacré Coeur (pictured).

Probably one of the most iconic monuments in the world is the Eiffel Tower and is definitely one you can’t go home from Paris without visiting. A trip to the top of the tower is a must where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city, but be sure to take the lift rather than the stairs! I would recommend visiting the tower in the evening as the crowds are a little bit lighter and the sight of the tower all lit up is quite spectacular.

As the style capital of the world, you won’t be disappointed with the shopping in Paris. Check out the Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honoré for the crème de la crème of haute couture even if you are just window shopping. The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is one of the most famous streets in the world and has a mixture of high street and high-end fashion, from Zara to Louis Vuitton.

If shopping in the city gets too much for you, take a trip to La Vallee shopping village. This outlet centre is by far one of the best in Europe with brands like Givenchy, Paul Smith, Longchamp, Marni and Coach having a presence. It is very easy to reach by hopping on the RER to Val D’Europe and the journey should not take longer than 30 minutes but it is well worth the trip. Alternatively there is an express bus from the city centre.

Where to stay:

Hotel Glasgow Monceau Paris (***)

Prices start from €101 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

This three-star modern hotel is located near the L’Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees and there are two metro stations situated nearby for easy access around the city. Relax with a glass of wine on the indoor patio after a long day sightseeing.

Champs Elysees Mac Mahon (****)

Prices start from €272 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

The four-star hotel is located at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe and a few steps from the Palais des Congrès. The rooms are adorned with velvet curtains, Murano glass chandeliers and blue carpets to give it guests the greatest amount of comfort and luxury.

Hotel le Littre (****)

Prices start from €221 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

This four-star hotel is located near to Notre Dame and has views of the Eiffel Tower. Relax in the bar after a day shopping and unwind in your room for the night with a flat screen TV, broadband and a minibar.

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