Stunningly beautiful decor and fabulous music. Come and have just the one drink, unless you're loaded, and take in this Parisian beauty. And buy a cd on the way out. La Suite is highly recommended.
239 rue St-Honore
Telephone: (00 33 1) 4244 5000
One of world-renowned chef Joel Robuchon's new ventures, the principle being: no reservations, small-sized dishes, bar seating on high stools, design.
His aim is to provide top-quality food without the fuss and pomp of the traditional gastronomic restaurants. The food is delicious (not if you're on a diet though, but it's worth breaking your diet for), presented impeccably and portions are small (tapas-style). The restaurant is aiming for a trendy, design look (all black and red, from the stools, bar and crockery to the clothes the staff wear), with muted lights. Diners are seated at a u-shaped bar, and so it is ideal for couples (more than that, and the conversation would be difficult).
The only issue is that they take no reservations. You can turn up from around 18.30 and they will tell you when you will have a table. Be prepared to dine late (my brother and I ate at 23.00!). As there are no nice bars to wait at, I recommend you walk about ten mins up the Boulevard St Germain and have a drink at the mythic Cafe de Flore or Les Deux Magots.
I recommend taking any dish served with the mashed potatoes (only an accompaniment, but absolutely divine - think butter with a bit of potato). And the poached egg in girolle soup was delicious.
5, rue Montalembert
Metro: Rue du Bac (Ligne 12)
This is one of the world's best small luxury hotels, right in the heart of Paris, and blocks from the Louvre and Palace Garnier (opera house). The historic building, with a round lift, has several beautifully decorated suites. The staff are attentive and arrange anything. Special offers on the hotel website can bring the price down to a 2-for-1. So if you want a multi-room suite, this is the way to go.
It's a superb yet not too expensive restaurant that specialises in seafood - fantastic plateau des fruits de mer - but does everything well. Had the best confit de canard I've ever had there.
80, Rue Mouffetard, 75005.
Tel: 01 43 37 98 21
Metro: Place Monge.
Recently renovated and seriously stylish boutique hotel in Paris's Golden Triangle. Manages to marry its original elegance with a multitude of unobtrusive and very classy modern touches. Excellent restaurant, Senso, on the ground floor.
14 rue de la Tremoille; Tel: 01 56 52 14 00; www.hotel-tremoille.com/
Guy Martin's three-star restaurant overlooking the Palais Royal gardens offers quite simply some of the best cooking you are ever likely to experience. Book several weeks ahead.
17 Rue de Beaujolais; Tel: 01 42 96 56 27; Metro: Pyramides, Bourse
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