Best Restaurants in Paris within easy walking distance

Best restaurants in Paris are many and varied. This reputation is well upheld in the Saint-Germain des Pres district, where excellent restaurants and cafes are within easy walking distance of the Hotel du Danube.

Best restaurants in Paris are many and varied, and of course it is well known that some of the finest cuisine in the world can be found in the French capital. This reputation is well upheld in the Saint-Germain des Pres district. This lively and charming neighbourhood, originally a small village during the Middle Ages, became a haunt of intellectuals, artists, writers and philosophers and remains an artistic and creative hub today. One of its chief areas of creativity can be found in the excellent restaurants and cafes prevalent here within easy walking distance of the Hotel du Danube .

Best restaurants in Paris close to the Hotel du Danube

To give you some idea of the wonderful selection of French cuisine in Saint-Germain des Pres, here are some great restaurants to try, all within fifteen minutes walk of our fine hotel.
The Bouillon Racine dates back to 1906. Bouillons were popular restaurants in Paris which first appeared in 1855, offering good quality food at affordable prices, and named after a nutritious broth. Only a handful of the authentic bouillons remain, and the Bouillon Racine is listed as a historical monument. Here the Art Nouveau décor reflects the glamorous Paris of the early 1900s.

Housed in a former mansion dating back to the 18th century, Laperouse has maintained its original design. This delightful restaurant has much of the same feel as when the likes of Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and Guy de Maupassant dined here. Today the cuisine is balanced between the modern and the traditional, with a distinct Mediterranean touch.

One of the capital's culinary institutions is Roger La Grenouille, which enjoys a distinct and intimate 1930s ambience. This well regarded restaurant offers some of the finest frog's legs à la Provencal in Paris.

The chef at La Petite Cour is the talented young Yannick Tessier. This charming establishment is set in a quaint side street and offers a romantic atmosphere with alcoves and cosy corners. It has a cobblestoned courtyard where roses twine about the stone walls and a fountain plays merrily.

Hotel du Danube recommends the best restaurants in Paris

The charm and refinement of the Hotel du Danube reflects the elegance and sophistication to be found in the bistros and brasseries of this part of Paris. We recommend them heartily.
 


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Paris Botanical Gardens : a wonderful day out

Paris Botanical Gardens is one of the city's most exquisite and tranquil tourist attractions. This attraction is simply not to be missed, and is situated less than two miles from the Hotel Danube.

Paris Botanical Gardens is one of the city's most exquisite and tranquil tourist attractions. A place of calm and beauty where the visitor can easily spend an entire day strolling along shaded paths to admire elegantly designed beds of flowers and herbs, explore a maze, admire the painstakingly manicured lawns and visit the zoo and the Natural History Museum. This attraction is simply not to be missed, and is situated less than two miles from the Hotel Danube.

Originally built as a royal medicinal garden in the early 17th century, it was opened to the public in 1640. Following the 1789 French Revolution, the gardens became a public site. Today the most lovely swathe of greenery in Paris occupies over 26 hectares of the downtown and exhibits around 10,000 specimens.

Paris Botanical Gardens : so much to see and do

These foremost botanical gardens in France were an inspiration for the French Impressionist painters, and when you see the breathtaking riot of colour you will understand why. Here you will find gardens dedicated to the rose, iris and alpine plants, and greenhouses full of specimens originating in tropical climates from Mexico to Australia. There is also an Art Deco styled winter garden.

Take a stroll in the labyrinthine depths of the maze and enjoy the view from its central gazebo. Visit the menagerie which can trace its origins back to the collection of Marie Antoinette. Founded in 1795, this may be the world's oldest zoo. Don't miss the venerable Lebanon Cedar, planted in 1734. The Gardens also house the Natural History Museum and its fascinating displays and extensive collections spread amongst galleries devoted to mineralogy, entomology, palaeontology and evolution.

The Hotel Danube recommends the Paris botanical gardens

Our family owned 3 star hotel located in the delightful Saint Germain des Prés area offers the warmest of welcomes to our guests. The stylish and elegant Hotel Danube is perfectly situated for exploring the landmarks of the city, and the Metro is only three minutes walk away.

 


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Paris Plages 2013 : Parisian fun in the sun

Paris Plages 2013 will welcome all sun worshippers, water sports enthusiasts, deckchair snoozers and sand castle builders to take their pleasure by the Seine.

Paris Plages 2013 will welcome all sun worshippers, water sports enthusiasts, deckchair snoozers and sand castle builders to take their pleasure by the Seine. If Paris is not the first holiday destination that springs to mind if you're looking for a seaside style holiday, Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) will make you think again. Every year for just over a month, key locations on the banks of the Seine are redesigned as beaches, with more sand, sun loungers, entertainment and sport than you can shake a beach umbrella at. At the Hotel du Danube you are just a half hour's walk away from this event which runs until 18th August.

Paris Plages 2013 : the sand banks of the Seine

Since 2002, the banks of the Seine have, with the aid of several thousand tons of sand shipped along the river, been transformed into beaches. Originally dreamed up by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe for the benefit of Parisians who were unable to get away on holiday, Paris Plages have also proved hugely popular with visiting tourists. So much so that the idea now encompasses three locations.

A pleasant stroll from the Hotel du Danube, across the Seine by way of the Ile de la Cite, where Notre Dame Cathedral is located, you will find all the fun of the seaside along a two mile stretch of the Right Bank. The area becomes pedestrianised and a host of amenities are on offer, including free concerts, various sporting activities, and vendors of homemade ice cream. Even mist areas are available to cool you down. Outside City Hall you can play beach volleyball or rugby, or just relax in front of a giant screen showing opera, dance and other musical delights.

Hotel du Danube is so convenient for Paris Plages 2013

Nestled at the heart of the renowned Saint Germain des Pres district on the Left Bank of the Seine, our sophisticated and elegant family-owned hotel is so handy for a day at the beach. The friendly Hotel du Danube staff will be happy to direct you.
 


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Paris Ile de la Cite hotels a wonderful venue

Paris Ile de la Cite hotels provide close access to two neighbouring islands. These islands, known as the Ile de la Cité and the Ile Saint-Louis are well known as the birthplace of Paris. The Hotel du Danube is a prime example of one of the close by hotels that give access to this renowned set of land marks.

Paris Ile de la Cite hotels provide close access to two neighbouring islands. These islands, known as the Ile de la Cité and the Ile Saint-Louis are well known as the birthplace of Paris. The Hotel du Danube is a prime example of one of the close by hotels that give access to this renowned set of land marks.

Paris Ile de la Cite hotels provide access to the heart of Parisian culture

The Ile de la Cite is the home of such wonders as the cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Seine, the Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle. The cathedral of Notre-Dame is an astounding gothic building; with great precidence in the Catholic history of France. It is the home of the "cathedra", also known as the official chair of the Archbishop. The cathedral is one of the first buildings of its type, with stained glass windows and breath taking sculptures making this an intriguing sight.

No matter where you look in the wonderful area of Ile de la Cite, you will come across some wondrous sights. The scenic views are breath taking; there would be no more of a romantic setting than this during your stay in the wonderful and picturesque Paris. There are beautiful gardens next to the river through which you could stroll. If the walk has elevated your appetite, you could retire to one of the many cafes and restaurants for a bite to eat or refreshing drink.

Hotel du Danube, one of the beautiful Paris Ile de la Cite hotels

The Hotel du Danube is a wonderful, family owned, three star hotel, located in the heart of Paris very close to the Ile de la Cite. Our beautiful hotel will provide you with a pleasant stay, with welcoming and friendly staff available to assist you with any needs during your stay.

 


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