Clipboard Dateline: Paris

Stepping out in the City of Light

  • Paradis 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 artist.

    Prices per person for the show and dinner, including drinks, range from about $120 to $225, depending on menu selections.

    Paradis Latin
    28 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris
    Phone: (011) 33-01 4325-2828
    E-mail: [email protected]

  • Eiffel Tower's Haute Cuisine
    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.

    Jules Verne
    2nd floor, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars 75007 Paris
    Phone: (011) 33-01 4555-6144
    Fax: (011) 33-01 4705-2941

    Altitude 95
    First floor, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars 75007 Paris
    Phone: (011) 33-01 4555-2004
    Fax: (011) 33-01 4705-9440

    Taking it all in

    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 4230-5550

  • The 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 and change).
  • 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 few.

    Place Charles-de-Gaulle.
    Phone: (011) 33-01 4380-3131

  • Sacre-Coeur
    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 and climbing.
  • Place du Parvis-du-Sacre-Coeur
    Phone: (011) 33-01 4251-1702

  • Notre-Dame
    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-Cite
    Phone: (011) 33-01 4234-5610

  • Musee d'Orsay
    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. Closed Mondays.
  • 1 Rue de Bellechasse.
    Phone: (011) 33-01 4049-4814

    Lonely Planet: France

    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.

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