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French Side Travel’s Picks: Seven New Hotels in France for 2024

Explore enchanting destinations with French Side Travel, your gateway to a luxury experience. As seasoned experts, we reveal seven new hotels in France, each with its unique allure. From the heart of Paris, the royal realm of Versailles, and down to the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera, we provide insider insights for an extraordinary stay.

Let French Side Travel guide you to these hidden treasures, ensuring your journey in France is nothing short of exceptional.


New Hotels in Paris

1, Place Vendôme

1, Place Vendôme emerges as a radiant gem in Paris, featuring five rooms and ten suites, each a unique setting that weaves a tapestry of influences and stories. The hotel invites guests into an exquisite journey through art, knowledge, gastronomy, nature, and care. Behind its blue carriage door, a wrought-iron gate with the Chopard initial leads to a familial haven redesigned by architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. The rooms and suites, named after precious stones, showcase a blend of materials and colors. From a cigar lounge with Eastern influences to an exotic winter garden adorned with mosaics, every space radiates magic. The hotel’s elegance, deeply rooted in Parisian charm, extends from meticulously crafted interiors to the refined entrance reworked in 18th-century style. The overall enchantment of this Parisian escape is undeniable, creating a captivating experience for every guest.

Paris Hotel Room Place Vendôme
Courtesy of 1, Place Vendôme

Craftsmanship Atelier in a Haute Couture House

Participate in a discovery workshop, for an introduction to craftsmanship in the luxury fashion world. Perpetuating the noble gestures of haute couture and luxury ready-to-wear, we invite you to the private atelier that collaborates regularly with the greatest names in the fashion world, from Chanel and Christian Lacroix to Yves Saint Laurent and Maison Margiela.

Hôtel Hana

In the heart of Paris’s 2e Arrondissement, Hôtel Hana merges Haussmannian architecture with Japanese inspiration. Majestic neighbors like the Opéra Garnier and the Bourse surround the hotel, creating a sanctuary for travelers. The talented architect Laura Gonzalez has curated 26 rooms and suites, transforming them into tranquil retreats that offer the supreme luxury of calm amid the energy of Parisian life. From Japanese cuisine at Hanabi, a culinary spectacle by Shirley Garrier, to Japanese-inspired treatments in the spa, Hôtel Hana invites guests to indulge in a space where silence and calm reign, honoring the significant role of self-care deeply rooted in Japanese traditions. Hôtel Hana ensures an unforgettable and sensory-rich experience for every traveler.

Paris Hotel Hana Cocktail Bar Hanabi
Courtesy of Hôtel Hana

Backstage Access at Opéra Garnier

Learn about the fabulous history of this institution linked to music and dance since the 17th century. During this exclusive tour, you will discover not only the backstage areas and the historical “Central costumes” room, storing the creations of the latest productions, but you will also learn the costume-making secrets from the Company’s productions.

Hôtel Balzac

Experience timeless elegance at the newly reimagined Hôtel Balzac, set to open its doors in June 2024. Located on the iconic Champs Elysées, this legendary establishment, redesigned by the Festen duo, seamlessly blends minimalist aesthetics with the tradition of French hospitality. With 58 rooms and suites, some offering breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, every space exudes creative modernity and prioritizes absolute comfort. The Japanese-inspired spa promises a holistic retreat, while the lounge and bar provide intimate settings for relaxation. Nestled in the heart of the vibrant Champs-Élysées, Hôtel Balzac offers a unique retreat where you can recharge and immerse yourself in the charm of chic Parisian living.

Paris Hotel Balzac Room Picture
© Yann Deret

Paris Illuminations Tour

Experience the enchantment of the City of Light in a private driving tour. As night falls, step into a classic car, departing from your accommodation. Witness the transformation of Paris into a mesmerizing spectacle, with shimmering lights adorning iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, Madeleine Church, Place de la Concorde, and the historic Place de la Bastille. Conclude this magical journey on the illustrious Champs-Élysées, where the beauty of Paris radiates under the night sky.


New Hotel in Versailles

Hôtel Les Lumières

Opening its doors in June, Hôtel Les Lumières promises a radiant stay in the heart of the Royal City. This 5-star boutique hotel, dating back to the 17th century, beckons with the illustrious Palace of Versailles at its doorstep. The hotel offers an intimate interlude, blending the inspiration of the Grand Siècle with a contemporary atmosphere across its 31 elegantly decorated rooms and suites. Ascend the grand staircase from 1907, nestle in the period library, or indulge in a unique sensory pause at the spa. A highlight is Pierre Hermé‘s Café, where a tearoom with a 6-meter-high ceiling and views of the Place d’Armes invites you to explore an exceptional menu. Indeed, Les Lumières is more than a hotel; it’s an invitation to awakening, where every moment promises eternal memories in a place that marries the lights of yesterday and today.

Versailles Hotel
Courtesy of Hôtel Les Lumières

Private Guided Tour of The King’s Garden at Versailles with The Garden’s Manager

The King’s Garden was built between 1678 and 1683 by Jean-Baptiste La Quintinie, at the request of Louis XIV. Also, it is the historic site of the École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage. Classified as a historical monument and a remarkable garden, its gardeners perpetuate the art of pruning and cultivating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in a French-style garden.


New Hotels on the French Riviera

Maison Albar – Le Victoria

Maison Albar Hotels introduces Le Victoria, an upcoming jewel in Nice’s crown, overlooking the azure expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. Positioned between the iconic Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna, this elegant retreat merges French design with the relaxed charm of the South. Boasting 102 rooms and 30 suites, the hotel offers sweeping views of the Baie des Anges and the countryside. Le Victoria features a 600m² spa, and a rooftop with a restaurant, bar, and infinity pool. With high-end boutiques at its doorstep, the hotel’s refined aesthetic and culinary excellence redefine the essence of a Côte d’Azur stay.

Courtesy of Maison Albar Hotels

Private Tour of Nice

Set out on a captivating full-day private tour of Nice with your licensed guide and driver. From the panoramic views of Mont Boron Hill to the vibrant streets of the old town, immerse yourself in the blend of Italian and French charm. Stroll along the iconic Promenade des Anglais, wander through narrow winding streets, and savor local street food. Discover the architectural gem of the Russian Orthodox Church and culminate your day with a wine-tasting experience in the heights of Nice, surrounded by the vineyards of Bellet.

vineyard in nice france
Courtesy of Château de Bellet

Hôtel du Couvent

Nestled within the heart of Nice’s Old Town, the soon-to-be-unveiled Hotel du Couvent, slated for a June opening, is a sanctuary blending 17th-century tranquility with 21st-century luxury. Boasting 88 meticulously restored rooms, the hotel embraces ancient architecture, lush gardens, and a Roman-inspired thermal spa. Valéry Grégo, the visionary behind Les Roches Rouges and Le Pigalle, orchestrates this ultra-luxurious haven. Guests can anticipate farm-to-table dining, herbalist treatments, and access to the hotel’s farmers market. Beyond its historical significance, the hotel offers an idyllic retreat where visitors can immerse themselves in the captivating charm of Nice’s old-world allure.

hotel room in nice france
Courtesy of Hôtel du Couvent

Tour of the Balcony Villages of Tourette-sur-Loup & Saint Paul de Vence

Head to the picturesque inland areas of Nice, where the majestic peaks of the Alps unfold. Your first stop is the medieval village of Tourette-sur-Loup, nestled atop a rocky hill. Revel in the village’s medieval charm and savor a panoramic view of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Continuing your adventure, explore Saint Paul de Vence, once a haven for artists like Matisse and Picasso. Immerse yourself in its medieval streets, walls, and the captivating views that have inspired artistic legends throughout history. Today, art galleries and decor shops still echo the town’s rich creative heritage.

Château de Théoule

Discover the enchanting Château de Théoule, a historic haven turned into a seaside jewel, opening its doors in March. Originally a soap factory built in 1630, the château now invites you to relive the Côte d’Azur’s golden age. Nestled in Théoule-sur-Mer, each room and suite offers unparalleled views of the Mediterranean in an Art Deco ambiance. Indulge in refined Italian cuisine at the panoramic sea-view restaurant and enjoy the magic of Plage Blanche, a hidden gem for sunset swims. With a spa facing the sea, Château de Théoule promises an exquisite escape on the French Riviera.

private beach club in théoule sur mer france
Courtesy of Château de Théoule

Hiking in the Estérel Massif

Embark on an extraordinary journey in the Estérel Massif, where the rugged red rocks meet the azure Mediterranean waters. This mountain range, stretching along the Var department’s coast in Provence, captivates with its distinct geological formations. However, despite its modest elevation, the Massif de l’Estérel promises an enchanting hiking experience. The inland trails lead to panoramic viewpoints, revealing breathtaking coastal vistas. As you explore, encounter the remnants of a once-forested landscape, now transformed into a striking panorama of hills and cliffs. Alternatively, traverse the scenic coastal road, offering glimpses of coves embraced by red rocks and jagged boulders plunging into the sea. Immerse yourself in nature’s artistry and discover the extraordinary beauty of Estérel’s vibrant landscapes.


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Marie Antoinette-Inspired Paris Itinerary

Among a history marked by kings and generals, few women have made their mark on French history quite like Marie Antoinette. Born in Vienna, Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI with luxury and infamy to follow closely behind. Although she died in the 18th century, you can still follow in her footsteps in Paris today. If you’re curious about French Revolution history and French royalty, we’ve curated our best Marie Antoinette-inspired Paris itinerary. 


Marie Antoinette-Inspired Paris Itinerary

Who was Marie Antoinette?

Jean-Baptiste Isabey via Wikimedia Commons

Although she played a major role in French history, Marie Antoinette wasn’t French. She was born to the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa in Austria, per Versailles. And by age 15, she was already married off to Louis XVI with the goal of improving Franco-Austrian relations. 

Marie Antoinette only lived to the age of 37, but these several decades proved to be eventful. She was rumored to have an affair with a Swedish diplomat; she had a gambling problem. She gave birth to four children, with two of them dying at a young age. In 1789, the French people stormed the Bastille, and three years later, monarchy was abolished, per History.com. And in 1793, she was sent to the guillotine at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, only a few months after her husband. In such a short time, Marie Antoinette made a name for herself.

Let Them Eat Cake (Or Not)

Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Although Marie Antoinette most likely never said “let them eat cake,” the public sentiment wasn’t far off. One major scandal that marked her time as queen was the Diamond Necklace Affair during the mid 1780s. 

This said necklace wasn’t just any type of jewelry; it had almost 650 diamonds and weighed nearly 2,800 carats, according to Versailles. A shady countess duped a cardinal into acting as a middle man to buy this expensive necklace supposedly on behalf of Marie Antoinette. Although she was known for her fashion tastes and luxury goods, Marie Antoinette had declined to purchase this necklace years prior for its outrageous price tag. The countess was found out and punished, but the queen’s reputation of excess still suffered. She even earned herself the nickname Madame Deficit, according to Biography.

Even more, Marie Antoinette didn’t fit too well into French royal life. “She found it difficult to adapt to French customs and when she became queen,” according to the Palace of Versailles. “She committed more and more blunders, often unwittingly, which gradually alienated public opinion, helping to tarnish her image in a most disastrous way.”

For better or for worse, Marie Antoinette left her mark on French history. There’s much to be discovered in Paris regarding her legacy. We’ve rounded up our favorite places to craft the ideal Marie Antoinette-inspired itinerary.

Take a VIP Visit of the Palace of Versailles

Versailles and its gardens, France

Turn back the clock to the era of Marie Antoinette with a private visit of her not-so humble abode, the Palace of Versailles. This isn’t just any palace: its grounds cover nearly 2000 acres and welcome 15 million guests annually, per Explore France. With French Side Travel, you can personalize your VIP guided visit by catering the tour to your interests. Whether you’d like to explore the palace or the king’s apartments, Marie Antoinette’s hamlet or her private quarters, the choice is yours.

Nosh on a Luxury Picnic in a Parisian Park

Bask in the beauty of the Jardin des Tuileries, which dates back to the 1500s, or the Jardin du Palais Royal over a gourmet picnic. We’ll take care of the logistics. Simply show up and your array of pastries, savory goods and champagne will be waiting for you. Admire the regal buildings lining these parks.

Stroll Château de Fontainebleau

Photo by Stefan K on Unsplash

South of Paris lies the majestic Château de Fontainebleau, boasting more than 800 years of history. With French Side Travel, you can discover this castle’s elegance with an exclusive after-hours visit. Learn about Marie-Antoinette’s mark on this castle, to where she and Louis XIV escaped. Your guide will share the ins and outs of this opulent castle. Finish the magical evening with a gourmet meal or cocktail.

Discover the Conciergerie and Sainte Chapelle 

stained glass windows in sainte-chapelle-paris

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Conciergerie used to serve as a prison, where Marie Antoinette did time. During your private guided tour, you’ll discover where Marie Antoinette was held in isolation before going on trial for treason and misuse of national funds, per La Conciergerie. Take a quick walk to the nearby Sainte Chapelle, which was used as a flour warehouse during the Revolution, per Centre des Monuments Nationaux. Bask in the beauty of its colorful stained glass windows.

Where to Stay in France

Hôtel de Crillon in Paris
Indulge in a stay fit for a queen at the Hôtel de Crillon. This elegant five-star hotel boasts 78 rooms and dozens of suites, including designs from Karl Lagerfeld. Treat yourself to a romantic dinner at l’Écrin, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. This hotel overlooks the Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette faced the guillotine hundreds of years ago.

Courtesy of Hotel Negresco

Hotel Negresco in Nice
Located in the sunny town of Nice, Hotel Negresco entices with its 102 rooms and 26 suites spanning five centuries of history. This hotel also offers a Marie Antoinette signature suite. From your opulently decorated suite, savor the Mediterranean Sea views and private terrace. Unwind at its recently opened N Le Spa with a revitalizing body scrub or soothing massage.


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Love in Every Corner: Top Five Romantic Hotels in France

Discover the most romantic hotels in France with the expertise of French Side Travel. From Paris to Provence and everything in between. Embark on a journey through the enchanting landscapes and iconic cities of France, where timeless romance meets unparalleled luxury. Our curated selection of hotels and unique experiences invite you to indulge in a romantic escape. Let these exquisite destinations set the stage for an unforgettable stay in the land of love.


Paris

Château des Fleurs

Within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomphe, Château des Fleurs stands as a beacon of intimate luxury. This enchanting haven pays homage to the refined merriment of 19th-century Parisian celebrations and the joie de vivre of the Belle Époque. What sets this romantic retreat apart is its unrivaled proximity to the famed Champs Elysées. As you step inside, the red accents and curated decor create an ambiance of romance, providing an idyllic backdrop for your stay in Paris. Immerse yourself in the timeless allure of Château des Fleurs, where every moment is a celebration of love and luxury.

Courtesy of Château des Fleurs

Private Seine River Cruise

Enhance your romantic escapade in Paris by reserving an exclusive private Seine River Cruise. Picture yourselves gliding along the Seine at sunset, passing by iconic landmarks as the city gradually illuminates. This tailor-made cruise down the world-renowned Seine River promises a uniquely intimate experience. Seated in the plush leather banquette, surrounded by tinted windows to ensure your privacy, you’ll embark on a journey through the heart of Paris. The cruise encompasses the historical center, featuring landmarks like Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum, and the Eiffel Tower. A bottle of champagne accompanies this enchanting voyage, transforming your evening into an unforgettable and magical moment. Allow French Side Travel to add an extra layer of romance to your stay at Château des Fleurs.


Champagne

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

Amidst the picturesque vineyards of Champillon, the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa stands as a testament to refined romance. This luxurious haven offers an enchanting retreat for couples seeking an idyllic escape. Surrounded by rolling vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see, the hotel boasts a stunning location that captures the essence of the Champagne region. The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa harmoniously blends charm with elegance, providing an intimate setting for a truly romantic experience. Don’t miss the chance to unwind and pamper yourselves at the hotel’s amazing spa, enhancing your romantic escape.

Courtesy of Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

Candlelit Dinner in a Vineyard

Experience the romance of a private candlelit dinner amidst the vineyards of Champagne. This unique and intimate encounter, curated by French Side Travel, offers a rare opportunity to indulge in the beauty of the French countryside. As the sun sets, casting a warm glow over the rolling vineyards, embark on a culinary journey like no other. Begin with an introduction to the vineyards, savoring the aroma of the terroir and the gentle rustle of grapevines in the evening breeze. Your private chef will then craft a four-course culinary masterpiece, perfectly complemented by selected champagnes. This dinner promises to be an intimate feast for the senses, creating cherished memories of your time together in Champagne.


Normandy

La Ferme Saint Siméon

Perched above Honfleur, Ferme Saint Siméon stands as a testament to timeless romance. This 17th-century inn, a cherished retreat for the masters of impressionism, offers a panoramic view of the Seine estuary. The charm of this unique hotel lies not only in its scenic location but also in its carefully decorated accommodations spread across three distinct buildings. The 34 rooms and suites exude history and beauty, featuring traditional paneling, oak flooring, and noble materials. Each room, equipped with modern amenities, provides a comfortable haven for guests. Ferme Saint Siméon beckons couples to explore the picturesque town of Honfleur. A stay at this charming retreat promises an intimate escape, inviting guests to discover the beauty of Normandy from this enchanting vantage point.

Courtesy of Ferme Saint Siméon

Day Trip to Fécamp & Étretat

Make your way to the picturesque towns of Fécamp and Étretat, nestled along the stunning Alabaster Coast. These idyllic destinations offer a perfect blend of cultural charm and natural beauty. In Fécamp, the historic harbor and the renowned Palais Bénédictine, home to the production of their famous liquor, stand as a testament to the town’s rich heritage. Palais Bénédictine is a masterpiece of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, providing a captivating journey into history and the art of liquor-making. Meanwhile, Étretat, with its famous arches and towering cliffs, boasts awe-inspiring scenery that has been immortalized in numerous paintings. A private guided driving tour ensures an immersive experience, allowing you to explore these coastal gems, making your romantic escape to Ferme Saint Siméon truly unforgettable.


Provence

Domaine de Fontenille

In the heart of the Luberon, Domaine de Fontenille stands as a celebration of romantic French charm. Surrounded by organic vineyards and cypress trees, this 4-star haven offers a unique blend of modern luxury and classic elegance. The 19 rooms and suites provide enchanting views of the with several boasting private terraces. While only a short drive from Aix-en-Provence, the estate transports guests to the true essence of Provençal countryside living. Domaine de Fontenille is not just a hotel; it’s a celebration where romance flourishes amidst lavender fields and rolling vineyards. The estate invites couples to immerse themselves in the vibrant local markets, saunter through fragrant gardens, and soak up the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. In this captivating setting, create timeless memories that linger like the sweet scent of lavender.

Courtesy of Domaine de Fontenille

Private Guided Tour of the Luberon Villages

Enhance your stay at Domaine de Fontenille with a full-day driving tour exploring the renowned villages of the Luberon. Nestled within the picturesque Luberon Regional Nature Park, a UNESCO-listed reserve, this off-the-beaten-path area boasts limestone mountains, rolling hills, and captivating villages that encapsulate the essence of Provence. Your day begins with Gordes, a hilltop village resembling a postcard with its dramatic setting and vibrant town square. Continue your journey to Roussillon, known for its striking ochre cliffs and unique village built from these vibrant pigments. Conclude the day in Lourmarin, a charming village with tree-lined streets, a Renaissance castle, and a delightful atmosphere. After a day of discovery, your driver will seamlessly return you to the comfort of Domaine de Fontenille, adding a touch of cultural richness to your romantic escape.


French Riviera

Chèvre d’Or

In the captivating village of Èze, La Chèvre d’Or stands as a romantic haven, offering an intimate escape amid the picturesque landscapes of the French Riviera. This luxurious gem boasts an array of individually designed rooms and suites, each exuding a unique charm. Guests are invited to savor exceptional cuisine at the hotel’s prestigious Michelin-starred restaurant, where panoramic views of the Mediterranean provide a breathtaking backdrop to every meal. The terraced gardens, adorned with vibrant flowers, create an enchanting ambiance for quiet moments. With its harmonious blend of natural beauty and sophisticated elegance, La Chèvre d’Or beckons couples to indulge in the serenity and sophistication of the Côte d’Azur.

Courtesy of La Chèvre d’Or

Discover the Splendor of Monaco & Menton

Immerse yourself in a day of romantic exploration with a private full-day driving tour of Monaco and Menton from La Chèvre d’Or. Your driver will whisk you away in a luxury vehicle, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience. In Monaco, a realm of sophistication, explore iconic landmarks such as the grand Casino de Monte-Carlo, the historic Monaco-Ville, and the captivating Prince’s Palace, evoking the timeless romance of Grace Kelly and Prince Ranier III. After a leisurely lunch, traverse the picturesque coastline to Menton, where the scent of lemon trees and vibrant gardens fills the air. Stroll along the Promenade du Soleil, immersing yourself in the colorful facades against the Mediterranean backdrop. This tour curated by French Side Travel promises a day of refined romance and memories to cherish.


French Side Travel – Where your love story meets the magic of France.

From the iconic allure of Paris to the tranquil vineyards of Champagne, the coastal charm of Normandy, the lavender-scented realms of Provence, and the sophisticated ambiance of the French Riviera. French Side Travel stands as your trusted expert, seamlessly weaving dreams into tailor-made vacations. As you embark on this journey, let our expertise curate moments where the romance of each location intertwines with your love story.


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The World of Luxury Shopping: Best Department Stores in Paris

Luxury Shopping in Paris

Welcome to the world of luxury shopping as we explore the iconic department stores that shape the Parisian retail. Our focus turns to La Samaritaine, Le Bon Marché, and Galeries Lafayette – three pillars of elegance, style, and curated exclusivity. From the contemporary flair of La Samaritaine to the historical charm of Le Bon Marché and the captivating ambiance of Galeries Lafayette, discover the distinct qualities that make these department stores in Paris essential destinations for discerning shoppers. Join us as we delve into the unparalleled luxury experiences awaiting you in the French capital.


La Samaritaine: A Timeless Luxury Haven

History & Heritage of La Samaritaine

La Samaritaine’s Rich History & Recent Renovation

Step back in time and into the fascinating history of La Samaritaine stretching back over 150 years. Situated behind the prestigious Cheval Blanc and adjacent to the iconic Pont Neuf, La Samaritaine stands at the heart of the city, beckoning luxury shopping enthusiasts visiting Paris to immerse themselves in its timeless allure. From its 19th-century origins to its pivotal role in shaping Parisian culture, trace the evolution of this landmark. The grand reopening in 2021 marked a transformative moment. The renovation seamlessly blends the heritage of Art Nouveau design with contemporary finishes, inviting visitors to experience a new era of sophistication.

Shopping Experience at La Samaritaine

Unique Offerings and Exclusive Brands

Immerse yourself in an unparalleled shopping experience at La Samaritaine. This premier shopping destination proudly carries an extensive selection of over 600 exclusively curated brands. What sets this luxury haven apart is not just its role as a shopping destination, but its affiliation with the prestigious LVMH conglomerate. Being part of this illustrious group brings forth a myriad of benefits, ensuring that La Samaritaine stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of high-end fashion and lifestyle. La Samaritaine invites discerning travelers to witness the epitome of luxury shopping in the heart of Paris.

Personalized Services at La Samaritaine

Concierge Excellence & VIP Experiences

With La Samaritaine’s concierge services, luxury is not just a concept but a personalized experience. Uncover the art of tailored assistance as their concierge team goes above and beyond to curate every moment of your visit. La Samaritaine boasts the unique ability to source products from all LVMH Maisons across their boutiques in Paris. This unparalleled access guarantees that your exploration of La Samaritaine’s luxury offerings extends beyond its own selection, providing you with an array of choices.

VIP Retreat: L’Appartement

Step into the lap of luxury with La Samaritaine’s private shopping experiences in “L’Appartement,” . This is an exclusive shopping lounge reserved for VIP clients. Indulge in personalized shopping consultations, exclusive previews, and a serene atmosphere that takes your retail experience to new heights. La Samaritaine invites you to embrace a level of luxury that goes beyond expectations, setting the stage for an unforgettable shopping escapade in the heart of Paris.


Le Bon Marché: Pioneering Elegance

Legacy and Innovation at Le Bon Marché

The World’s First Department Store is in Paris

Take a journey through history at not only the first department store in Paris, but the first in the world. Uncover the visionary beginnings that reshaped the retail landscape, setting the foundation for a legacy defined by sophistication and refinement. Experience the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity at Le Bon Marché, where the spirit of innovation thrives. As part of the LVMH conglomerate, this iconic establishment stays at the forefront of contemporary trends through strategic collaborations, ensuring that every visit promises not just a glimpse into the past, but a forward-thinking exploration of luxury and style.

Luxury Brands & Designer Collections at Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché’s Exquisite Offerings

From internationally renowned designers to emerging talents, explore a meticulously curated selection that defines the very essence of style. Delve into the exclusive realm of limited-edition items at Le Bon Marché, where the allure of rare finds and exclusive collections elevates the shopping experience. Patrons have the unique opportunity to acquire pieces that not only epitomize contemporary luxury but also hold a place in the annals of fashion history.

La Grande Épicerie & Le Bon Marché Food Hall

Savor a culinary journey where gourmet excellence meets sophistication within the iconic department store. Le Bon Marché Food Hall curates a diverse culinary experience, featuring luxurious delicacies, limited-edition items, and collaborations with renowned chefs. Adjacent to it, La Grande Épicerie, celebrated for its premium groceries and artisanal products, invites you on a global flavor exploration. Both establishments seamlessly blend culinary innovation and a celebration of global tastes, making them essential destinations for those seeking an elevated gourmet adventure on the Left Bank of the Seine.


Galeries Lafayette: Glamour & Grandeur

Iconic Location of the Galeries Lafayette

The Famous Haussmann Location & Rooftop Terrace Panoramas

Nestled along the illustrious Haussmann Boulevard, Galeries Lafayette Haussmann stands as an emblem of Parisian sophistication for over a century. Haussmann is famous for his pivotal role in transforming Paris into a modern and aesthetically pleasing city. The boulevard and its architectural style have become enduring symbols of Parisian elegance, attracting locals and tourists alike to experience the unique charm of the French capital.

Take in the history and legacy of this iconic destination, where luxury and style intertwine. Ascend to the pinnacle of glamour as we explore the rooftop terrace of Galeries Lafayette. Marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the City of Lights, a cinematic fusion of architectural landmarks and the enchanting Parisian skyline. This elevated experience promises a unique perspective, offering a moment of serenity amidst the bustling city below. This department store in Paris is most famous for their unrivaled decorations for the Christmas season.

Fashion Shows and Events at Galeries Lafayette

Front Row to Fashion

Immerse yourself in the world of haute couture with Galeries Lafayette’s regular schedule of fashion events and shows. From runway debuts to trendsetting spectacles, each showcase is a celebration of style. Dive into the highlights of recent displays, capturing the essence of fashion expression that defines this dynamic center of cultural creativity.

Shopping Experience at Galeries Lafayette

Step into luxury as you navigate the grand halls of Galeries Lafayette for an unparalleled shopping experience. Explore a diverse range of luxury products, from high-end fashion and accessories to exquisite home decor and beauty essentials. The carefully curated selection within these hallowed halls is a true reflection of Parisian style, beckoning discerning shoppers into a world of sophistication. Indulge in the charm of tax-free shopping, an exclusive benefit extended to international visitors by Galeries Lafayette. Uncover the details of this enticing offer, adding an extra layer of luxury to your shopping experience in the heart of Paris. As you immerse yourself in the grandeur of Galeries Lafayette, let every moment become a luxurious memory, capturing the essence of French sophistication in one of the world’s most iconic department stores.

Where to Stay in Paris

Château Voltaire
This five-star haven conceived by Thierry Gillier, co-founder of the iconic fashion brand Zadig & Voltaire is the epitome of Parisian chic. Set in 17th-century buildings, this boutique hotel with 32 uniquely designed rooms offers a seamless blend of history and modern luxury. Indulge in culinary delights at Brasserie Emil before exploring the vibrant shopping scene at Galeries Lafayette, just a stone’s throw away. Château Voltaire beckons, combining the elegance of its historic architecture with its close ties to the world of fashion.

Courtesy of Hôtel Lutetia

Hôtel Lutetia
Nestled in the chic enclave of Saint Germain des Prés, Hotel Lutetia, a distinguished five-star palace since 1910, beckons with 184 luxurious rooms on the Left Bank. Indulge in exquisite dining at the hotel’s restaurants or savor a drink at Bar Josephine, paying homage to the iconic Josephine Baker. With a storied history and proximity to Le Bon Marché, this prestigious establishment is not just a hotel but a captivating retreat in the heart of Paris.

Courtesy of the Nolinski

Nolinski 
This elegant 5-star hotel is recent entrant into the City of Light’s burgeoning hotel scene and is located just a stone’s throw away from the Louvre and the Opéra Garnier. Indulge in the allure of this uniquely charactered hotel, seamlessly blending contemporary aesthetics and classical prestige. Immerse yourself in the harmonious ensemble of blue and emerald hues, noble materials, and private balconies, all just steps away from the iconic La Samaritaine for an unforgettable Parisian stay.


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The Best Christmas Markets in France

When visiting France during the holidays, taking in Christmas markets is a not to be missed highlight. Throughout France, markets bring together the best of holiday traditions, local artisans, festive illuminations, gourmet specialties and entertainment for the whole family, yet each is unique. Read on to discover French Side Travel’s guide to the best Christmas markets in France.


The Best Christmas Markets in France

Colmar: Private Guided Tour to Experience Christmas Market Magic

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The small town of Colmar is one of the most exquisite in France with its historic center filled with medieval half-timbered houses and small winding canals. During Christmas, the streets of Colmar are impeccably decorated. It’s impossible not to be amazed and get swept up into the magic of the season.

Colmar’s six Christmas markets each exude the magic of Christmas. Your private guide will show you everything including the Maison des Têtes, an outstanding German Renaissance building and the Petite Venise neighborhood where gorgeous traditional half-timbered houses are lined along the Lauch River. Projected lights on buildings display advent calendars, twinkling stars, and winter scenes.

From November 23rd through December 29th.

Dijon: Gastronomic and Traditional Christmas Market

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Your private guide will lead you through the heart of the UNESCO World-Heritage classified city center of Dijon. To celebrate the festive season, experience the city’s gourmet and traditional Christmas markets. During the Christmas season in Dijon, you’ll find the city beautifully decorated with twinkling lights and festive wreaths. Place de la Libération is home to a 59-foot tall Christmas tree and historic carousel. Place de la Republique features a ferris wheel and ice-skating rink.

No Dijon Christmas market experience would be complete without tasting the specialties from the Burgundy region: think gingerbread, mustards, cheeses, and Bœuf bourguignon to name a few.

At night, experience a walk lit completely by lanterns. During this beautiful evening, your private guide will share anecdotes about Christmas traditions related to Dijon’s culture.

From December 1st through December 31st.

Strasbourg: Private Guided Christmas Walk

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In December, Strasbourg is all decked out and oozes a fairy tale ambiance with the lights and Christmas decorations. Strasbourg offers no less than 10 Christmas markets. Take a private guided Christmas walk to discover the best of the city and its markets. Strasbourg is filled with a festive atmosphere from the magnificent Cathedral to its most beautiful squares.

There is nothing quite like the Strasbourg Christmas markets with more than 300 market stalls, miles of garlands of light, the majestic Big Tree, and dazzling shows and concerts.

From November 24th until December 24th at 6:00 pm. The After-Christmas Village at Louise Weiss Square will be open until January 1st 2024.

Bordeaux: Traditional Festive Christmas Market

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If you are visiting Bordeaux during Christmas time, then a visit to the region’s traditional festive market on Allées de Tourny is a must.

Discover the 150 stands that are precisely laid out, divided by a center alley, and encircled by a periphery path. You’ll find artisans on one side and plenty of special drinks, foods, and regional products on the other side of the market. If you’ve come to knock out some Christmas shopping you are in the right place. There are plenty of local objects, crafts, perfumes, jewelry, kitchen utensils, toys, candles, soaps, and more. During your stroll at the Christmas market, do not miss Rue Saint Catherine, the largest pedestrian shopping street in Bordeaux.

The Bordeaux Christmas market hosts a variety of events all throughout December. There is of course the unmissable star: Santa Claus, who is waiting for you for a photo. Near the pine forest, there is also a very beautiful nativity scene. A large covered area for children is installed near the catering area.

From November 24th through December 27th.

Where to Stay in Bordeaux
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Intercontinental Bordeaux

This upscale 5-star hotel is in an 18th-century neoclassical-inspired building facing the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. It is in the city’s historic center with the Place de Quinconces and the Saint André Cathedral just a short stroll away

Chic rooms feature ornate furnishings and rich palettes, plus free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and coffee machines. Suites add sitting areas, some with wine bars. Family suites have pull-out sofas and two bathrooms.

Amenities include two upscale restaurants, a stylish cocktail bar, and an indoor courtyard serving afternoon tea. Relax at the indoor pool, the fitness center, the spa, or the outdoor hot tub.

When booking this hotel with French Side Travel, enjoy the following privileges: 85€ value-added amenity (hotel credit), upgrade to next room category, early check in and late check out (subject to availability on arrival), complimentary Wi-Fi (unlimited devices).

Lyon: An Enchanting Traditional Christmas Village

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During the holiday season, the oldest square in Lyon, Place Carnot, transforms into a true Christmas village. The square and the market are illuminated with decorative lights giving it a joyful atmosphere. The Christmas Market showcases the skills and talents of local producers, artisans, and businesses.

Visitors can indulge in delicious local products like fruit jams, chestnuts, ice creams, gingerbread, wine, foie gras and more. You also can shop for unique Christmas decorations such as stars, baubles, garlands, and enchanting santons. Local craftsmen fill their stalls with beautiful retro jewelry, textiles, and accessories.

The Lyon Christmas market is a dream for children. There are numerous activities set up including puzzles and toys to play with. The children’s make believe workshops and story readings are a highlight. Children can also whisper their wishes in Santa’s ear. As a nice gesture of Christmas charity, the proceeds from the photos with Santa Claus are donated to L’Association l’Orchidée, whose aim is to help seriously ill children.

From November 26th through December 24th.

Reims: Christmas Market with Enchanting Chalets

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The stunning and historical city of Reims is lovely during Christmas time. The first French Christmas celebrations took place in 496 in Reims. The Reims Christmas market is highly anticipated each year. The event has become one of the most popular Christmas markets in France attracting nearly 1.5 million visitors from all over the world. Visitors can discover approximately 150 chalets lit with twinkling lights and filled with seasonal gifts.

A highlight is the incredible sound and light show Regalia, which takes viewers through the emotion and beauty of a coronation day. The Children’s Kingdom features activities like an animation show, Santa’s chalet, train rides, and Christmas ropes courses. This festive market also has a Ferris wheel and an ice-skating rink.

Visitors can take in musical concerts, watch nativity scenes, savor authentic gourmet cuisine, or just stroll around the streets with loved ones. This season is an excellent moment to discover the city of Reims and its Cathedral.

From November 24th through December 24th.

Paris: Varied Christmas Markets

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A must-see when visiting Paris in the winter is one or more of the fabulous Christmas markets in Paris. You will find the markets sprinkled throughout the city. Each is different and provides a festive mix of ways to take in the holiday spirit. We recommend getting a cup of hot chocolate and wandering the various stalls. You will find holiday decorations, regional and seasonal food specialties, music, sometimes rides and attractions and general merriment!

Some of the most popular Christmas Markets in Paris can be found in the following locations: the Tuileries Garden (formerly along the Champs-Élysées), Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Saint-Sulpice, Place de la Nation, Place des Abesses in Montmartre, Gare de l’Est and Trocadero.

From November 18th through January 7th.

Montpellier: Christmas with a Mediterranean Twist

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If you are hoping to experience an enchanting Christmas atmosphere with a Mediterranean twist, look no further than the beautiful Montpellier Christmas Market, also known in French as the Hivernales de l’Esplanade, one of the most popular Christmas events in Southern France.

The event normally sees the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle transformed into a winter wonderland. However, in 2023 the event will take place at Place Royale du Peyrou.

In Christmas stalls, visitors will find a selection of unique crafts from artisanal soaps and handmade jewelry to local food delicacies from the surrounding Languedoc-Roussillon region. Savor Christmas specialties like Bûche de Noël, a classic Christmas dessert that is similar to a sponge cake roll, confit de canard, foie gras, oysters, ratatouille, tarte tatin, and more.

From December 2nd through December 30th.

Annecy: Christmas Market and Light Show

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\Annecy’s Christmas festival is held in the little Venice of the Alpine Christmas landscape. Around 90 exhibitors present their wares in 120 wooden Savoyard chalets. In fact, Annecy organizes two Christmas markets for residents and visitors.

The first market is located at the entrance of Annecy’s old town, allowing visitors to stroll in the old streets dating back to the Middle Ages. These Alpine chalets offer ideal Christmas gifts and authentic Savoyard culinary specialties such as tartiflette and diots au vin blanc. For a memorable souvenir, you can buy beautiful hand-made santons, traditional games, or toys.

Then, you can visit Annecy’s second Christmas market on Place François de Menthon. Also known as the Alpine Village, it recreates the atmosphere of an Alpine winter sports resort. Discover the numerous chalet-style stands showcasing original clothing creations and costume jewelry. Visitors can taste gourmet foods like fondue, oysters, or raclette. At the end of the day, stop to enjoy a musical performance in a guinguette atmosphere, or try ice-skating.

From November 25th through January 6th.

Honfleur: Artisanal and Gourmet Christmas Market

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The picturesque city of Honfleur is mostly known for its historic harbor, unique church, and many timber-framed houses. The Christmas atmosphere is incredible with glowing fireplaces in the city of impressionist painters.

The Honfleur Christmas market takes place near the Place de l’Hotel de Ville. Visitors can discover the 28 chalets filled with novelties. Enjoy the oyster bar and various food stalls, a Christmas beer barrel, and above all an original attraction called the Double Toboggan Run, a sliding tunnel instead of an ice rink.

Activities like storytelling, musical choirs, and various craft demonstrations and workshops can also be enjoyed. The exhibitors of the market are carefully selected to highlight regional quality products.

From December 20th through January 7th.

Where to Stay in Honfleur
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Hotel Saint Delis

Nestled in the heart of Honfleur’s historic district in Normandy and just two hours from Paris, this luxury 5-star hotel with a discreet charm is an essential part of the city’s arts and historical heritage. Situated among the 17th-century architecture, the hotel appears enchanting from the first glance.

Every room overlooks beautiful gardens and provides a variety of views in an intimate and personalized setting. The bedrooms are elegantly furnished and have magnificent, comfortable bathrooms where the beauty of marble and mirrors combine to create a luxurious and contemporary atmosphere.

Rooms are equipped with modern amenities, each room has a shower hammam, and the Deluxe and Junior suites have a spa bath as well. While you are here, you can also enjoy services such as horse carriage rides, massage therapy, and painting lessons. There are also facilities for child care.

Guests will also be able to savor dishes made from local ingredients and inspired by Saint-Siméon collection restaurants for the best culinary experiences, in the restaurant of Ferme Saint Siméon.

This is an ideal place for a family stay or a weekend of relaxation, as well as a vast array of activities that will delight young and old alike.

Christmas in France: Must-See Highlights by Region

The holiday season in France is something that every traveller should experience at least once. Starting in mid-November there is an unrivaled festive atmosphere that overtakes the country. Whether you’re coming to get some shopping done in Paris, visit the Christmas Markets in Strasbourg, or to see the Loire Valley châteaux decorated, there’s truly something extraordinary almost anywhere you go. We’re breaking down the Christmas in France must-see highlights down by region.


Christmas in France: Must-See Highlights by Region

Lyon: Fête des Lumières

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For four nights in December, a variety of different artists take over Lyon for the Fête des Lumières. You’ll be able to discover illuminations on buildings, streets, squares and parks throughout the city. The 2023 Fête des Lumieres runs from December 7th to 10th. You can find more information here.

Paris: Christmas Shopping and Concerts

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There’s so much to do in the French capital during the holidays that we have an entire post about visiting Paris in the winter. One activity that brings a lot of seasonal highlights together is Christmas shopping. Whether you’re visiting the Grand Magasin department stores or one of the Christmas markets you’ll be sure to take in the festive decorations and lights, and you’ll be able to bring back gifts from Paris!

Also not to miss is a series of festive Christmas concerts in Paris. Perhaps the most coveted concerts are those held at the Eiffel Tower on December 24th and 25th. Guests can enjoy classical music along with Christmas traditional on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve quickly if you’re interested!

Île de France: Vaux-le-Vicomte

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While the Château de Versailles doesn’t decorate for Christmas, one stunning castle in the Paris region that does is Vaux-le-Vicomte. Visitors will discover illuminations in both the gardens and the château. The 2023 theme is Grand Noël or the Great Christmas. Don’t miss the light projections on the facade in the evenings. To complete the cozy atmosphere, fireplaces will be lit and carriage rides will be offered. This year the festivities go from November 19th until January 7th. Guests can visit from Wednesday through Sunday from November 18th until December 22nd and every day from December 23rd until January 7th (closed on December 25th and January 1st). Reservations are required.

Strasbourg: Christmas Market

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The Christmas Markets in and around Strasbourg are without a doubt a holiday must-see. With more than 300 market stalls, miles of garlands of light, the majestic Big Tree, and dazzling shows and concerts there is nothing quite like the Strasbourg Christmas Market. This year the market is open from November 24th until December 24th at 6:00 pm and the theme is Le Coeur (the heart), which you will see repeated in decorations. The After-Christmas Village at Louise Weiss Square will be open until January 1st 2024.

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Private Guided Driving Tour of the Alsace Christmas Markets

Alsace at Christmastime is unique. The region will welcome you with warmth and generosity, good food and drinks, and a magical ambiance.

Whatever you love about Christmas, Alsace allows you to fully participate in the festivities. From iconic sites to hidden gems, this perfect Christmas itinerary will cover it all and guarantee you that this Christmas will be unlike any other!

Enjoy a full-day trip in Alsace to explore some of the oldest and most authentic Christmas markets in Europe. You will visit various traditional Christmas markets in Obernai, Mittelbergheim, and the Haut Koenigsbourg castle. A world of delicious fragrances, delightful handmade goods, and lights quickly takes shape along the rows. Plenty of surprising and mouthwatering discoveries await!

Loire Valley: Christmas Châteaux

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The Loire Valley châteaux are marvelous year round (we’ve identified our ten favorites here). During the holidays, many of the châteaux are decorated both inside and out. From Saturday December 2nd through Sunday January 7th, seven of the largest châteaux in the Loire region are celebrating the spirit of the end-of-year festivities through exceptional tours and events. You’ll see Christmas trees, festive wreaths, and holiday tables dressed to the nines. It’s truly a wonderful time of the year in the Loire Valley and especially fun for families.

Normandy: Christmas Markets and Light Shows

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In a region known for gourmet specialties including hearty ciders and cheeses, it’s not difficult to imagine that Christmas is a lively time of year. In 2023, the Bayeux Cathedral will have an immersive light and sound show from December 20th through January 6th. You’ll find Christmas Markets in the most picturesque of places: at the foot of Mont Saint-Michel (dates to be announced), along the port of Honfleur from December 15th through 31st, and at the base of the Rouen Cathedral (from November 23rd to December 24th) to name a few.

Provence: Unique Traditions

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In Provence, there is a unique Christmas tradition to eat 13 desserts following the Christmas dinner: one for each Christ and his twelve apostles. Each of the desserts served varies a bit based on the region and particular family. Some common items include fougasse, the four beggars (almonds, raisins, dried figs and nuts), Cachat piquant, white and black nougat, calissons, pain d’épice, and of course, the Bûche de Noël.

You’ll also find Santons, little clay figurines in nativity scenes. The literal translation of Santon is ‘little saint.’ There’s an entire Foire aux Santons dedicated to these collectables in Marseille, this year from November 18th through December 31st.

Another Christmas in Provence activity not to miss is the Aix-en-Provence Christmas Market from November 15th through December 31st which will feature various foods and craftsman, as well as a Truffle Market.

Bordeaux: Christmas Markets in Wine Country

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In the heart of Bordeaux you’ll find the Christmas market back again this year from November 24th to December 27th. It’s a wonderful place to admire the decorations and also get some shopping done. For a more artisanal market, this year there is a special Christmas market in the heart of Saint-Émilion on December 16th and 17th.

Radio Classique Christmas Symphonic Concert at the Opera Bordeaux

Radio Classique Christmas Symphonic Concert at the Opera Bordeaux

The Auditorium of the Opéra National de Bordeaux is located in the heart of the city’s historic center. With its spectacular structure and acoustics, this ideal venue offers a program that is as prestigious as it is eclectic.

For this unique concert and celebration, the audience votes and chooses the program of the evening simply by a show of hands. To prepare for these special evenings the orchestra has gone to great lengths. There is an incredibly festive air to these concerts…which of course will not be the same from one evening to the next!

Concerts are held Thursday December 14th at 8:00 pm, Friday December 15th at 8:00 pm, Sunday December 17th at 11:00 am, and Sunday December 17th at 3:00 pm.

Pas de Calais: Fête de la Dinde de Licques

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France can be known for being quirky. Perhaps one of the quirkiest Christmas festivals is the Licques Turkey Festival in the north of France. It’s named for the turkey, which is a popular item served on Christmas day in France, but you’ll also find all sorts of gourmet regional products. It’s the perfect opportunity to prepare your Christmas menu and stock up on wine, cheese, chocolate, Champagne, and of course turkey! This year the festival will be held on December 9th and 10th.

French Alps: Snow, Skiing, and Merriment

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The snowy alps make them the perfect setting to celebrate a memorable Christmas. Whether you’re in Courchevel or Val d’Isère, you’ll be enchanted by the special Christmas magic including parades throughout town, Santa hitting the slopes and more.

Are you ready to spend the holidays in France? Our travel designers are standing by to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you. They can help to identify the perfect region for you to experience the must-see Christmas highlights in France.

Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Paris 2023

Although the French don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, visiting over the holiday is always popular for Americans. It’s a great time to see a mix of fall colors and the festive holiday decorations. If having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is important, we recommend staying in Paris. We’ve put together a list of where to have Thanksgiving dinner in Paris in 2023.


Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Paris 2023

Ralph’s

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One of the most beautiful settings for Thanksgiving Dinner in Paris is at Ralph’s inside the Ralph Lauren store on the Left Bank. Traditional Thanksgiving foods are displayed in front of the stately fireplace. Guests have the opportunity to taste everything on the menu, including all three types of pies. Ralph’s is known for their annual elegant Thanksgiving dinners, so it’s recommended to reserve well in advance. Ralph’s Paris

Treize

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Treize is famous in Paris for their delicious Southern style cooking. In 2023, Treize will be offering Thanksgiving dinners at all three locations: Treize au Jardin, Treize au Clubhouse, and Treize au Bois. Reservations are limited to seven people per table at Treize au Jardin, 15 people per table at Treize au Clubhouse, and larger groups can be accommodated at Treize au Bois. Expect Thanksgiving classics, including turkey, with all of the fixings. The friendly staff at Treize will surely make you feel right at home. There is also a vegetarian option. Treize

Thanksgiving in Paris Stays
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Les Suites Cinabre

Are you dreaming of a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner in Paris in your own apartment, but with all of the services of a luxury hotel? Look no further than Les Suites Cinabre. Located in the heart of Paris, on a private street in the 19th arrondissement, this luxurious apartment is a sanctuary for relaxation from the usual hustle-bustle of the city.

Each suite has its own home cinema with access to several streaming platforms and a fully equipped kitchen. The suites have a very unique 60’s and 70’s vibe and are specifically recommended for those who love fashion and design. Guests can enjoy massage service in their suites.

For assistance preparing your perfect Thanksgiving dinner in Paris, a private chef service can also be booked.

Relive a special, luxurious, quiet, and delightful moment during your stay at this cozy apartment suite.

Sunday in Soho

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Sunday in Soho is offering two days of Thanksgiving dinners in 2023. The cozy restaurant has a set menu that includes a welcome drink, starter, full Thanksgiving dinner spread, and is followed by pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert. Tickets are going quickly, so be sure to book soon! Sunday in Soho

Breakfast in America

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Recently featured on Emily in Paris, Breakfast in America is offering two dinner seatings at both restaurants on November 23rd and 24th where you can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner. The fixed price menu includes an apéritif, choice of starter, traditional Thanksgiving plate and choice of dessert. 2023 is Breakfast in America’s 20th year of Thanksgiving dinners in Paris, guaranteeing it will be great. Note: the restaurant cannot accommodate vegetarians or children with special menus. Breakfast in America

ChoCho

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For a Thanksgiving dinner with a gastronomic spin, look no further than ChoCho. The young French-American chef Thomas Chisholm is proposing a menu with elevated Thanksgiving classics – think mac & cheese with black truffles, a peanut-roasted turkey, and revisited donut for dessert among other options. Available on November 23rd. ChoCho

Thanksgiving in Paris Stays
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La Clef Louvre

Indulge in luxury at this 5-star apartment hotel. Situated next to the Palais de Louvre, this hotel guarantees a unique stay. The prime location ensures that you are just a stones throw away from the Tuileries Gardens, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Museum.

The rooms are in the format of studios and apartments. They are fully equipped with comfortable bedding and all the modern amenities one could require. They also have a fully functioning kitchen to ease your stay in the city of lights, perfect for preparing a Thanksgiving dinner in Paris. The hotel also have a fitness center so you can stay on top of your fitness regime.

Breakfast buffet in served in the morning, and there is a bar to unwind after a long day.

The hotel is extremely close to a host of local restaurants, where you can experience the beauty of French Cuisine. It is next to the metro station as well, so you can travel all around the city with zero fuss.

Milagro

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For a Thanksgiving meal not far from the Eiffel Tower don’t miss Milagro. In 2023 Milagro is offering two dinner seatings on November 23rd, 24th and 25th. For the fifth year, they are also offering Thanksgiving Chez Vous where you can take away a prepared meal, perfect for visitors staying in apartments. A highlight of the dinner is sure to be the slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream! Milagro

Café Varenne

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For a French take on Thanksgiving, head to Café Varenne in the 7th arrondissement. This neighborhood restaurant is a favorite of Ina Garten and offers “The Best Thanksgiving in Paris!” It’s the perfect way to experience an American Thanksgiving in a traditional French atmosphere. Café Varenne

Hotel Vernet

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Hotel Vernet offers an annual Thanksgiving feast under the beautiful Gustave Eiffel-designed glass dome. It’s a fun and very luxurious way to experience the American holiday in Parisian style. Hotel Vernet

Prepare Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner in Paris

If you feel like preparing a Thanksgiving dinner in Paris, luckily there are plenty of options! You can order a whole turkey (dinde) from most butcher shops. It should be noted that you should place your order one to two weeks before Thanksgiving day. Otherwise a roasted chicken makes a good substitute. American Thanksgiving cooking staples like canned pumpkin, cranberries, and stuffing are available at La Grande Épicerie or the American food store The Real McCoy.

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Private Guided Tour of the Aligre Market

Want to shop for ingredients to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner in Paris? French Side Travel can arrange for a private guide to help you!

In this market, you will find a melting pot of different cultures and colors, fresh products, cheeses and wines. The market is divided into two sections: a covered market where you will find French delicatessen, fresh fishes, poultry, dairy, cut flowers and an uncovered market where you can see a curious mix between shouting fruit sellers and antique dealers. It’s half of a food market, half of a flea market – in case you’re looking for a special way to set the table!

Your guide will stop at several shops for you to taste a selection of the best French specialties along the way. The tour will be tailored accordingly to your tastes and special dietary restrictions to either include more sweet or salty food.


Need help making plans for Thanksgiving week in Paris? When you book your trip with French Side Travel our English-speaking Travel Care team will be able to offer assistance, 24/7 while you’re in France. There’s still time to plan a trip to France in 2023. Our travel designers are standing by to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you.

Indulge in Luxury Experiences During the Holiday Season in Paris

For insiders in the know, a visit to Paris during the holiday season is a must. It’s the perfect time to indulge in the finest luxury experiences the City of Light has to offer. From VIP shopping opportunities and bespoke behind-the-scenes experiences to personalized Christmas tours, the holiday season in Paris is truly the most wonderful time of year to treat yourself to luxury, glitz and glamour.


Indulge in Luxury Experiences Over the Holiday Season in Paris

Experience Holiday Magic with a Private Christmas Decorations and Lights Walking Tour

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If you’re looking to experience the holiday magic in Paris, look no further than this exceptional private Christmas decoration and lights walking tour. The tour begins at the Grands Magasins, where you will discover what makes Christmas in Paris so special after taking in the famous holiday displays. The window installations at Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are renowned worldwide, and the Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette is always breathtaking. Your guide will also take you to secret places for amazing panoramic views. There will of course be time for shopping, because what better way to surprise someone on your list than with a special gift from Paris?

The shopping won’t stop at the Grands Magasins. Afterwards, your guide will lead you through small streets, passages, and shopping arcades on a wonderful walk. During the holiday season in Paris you won’t be able to resist the charm of these places filled with lights and decorations. The final stop will be at one of Paris’ best wine bars for a foie gras and champagne tasting!

Luxury Stays Over the Holiday Season in Paris
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Le Bristol

Located steps away from Champs Elysées and La Madeleine, this Palace Hotel offers a rooftop swimming pool with Eiffel Tower views and an authentic inner French garden.

The spacious and elegant rooms are uniquely decorated. Some feature Louis XV or Louis XVI-style furniture. All include a private bathroom with a double wash basin and a separate shower. Rooms offer views of the inner garden à la française, the hotel’s flower-filled courtyard, or Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré.

A spa and wellness center includes solarium massages and La Prairie treatments is a highlight.

The hotel has two gastronomic restaurants, a cafe, and a bar. The restaurant has elegant decor and a charming ambiance. Experience French gourmet meals that people travel to Paris to indulge in. You can also enjoy casual and refined refreshments in the sumptuously decorated café with frescoed walls and crystal chandeliers that reflect a more spontaneous side of Parisian life. The bar offers an elegant menu of signature cocktails.

Tour Opéra Garnier During the Holidays with a Ballerina

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A unique way to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the holiday season in Paris is on a private visit and tour of the glorious Opéra Garnier accompanied by a professional ballerina. While impressive year round, the Opéra Garnier is even more spectacular during Christmas. Every year a Christmas tree is displayed in the Grand Foyer to add a festive touch to the regal room.

On your private tour, discover many secret areas of the Opéra Garnier. To finish this spectacular experience, you will be able to meet and talk with dancers from the Opéra National de Paris. These world-renowned dancers perform in all of the great productions including “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.”

Enjoy an Exclusive Shopping Experience: Privatize a Luxury Boutique with a Personal Shopper and Stylist

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The French capital is home to some of the world’s most prestigious fashion designers and houses, who draw from hundreds of years of expertise and savoir-faire to create truly unforgettable collections. Surely one of the most exclusive experiences in Paris is being able to privatize one of these luxury boutiques for yourself and enjoy shopping with the services of a stylist.

The holiday season in Paris is the best time to shop for yourself or someone on your list. Whether you are seeking a truly original and elegant piece of couture or a must-have handbag, your stylist will help you choose something extraordinary that will stand the test of time.

Become a Chef for the Day with Cooking Classes at the Escoffier School at The Ritz Paris

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Paris Ritz Escoffier

The Ritz Escoffier School is located in the kitchen of the legendary Ritz Paris hotel. The school offers memorable culinary experiences through both cooking and pastry classes. A talented and experienced chef will guide you as you select the best ingredients and execute sophisticated dishes. Depending on the class you choose, learn to skillfully dress a plate, discover the secrets behind cooking seafood products, or uncover the pastry’s chef tricks and techniques.

As a special during the holiday season, The Ritz Escoffier School is hosting a series of festive classes. Master some of the best traditional French holiday meals – it will be guaranteed to help you prepare a perfect dish for your own holiday dinner!

Luxury Stays Over the Holiday Season in Paris
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Ritz Paris

This stunning historic Palace hotel is located right on the Place Vendôme, one of the most famous areas for luxury shopping.

The rooms are all decorated in a French classic style with fresques, paintings, heavy curtains, and antique furniture. They are equipped with flat-screen televisions, minibars, as well as stunning bathrooms. Some have a lounge area where you can relax after a busy day, others have a terrace or balcony.

The hotel also offers a selection of bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner. A sport center, boutiques, a wellness center with a swimming pool, sauna, and massage facilities as well as a cooking class can also be found at the hotel.

The establishment has a 24-hour reception desk and provides concierge and exchange services. You will find many restaurants, attractions and shopping within walking distance of the hotel.


Ready to indulge in luxury experiences over the holiday season in Paris? There’s still time to plan a trip for this year! Our travel designers are standing by to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you.

Paris to Provence: The Perfect Week Itinerary

From the glittering Eiffel Tower to its world-renowned art museums, Michelin-starred restaurants to its history-laden streets, Paris is iconic. But the reality is that France’s capital doesn’t represent the entire country. Only several hours away by train, southern France boasts endless sunshine, stunning beaches and bustling nightlife. The areas of Paris and Provence vary immensely, but visiting both on your trip to France shows you some of the best patrimoine, or cultural heritage, the country has to offer. The journey from Paris to Provence is fairly simple. At French Side Travel, we’re sharing our perfect week itinerary from Paris to Provence.


Paris to Provence: The Perfect Week Itinerary

How far is Provence from Paris?

Not only is Paris worthy of endless exploration, but it’s also quite convenient. With three airports in the region of Paris and direct flights to multiple continents, Paris is easily accessible. In 2022, the Charles de Gaulle Airport welcomed nearly 60 million passengers, according to its data. When visiting France, Paris is the perfect place to begin given its renown and accessibility. 

Luckily, you can also easily travel to the rest of France from Paris. Provence is a 3-hour train ride from Paris. From Paris’ Gare de Lyon to Marseille’s station, you can arrive in about 3.5 hours by TGV, or high-speed train. You can also hop off at Avignon or Aix-en-Provence, which would make the trip closer to three hours. The simplicity of multiple direct trains as well as the mere three hours make Provence and Paris the perfect destinations for your trip to France.

Paris itinerary

For the first leg of your Paris to Provence trip, you can bask in the rich Parisian culture. Whether you prefer taking a guided tour of its historical neighborhoods or simply sitting at one of its café terrasses, the city is yours. French Side Travel would be happy to organize your luxury itinerary at your pace. Here are some of our favorite activities in Paris. 

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Stroll through one of Paris’ famed art museums 

With more than 100 museums in Paris, the city is especially known for its art scene. You simply cannot miss seeing the Louvre’s glass pyramid as well as its masterpieces such as da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa and Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People. If you’ve already visited the Louvre or simply want to delve deeper, then the Musée d’Orsay is calling your name. Be sure to admire Monet’s impressionist masterpieces and Degas’ ballet dancer statue.

Take a private painting class in Montmartre

On the outskirts of Paris lies the famed neighborhood of Montmartre, home to the Moulin Rouge and a vibrant arts community. After admiring Paris’ art museums, we’ll hand you the brush. We’ll organize a private painting class in this historic area with a French artist. 

Try your hand at French pâtisserie

Millefeuille, éclair, chouquette, brioche, Paris-Brest… You might as well need a dictionary for all the different French pastries and bakery items that exist. During your trip to Paris, we’ll organize a baking class led by a French chef. During your private desserts workshop, you’ll learn how to make chocolate soufflé, crème brûlée and crêpes Suzette. We won’t judge if you’re tempted to lick the bowl!

Where to Stay During Your Paris to Provence Trip: Paris

Bel Ami

Located in the cush neighborhood of Saint-Germain-de-Près, Bel Ami boasts five stars and a short walk to the Louvre. Decorated by Pascal Allaman, the luxurious rooms will have you drooling. The walls are decorated with art by Florence Bamberger, Manuel Merida, and Ced Vernay. The apartment with terrace suites, with its kitchenette and relaxing ambiance, is an oasis for weary travelers. Frequented by names such as Brigitte Bardot and Yves Saint Laurent, Café de Flore also is just a stone’s throw away from Bel Ami.

Provence Itinerary

After spending several days in Paris, you might find it difficult to part ways. But we promise that, albeit different from France’s capital, the region of Provence will charm you. The cool Mediterranean waves and fragrant lavender fields are certain to enchant, and our team can provide a tailor-made itinerary for your Paris to Provence trip.

Wander the lavender fields

Postcards just don’t do the lavender fields justice; see them up close and personal with French Side Travel. We’ll organize a private tour of a lavender distillery in southern France followed by a gourmet picnic. You’ll learn about lavender harvest and can taste lavender sorbet and a lavender beverage.

Bask in the sun on a private boat ride

Unlike rainy Paris, Provence is known and celebrated for its sunshine. One of the best ways to enjoy this golden light is from the sea. We’ll organize a private boat tour so that you and your loved ones can explore la Côte Bleue and Frioul islands. You’ll head northwest of Marseille to see Château d’If, which inspired Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, and Estaque, a neighborhood loved by artists including Cézanne. 

Hike through the calanques

Provence is also known for its calanques, or rocky inlets. These massive rock formations juxtapose the deep blue sea and make for the perfect hike. The Calanques National Park spills into several towns, but we recommend hiking through the Calanque de Port-Miou in Cassis. About an hour outside of Marseille, the village of Cassis promises a darling downtown and access to the stunning calanques.

Where to Stay During Your Paris to Provence Trip: Provence

Les Bords de Mer

Located at the feet of the Mediterranean Sea and on Marseille’s corniche, or its boulevard lining the sea, Les Bords de Mer promises a luxurious escape. Once a waterside villa in the 1930s, this retreat has been reimagined as a contemporary 4-Star boutique hotel. All of its 19 rooms boast sea views, and light pours in through its massive windows. 


If you can’t decide between the effervescence of Paris or the idyllic charm of Provence, we’re here to tell you there’s no need. With the high-speed train from Paris to Provence, you can enjoy the bustling metropolis as well as the sun-filled douceur of the south. Be inspired by some of our top tours: A Weekend in Wonderful Provence, Exclusive Private Culinary Tour of Paris and An unforgettable Fashion and Art Trip to the City of Light. We’re ready to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

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What to Do in Paris in 2023

There’s certainly never a shortage of things to see in the City of Light. As the list is ever-growing, French Side Travel is staying on top of the best of the best activities, tours, and accommodations to make your stay spectacular. Read on to discover our list of what to do in Paris in 2023.


What to Do in Paris in 2023

Check In at a New Hotel

Treat yourself to an exceptional experience with a stay at one of Paris’ best hotels. In France, only a few of the top 5-star hotels are awarded Palace status, which is a distinction awarded to those offering the highest levels of service to their clients. Paris is home to several of the best Palace hotels in the country.

La Réserve

la reserve hotel

La Réserve is a palace hotel housed in a mansion that dates from 1854. Behind its ruby-red doors, it offers guests a world of Haussmann charm. Rooms have stunning views of Paris’s finest landmarks. The elegant and stylish decoration illustrates the mansion’s Belle Époque history.

The hotel has 26 suites and 14 rooms that seamlessly combine tradition with modern technology – think pastel tones, Carrara marble bathrooms, a Devon & Devon silver bathtub together with underfloor heating, screens integrated into the mirrors, and an interactive tablet (with a special button to call your butler) – that all provide exceptional comfort for the prestigious clientele. La Réserve is the first palace hotel to offer a personal butler service for every room. This special attention makes guests feel as though they are staying in a private home.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the world’s most beautiful avenue, this discrete and spacious establishment also has a private library and a smoking room. Other exclusive amenities include a gym with a personal trainer, a spa with Nescens-Swiss products, and an indoor pool. Awarded two Michelin stars after only one year, the chef translated the excellence of the place into the cuisine. The restaurant serves contemporary French cuisine with Asian influences.

Hôtel Lutetia

hotel lutetia what to do in paris in 2023

This luxury palace hotel is the only one located on the city’s Left Bank and is an iconic landmark situated in the vibrant Saint-Germain-des-Prés area. Originally opened in 1910, the building’s design was a daring move from Art Nouveau to the emerging style of Art Deco. Inside, the interiors might remind you of being on a yacht.

The hotel’s 184 rooms are equipped with the latest amenities, includidng lighting and curtains are controlled by small wall-mounted tablets. Art Deco furnishings are embellished with Murano glass light fixtures, Hermès jacquard cushions and plush, deep-pile rugs.

The hotel boasts a brasserie with two-level dining area, along with outdoor tables and terraces, in their original 1910 decor. It is a place where guests can discover a menu that mixes the traditional and the modern. The bar, with its long bay windows and regular live jazz, offers an elegant setting and sophisticated cocktail blends.

Unique in the neighborhood, the holistic spa center is dedicated to the guest’s well-being and fitness and it also features a 17 meter swimming pool bathed in natural daylight.

Take an Exclusive Cruise Along the Seine River

what to do in paris in 2023

Indulge in a tailor-made private cruise down the most beautiful waterway in the world, the Seine River. You’ll see many of Paris’ most stunning museums and landmarks from an unparalleled perspective. Your boat is a luxurious Venetian water taxi, custom-built for the Seine River in Venice. It features a private salon with a leather banquette, tinted windows, and a roof that can be open or closed. Enjoy a bottle of Champagne during your memorable and romantic journey in Paris.

If you prefer a lunch or dinner along the Seine, a cruise aboard the Ducasse sur Seine boat is an experience like no other. The electric boat glides in silence along the river. All food is prepared on board, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy the freshest, most delicious food possible in true Ducasse style. Between courses be sure to take an opportunity to walk outside and soak in the views. It’s truly a once in a lifetime meal in Paris!

Enjoy Unique Shopping Opportunities

shopping in paris

Whether you’re interested in fashion, jewelry, or the storied history of the world-renowned designers in Paris, French Side Travel has an experience for you.

The French capital is home to some of the world’s most prestigious jewelry designers and houses who draw from hundreds of years of expertise and savoir faire to create truly unforgettable pieces. During your exclusive shopping experience, a stylist will arrange visits in private jewelry salons to help you find that something extraordinary.

If you’re more interested in fashion history, take a private guided Haute Couture walk on Avenue Montaigne. You’ll trace the history of the most chic avenue in Paris step by step. One of the stories you’ll learn about is Christian Dior’s, who set up shop in 1947 at 30 Avenue Montaigne. The couturier undoubtedly contributed to the international reputation of Avenue Montaigne thanks to his legendary boutique.

For a very VIP experience, French Side Travel can privatize the boutique of one of the most prestigious brands in Paris. Think Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and more. This is truly a once in a lifetime shopping experience in Paris!

Indulge in a Foodie Experience

what to do in paris foodie experience

Our list of what to do in Paris in 2023 wouldn’t be complete without a food experience. Whether you’re interested in chocolate, cheese, Champagne, or food markets there is surely a food tour that will please. Discover a French Side Travel favorite: a private guided tour of French Chef’s shops in Paris. Guests will discover the best pastries in Paris and the latest sweet trends from Pierre Hermé, Christophe Michalak, Thierry Marx or Philippe Conticini. You of course will taste their “signature” recipes, a mix between culinary tradition and innovation. During this food tour in Paris you will enter in some Meilleurs Ouvriers de France’s shops.

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The Feast by Alain Ducasse

Experience Versailles Like Never Before with an Exceptional 12-Course Meal

Have you ever dreamed of living a sumptuous evening like a French King? From the menu to the waiters’ attire and the setting to the tableware, everything comes together to make a dinner in the Ducasse salons at the Château de Versailles an experience.

Alain Ducasse carried out careful research and took his inspiration from 18th century menus, yet took a contemporary interpretation of the cuisine. Beyond dinner, it is a genuine experience. Be ready to be amazed by the traditional à la française service, menu inspired by the court with contemporary flavors, tableware from the ancient royal manufacture of Limoges re-edited by Bernardaud, and staff in tailor-made outfits inspired by the 18th century.


We hope this list of what to do in Paris in 2023 will help inspire future travel to the City of Light. We would love to help you plan a dream trip to France in the coming year with a custom itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Normandy, Bordeaux, the South of France, the Loire Valley and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

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