For cakes: Angelina
Opened in 1903, Angelina has become an essential stop for those looking for some of the finest patisserie in Paris. The beautiful belle époque interiors are the perfect setting for a refined breakfast or post-shopping refuel. Be sure to order the famous l’Africain hot chocolate – a real must for chocolate lovers – and choose from the wide selection on the irresistible cake menu. Those looking for something savoury will be impressed with classic French dishes such as the croque madame sandwich or quiche Lorraine.
Angelina, 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 8200
For one of the most luxurious stays in Paris: Le Meurice
Five-star hotel Le Meurice is one of the most famous hotels in Paris. The original palace hotel is steeped in history and an impressive list of distinguished guests have stayed here, from Salvador Dali to Émile Zola and Andy Warhol. Perfectly located in the heart of Paris, on the rue de Rivoli, the hotel is a stone’s throw from the Musée du Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries gardens are on the doorstep. Inside, the ornate grandeur of the hotel doesn’t fail to impress, with 160 of the hotels rooms decorated in beautiful 18th-century style and punctuated with stunning modern amenities.
Le Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4458 1010
For five-star attractions: Musée du Louvre
As one of the world’s best-known museums it would be impossible to go to the rue de Rivoli and not visit the Musée du Louvre. Displaying over 35,000 works of art in around 300 rooms, it is one of the biggest museums in Europe. The sheer scale of the building means that you should dedicate a morning or afternoon to exploring its wings. Allow three to four hours to wander around its spectacular exhibitions or take a guided tour of the museum’s highlights. With iconic works on display, such as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Botticelli’s Venus and the Three Graces Presenting Gifts to a Young Woman, this is an absolute must-visit.
Musée du Louvre, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4020 5317
For top shopping: Carrousel du Louvre
The rue de Rivoli is an elegant place to spend an afternoon shopping, with both mainstream stores and high-end luxury boutiques vying for the attention of international visitors. The Carrousel du Louvre is an impressive underground shopping centre and the perfect place to head to after discovering the Mona Lisa and other cultural highlights at the nearby Musée du Louvre. With tech stores such as Apple, Bose and Swatch, along with beauty highlights from Fragonard, Jo Malone and L’Occitane, it is a great place to pick up some top souvenirs from Paris.
Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
For top French souvenirs: Ladurée
Ladurée is one of the most famous patisseries in Paris and has many branches across the city, with the largest located on the avenue des Champs-Élysées. Those looking to pick up one of the brand’s classic green bags might also like to pay a visit to its new Thé & Beauté concept store on the rue de Rivoli. While Ladurée is famous for its macaroons, this store is dedicated to the label’s collection of teas and home fragrances, created exclusively for the home with an array of unique flavours. Browse through the collection of flavours and scents, and pick up some unique souvenirs from Paris.
Ladurée Thé & Beauté, 232 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4013 0912