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Day Two:


If you’ve been up all night, as we hope you have, then seize the day and grab breakfast in romantic Montmartre near Pigalle. Coquelit bakery is packed to the brim with freshly made bread and pastries that only the French know how to make, and its coffee will give you that kick you need. Next, stroll through the cobbled streets and manicured gardens of Montmartre until you get to the Sacre Coeur, which looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale on its perch high up on a hill. The Boulevard de Clichy at the bottom of the mound is full of kebab stands and sex shops, making for an interesting contrast with the church above.


You’re not far from Canal Saint-Martin here, which appears in the whimsical French blockbuster Amelie. The recently-gentrified area is now full of cute cafes and boutique shops, not to mention some great markets through the week. There are also lots of curious shops that specialise in just one thing, from olive oil to communist literature to piñatas. Along the way are also many quirky museums and galleries such as the Musee de l’Eventail which is devoted entirely to fans, showcasing at least 1,000 examples from the 18th and 19th century. If you fancy a break from French food, try the experimental pizza at The Pink Flamingo, with toppings such as figs, pistachios, goats’ cheese and honey – bizarrely named ‘The Brangelina’. We’re still not sure why.

On your travels, look out for streets with names such as ‘Passage du Desir’ and ‘Cite du Paradis,’ making up some of the whimsy and beauty of this area.


For your last night, treat yourself at a glammed-up Michelin-starred restaurant – you are in Paris after all, and it’s all part of the experience. But before that, be sure to take in the dimming city lights from atop the Arc de Triomphe, which stands tall as a monument to those who died in the Napoleonic Wars. With 234 stairs to climb you will definitely build up an appetite for dinner. Nearby, there is Alain Ducasse’s flagship restaurant at the Plaza Athenee, where you can enjoy a luxe meal like no other. It may be a big blow-out, but you are in the culinary capital of the world, and it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There are plenty of other slightly less OTT (but still fancy) bistros around the glittery Champs-Elysees shopping district. The art-deco Chez Savy has good food with foie gras made on site. A la carte prices are high, but there is a set menu with three courses for £25.

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