Take a fresh look at Paris with these insider recommendations from Margaux Medéau, concierge at Ritz Paris.

When my friends are in town, I take them for a drink at…

Frenchie Wine Bar

Frenchie Wine Bar. It’s very Parisian and they have an excellent selection of wines. It’s located on a quiet street where there are no cars so settle down with a good wine and people watch.

For a business meeting, book a table at… 

Restaurant du Palais Royal. I love the juxtaposition of the old and the new here. It’s located in one of the city’s most beautiful areas, with old-world architecture, but inside the design is super-modern. The Palais Royal excels in French cuisine and has a Michelin star.

The restaurant that best shows off Paris is…

La Poule au Pot. Once again, it’s very, very Parisian. Chef Jean-François Piège is a genius; I enjoy everything he creates, in particular his dishes with escargot and bone marrow.

For breakfast make your way to…

Claus for the best French toast and croissants. But if you’re in the mood for pancakes or housemade granola, go to Holybelly.

For a caffeine fix, you can’t go past…

O Coffee Shop (23 rue de Lourmel, Paris; +33 1 45 79 69 89). The coffee is excellent and they also do a great avocado toast.

Couples looking for a romantic experience should…

Place Dauphine

Walk under the Louvre’s arches and cross the Pont Neuf for the most glorious views of the monuments. Then have a coffee at Place Dauphine on Île de la Cité before making your way to Place de Furstenberg. From there, you can just lose yourselves in the streets of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.

If you’re looking for a memento, check out…

The Ritz Paris concept store. It has a great selection of Ritz-branded items and accessories from local boutiques.

Everyone goes to the Louvre but if you’re looking for something different, drop in at…

Le Musée de la Vie Romantique, which is a small space where you can see some incredible Impressionist artworks. They also have a lovely courtyard where you can have tea with pastries afterwards.

SEE ALSO: 11 Ways to Experience Another Side of Paris

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