Cour des Vosges, Paris
The perfect pied-à-terre for those seeking privacy, refinement and excellent design, Cour des Vosges occupies a mansion in Paris’ historic Marais district. But this isn’t just any old mansion. The impressive 17th-century pile sits on Place des Vosges, one of the city’s most beautiful squares and a favourite of the French nobility of the day, who ensured it measured up to their extravagant standards. Inside, every room enjoys views over the gardens and is fitted out with carefully chosen mid-century furniture and a smattering of good art. There’s no restaurant per se, but in the typically effortless French style a chic tea room serves light lunches and dinners. The Brach-la Patisserie corner has a selection of sweet treats created by pastry chef Yann Brys, named Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
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Explore the fashionable Le Marais district, home to the Picasso museum and all manner of coffee houses, boulangeries and bistros.
Eat at nearby restaurant Anne at the Pavillon de la Reine hotel for a Michelin-starred treat.
Book it Double rooms from £450 a night (courdesvosges.com).