The Best Restaurant Hotel and Spa

Paris, also known as “The City of Light”, is one of the top tourist cities in the world, with over 30 million visitors every year. Having been a Paris shuttle driver for many years, it’s safe to say that I’ve got to know the city very well! I’ve written previously about visiting Paris on a shoestring budget – though the city is typically an expensive place to go, you can travel on relatively little if you plan carefully and know where to stay. But what if money is no object? Where do you go in Paris if you’ve got money to spend, and only the best will do? Fine restaurants, stunning hotels and fabulous spas are just the tip of the iceberg…

Restaurant – Pierre Gagnaire

French cuisine is justly world renowned, and Paris is liberally peppered with truly outstanding cafes, restaurants and patisseries; the larger and famous places in the main streets and the smaller, quieter eateries tucked away down the side streets. Asking a Parisian which restaurant is the best in the city is likely to ignite a fiery debate; everyone has a different opinion, but one name you’ll hear more often than the others is the Pierre Gagnaire Restaurant. Run by the legendary chef who has given his name to the establishment, this 3 Michelin Star restaurant offers up a feast of unusual flavours in truly stunning surroundings. The a la carte menu clocks in at a cool EUR300, but this is recognised as perhaps the finest restaurant in Paris…and one of the best in the world!

The Hotel – The Four Seasons George V

Whenever I pick up a customer for a Paris airport transfer and they are headed to the Four Seasons Hotel, I know they are in for a treat. Room prices can reach an eye-watering EUR1500 a night, but if you want to stay at the best hotel in town, this is the place for you – stunning décor, superb facilities and great service are the hallmarks of the Four Seasons chain, and this particular one has a premium location just off the Champs-Elysees. If you are looking for the most luxurious base imaginable for your holiday in Paris, you can’t beat a stay at the Four Seasons.

The Spa – The Ritz Health Club

The Four Seasons hotel is also home to one of the city’s finest spas, but judging from the reports of my Paris shuttle passengers, the spa over at the Ritz might just edge it out if you are looking for the finest pampering the city has to offer. Designed in a Greco-Roman style, the facilities are everything you’d expect from the Ritz – my passengers bring back reports of a spectacular array of treatments and high-tech facilities that need to be seen to be believed. Each of the top spas in Paris has its adherents, but I’ve heard the Ritz praised more highly than any of the rest.

There’s more to a holiday in this city than fine dining, grand hotels and luxurious spas, but take it from a Paris shuttle driver – these three places really do offer the last word in luxury, and are a great place to get started, so long as you can afford them!

5 Of the Best Restaurants in Paris

14 ft

Famed for it’s world class restaurants, here’s a quick rundown of places that are well worth a visit if you’re in the countries capital, but a word of warning, you may want to book ahead as these places get very busy!

Le Meurice

One of the cities most glamorous locations, Le Meurice is the height of decadence with an interior that is all about glitz. Recently refurbished by Philippe Stark the dining room is pure opulence, with mosaic floor, big crystal chandeliers and heavy damask curtains. Head chef Yannick Alléno has been in possession of three coverted Michelin stars since 2007, and his food is vintage culinary brilliance with a modern twist. It’s a smart dress only affair, and bring your wallet, as you’ll be looking 200 Euros a head.

Macéo

If Le Meurice had you sweating slightly with their prices, why not try out Macéo for size. This delightful restaurant overlooks the Palais Royal and is run by Englishman Mark Williamson.

This cute little eateries serves some of the best vegetarian food in the whole of Paris, offers a superb wine list, and all at prices that won’t break the bank. A little den of decadent dining with a dash of Parisian ‘je nais se qua’!

Le Stella

One of the last independent brasseries left in the whole of Paris, Le Stella is a perfect place to relax, and of course, people watch! As the corporate chains amass around them, Le Stella has stayed true to it’s roots, preparing traditional French classics with a real character. The perfect place to unwind after a hard day shopping, Le Stella offers up a good dollop of Parisian charm at a great price.

Spring

Based in a renovated 17th-century house and owned by American chef Daniel Rose, Spring is a fantastic ‘break from the norm’ in a city that can sometimes rely too much on it’s identity, and not it’s values. Daniel has been providing cutting edge culinary cuisine to his loyal band of Parisian followers for some time now, so expect to book ahead to grab a table, as this place is popular. Proof that you don’t need to a local to make waves on the French cooking circuit.

Les Tablettes

When you combined the cooking of Jean-Louis Nomicos and interior designer Anne-Cécile Comar, it was always going to be a mathc made in heaven. This is one of the finest restaurants that Paris has to offer, with a swank value of ten, with a price range to match. Book well in advance to secure a table for some truly magnificent contemporary French cooking, with a wine list sent from heaven. Bring your wallet though, you’re gonna need it!

So make the most of your trip to Paris by dining in one of these amazing eateries. After all, Paris is the city of love, and hey, we all love food! Get stuck in folks, (and book ahead!!)