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What should you do when you have 1 hour to spend in… Paris?

Between two business appointments, before returning to the hotel, you have finally managed to get an hour of free time… Here’s our quick guide to Paris, specifically for the traveller in a rush, to be sure you get the most out of your express visit to the ‘City of Light’.

One of the most beautiful views of Paris, while sipping a cocktail

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To take in the sight of one of the best views of Paris – and thus the world – while enjoying a well-earned cocktail after a long day of work, head to the Tour Montparnasse. This unattractive tower features an aptly-named restaurant on its top floor: Le Ciel de Paris.

Delight your taste buds with a no-frills meal

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Simple, hearty food, focusing on the quality of the products and not on anything fancy, has found acclaim in the French capital in recent years. And the timing is perfect, because you can find the true heart and soul of Paris in its brasseries. New establishments are popping up to the delight of every Parisian generation, including young people, who are showing a true passion for this popular style of food “Made in France”, of which they are proud.

To be immersed in the heart of the spirit of Paris’s people, go to the Brasserie Lipp in the Saint Germain des Prés quarter. A true Parisian institution, this establishment has been open for 135 years and has welcomed everyone who is anyone in Paris throughout its life: from Saint Exupéry to Madonna, Lipp was and still is the typical Parision meeting spot for artists and intellectuals from all backgrounds.

Capturing the spirit of Paris in your luggage

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When it comes to Paris, you can tell people about the Seine, which flows quietly in the heart of the Ile Saint Louis, the always lively terraces that waft aromas of coffee, croissants, or even beef bourguignon, the hustle-and-bustle of the Avenue des Champs Elysées…

Trust in the mighty power of your sense of smell to condense the ambient elegance and share it with your loved ones: the delicacy of a typical Parisian brand of perfume seems to be the most glamorous and romantic choice.

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