Young Thais are drawn by the big city lifestyle
Hôtel du Petit Moulin in the Marais was previously the site of the oldest bakery in Paris, and bears its beautiful façade. Inside, 17 themed rooms run riot with rich fabrics and colourful murals (29–31 Rue de Poitou; from £170).
Relais Christine is a luxury hotel in a 17th-century mansion built on the ruins of a medieval abbey. Many of its elegant rooms overlook a verdant garden, while breakfast is served in a 13thcentury cellar (3 Rue Christine; from £295).
Eurostar runs from London to Paris Gare du Nord (from £70 return). Air France, BA, easyJet, Flybe and Jet2 fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle from UK cities including Belfast, Edinburgh and Manchester (from £80). The quickest way to get around Paris is the Metro. Single tickets and bundles of ten are available, as are Carte Mobilis, which grant unlimited travel between certain zones, and Paris Visite passes, which also include discounts at some sights (bundle of ten tickets £10; one-day Carte Mobilis, zones 1–2, £5; three-day Paris Visite ticket, zones 1–3, £17)