The Ultimate Guide To Paris


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After several trips to Paris over the last few years, I thought it was only necessary to share a full travel guide of all the things to do and see. From where to stay, where to eat and must visit neighborhoods that you won’t see in most travel guides. Paris and I had a rough start to our relationship. My first visit was a mess with rain, no cell service and not enough hours to explore. But now, now it’s a city I cherish, love and so desperately want to spend an extended period of time in. Here’s all the things I recommend doing plus some essential tips to exploring this romantic city.


Where To Stay

AirBNB – We stayed here and loved the location. There’s a bakery on the corner that’s to die for.

Westin Paris Vendome – This was across from the Tuileries and highly recommend staying here. The location is incredible since you can pretty much walk to everything from here. 



WHERE TO EAT

RESTAURANTS

Claus – Great brunch
Au P’tit Grec – Best crêperie in the Latin Quarter
La Maison – Lunch and Dinner
Chez Nous 
Laduree – Sweets or Brunch
Ellsworth – Best fried chicken I’ve ever had
Chez Nennesse – Incredible Steak Frites
L’as du Falafel – Best Falafel in Marais
Cafe Central
Café de l’Ompia
Le Saint Medard

DRINKS & SWEETS

Little Red Door
Cafe Kitsune
Laduree
La Boulangerie Marius
Maison Hardel


PHOTOGRAPHERS

Whether you’re in Paris as a blogger or a tourist, I truly believe it’s great to work with a photographer to capture some great photos and memories of your trip. It’s an hour or two of your day with guaranteed pictures you’ll cherish forever. Plus, the local photographers always seem to have the best recommendations on what to see, do and obviously eat.

I Heart Paris
Katie Donnelly


THINGS TO SEE & DO

Louvre Museum – Home of the Mona Lisa, but fun fact turn around when you’re looking at her to see a stunning masterpiece.
Tuileries – Louvre is located inside the Tuileries and is a stunning park to sit and relax
Eiffel Tower – Pack a picnic and watch it light up at night on the hour
Arc de Triomphe
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore 
Musee Dorsay
Sacre Couer
Notre Dame – A free tour, walk inside to see the incredible history and architecture
Latin Quarter – Home to my favorite creperie. This is a fun little neighborhood walking distance from Notre Dame. Tons of great restaurants, cafes and shops.
La Marais – A predominantly Jewish neighborhood with great food and shopping. A heavy Israeli influence with lots of great mediterranean dishes to explore and bakeries for traditional fare. 
Jardin du Palais Royale – This is where all those black and white stumps are. Also home to Cafe Kistune, a must visit. Be sure to order the chai or matcha latte.
Galleries Lafayette 
Jardin de Luxembourg 
AirBNB Experience – We did a pastry class (this one) and absolutely loved it!


DAY TRIPS

The trains in Europe make getting around easy and quickly. Highly recommend taking a day to explore at least one of the below.

Reims/Champagne RegionAccessible by high speed train. Plan ahead and schedule tours and visits with a car service. Mumm and Pomery were highly recommended, but are quite massive. I recommend just doing Mumm, then visiting smaller ones to just do tastings.

Chateau VersaillesAccessible by the Paris subway system. Spend the day in Versailles exploring the chateaus. Skip the main museums if you’re short on time and head straight to the far back right area where Marie Antoinette house is. Lunch at the restaurant was also surprisingly good.
Monet’s Garden


THINGS TO NOTE

Currency – Euro – I always recommend having some US dollars on hand as well as Euro’s. Visa is taken pretty much everywhere though.

Getting Around – We used Uber’s mostly and if you need to, taxis are available. But Uber just makes it easy while abroad if you ask me. Also, walking is great and the Paris train system is super easy to navigate.

Tipping – Usually included in the service of the bill. Leave a little extra if they were fantastic.

Learn A Few Words – Anytime I travel to a foreign country, I like to learn a few easy things like hello, thank you and goodbye. It’s nice to be able to say these things to the locals so you don’t look like an ignorant American (it’s painful to watch when you don’t try!). Hello – bonjour // Goodbye – Au Revoir // Thank You – Merci. I also like to use the Google Translate app to learn a few things and how to properly pronounce them. Highly recommend it!


 

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