What: A contemporary 32-room boutique hotel set behind a beautiful Haussmannian façade.

Where: Set in the heart of Paris's first arrondissement.

Why: Architect Alain Daronian and designer Claudio Colucci exemplify the art de vivre for which the French are famed with the innovative use of light and textural contrasts. The Restaurant Le Passage Saint-Roch revisits the traditional French bistro, serving time-honored Gallic fare with a modern touch. Combined with its excellent location between the city's most spectacular landmarks – the Louvre and the Opéra Garnier – what better way to experience the City of Lights?