Paris is over-the-top romantic, so as soon as you step off the plane, just go with it. From lounging in chic hotels and sipping cocktails at cool cafes to sneaking in some insane sightseeing, “The City of Light” is all about indulging yourselves to the max.
Smooch + Sleep
• In walking distance from the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees, Hotel Valadon sends you off with some of their homemade jam as a souvenir. Rooms have a hint of Moulin Rouge-inspired drama (from $177; HotelValadon.com; 33-1-47-53-89-85).
• Stay at the Grand Hotel Francais and check out the nabe’s boutiques and cafe terraces. You’ll sleep well thanks to the soundproof rooms (from $164; Grand-Hotel-Francais.fr; 33-1-43-71-27-57).
Sip + Snack
• Take a break from all of that sightseeing and enjoy a warm cafe au lait and a croissant at one of Hemingway’s favorite old hangouts, Les Deux Magots (LesDeuxMagots.fr; 33-1-45-48-55-25).
• Cozy and social Le Timbre makes flavorful bistro fare -- escargot and duck confit -- seem effortless, despite a staff of only two people (RestaurantLeTimbre.com; 33-1-45-49-10-40).
• Going to the Eiffel Tower, especially at night, is a no-brainer during your stay. But to cover a lot of ground before sunset, from Napoleon’s Tomb to the Arc de Triomphe, City Segway Tours are the new way to go (CitySegwayTours.com/paris; 866-614-6218).
• Musee Rodin, with its underpriced sculpture garden (admission is just around $1.30 per person!), is the complete opposite of your run-of-the-mill, stuffy museum experience; plus, you’ll get to spend the afternoon in the great outdoors instead of being cooped up inside (musee-rodin.fr; 33-1-44-18-61-10).
• Browse market essentials (and maybe buy a couple of things while you’re at it!) on Rue Cler. From produce, meats, and baguettes to cheeses, chocolates, and wines, this street market is perfect for a yummy afternoon stroll (Rue Cler, 7th Arrondissement).
• Stand in awe of the Gothic architecture and stained glass of Sainte-Chapelle (4 boulevard du Palais; 33-1-53-73-78-52).
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