Oui Oui Paris! I’m heading back to this pretty little city in April and have pulled together some recommendations from my fellow Travel Bloggers!
Now one of the biggest things about travelling to France in the food. The French take food VERY seriously. Below is a cracking list of bars, restaurants! Trust me, you do not want to miss out.
Paris is Le Café du Commerce
[Photo from the Paris is Le Café du Commerce website]
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Delicious, imaginative and delectable menu! Young and creative Chef really knows how to take food to a different level. Great views of the Eiffel Tower as you enjoy your amazing meal.
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Harry’s New York Bar
We share a favorite bar with some of the most influential cultural figures in Western history. Harry’s New York Bar has played host to Coco Chanel and Humphrey Bogart, and was frequented by Lost Generation authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. The bar is also home to the piano that Gershwin used to compose “An American in Paris,” and is, according to Ian Fleming, James Bond’s favorite bar in the world. On top of all that, they’re the self-proclaimed originators of the Bloody Mary, the Sidecar, and many other classic cocktails.
Upstairs, you’ve got a typical Parisian bar. But downstairs, the atmosphere is all dark wood and crushed red velvet – the ideal Jazz Age bar, complete with a talented live jazz duo who perform many nights out of the week, everything from modern covers to original Cole Porter arrangements.
To get to Harry’s, take a taxi to the address they’ve made a part of their slogan: “Sank Roo Doe Noo” (that’s 5 Rue Daunou for the French-speakers out there!). Or, simply hop off the metro at Opéra and take a quick walk. You won’t regret it!
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Best Traditional French Food
Now you can’t visit France in general without trying some proper traditional food. Below are the best places to get some gems.
Looking for the Best Baguette? In 2016, La Parisienne boulangerie was named maker of the Best Baguette. They offer a variety of ready-made baked goods including loaf breads, tarts, croissants and salads. If you want a treat, grab a ‘Parisienne’ baguette, select some cheese and some charcuterie near the local Marche (market) on Rue Buci, stash a bottle of wine in your pack and head to Luxembourg Gardens for a picnic. La Parisienne is located at 48 Rue Madame, 75006.
Shared my Maureen at Life On The Mediterranean
French Onion Soup
The Best French Onion Soup in town is found at the La Jacobine at 59-61 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006. I love this little restaurant and stumbled upon it several years ago. And while I often have to wait for a table, it’s worth it.
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La Cure Gourmande
Ok, so chocolate isn’t a traditional French food, but they are pretty good at it!
My favourite thing to do in Paris is to head to La Cure Gourmande, an artisan chocolatier, confectioner and biscuiteer. Their sweet treats really are incredible, they’re packaged up beautifully so make perfect gifts to bring back home and the smells from the shop are divine! Another thing that makes this shop great is that all of the food is made in France, whilst the packaging are all designed in-house as well and are of a retro feel. It’s safe to say that a trip to La Cure Gourmande is like being a kid again! If you’d also like to partake in some fine confectionery, head to: 8 Rue de Steinkerque, 75018 near the Sacre Coeur.
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Best View of the City
Paris is a beautiful city, the architecture and the iconic buildings make the city pretty from most angles. Now everything worth seeing is high up and while the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building with an impressive view, there’s something missing from your view and that’s the Eiffel Tower. Because you’re up it! Below are some great recommendations for the view.
If we’re honest, almost every rooftop in Paris has the potential to be your favorite view of this stunning city. However, if you want a truly stunning panorama, find one of the tallest rooftops of them all: the observation deck of Montparnasse Tower. This modern skyscraper, situated right next to Montparnasse Station, is a relatively recent edition to the Paris skyline, but its glass-enclosed deck makes it the perfect place to enjoy fantastic views of all of Paris’s best-known attractions.
The best part? Even in the middle of June, there were almost no lines. No. Lines. Being that we’re both very introverted, this is a godsend! And once you get out on that deck, the world below looks like one giant tilt-shift photo. Snap away with your camera, or feed coins to some binoculars to really zoom in. The view is 100% worth the price of admission.
To get to the tower, hop off the metro at Montparnasse Station, walk outside, and follow the signs to Montparnasse Tower. Easy enough and so worth it!
Galeries Lafayette Rooftop Terrace
One of my all time favourite Parisian pastimes is going up above the rooftops of the city and admiring the city of lights from a bird’s eye perspective. For a complete free view of the Paris Opera House, Eiffel Tower, and plenty of other Parisian favourites, head to the Galeries Lafayette rooftop terrace! Inside the store, you’ll find beautiful Art-Nouveau architecture, as well as a giant themed Christmas tree in November and December!
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe offers the best view on Paris! With the skyline and the famous Eiffel tower in the back, you get the classic panorama of the city to take the perfect picture! With all 12 avenues coming together at this spot, views are great in every direction. Even in the night, the Arc de Triomphe is great to visit – with the traffic lights and the city lights creating an incredible scenery.
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My favourite view of the city is from the Arc de Triomphe. You can see straight down the main shopping thoroughfares and it provides a great close up view of the Eiffel Tower. If you go in the evening go at the hour so you can watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle. I could spend hours up here watching the people milling about and the cars trying to navigate the crazy roundabout that circles it.
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Things To Do
Walking along the River Seine
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities (at least by night) in the world and I love to come back every year.
While there is so much to do and see in Paris my absolute favorite activity (which I do each year) is to walk along the Seine at night. Paris is called “the City of Lights” for a reason and there is nothing more romantic (even as a solo traveler) to stroll along the Seine. My tip: start your journey from the Louvre and then head to the Eiffel Tower, and take some breaks to enjoy all the views. Once you arrive at the illuminated Eiffel Tower you will be awestruck!
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Palais Garnier is a prime example of the sheer opulence and splendour that Paris is known for. It’s architecture and ethereal beauty is the only place o have ever been to that has left me absolutely speechless, twirling slowly in a circle while trying to capture the image of the massive Grand Foyer. To me, this was my favourite Instagramable spot in the city, as it photographs brilliantly from every angle and its most minute details exude the flamboyance and magic of Parisian culture.
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It’s a beautiful cobbled, historic district in the city – has the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur on the top, and wonderful artistic vibes as you walk around. We went in December when it was all lit up for Christmas, and a highlight for me was sitting outside a cafe with a warm cup of hot chocolate watching the world go by.
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59 Rivoli Artist Squat
In 1999, a group of artists began organising performances and showings in an abandoned Parisian building. After fighting off multiple eviction attempts through the press and courts, the squat eventually gained legal status after the election of a friendly mayoral candidate. Today, you can enter and explore the fascinating interior, wander through the colourful and narrow staircases, and watch the artists at work. It’s a donation-based system, so it’s also a great budget thing to do in Paris if you are someone who is trying to travel cheaply in Europe.
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The Paris Sewer Museum
What other city has a Sewer Museum?! It’s so unique and I feel like I’m a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle just looking at it!
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