The perfect weekend destination and just 2 hours via the Eurostar from London, Paris is a firm favourite for couples, hipsters and those wanting a city break within easy reach.
Like London, Paris is consistently evolving, and my recent trip introduced me to some new hotspots in the capital.
Here are my top travel tips while visiting the city.
Where To Eat
You are spolit for choice in Paris for food. The city boasts many healthier eateries then my last visit 5 years back. Perfect for balancing out the indulgent meals and croissants.
Leading the way on the ‘indulgent’ eateries currently is Balagan. Paris’s answer to London’s nopi. Located just off Rue Saint-Honoré, its Jerusalem-style clash with Moroccan-Isreli style cooking washed down with vibrant cocktails is a must visit.
For those working on the go, Hardware Société is unashamedibly cool and perfect for brunch. The wild mushrooms, with hazelnut crumb, poached eggs on sourdough and roast cauliflower foam is THE best brunch dish I’ve ever had.
In just under a 2-hour flight from London, Marseille on France’s south coast is the country’s second largest city after Paris and sits in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
Perfect for all the family, its iconic boat port, beaches, fine dining, art and culture adds to its rich tapestry.
Here are my top tips for getting the best out of the city.
If one of your goals in 2017 is to work on your mind, body and soul than stepping away from your typical beach holiday into a more holistic environment might be for you.
We take a look at the top wellbeing retreats that will gift you the skills and mindset to make this your best year yet.
Little French Retreat
A retreat with a difference, The Little French Retreat offers retreats far and wide, where guests, seeking an intimate retreat experience are warmly welcomed.
A unique experience for small groups, the tranquillity of the surroundings ease away stress, and the team are on hand to nourish you inside and out with wholesome, cooked food in a nurturing, convivial ambience.
*5th – 14th February 2017, Yoga+ Ayurveda Healing, India
*4th – 17th March 2017, Yoga+ Walking, Himalayas
*13th – 17th April 2017, Yoga+ Walking, France
*28th April – 1st May 2017, Beginners Yoga, France
Packages from £895 for 5 nights.
For more detail and booking head to www.littlefrenchretreat.com.