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Things to do in Paris at the beginning of the year

January: For fashion lovers, a stop at the brand new Yves Saint Laurent museum is a must to do! Established in the former haute couture house including Yves Saint Laurent’s own workshop, the museum offers a total immersion in the biggest fashion inventor of the 20th century. Yves Saint Laurent Museum ParisVisitors will then be immersed in the process of creating the couture house. In order to demonstrate the richness of its heritage, the exhibits presented will be frequently renewed. You have now only one thing to do – contact your Ultimate Paris Guide concierge to organize this visit with our expert guide.
Also in January, Paris is the fashion hotspot with the Fashion week. On this occasion, the biggest names in fashion, journalists and celebrities flock here to discover the new trends in ready-to-wear for men and haute couture. Feel free to ask to your private concierge to obtain for your VIP access and private driver at disposal to miss none!

February : A true must-have for romance, the Paris with loveFrench capital and its many monuments is the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend or short stay in Europe. Between walks hand in hand on the many bridges crossing the Seine, climbing the stairs of Montmartre, the Luxembourg Gardens or the many small bistros that dot the streets, there is no doubt: you could not hide your romantic side! Thanks to the help of your Ultimate Paris Guide concierge plan the most romantic stay in a Paris, with a luxury hotel, gourmet dinner cruise, an Opera…

Paris-MarathonMarch : Paris is the rendez vous of athletics. Not less than 3 runs take place in the city. It is also the period of the prestigious show jumping competition of “Saut Hermes”, where you can see the world’s finest riders in action in the magnificent setting of the Grand Palais. Finally Paris will host the 6 Nations Tournament 2018 and the Stade de France will host the face-off between France and England. You private luxury advisor is the perfect contact to get your hospitalities package to make the most of this meeting !

Paris by night: Best Jazz Clubs

If it is dizzying during the day, Paris becomes hectic at night! With its bars, clubs, concert halls or cabarets, the city offers a wide choice of atmospheres
and meets the needs of all night owls. Discover the
selection of your private concierges to enjoy your evening in
the best Jazz club of the capital to party in Paris and live unforgettable moments from nightfall to the four corners of the capital.

Saxo in ParisTo begin, your luxury travel advisor decided to suggest to spend a nice evening at an adress that can not be missed the Speakeasy. Blues & Jazz live bands to start your evening with a good cuisine a nice atmosphere before giving room to international music to club all night long. In this side of Paris there is also the Jazz Club Étoile, a mythical scene in Paris! It welcomes in Paris the biggest names of jazz, funk, soul, blues or world music.

In the center of Paris the we recommend you to go to Live Jazz in Paristhe Sunset Sunside. It has a vaulted, dimly lit salon with a stage so close to the audience that the interaction with the musicians becomes natural and almost instinctive. This is a cozy little place to go as a couple. Expect a selection of more acoustic jazz musicians, singers with velvet voices, and orchestra swing pianists. The jam sessions are an invitation to journey into old times, where nostalgics of Billie Holiday will feel blessed. Not far away you can go to Le Duc des Lombards it is one of the Parisian headquarters of jazz, Le Duc de Lombards. Expect to watch the cream of jazz stroll on stage!

Retro Jazz MicroFew steps away, nestled (again) in the lively Rue des Lombards, you can find a simple place with a very distinctive soul : Le Baiser Salé opening in the 1980s, the club keeps things simple, consisting of only a bar & a stage. An interesting fusion of several musical styles like salsa and soul is the secret behind this emblematic venue. Located in the Latin Quarter do not miss to enter in Le Caveau de la Huchette, with its thematic jazz from the 1920s. For all those who dream of diving back into the heyday of retro jazz in the 1920s, this music den is a must; all of the post-war jazz greats have performed there. Every evening, Parisians dance under the stone arch of an old execution chamber to the sounds of orchestras, crooners, and brass big bands.Enjoying a nice evening in a Jazz Clubs in Paris, is one of the best things to do during your stay in the city of lights.

Your private concierge is always at your disposal to make the arrangement for you letting you know the lastest place opened to not miss anything !

Halloween in Paris

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Come to live a terrible & fun experience in Paris ! There are so much things to do in Paris for Halloween. Take a trip through Disneyland, visit Grévin Museum, explore the Parisian catacombs or visit the manor of Paris… all of which makes the French capital a destination to keep in mind for a cultural and family Halloween trip.

First let’s go with an abominable & fun day at Disneyland Paris. This attraction parc is transformed into a place of terror for young and old alike. Come experience the Halloween Festival, from the October 1st to the November 5th, where the shows and animations holds you mysteriously. The Disney characters will reserve you bewitching surprises. Night falls, the shadows stretch on the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland Paris. But beware … you may meet Disney villains characters who will take a cunning pleasure in playing you some tricks! You will also have the chance to experience the incredible appallingly & funny Disney Halloween evening on the October 31st. And as all year long your Ultimate Paris Guide concierge could arrange for you a guide to make this day even more unforgettable skipping all the lines ! Just ask!

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Le Musée Grévin, a unique and unmissable venue in Paris, invites you to strike a pose next to over 200 figures past and present who have left their mark on history! Enjoy this fantastic experience with family or friends and get up close to major personalities in French History, sports legends, political figures and film stars! This solution offers the opportunity to experience an unsettling visit by night, armed only with a torch. Real decor or special effects? It’s up to you to find out!

A timeless journey to not miss: visit of the Catacombs of Paris! What a better day than Ocotber 31st to visit them. Situated twenty metres below ground, the ossuary contains the remains of millions of Parisians, transferred there gradually between the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries as graveyards were being closed because of the risk they posed to public health. vignette_musees_catacombes_christophe_fouinReal labyrinth of dark galleries and narrow corridors, you will have the opportunity to discover a direction of the death with bones arranged in different way. The alexandrine verse “Arrête, c’est ici l’empire de la mort” (Halt, this is the realm of Death) above the entrance to the ossuary is just one of an extensive series of maxims, poems and other sacred and profane passages giving pause for thought during the tour. This unusual site movingly brings the history of the Parisian people back to life and takes visitors on a timeless journey.

A real terrifying experience: Le Manoir de Paris… Take part in the most frightening Parisian destination for Halloween! Halloween is a family celebration! Be guests from a home with morbid customs: weave Blood Links. Complete the celebration with a ritual beyond the ordinary: nuns, priests and exorcisms … Halloween-Hero-1-Hyou cannot imagine what is dormant in you. Will you try this experience… At the risk of being trapped there forever! Will you dare ?You want more ? Feel free to contact your Paris concierge service !

A Autumn day in Paris

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Paris is worth visiting every time of the year, but the autumn season is probably
for us the most beautiful and romantic.
Your Ultimate Paris Guide concierge has specially created
for you a tailor-made day to enjoy the city at its best.

We’ll start the day in the 1st district of Paris. Jardin du Palais RoyalFirst thing: breakfast! Head to rue Jean Jacques Rousseau for a yummy breakfast at Claus. Our suggestion is to take your breakfast away and go to the Jardin du Palais Royal. You can also directly get your coffee and croissant at the lovely Café Kitsuné under the arches of the Palais Royal. Just take the pleasure of sitting on a bench and contemplate the beautiful fall colors.
Galerie Vivienne, ParisBreakfast finished ? Let’s go shopping and discover the secrets and cute little boutiques of the Palais Royal. Our favorite’s one would be the amazing perfume shop by Serge Lutens and the glove artisan Maison Fabre. A true Parisian experience. Walk along the garden and head towards the Gallery Vivienne for another lovely shopping experience. Galleries Vivienne, built in 1823, is one of the most iconic covered arcades in Paris. A peaceful place where you could find many shops: ready-to-wear boutiques, tea rooms, wine cellars, old bookshops and much more. Time for lunch now ! Tuileries Garden, ParisNo need to go to far, only few steps away from the Gallerie Vivienne, are located 2 quality restaurants: Saturne or A.Noste. Take the time to enjoy a gourmet french cuisine in a very cosy and relaxing athmosphere. After the lunch, enjoy a digestive little walk and head to the Tuileries garden where the autumns colors are at their best. Enter in the Orangerie museum to discover the collections and the temporary exhibition.

Then go to take a tea time at Le Meurice hotel, few steps away or at one of the most sumptuous palace of Paris the Ritz located on Place Vendome, greatest symbol of refinement in Paris. Finish the day onto rue Saint-Honore, in addition to be the fashion street, it is the most important area of Jewelery in Paris.

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Things to do in Paris

Of course no trip to the City of Light is complete without a stop at the Louvre museum. You’ll not discover only the Mona Lisa but find a massive collection of over 380 000 objects and 35 000 works. And of course you will see the spectacular and iconic glass pyramids that sit out front. Your private luxury concierge has all contacts to organize a private guided visit during or after opening hours.

We cannot list things to do in Paris without the Orsay museum. It stands in an atypical establishment because in fact until the middle ofthe 20th century this monument was a station! Orsay Museum, ParisSo in addition to going there to discover the majestic building you will discover one of the most prestigious collections of works of art in the world. All the big names from the second half of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th are exposed. There are paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, photographs and architecture.

The Opéra Garnier is without a doubt the most representative and emblematic monument of Paris. of the Second Empire style in Paris. Built at the end of the 19th century when Baron Haussmann starts the major transformation works of the capital. It is one of the most majestic symbols of this era.

The stunning Basilique du Sacré Coeur sits atop the highest point in the city, overlooking Paris from the summit of Montmartre. Climb its famed steps and enjoy the views and be sure to explore the surrounding area while Sainte Chapelle Parisyou’re there—it’s one of the most untouched, authentically Parisian neighborhoods in the city. Also one of the most extraordinary churches you will ever see is the Sainte Chapelle dating from the 13th century with its impressive gothic architecture and stained glass windows is not to be missed on Ile de la Cité. Not far away stands the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral one of the very first Gothic cathedrals. We would suggest you to get there early to avoid long lines except if you visit it with our licensed guides with skip the line access.

The Invalides was built in the 17th century during the reign of Louis XIV and is today, with its golden-domed, a landmark in Paris. The original purpose was to build a “royal home and hospital big enough to house all aged and unwell officers and soldiers and to ensure sufficient funds for their subsistence and care”. But behind these fine words hides another truth, the King couldn’t stand the vision of cripples all over the capital who would harm his reputation.

the best view of the Eiffel Tower is from Montparnasse Tower !Finally contrary to popular belief we would not recommend you to go up the Eiffel Tower but up to the Tour Montparnasse. At an altitude of 200 meters, the Panoramic Observatory of the Montparnasse Tower offers a breathtaking panoramic view, allowing you to discover the mythical monuments of the capital, but also its streets, boulevards and multiple gardens with of course an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower! Majestically seated on the top of the Champs Élysées, you can climb the stairs to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for another spectacular view of the city.

The Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo, the Fondation Cartier or Louis Vuitton are also visits to not be miss among these things do to during your stay in Paris !

Art in the French Riviera

Even if Paris is the best place for art lovers, South of France has nothing to envy it. Ultimate Paris Guide Team knows that its readers spend some time in the south of France during summer that is why we made a selection of the art events that take place.

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The first event we wanted to share is an immersive art exhibition at the “Carrières de Lumières” which is divided into several rooms to allow the visitor to enjoy a real experience. In fact, you will be able to enjoy an artistic show in the Dante Room which is the Lumieresmain area where the show is projected. Right of the entrance, a huge gallery goes 60 meters under the mountain and leads into a gigantic hall, divided by huge columns left by the quarry-workers to hold up the “roof”. These natural pillars are between 5 and 10 meters wide at the base, and 7 to 9 meters tall. They are used, as are the walls and the ceiling, as natural projection screens.

To stay in this area, we suggest you to make a stop at Arles where the “Les Rencontres de la Photographie” takes places. This event welcomes every year of thousands Les_rencontres_d'Arlesof foreign tourists passionate about photography. All this summer will be rhythm by more than 40 exhibitions of photographers coming from all over the world. Through their work, those artists reveal, describe and point the finger at their society problems. You will be able to discover all the artworks all around the city.

As art lovers, it was impossible for us to do not recommend you to visit Foundation Marguerite & Aimé Maeght. The complex includes exhibition halls, a chapel, a library containing 30,000 books on modern Maeghtand contemporary art, a bookshop and a café. Marguerite and Aimé Maeght created this place to present modern and contemporary art in all its form. After visiting the Foundation, we suggest you to have lunch at the famous restaurant La Colombe d’Or. You will fall in love with its beautiful terrace surrounded by master paintings and its cuisine by the chef Paul Roux.

Our loving-architecture readers will not be disappointed by our last discovery : the Palais Bulles. This masterpiece of contemporary architecture has been created by Antti Lovag between 1979 ad 1984. It is a villa of 1200 square meters located in Theoules-sur-Mer. This villa hosted several fashion events as Dior fashion show in 2015.

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If this article made you fallen in love with the South of France and its culture, feel free to contact our team of luxury travel agents for any information!

Paris fashion districts

Shopping in Paris

Paris reputation as a world capital of fashion is firmly established.
Essential step of fashion shows, the city also houses all of the greatest French and international haute couture, ready-to-wear and jewelery headquarters.

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In short, the luxury signs are not lacking, especially on the Triangle d’Or, which welcomes among others Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and Dior shops. Enjoy the walk in this area to visit the Galliera Palace, Paris Fashion Museum, built in the 19th century. Its collections, more than 100,000 pieces of clothing and accessories, are among the richest in the world and reflect the codes of clothing and dress habits of France from the eighteenth century to the present day. To make the most of your walk your luxury travel agent Ultimate Paris Guide has the perfect fashion expert to assist you in this universe.

Place VendomeIn the Louvre museum area discover the charming Galeries du Palais-Royal or visit the Museum of Fashion and Textile, which is attached to the Museum of the Arts Déco. You will discover exceptional pieces of textile since the fourteenth century and fashion since the seventeenth century, and creations of 20th century couturiers such as Dior, Chanel, Paco Rabanne, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix… At Opera, take a look at the luxury watch palace, the Swiss giant Bucherer! Then discover the elegant boutiques on Faubourg-Saint-Honoré & Place Vendôme, many jewelers are waiting for you. You can also enter the very charming Village Royal (also called cité Berryer). This small passageway, created in 1725, has the air of a village, even if you still find brands like Dior. To enjoy the atmosphere, you can sit at the terrace of the villageOn Boulevard Haussmann, follow the advice of one of our private personal shopper at the Galeries Lafayette, a century-old department store symbolizing the French art of living and where all the big names are present.

In the Marais, you can also stop by the BHV’s designer and high-end hardware and light fittings, then at the Sonia Rykiel boutique, known for its mesh and striped patterns, or at the Italian brand Max Mara. For tea lovers, do not miss Mariage Frères, the world’s leading luxury brand in the world of tea.

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On the left bank, many shopping arteries will satisfy you for sure! Especially towards Saint-Germain-des-Près: boulevard Saint-Germain, boutiques of Saint-Germain market, rue de Buci, rue des Saints-Pères, Place Saint-Sulpice… Go to rue de Sèvres with one of the most famous Hermès boutique, located in the old “Lutetia” swimming pool built in 1935 and registered with the Historic Monuments. Make a stop for a select and high end shopping at the Bon Marché, thanks to our luxury personal shopper advices where you will find all you would need: ready-to-wear, shoes, beauty products and fashion accessories during your Parisian stay !

Just ask ! 🙂

Bastille day in Paris !

Bastille Day in Paris

One of the most expected events by the Parisian & travelers is coming…
the Bastille Day! It is the perfect opportunity to meet some friends for a drink and enjoy the incredible Eiffel Tower fireworks. The question that settles thousands of people every year is: what is the best place to attend the fireworks ?

Thanks to its very good knowledge of the Parisian capital, your Ultimate Paris Guide concierge team found for you the best places to take advantage of the show entertainment.
For our bravest readers that are not afraid of getting involved to the crowd, traditional Champs-de-Mars remains the major meeting place. Join thousands of spectators to enjoy the show and share an unforgettable moment !

ppr-garden-suite-1074If you want to enjoy the view in a more relax and fancy atmosphere, the restaurant l’Oiseau Blanc of the palace The Peninsula will suit your expectations. Its terrace offers a view on the most expected Paris attraction: the Eiffel Tower. You will have a ringside seat of the show what will allow you to spend an unforgettable moment.

If you are looking for a more “trendy” place, we suggest you to climb the 127 steps or take the elevator to the 7th floor to discover the terrace of the Terrass’ Hotel. Let yourself be seduced by their “Bastille Day menu” including fresh dishes as blue lobster and beef teriyaki.

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Your luxury travel agent has all access and information to make the most of your evening! And to make sure being able to attend to the fireworks it in a romantic and comfortable frame, an original idea is to book a dinner and cruise aboard a boat navigating the Seine.

A special Sans titreplace allowing to admire the show of several exceptional points of view, far from the crowd, from bay windows or on the bridge of the boat. Several companies of boats organize offers of dinner special on this occasion to make you live an unforgettable experience. Just ask !

No matter the place you choose to watch the firework, the Ultimate Paris Guide team guarantee you that this show worths it !

Summer’s things to do in Paris

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Summer has arrived in the Parisian capital !

It is the perfect time to enjoy strolls through Paris and take time to have lunch in one of the best places that Paris can offer. An innovative concept seduces more and more the Parisian and the tourists on visit in the capital: rooftops with views and terraces.

You are in Paris and you do not have any idea of where you can enjoy the sun while taking advantage of a fantastic view? Do not worry, the team of Ultimate Paris Guide set up for you a suggestion of the best strolls and terraces in Paris !

Cafe de l'homme ParisWe suggest you to start your day with a visit of the most touristic attraction in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Have a walk through le Champs de Mars and Trocadéro Gardens. Then, reach the Place du Trocadéro where is located the contemporary brasserie Le Café de l’Homme. You will fall in love with the terrace and its breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower. On the menu, traditional recipes are reinterpreted and updated for a menu made up of original dishes where the French gastronomic heritage is tinged with international flavors.

Then, have a walk on the Seine river banks Louvre Museum Gardenand reach the city centre of Paris where is located Loulou, the new restaurant of the museum of the decorative art benefits from a unique location and from a privileged setting at the heart of the Palace of the Louvre.
Enjoy the tea time in the incredible terrace which the restaurant offers.

Sacré Coeur basilicaWhat would be a perfect day in Paris without a break in one of the favorite district of the tourists (and Parisian moreover!) ? We suggest you to end your day with the most romantic Paris attraction : sunset at Sacré-Coeur. Then, discover the picturesque neighborhood of Montmartre and have a walk through its charming streets. Finally, make a stop in one of our crushes of its summer: Terrass’ Hotel or the Gardens of the Hotel Particulier. The Terrass’ Hotel offers a panoramic restaurant and bar with a 180 degree view of Paris. The place is very trendy and will allow you to enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner as well. If you are looking for aPrivate Garden of Hotel Particulier Montmartre quieter place, the gardens of particular Hotel will suit to your expectations. Thanks to its 900m ² of greenery, the Hotel Particulier of Montmartre arranges the biggest hotel gardens of Paris. At the time of the afternoon, you will be served as some tea, but from 18 hours do not hesitate to sip a cocktail: they are fresh, craft and audacious.

No matter the place or the path you will choose, be sure that in this period Paris is full of surprises and will allow you to keep a memorable memory of it! Feel free to get in touch with one of our concierge to help you in the organization of your stay in the city of lights 🙂

Best food tours in Paris

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Spring is here! It is one of the best periods to visit and enjoy the first rays of sun. Terraces fill, the days are extended and a summer climate settles down on the Parisian capital. What could be more pleasant than a stroll along with a tasting of best local products? Tourists are crazy about French gastronomy (so we are!) and that is why we made a selection of our best gastronomy tours for our greediest readers. These tours allow you to explore a district of Paris, its beautiful architectures, its history and its anecdotes, while making gustative and playful stopping places in greedy shops targeted for their products or know-how of exception: chocolates, pastries, subtle olive oil, regional products. It is also the best way both for a first time traveler and more frequent travelers to be immersed in the Parisian life.

The first local gastronomy tour we suggest you is located in the village of Montmartre, famous for its bohemian life. You walk through the small streets off the beaten track of that mythical neighborhood to taste local produce with a traditional and artisanal character. On Lepic and Abbesses streets, you visit a fishmonger, a charcutier, a butcher, a baker and a vegetable seller. The tour ends in front of Clos Montmartre winery, last trace of an agricultural past. During the tour, you taste charcutier specialities, bread, wine and pastries.

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Chocolate lovers will enjoy our Chocolate and pastry food tour in Saint-Germain-des-Près which is the fashion district par excellence. Discover all the trends for sweets created by exceptional artisans, who have been widely celebrated in the whole gastronomical press. The chef confectioners and chocolate makers live with each other in talent, and the windows in refinement and elegance, for the greatest joy of the eyes and of the palate.Let yourself be guided by the smell of hot pastries made at la Patisserie des rêves or the famous pastry Pierre Hermé. You won’t regret your stop and will surely leave with a gluttony.

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The real gourmands will have difficulty to chose their food tour because they want to try all the best french products, but don’t worry your luxury travel advisor Ultimate Paris Guide thought of you!

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We also offer a Paris gourmet Tour through the medieval part of the Latin Quarter, a familial neighbourhood famous for the high qualité and large choice of food produce. The tour brings you through a market, then in a cheese dairy, at several bakers’ and confectioner’s, and finally in a regional speciality shop. A walk rich in tastes and flavours, with a focus on family cuisine, with tastings stops, to introduce you to the French gourmandise.

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One thing is certain, it is that these tours offer you a real gastronomy experience and discovery of the best French products. All you have to do is to choose the tour that suits you the most!

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