Stepping out in the City of LightParadis Found
If your clients are looking for a good, old-fashioned Paris
cabaret, have them give the Paradis Latin a whirl. Located in the
fifth arrondissement near Notre Dame and the Pantheon, Paradis
Latin touts itself as "a champagne cocktail of beauty and joyful
living, both erotic and romantic."
The present theater/dining room was built more than a century
ago by Gustave Eiffel, architect of the Eiffel Tower. Unlike at
some of the other cabarets in town, French patrons outnumber
foreign visitors at the Paradis Latin.
Dinner is served at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9:30. Broadway
veteran Ursuline Kairson headlines a cosmopolitan cast of dancers
and performers that includes a ventriloquist and a trapeze
Prices per person for the show and dinner, including drinks,
range from about $120 to $225, depending on menu selections.
Paradis LatinEiffel Tower's Haute Cuisine
28 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris
Phone: (011) 33-01 4325-2828
E-mail: [email protected]
You can get more than an eyeful at the Eiffel. You can also get a
mouthful. Although it's as touristy a place as you can find in
Paris, the two restaurants on the first and second levels of this
1,000-foot-high tower offer unparalleled views of the city.
The Jules Verne, on the second level, is the pricier of the two,
but then the view from a higher level is probably worth it to some.
Altitude 95 on the first level is cheaper, but the view of the
Seine and beyond is still breathtaking. The chicken and mashed
potatoes are excellent.
2nd floor, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars 75007 Paris
Phone: (011) 33-01 4555-6144
Fax: (011) 33-01 4705-2941
Altitude 95Taking it all in
First floor, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars 75007 Paris
Phone: (011) 33-01 4555-2004
Fax: (011) 33-01 4705-9440
For visitors to Paris who are short on time but want to get the
lay of the land for their next visit, there are some quick and
inexpensive ways to do just that, right in the heart of the city.
Here are some that should not be missed:Parisbus
First-timers to Paris, perhaps on a short business trip with a few
hours to spare, will find this sightseeing service helpful in
gaining their bearings on the right and left banks.
For about $22, riders get two days of unlimited access to Les
Cars Rouges (the red buses), which circuit the center part of the
city in a little over two hours. Riders can get on and off the bus
at any of its nine scheduled stops, which include the Eiffel Tower,
the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, Notre-Dame, the Opera, Galeries
Lafayette and the Arc de Triomphe.
There are departures from each stop every 15 minutes in the
summer and every 20 minutes in the winter. Brochures with
timetables and stop locations are available in most hotel lobbies,
and tickets can be purchased on the bus.
Phone: (011) 33-01 4230-5550The Arc de Triomphe
This monument, commissioned by Napoleon, stands 164 feet tall, but
it takes 284 footsteps to tramp up the circular stairway to the
top. Once there, though, it's well worth the price of admission ($7
Not only does the top of the arch house a fascinating museum
detailing its history, but the viewing platform on the top of the
structure affords some of the best views of Paris' best sights --
the Champs-Elysees, the Tuileries and the Eiffel Tower, to name a
Phone: (011) 33-01 4380-3131
Atop Montmartre overlooking all of Paris is this white-domed church
built in 1914 as a monument to those who were massacred in the
Franco-Prussian War in 1870. The site is easy to get to by Metro,
but accessing the church's terrace involves a good deal of walking
Place du Parvis-du-Sacre-CoeurNotre-Dame
Phone: (011) 33-01 4251-1702
This famous cathedral, dating from the 12th century, features two
huge towers (be forewarned, there are 386 steps) that offer
magnificent views of the city. Admission to the towers ranges from
$4.50 to $7. (Note: Notre-Dame, like other landmarks in Paris, was
undergoing refurbishment earlier in the summer and scaffolding had
closed the towers. Call ahead for status.)
Place du Parvis, Ile-de-la-CiteMusee d'Orsay
Phone: (011) 33-01 4234-5610
This huge former railroad station on the Left Bank, now one of
Paris' finest museums, sports a rooftop terrace that is accessible
through a top-floor cafe. Admission ranges from about $4.50 to $7.
1 Rue de Bellechasse.Lonely Planet: France
Phone: (011) 33-01 4049-4814
Full-color maps of Paris, plus more than 100 other maps and
updated entertainment information, can be found in the third
edition of Lonely Planet's guide to France. There is also a
comprehensive food and wine section.
The guide is priced at $24.95 and available in bookstores.