NileGuide Expert Says:
A historic hotel and current chic make for an elegant evening
5 Rue de la Paix, Paris, France
01 58 71 12 34
NileGuide Expert tip:
Try the terrace in the summer
Regularly topping lists of the world's best hotels, the Ritz is beyond the pockets of many of us for a stay, even a dinner might break your budget. But most of us can afford to experience the luxury by having a drink in one of its bars. The Ritz's Bar Venôme is the one to choose for afternoon tea or a romantic glass of champagne. Yes, the Ritz Bar is the obvious place to go for champagne, but Bar Vendôme has an outlook over the garden terrace and in summer you can take tea or a drink there if the weather is fine. Open all day and past midnight, it's also a good place for a special lunch. At the neighbouring tables will be stylish Parisians eating cheeseburgers (yes they're fashionable here) so wear your best if you want to look as if you belong. Tea accompanied by music from the grand piano, while the evening atmosphere is one of quiet elegance.