In 2018, Paris held the record as the most visited place in the world, and it is not hard to understand why. The capital city of France offers so many things to experience – from world-famous landmarks and museums to world-class dining places that tantalise your taste buds, not forgetting an array of great shopping boutiques throughout the fashionable districts.

For first timers, a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower, the majestic iron structure that has become the identity of this city, is essential, as is a stroll along Avenue des Champs-Elysées to shop in the shopper’s paradise. The Louvre Museum is only a half-hour walk away from the shopping mecca and it is here you get to see major artworks from the world’s most renowned artists. As the sun goes down, take a trip to Butte Montmartre where you can enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of the city and its monuments lighting up at nightfall.

It’s not for nothing that Paris is synonymous with unparalleled gastronomic experiences, the city is second only to Tokyo, Japan, for the most Michelin-starred restaurants. For a romantic dinner, Les Ombres on the rooftop of Musée du Quai Branly offers a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower at night, while the uber-stylish Kong by Philippe Starck has a superb view of Pont Neuf and the Seine.

There is no shortage of luxury hotels spread around the city. Hotel Ritz Paris is filled with city’s history and is a home address for world leaders when they come to Paris. Or stay at Les Bains, which used to be a nightclub made famous by David Bowie, Mick Jagger and more luminaries. 

Asia Dreams November 2019 – January 2020