Do: Paris marathon, 6 April

Running season is now in full swing (we should know after pulling ourselves around 13.1 miles for the Paris half last weekend), and in early April it's time for its longer cousin, the annual Paris Marathon, to take centre stage. If you're too late/lazy to register, head across the Channel to wave a Tricolore at those ruining their leg muscles. The race starts at the Bois de Vincennes and crosses through the city via the Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower and back again. Not a bad sightseeing tour if you can last the distance.

Stay: Hotel Felicien, 21 Rue Félicien David. Doubles from £155 a night

There's more to Paris than just the Louvre and Notre Dame (although they're pretty nice too). The chic up and coming 16th arrondissement to the west of the city is closer to the Eiffel Tower, the Bois de Boulogne and houses the Trocadéro area. Hotel Félicien is a contemporary boutique hotel in the district, spitting distance from the Seine, with one huge bonus: it's got an underground spa to relax in after all that museum-going and running…

Eat: Pamela Popo, 15 Rue Francois Miron

Cross the river to the Right Bank and you'll find the hip Marais, which is a world away from the cheap pizza chains and novelty cafes you'll find dotted over the other side of the Seine. Vintage wallpapered Pamela Popo does a storming weekend brunch – join the rest of the 4th arrondissement and head to this quirky restaurant to see off the gueule de bois (that's hangover in French, FYI) with Bloody Marys and eggs Benedict.