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Les parcs et jardins pour voir la vie en vert à Paris

Les parcs et jardins pour voir la vie en vert à Paris

A une époque où les logis rétrécissent et les températures augmentent, les 2 300 hectares de verdure dispatchés entre les 400 parcs, jardins et squares de Paris prennent aujourd’hui l’allure d’une denrée aussi vitale qu’un grand verre d’eau au milieu d’un barathon. Si tout le monde a sa place au soleil préférée, on a inspecté chaque brin d’herbe pour n’en extraire que le haut des pâquerettes des espaces verts parisiens (intra-muros), des endroits tellement dépaysants qu’on a envie de les explorer toute l’année ! Un dossier en forme de jardin d’Eden des parcs parisiens. Pour plus de détente Dans le thème du vert et de la détente, découvrez nos dossiers recensant les piscines, les terrains de pétanque ou les promenades. 

The 50 best things to do in Paris right now

The 50 best things to do in Paris right now

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Paris is huge. Your to-do list might be eight pages long. And if you’re just here for the weekend, there’s no way you’ll be able to fit absolutely everything in (though God does love a trier, so they say).  But don’t panic. The team over at Time Out Paris know this city like the back of their hand, and that means they know the spots that are really worth your time (and dough). On this list, we’ve got everything from alternative tours of the Louvre to the best egg mayo in the city, and plenty of places to dance in between. Whatever you’re after, here are the best things to do in Paris right now.  RECOMMENDED:🥘 The best restaurants in Paris🏘️ Where to stay in Paris🏺 The best museums in Paris🏡 The best Airbnbs in Paris🎢 The best rides at Disneyland Paris This article was written by the editorial team at Time Out Paris. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

24 best spa hotels in Paris to relax in the capital

24 best spa hotels in Paris to relax in the capital

On the lookout for the best spa hotels in Paris? After a few days of people-watching – cafe creme in hand – and pounding the pavements of the capital, there is no greater luxury than slipping into a tranquil oasis of a pool before sweating out the city's toxins (and yes, perhaps the red wine) in a steam room. Besides, what is the city of love without a bit of indulgent pampering of thy self?  After all, the goal is never to return from a holiday more exhausted than when you left, which is why we think it's worth paying a little bit extra for the use of a pool, hammam and sauna. So after a hard day of conquering your Paris bucket list, you can relax in a spa environment fit for royalty. Here is our pick of the best spa hotels in Paris.Looking for more options? 🇫🇷 Check out the best Airbnbs in Paris🏊‍♀️ Go for a dip in one of Paris' best hotels with a pool 🏨 or stay in one of Paris' best four-star hotels Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.  

16 best cheap hotels in Paris to enjoy the capital on a budget

16 best cheap hotels in Paris to enjoy the capital on a budget

Paris, the City of Lights, is well-known for its heaps of luxury, boutique hotels on every Parisian street corner. But that doesn't mean you have to take out a loan to visit the gorgeous city. There are plenty of well-located hotels, right by all the iconic landmarks, that are blissfully cheap, meaning you'll have more money to spend on (and not just salivate over) bread, cheese, wine, and of course, those sacred croissants.  These cheaper hotel options in Paris are comfortable, well-maintained, and super stylish, with many only a stone's throw from some of the city's best restaurants and located near metro stations. If you're travelling to the city and want a fun (but budget-friendly) night out, check out our favourite cheap bars in Paris.  Updated for March 2024: Seeing as more and more people are catching the travel bug lately, we figured it would be wise to add a few more hotels to the list. Check out our new additions, featuring a Belleville beauty and a quiet hideaway with a leafy private garden.  RECOMMENDED:🇫🇷 Discover Paris' best neighbourhoods to stay in  👩‍🎨 Live like a Parisian in one of these unique Airbnbs🏨  or make it truly magical with one of Paris' best hotels Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The 12 best hotels to book in the Opéra District for the perfect Parisian stay

The 12 best hotels to book in the Opéra District for the perfect Parisian stay

Slap-bang in the centre of the city, the Opéra District offers visitors the ideal location; a hop, skip and a jump from the Grands Magasins (the main Parisian shopping area), Place Vendôme and Gare Saint-Lazare. Long story short, it's perfectly positioned for discovering the city. Keen to stay in the heart of history while being close enough to the Stade de France for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics? Check out our selection of three, four and five-star hotels within reach of the beautiful Palais Garnier. Updated for 2024: With so much to indulge in around this buzzy city, finding the perfect place to unwind is essential. To help you live out your Parisian fantasy to the full we've added two new charming hotels: one that carries a very hip, contemporary spirit and live music and a dancehall, and the other is elegant and classic with a historic facade.  RECOMMENDED: 🇫🇷Check out the best hotels near the Eiffel Tower 📍Stay at the best hotels near the Place des Concorde🏨Or head to the best hotels in Montmartre Looking for more options? Check out the best Paris Airbnbs Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

12 most beautiful boutique hotels in Paris 2024

12 most beautiful boutique hotels in Paris 2024

If you've ever stayed in a boutique hotel, then you know they're the real deal when it comes to creating a more unique and tailored experience during your stay – it's the middle ground between a B&B and a hotel, and in some cases even fancier. Of course, this is Paris we're talking about, a city never lacking in wow factor when it comes to exceptional restaurants, architecture, museums and things to do, so beautiful boutiques are just another on the list. Whether you're honeymooning in Paris for the weekend, you're visiting with friends or flying solo, do Paris in style. It'd be criminal not to… RECOMMENDED:🇫🇷Check out the best Airbnbs in Paris💶See our list of budget hotels in Paris 🥖 Paris's hippest neighbourhoods to stay in Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The 20 best luxury hotels in Paris for a lavish European stay

The 20 best luxury hotels in Paris for a lavish European stay

It's no secret that Paris consistently tops everyone's vacation wish list. With its cobblestone streets, iconic landmarks, mouth-watering pastries, and unbeatable coffee, the City of Light holds an irresistible allure that attracts travellers from every corner of the globe. Now, when it comes to planning your French escape, there's one significant decision to make: where to rest your head. Luckily, Paris has you covered with endless luxurious hotel options. From reasonable to downright eyewatering, there's something for every budget. In this handpicked selection, we've gathered our personal favourites among the city's luxury hotels. After all, when you find yourself in one of the world's chicest cities, your accommodation should match the city's style and sophistication. Welcome to the good life. RECOMMENDED: 🏠The best Airbnbs in Paris🇫🇷The best things to do in Paris🥖The best hotels in Paris🏩The most romantic hotels in Paris Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Les 62 meilleurs films d'amour de l'histoire du cinéma

Les 62 meilleurs films d'amour de l'histoire du cinéma

Vous savez ce qu’on dit : il y a autant de formes d’amour que de personnes qui en donnent, ou que de moments dans le temps. L’histoire du cinéma, entrelacs vertigineux de points de vue et d’instants volés à l’éternité, en témoigne largement. Si l’idée de romance est un rien galvaudée, le genre n’en a pas moins été propice à l’éclosion de maints chefs-d’œuvre. Des passions empêchées du couple Bogart-Bergman dans Casablanca (1942) aux folles aventures de Sailor et Lula (1990), les films romantiques bouleversent quand ils parviennent à peindre trait par trait les différents visages de l’amour, à travers à des personnages qui finissent souvent par devenir des mythes. Pour cette sélection de 62 films d’amour, on a bien sûr puisé dans l’inépuisable sous-catégorie de la comédie romantique, au détour de laquelle on s’est plu à retrouver Antoine Doinel, Harry, Sally, Annie et tous les autres, avant de passer de l’autre côté du miroir, rayon drame, avec son lot d’amours déçues et de passions tristes. Mais la catégorie du film d'amour ne se limite pas à ça : le genre sait aussi merveilleusement s'acoquiner avec le western chez Ang Lee, le réalisme de Kechiche ou la comédie musicale made in France chez Jacques Demy. De quoi vous remettre un peu de baume au cœur après vous être envoyé notre sélection des meilleurs films d’horreur… 

Les meilleurs spots d'architecture brutaliste du Grand Paris

Les meilleurs spots d'architecture brutaliste du Grand Paris

Demandez donc à un Parisien de vous citer le plus bel édifice d’Ile-de-France. Très forte probabilité que son choix s’oriente vers une construction parisienne. Pourtant, en observant la banlieue sous le bon angle, une beauté – parfois sinistre, souvent poétique – se dégage des blocs de béton. En images, voici onze bâtiments d’architecture brutaliste du XXe siècle qui subliment le Grand Paris. A voir au moins une fois dans sa vie !

18 best Paris hotels with pools to enjoy a refreshing stay

18 best Paris hotels with pools to enjoy a refreshing stay

A stylish, comfortable hotel always gets our vote, but it's the hotels with pools that really blow their competitors out of the water. Whether you want to burn off all those croque monsieurs or simply wallow away the day's stresses, our picks of the best hotels with pools are sure to float your boat. We'll be the first to point out that some of the luxury hotels on our list come with an eyewatering price tag, but we've also included a range of more affordable options to accommodate every budget. You can also ramp up the relaxation, with our pick of the best spa hotels.  RECOMMENDED:🛁Check out the best Paris Airbnbs🏨Stay in one of Paris' best hotels that money can buy Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best hotels near Place de la Concorde in Paris

The best hotels near Place de la Concorde in Paris

Nestled between the verdant Jardin des Tuileries and the buzzing shopping haven Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Place de la Concorde is the perfect location for a chic stay in Paris. And if you're keen to book somewhere before the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, Place de la Concorde has you ideally located in the hub of urban sports to watch including skateboarding, 3x3 basketball and BMX freestyling. Time to brush up on your sports knowledge? We think so. RECOMMENDED: The best hotels near the Eiffel TowerRECOMMENDED: The best hotels in MontmartreRECOMMENDED: The best hotels in Paris Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

The best hotels near the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris

The best hotels near the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of Paris

It's one of the most famous monuments in Paris – and possibly all over the world. And what better way to revel in the glorious Eiffel Tower than to stay right next to it? Check out our selection of the best hotels within walking distance of Gustave Eiffel's Iron Lady, with some even boasting a view straight onto it. It doesn't get more Parisian than that.  Coming to Paris for the 2024 Olympics? Stay near the Eiffel Tower and check out its local park, the Champ-des-Mars, which is said to be turned into a temporary outdoor arena for 2024.  RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in ParisRECOMMENDED: The best hotels near the ConcordeRECOMMENDED: The best hotels in Opéra Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

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Le Royal

Le Royal

4 out of 5 stars

What should I drink? A €4 pint of Stella at happy hour. Once a hostess bar and with a back room that used to store fruit and veg for the rue Saint-Denis market, Le Royal has a distinct air of yesteryear. Owner Manuel is happy to share all these colourful stories with his drinkers, but get there from 5pm to enjoy cut-price happy hour specials.    

Le Bar de Biondi

Le Bar de Biondi

4 out of 5 stars

Fernando de Tomaso is as comfortable in hospitality as Messi is on the football pitch. After Pulperia and Biondi, the ebullient French-Argentinian chef has a new address in his arsenal: Bar de Biondi, right next to the eponymous restaurant. There's stellar seafood tapas: think killer ceviche, tasty oysters and marinated sardines, as well as crunchy croquetas and beef tataki. Drinks-wise, order a French or Argentinian natural wine or a South American cocktail mixed by expert bartender Alexandre (formerly of 1K). The selection includes the excellent olé pisco (pisco, lemon and coriander), mezcal tiki (mezcal, tequila and lemon) and paloma (tequila, grapefruit and raspberry) – all at a wallet-friendly €8-10. There was even a complimentary chicken terrine from the owner. We were bowled over by Bar de Biondi.

Secret 8

Secret 8

4 out of 5 stars

What should I drink? An Hiver Tropical. Buried deep in Buddha-Bar is the minuscule and super exclusive Secret 8, which you can only enter with a reservation and password (accessed through their Instagram account). Once you have the goods, head upstairs to the Buddha-Bar library and say the password to open the magical door. Secret 8 is as small as the Budha-Bar is big, there's Kendrick Lamar as background music, with a magnificent bar serving seriously luxe drinks. There are eight alcoholic and two non-alcoholic cocktails (€12-17), such as the Révolution 8 (Tigre Blanc vodka infused with Nepalese timur berries, yuzu soda, orange jam, lemon and artisanal). This is the perfect spot to meet lovers and friends for a tête-à-tête.

Bisou

Bisou

4 out of 5 stars

What should I drink? Pick your poison and let the bartenders design it your way. A few strides away from the bustling Rue Oberkampf, on Boulevard du Temple, is the eye-catching bar Bisou. There’s no menu, but behind the sublime marble bar is mixologist Nicolas who, with just a word in the right direction, will shake up a concoction to suit your fancies (€12 a pop). After mentioning mezcal and bitterness, he whipped up a concoction of mezcal, Dolin white vermouth, Suze, sherry, chocolate bitters and sesame oil. It’s simply exquisite. Small plates of hummus and tapenade go down a treat too. Not only are cocktails high-flying, but Bisou is also taking a sustainable approach and only working with 100% organic locally sourced products. Waste products are also recycled as cocktail garnishes. The outdoor area is a highlight – a pink pastel awning and hanging plants make it the perfect romantic date spot.

Dépôt Légal

Dépôt Légal

4 out of 5 stars

We're well acquiainted with the delicious brilliance of l'Eclair de Génie, the boutique that creates the beloved  in numerous sexy forms.Now the king of éclairs - founder Cristophe Adam - has traded in the sweet éclairs for the salty planche, and it's the real deal. It's halfway between a coffee shop and a restaurant which is what makes it so original. It runs non-stop from 8am-11pm and therefore incorporates breakfast, lunch, snack and aperitif so you won't struggle to find a reason to swing by this classy establishment's bar. Tuck into some fresh sea bream cerviche, Hawaiian tuna, mango, avocado, fresh truffle cheese and alpine beaufort.  Much like a cameleon, Dépôt Légal changes it colours to fit the apéro scene. To maintain its high level of service, expert bartenders showcase their expertise with their Gin Gin mules, classic whisky sours and spritz - all for an afordable price. The boss continues to illustrate his brilliance. 

Le Bristol Paris

Le Bristol Paris

5 out of 5 stars

Rates: €990-6000 per night Added extras: two Michelin-starred restaurants and the sumptuous garden Services: chauffeurs, valet parking, spa, pool, cigar room, breakfast, restaurants, bar, bureau de change, dry cleaner and a hairdressers Le Bristol might as well be one of the city’s unmissable monuments. And it is no coincidence that it was the first hotel in France to be awarded the title of a ‘palace’. All you have to do is walk along rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, and glance at the façade to know that this place is legendary. A tribute to The Earl of Bristol, Frederick Hervey, it is no shock to learn that the notorious globe-trotter was known for his passion for luxury. The 90-year old hotel more than pays tribute to his legacy. Wondrous antique furniture, French paintings and precious fabrics embellish the 188 rooms in a resolutely classic style with refined elegance. The Panoramic Suite boasts a breath-taking view over the city – from the Opéra Garnier to the Butte Montmartre and the Sacré Cœur. This was actually where Woody Allen chose to film ‘Midnight in Paris’. It is also home to some of the city’s most glitzy restaurants – the brasserie, Le 114 Faubourg has one Michelin star and l’Epicure has three stars, with chef Eric Frechon at the helm. It’s a joy for the stomach but also for the eye – dinner comes with a view over 1200m2 of greenery and flowers. It really is a haven of peace. The bar’s château-like space is welcoming, with its marble fireplace, oak parquet floor

Hôtel Henriette

Hôtel Henriette

4 out of 5 stars

Rates: €89-170 per night Added extras: a tote bag and the free Henriette Rive Gauche pens Services: breakfast This small hotel on the left bank is not far from the Manufacture des Gobelins and blends several eras with precision and charm. The nineteenth-century wallpaper and contemporary coloured tiles in the entrance hall go together wonderfully. The majority of the decorative objects come from the personal collection of Vanessa Scoffier, the former editor of Marie Claire and a complete accessory queen. Think Guariche coffee tables and Platner armchairs. The lovely patio is the perfect hiding place for reading and relaxing among a plethora of fresh flowers. The beautifully wrinkled armchairs are a pleasant throwback to yesteryear. Each of the 32 rooms is unique,  with graphic and geometric wallpaper in navy blue, mustard and white. Room 32, for example, is jazzed up two fluorescent pink strips on the wall, Mondrian-style. The cosy dining room offers a nice view onto the patio too. If the graphic furniture in pastel and wood is anything to go by, Hotel Henriette is heavily influenced by Scandinavian style, which is already a big hit in the capital. With its calm and soothing atmosphere, you will feel straight at home at Henriette’s.

Dokhan's

Dokhan's

4 out of 5 stars

Rates: from €230 to €600 Added extras: Dringme available to guests, champagne bar, Louis Vuitton lift Services: breakfast, concierge service The beautiful 1910 Haussmannian facade of the Dokhan’s hotel has come to be a landmark in the 16th arrondissement. Formerly a private residence, the hotel has retained its charm of yesteryear thanks to a host of invaluable objects such as antique furnishings which fill the space, not to mention the original artwork by masters such as Picasso and Matisse. The lovely scent of wood fire fills the space, giving homely relaxed feel to the hotel. The 45 rooms and suites are all elegantly decorated by the renowned interior designer Frédéric Méchiche. The luxurious and refined rooms feature four-poster beds, Carrara marble bathrooms (a tribute to the 18th century Parisian apartments) and are equipped with a Dringme – a smartphone that acts as a virtual concierge with unlimited calls and internet, as well as a guide to the best addresses of the city. In the evening, head to the first and only champagne bar in Paris to relax on a sublime green velvet armchair. Choose from the à la carte menu which features 240 different types of the best champagnes on offer – from Dom Pérignon and Bollinger to select little known champagnes. A pleasurable moment brought to life by the jazz virtuosos and the caviar specialist, Maison Pétrossian. Another truly exceptional detail is the hotel lift, modelled on an old Louis Vuitton travelling trunk. The unique design

Hôtel de la Trémoille

Hôtel de la Trémoille

4 out of 5 stars

Rates: €300-630 per nightAdded extras: the alcoves and the piano restaurant Louis 2 Services: valet parking, breakfast, restaurant and spa  A photo of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington posing for the camera in the lobby gives a good idea of the vibe at Hotel de la Tremoille. Located a hop, skip and a jump from the Champs Elysées since 1883, the hotel was named after Louis II de la Trémoille, an illustrious statesman who lived during the reign of François I. But this historical artefact does a good job of fitting into the present. For example, the restaurant is named Louis 2 not Louis II, for posterity. In the 93 rooms, of which 11 are suites, expect wood, authentic mouldings, antique furniture and marble fireplaces, mixed with pink or green tones; a clever way of brightening up this elegant, discreet spot. All apartments are equipped with the latest gadgets, ensuring the full package. The creative cuisine at Louis 2 is inspired by French gastronomy, so take a seat in one of the alcoves and revel in the relaxing, sensual atmosphere. That might have something to do with the sumptuous piano tunes played by the talented musicians. Don’t miss the Spa, where a sauna and jet showers await. There’s even Decléor face and body care to top things off. End result? Wellbeing: 1. Stress: nil.  

Hotel Daniel Paris

Hotel Daniel Paris

5 out of 5 stars

Rates: €240-840 per night Added extras: the vintage objects from around the room and the tea room Services: breakfast, restaurant, weekend brunch and the bar Cross the Champs-Elysées, pass Saint-Philippe-du-Roule and on a small hidden street, you’ll find Hotel Daniel. Inside is a meeting of the East and West; Kazakh carpets, Chinese wallpaper, Syrian trinkets, Turkish silver platters, ebony countertops – a mix of styles which come together harmoniously in this elegant cocoon. The 36 rooms are styled on 18th century Parisian apartments and a special mention has to go to the sublime views of the Eiffel Tower from certain suites. You will struggle to pull yourself away from such comfortable rooms but it’s totally worth it for the afternoon tea. Ensconced on one of the classic armchairs, just choose which region of the world you want to visit via your tastebuds. Cakes and tea are accompanied by a three different hour glasses to customise and perfect the strength of your infusion. All you have to do is remove the tea leaves when the sand has run clean. The well-stocked bar is well worth a visit too – intimate and cosy, this is a great spot for a date. 

Hôtel Juliana Paris

Hôtel Juliana Paris

5 out of 5 stars

Rates: €216-860 per night Added extras: the super comfortable bedding Services: the breakfast, bar and well-being area A few strides from the Seine, between the Pont de l'Alma and the Invalides, this luxurious 5-star welcomes guests in a surprising modern and art deco atmosphere, with objects from all corners of the globe. A monumental chandelier, ethnic statues, sculptures, primitive art and oriental details. It is these rarities which give the hotel it’s originality – the haunting atmosphere extends to the 40 rooms and suites. While the lobby seduces with its wild atmosphere, the rooms, decorated in a refined, sober style offer the utmost in space and comfort. The luxury bedding gets our vote – equipped with two mattresses, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping on an actual cloud. If it’s possible to descend back to earth, the sweet and savoury buffet breakfast is well worth your while. And the cherry on top is the wellness area – complete with sauna, hammam and a fitness room.

Castille Paris

Castille Paris

5 out of 5 stars

Rates: €250-780 per night The added extras: the sublime restaurant terrace and animals are allowed Services: valet parking, buffet breakfast, restaurant, bar and fitness room In the heart of the 1st arrondissement, Castille is practically neighbours with the maison Chanel. Parisian elegance combines with Italian savoir-faire, with resolutely modern accents plus the charm of the eighteenth century. This sublime jewel was once lived in by aristocratic families and comprises 108 rooms spread over two wings. The Rivoli wing is all retro-chic thirties Parisian style, in black, white and beige (note the heavy Coco Chanel influence), while the Opéra wing, is more modern with a contemporary design. All bathrooms are incredible, decked out in Carrare marble for a Venetian vibe. Cross the Mediterranean with the help of Italian chef Ugo Alciati at the highly-acclaimed hotel restaurant L’Assaggio, with the dish equivalent to a blast of sun. Don’t miss the Roman fountain and the trompe-l'œil fresco in the outer courtyard, perfect for sipping a cocktail, before diving into an authentic risotto. A tiramisu is the perfect end note to this slice of the dolce vita.