Mixing Business with Pleasure | 24 Hours in Paris
I was recently interviewed for a feature in easyJet Traveller, easyJet’s in-flight magazine, on an itinerary for a 24-hour business layover in Paris and what we would recommend. The full article is featured in the November 2014 issue of easyJet Traveller but I thought I would share with you my suggestions for a 24-hour business pitstop in Paris that would be the perfect mix of business and pleasure:
Overnight | Sleep WellLe Citizen Hotel 96 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010
Located on the uber trendy Canal St. Martin, this modern hotel has 12 light filled rooms of varying sized and budgets where you can comfortably lay your head for the night. Le Citizen is not located in the business district but it will help you make the most out of your 24 hours in Paris. The Canal is an often under explored area but you will feel like a local in your short stay in this modern, trendy and comfortable hotel.
8am | Breakfast Kick-StartDu Pain et des Idées 34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010
You can’t take a trip to Paris without stopping in to a boulangerie for some breakfast pastries. Du Pain et des Idees is one of our ultimate favourites for breakfast. They open as early as 6:45am and are located just a stone’s throw away from the Citizen Hotel. Perfect for the business trip as they are only open on weekdays. We strongly recommend their “escargot chocolat pistache” or chocolate-pistachio snail pastry for a quick breakfast bite before starting your day.
10:30am | Enjoy a Morning CoffeeTélescope 5 rue Villedo, 75001
If you are looking for the perfect spot for a morning coffee meeting, Telescope fits the bill. This tiny little spot serves up some serious coffee in a quite work and meeting-friendly environment. Located smack in the heart of Paris’ first arrondissement it will be convenient for anyone to grab some quick caffeine or to catch up on some emails. The afternoon hours can get a bit crowded and there aren’t seats for more than 10 people so pop in here early for a good spot.
12-noon | Meet for a Business LunchSaturne 17 rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002
Opened by the young chef-sommelier team who made their name at the nearby wine bistro Racines, Saturne is the perfect place for a business lunch. With their 40€ four-course menu you can delve into their market-based cuisine under the large atrium ceiling. Saturne is located in the busy business district of the 2nd arrondissement and the friendly staff, great natural wine list and delightfully refreshing food will leave you and your dining companion recharged for the rest of the day.
3pm | Take in some culture:Exhibit at the Grand Palais 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
I love to recommend an exhibit at the Grand Palais rather than trekking through the Louvre or the Musee d’Orsay for hours. You can buy tickets online and skip the long queue, the building is magnificent – a light-filled grand glasshouse – and there is always something to see.
5pm | Grab some Fresh AirJardin de Luxembourg
Created at the request of Marie de Médicis in 1612, the Jardin de Luxembourg is one of Paris’ most picturesque parks. If your itinerary (and the ever-unpredictable Parisian weather) allows, take a stroll through the fountains and flower beds of one of Paris’ oldest parks. A perfect spot for a late afternoon stroll before a drink in Saint Germain-des-Près.
6:30pm | After-Work Drink with ClientsPrescription Cocktail Club 23 Rue Mazarine, 75006
This speakeasy-style cocktail haven is located in the heart of Saint-Germain des Près and is the perfect spot for an after-work drink. The decor follows the speakeasy feel with low lighting, velvet seating, chandeliers made out of hats and expert mixologists serving up some of the best cocktails in the city. If the bar is too crowded downstairs, take a peek upstairs and notice the bookshelf that magically folds back into a second bar during peak hours!
8pm | Celebrate a Deal Over DinnerDavid Toutain 29 rue Surcouf, 75007
Dining with David Toutain is about so much more than food. Toutain pays attention to every detail from food to cutlery to decor in order to create an entire culinary experience. His restaurant is bathed in light from the large floor-to-ceiling windows and the natural woods, soothing blues and ceramic details in the decor really put you at ease and prep you for the culinary explosion of ingredients and flavour that is the David Toutain tasting menu. A real way to celebrate the best Paris has to offer.
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