Perfectly placed in the heart of Sparkling Saint-Germain-des-Prés on Paris’ Left Bank (La Rive Gauche). An addictive,lively and colourful part of Paris famed for attracting creative non-conformist types since the 18th Century. When in Paris, indulge in some café culture on the famous sun-terrace of Café de Flore hosting play readings on Monday evenings. Or for a real treat visit Café Laurent on the ground floor of the luxurious Hotel d’Aubbuson said to be a favourite of post-war existentialist hipsters Queneau, Mauriac and Sartre there are jazz concerts and literary events taking place most evenings. In the evening we love Chez Georges for its diverse crowds and La Compagnie des VinsSurnaturels for its 3,000 strong wine list. Stroll the lengths of Rue de Seine and Rue de Buci for independent art galleries and multicoloured market stalls. A 10 minute walk to the Seine, Cathédrale Notre-dame de Paris and Musée d’Orsay there is plenty to do and explore on foot. For a pretty walk meander the Carrefour de l’Odéon, a lively square surrounded by cafes with sun-terraces or the Jardin du Luxembourg, a public garden built by Marie de Medicis to replicate her childhood home Florenceís Palazzo Pitti. However, with Rennes, Saint-Placide and Sèvres-Babylone Metro stations under a mile away connecting you to lines 4 and 10, and 12 if you want to get further afield, it’s easy.