Another in the series of weekend city breaks
A Weekend in Paris
For the city’s dreamiest view, head to Montparnasse tower at sunset – Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Coeur. Then it’s off to Prescription Cocktail Club (23 Rue Mazarine) for a nightcap.
Montparnasse Tower; Paris.
This ominous stick is a blight on the landscape of the world’s most stunning city, but there is one very good reason to take in the view from the building’s observation deck: it’s the only place you can go to get a view of the city without it.
Only Paris could have a museum dedicated to ‘La Vie Romantique’ (. Set in a rose-adorned garden, it’s full of dainty paintings and pretty music.
Sexy Saturday evening
To see Le Tout Paris (jaw-dropping views and clientele), dine at Georges, the super-cool restaurant atop the Centre Pompidou (www.centrepompidou.fr; mains around £18).
Oval lamp shades and salt-shakers pay homage to the big attraction at Eggs and Co (11 Rue Bernard Palissy) – eggs, any which way, served up under homely timber beams.
Wander from Jaurès metro along the misty Canal St Martin to Place de la Bastille, then stroll along the Promenade Plantée, a former railway track turned urban park.
Getting and staying there.
Try the sultry and sensual Hotel Gabriel Marais (00 33 1 4700 1338; doubles from £200, room only). Eurostar (08432 186186, www.eurostar.com) has returns to Paris from London St Pancras, from £69.