Carla Hayden's French favorites
If you go
While many airlines fly to Paris from Baltimore's BWI-Marshall Airport, none are direct flights. It is quicker, and often cheaper, to fly nonstop from Dulles Airport right into Charles de Gaulle Airport. Round-trip flights start around $900. Note: When dialing any of the numbers below, add 011-33.
Hotel Brighton, 218 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, 01-47-03-61-61; paris-hotel-brighton.com/en. Carla Hayden prefers the elegant, early 19th-century Hotel Brighton. This unexpectedly well-priced four-star hotel offers exquisite views,free WiFi and breakfast. Rates start at about $200 per night.
Le Souffle, Rue Mont Thabor 75001, Paris, 01-42-60-27-19; lesouffle.fr. Hayden's favorite, Le Souffle offers a three-course meal from about $47. It's about a four-minute walk from the Hotel Brighton.
Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, 01-44-58-10-55, lemeurice.com/le-meurice-restaurant. Famed Michelin three-starred eatery of the legendary chef Yannick Alleno located in the posh Le Meurice hotel. The ideal spot for foodies seeking a sumptuous, authentic French dining experience. Entrees from $75.
Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, 01-42-60-82-00, angelina-paris.fr. Serves classic Parisian breakfast, lunch, pastries and its famous hot chocolate, made from melted chocolate bars and topped with mascarpone and whipped cream.
Museum of Decorative Arts, 107 Rue de Rivoli, 01-44-55-57-50 lesartsdecoratifs.fr/english-439. Housed in a building adjoining the Louvre, this ornate museum houses 150,000 European, Middle Eastern and Asian works, including ceramics, glass, jewelry and toys, beginning from the Middle Ages. Admission is about $12.50.
Les Trois Ourses (The Three Bears), 2/6 Passage Rauch, 01-43-79-07-35, lestroisourses.com. A children's bookstore/learning environment specializing in fine-arts books.
Galignani, 224 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, 01-42-60-76-07 galignani.com. The circa 1801 Galignani bills itself as the first English bookstore established on the European continent. Today, it's fabulously dusty wooden shelves (which date to 1930) hold a vast selection of intriguing reads, primarily in French and English.
Galeries Lafayette, 40 Haussmann Boulevard 75009, Paris, 01-42-82-34-56. Famed upscale French department store known for its fashions.
Paris Convention and Visitors Office, en.parisinfo.com