Based in Paris’ 8th district or 8thArrondissment with pretty Montmartre to the North, quirky Le Marais to the East and fashionable Saint-Germain to the South this is an incredible location. If you’re in need of some retail therapy, here you can overdose! Next door, on Boulevard Haussmansit retail giants Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps. Avenue des Champs-Élysées, initially conceived in the 18th Century is today Europe’s favourite High Street. The Arc de Triomphe, built to celebrate Napoleon’s great successes is the grand focal point at the end of the Avenue. The stunning Grand Palais is not far; opened in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition it is recognisable from a far due to its unique ‘H’ shape and ornate glass roof(the largest of its kind in Europe). Inside you’ll find the Galeriesnationales, Palais de la Découverte (an interactive science museum) and a restaurant. The site is a favourite of Chanel couture fashion shows. From the Grand Palais you can walk through Place de la Concorde; another of Haussmann’s great architectural successes and the location of the crescendo of the revolution. Stroll through the Jardin de Tuilleries and you’ll arrive at the Musée du Louvre, Europe’s most celebrated gallery and home to the Mona Lisa. With quick access to Metro lines 2,4,5,7,12 and 13 from the five surrounding Metro stations (Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Cadet, Pigalle, Liège, Gare du Nord), you’re in a great spot to explore the city on foot or underground.