Leading west from place de la Concorde, Avenue Champs-Élysées is the most famous of the dozen grand boulevards radiating from the Arc de Triomphe. This broad, leafy avenue is tailor-made for promenading, lined with exclusive boutiques, legendary Paris hotels, restaurants, cinemas and cabaret nightspots. Equally chic rue du Faubourg St-Honoré runs parallel, home to the Hermès flagship store. Couture houses cram the Golden Triangle formed by Avenue Montaigne running down to the Seine, where a string of grand buildings have views of the Eiffel Tower on the Left Bank.
Louvre and Marais
The Louvre Museum’s arcaded pavilions dominate the River Seine’s north bank, stretching from Pont Royal to Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest bridge. Luxury Paris hotels cluster off rue de Rivoli as it transforms from elegant to bohemian heading east to the Marais district. Nearby Châtelet metro has direct rail links to Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports. In the Marais, a lively mix of pedestrianised backstreets wind to cultural hubs like the Pompidou Centre, Paris’ best boutique hotels and late-night bars.
Montmartre and L’Opera
On Paris’ highest hill, in the north of the city, Montmartre is the quintessential ‘Parisian’ locale. Steep cobbled lanes lead to candlelit bistros and bars, lamp-lit squares like place du Tertre and balconied hotels adorned with flower boxes. Capping the hill are the white domes of Sacré Coeur Basilica. From here, panoramic views take in the Pigalle red-light district at the foot of Montmartre, and further south the hotels and shops of L’Opera.. Major rail hubs, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, are just a few metro stops away.