Postcards From Paris
I’ll admit, I wasn’t 100% sold on going to Paris when my friend asked me on a whim to visit Europe with her. I had been before for less than 48 hours where I spent most of the time in bed suffering from major jet lag or feeling lost in a giant city with no cell service. So going back wasn’t really top priority because I wasn’t impressed. Well I take it all back. I’m ready to move to Paris and live like the Parisians do. I want to sit at sidewalk cafe’s eating cheese and drinking rosé, I want to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle every night and I want to relearn all my French.
We only spent 3 days in Paris and I can already tell you I need to go back. I’ve officially checked off all the touristy things to do and next time I visit it’ll be about living like a local and visiting all the surrounding spots like Champagne and Monaco. We had a little taste of living like a local when we headed to Rue Moueffetard which is in the Latin Quarter where one of my friends used to live. She recommended we headed there to visit her favorite creperie since it was near Notre Dame and it didn’t dissapoint.
We then traveled farther down Rue Moueffetard and ended up at a cute cafe called Le Saint Médard. Well they’re all cute, but you get the idea. We felt like real locals here as half the restaurant were young people on their computers and the other half were families. Right next to the cafe is a park where parents and nannies were taking their kiddos to play at after school. I finally felt like we hit the local spot and I loved it. I’m now making it a point to find these little pockets where the locals really go on all future trips. It had such a different vibe and I just loved it.
Click through today’s slideshow to see some of my Paris highlights and favorite spots. PS you can see all my Paris looks here.
WHERE WE STAYED
The Westin Paris – Vendôme – We decided to stick close to the main touristy spots so we wouldn’t have to do too much driving around. The Westin Vendôme is located in the 1st arrondissement which is right in the heart of the Tuileries, Louvre and walking distance to the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elyse and more. The hotel was beautiful and the rooms were pretty nice. Fairly small which is standard for Europe, but they got the job done. They also offered complimentary breakfast buffet which was full of goodies that would keep your belly full. Highly recommend it.
WHAT WE DID
You can see a bit of this in the slideshow of what we ended up visiting throughout our 3 days. Obviously, you must see the main attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Tuileries and Notre Dame. A few things I wish we did was visit Musée d’Orsay and Jardin du Luxembourg. We also visited the Latin Quarter which felt a little more off the beaten path and didn’t see a single touristy thing. It was a real Parisian neighborhood and we loved it.
WHERE WE ATE
Cafe Central – 40 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris, France – This was a pedestrian street that was so charming and great for perusing. We had the charcuterie board and rosé while we waited for the rain to pass.
Claus Paris – 14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris, France – Actually not a french spot, this German spot is a brunch lovers dream. Order everything especially the almond and apple pancake. Make reservations, or prepare to wait. Across the street is their coffee shop though which will definitely hold you over with a latte and gourmet goods to browse.
Café de l’Ompia – 2 Boulevard de la Madeleine, 75009 Paris, France – A standard french cafe near the Louvre. Reasonably priced and had a variety of items on the menu to please just about anyone. I went with the jambon y fromage sandwich.
Le Saint Medard 53 Rue Censier, 75005 Paris, France – Located in the Latin Quarter, this was the restaurant where we really felt like locals. Hands down one of the best meat and cheese boards I’ve ever had.
Au P’tit Grec – 68 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France – The main reason we went to Latin Quarter was to find this creperie that my friend swears by. I visited this spot on my first Paris trip and had the chorizo crepe. This go around we went sweet with a standard banana and nutella.
Ellsworth – 34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France – The fanciest meal we had in Paris was at Ellsworth, a tapas style restaurant serving incredible food. Believe it or not, the fried chicken was the best I’ve ever had.
THINGS TO KNOW
Currency – Euro €
Electricity – Two prong outlet (love this converter)
Getting Around – Ubers are readily available as well as cabs. Some cabs didn’t take credit cards though so we preferred the Ubers. Metro is very popular and well run in Paris. Personally we didn’t take it but I have heard great things. If you’re brave, take out a bike and bike around the city. This is definitely a walking city though, so put on your most comfortable shoes and hit the streets.
Tipping – Included on your bill so only tip a little extra (5-10%) at fancier restaurants if you see fit.
Essentials – Did you forget a razor, shampoo, etc? Monoprix is like a mini version of Target and are all over the city.