Jardin Tuileries with Lourve in background Jardin Tuileries with Lourve in background © adstarkel/flickr

What to do in Paris this Easter

From Easter eggs hunts at the castle, artistic teatimes and a Seine river cruise, this year Paris brings a touch of culture to its yearly chocolate celebration.

Chantilly Easter
Just 45 minutes north of Paris is the Dolce Chantilly Resort, in the heart of Chantilly Forest, located next to the fairy tale Château and magnificent racecourse. This is chef Dorian Wicart's first Easter at Dolce Chantilly and in celebration his first Easter Brunch and Buffets include a treasure hunt for children, finishing with delicious desserts and lashings of Chantilly cream. Post lunch, play golf on the lush Robin Nelson & Thierry Huau designed course and have fun in the 2 pools or allow Chef Wicart to escort you to the local farmer's market, a short walk through the forest.

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ART-Tea Time at Shangri La
To inject an artistic vein into your trip The Grand Palais is worth a visit at any time of year, but this Easter the gallery space is dedicated to the Spanish artist Velázquez, whose first French retrospective is exhibited until 13th July.

In celebration of his works, the La Bauhinia restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, just down the road, gets an make-over under the artistic guidance of head pastry chef, François Perret. Presenting 'ARTea Time', Chef Perret's main piece is the "Velázquez" patisserie: the création de résistance, with an edible dark chocolate frame, an interior of light almond mousse topped with candied fruits, apricots, figs, oranges, cherries, a hint of ginger. ARTea Time also includes sandwiches, scones, pastries, the "Velázquez" dessert and fast-track tickets to the exhibition.

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Every Wednesday afternoon from 25 March - 8 July 2015, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Sugar Free Easter
What if you could eat all the chocolate, shakes and cakes you wanted, without the unhealthy side effects of a sugar hangover? In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower Christine and Vincent Duclos have opend the Delicesweet boutique, the answer to guilt free sugar cravings. At their Charlie & The Chocolate Factory inspired boutique treat yourself to their signature gluten-free warm chocolate fondant cake, made with Maltitol, a sugar-free chocolate substitute which, in a blind tasting, you'd never know the difference from the real thing. As the warm days arrive enjoy tea, brownies, ice creams on the terrace. Stock up on sugar free jams, juicy bonbons, cookies, natural marshmallows, nougats etc. And, of course, dark, milk or white chocolate Eiffel Towers.

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Delicesweet Eiffel Towers

Walk the Chocolate Walk
Since its launch in 2009, ChocoParis has created one of the most comprehensive lists of Paris's chocolate and pastry shops. Plan your Left Bank 'Easter chocolate walk' here. Finish with a visit to the right bank Gourmet Chocolate Museum.

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Easter eggs 2015 from ChocoParis 

Meet me at the Plaza
In the heart of the "Golden Triangle", on Avenue Montaigne, the recently renovated Plaza Athénée, is a "must visit" address. Book Easter Monday Brunch at Restaurant Alain Ducasse and/or Christophe Michalak's Haute Couture Chocolate Tea-Time in La Galérie, which has surprises and gifts for children as well as the traditional Easter Egg Hunt.

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Seine River Cruise:
All aboard the luxurious yacht Don Juan 11 for a romantic Seine River cruise and delicious food by Guy Krenzer, Lenôtre's Executive Chef. On the menu, Royale of Lobster: Scallops & Truffles: Duck roasted with polenta and wild mushrooms: Creamy truffled Brillat Savarin Cheese: Fig, red berries and almond milk ice cream dessert with YDP signature chocolates. Match with Moet & Chandon champagne, relax and watch Paris glide by.

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Embarkation: Port Henri IV 75004 Paris, from 7.45 pm
Cruise from 8.30 to 11.15 pm
Limousine transfer on request.

David Bowie Is...
After its tremendous success in London, the 'David Bowie is...' exhibition arrives at the Philharmonie de Paris, the edgy new building designed by Jean Nouvel. Bowie, the London-born pop icon, made his mark on music history by continuously re-inventing himself based on his fascination with the avant-garde. Featuring Bowie's handwritten lyrics, wild costumes, photography, film etc. The odyssey, in the steps of Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, is a multimedia experience including the loan of Sennheiser headsets playing Bowie songs and interviews. Rendezvous post expo on the 6th floor at http://www.restaurant-lebalcon.fr where young talented chef Karil Lopez wears the whites.

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1 David Bowie Is...
2 Chantilly Racecourse
3 Hotel Plaza Athénée
4 Yachts de Paris
5 VELÁZQUEZ at The Grand Palais
6 Delicesweet, Paris,
7 Musee du Chocolate
8 Dolce Chantilly
9 La Bauhinia, Shangri La