Worth getting out of bed for
Shopping, shopping, shopping. The Champs Elysées is tantalisingly close by, so retail therapy is definitely on the prescription. Tourist tick-box sights including the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe are also in the vicinity.
A few moments from the Champs-Elysées, on Rue Lord Byron, Les Enfants Terribles is toney and theatrical-looking and offers a Modern European menu, including risotto with ceps, fillet of beef Johnny Hallyday, and ‘gros baba au rhum’. Seasonal French fare, extravagant decor and Philippe Starck design make for a memorable soirée at La Cristal Room in the Baccarat HQ on Place des États-Unis (+33 (0)1 40 22 11 10).
VIP Room on Rue de Rivoli is a swish, futuristic cocktail bar with a glossy clientele to match (+33 (0)1 58 36 46 00). Maison de la Truffe is a small deli/café on Place de la Madeleine, majoring in truffle-inspired dishes – a lunchtime must for lovers of the premium fungi (+33 (0)1 42 65 53 22).
Worshipped for its melt-in-the-mouth macaroons in pistachio, salted-caramel and seasonal new flavours, world-famous confectioner Ladurée has an outpost near the hotel at 75 Champs-Elysées (+33 (0)1 40 75 08 75).
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Drinks on arrival, and river-cruise tickets.