Paris is a magnificent city with almost too many things to do, and I really believe that you can't go wrong no matter what you do. Some of my favorite Paris memories were made by aimlessly wandering around and discovering cool random things, so don't feel too pressured to check off everything in your bucket list. Here are some of my favorite experiences in Paris, enjoy!
1. Climb up the steps to the roof of the NOTRE DAME, one of my favorite views of the city because unlike climbing the Eiffel Tower, you actually get a view of the Eiffel. Make sure that you come at a time & date that it's open. Also, the last admission is 45 min before close time and lines can get a bit long, so make sure to budget enough time.
3. Hike up to the SACRE-COEUR in MONTMARTRE, and take in the beautiful birds eye views of Paris. There are a lot of cute little streets, shops, and restaurants in this area, so spend some time exploring the area. A few cafes to stop by are
LE CAFE MARLETTE: Super adorable cafe with great food and coffee
CAFE DES DUEX MOULINS: Iconic Amelie cafe, also close to the Moulin Rouge windmills
LE ROCKETSHIP: A very cute cafe with equally cute knickknacks
LE FAMILLE: Awesome bar
LE PETIT BLEU: Cute little Moroccan place with pretty blue facade
LA RALLONGE: Notable wine bar
MIROIR: Another wine bar, super stylish
4. If the weather is nice, spend an afternoon in one of the many beautiful gardens. My favorite are:
JARDIN DES TUILERIES: Favorite of the stylish and fashionable and right next to the Louvre
JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG: Gorgeous flower- and fountain-filled gardens adjacent to the equally beautiful Luxembourg Palace
5. Spend an entire afternoon at the LOUVRE. It's incredibly massive so try to research a few pieces beforehand that you want to see in person. Otherwise, just enjoy yourself while exploring and discovering things for yourself in the museum. I had limited time in Paris so my friend took me on a speed tour of the most famous pieces. Hopefully next time I'll have more time to linger and truly appreciate all the art!
6. MUSEE D'ORSAY is my absolute favorite art museum in Paris. The building itself is an architectural gem and the art housed inside is stunning.
7. One of my favorite experiences in Paris was renting a Vespa and exploring all the nooks and crannies of Paris (we used Freescoot, but Left Bank Scooters is also good). Parking is super easy and it's like driving around the city with cheat codes. If you don't feel 100% comfortable on a vespa, rent a bike instead. Paris is walkable, but it's definitely better with a bike or scooter.
8. I bought my favorite earrings for a great price at the PORTE DE CLIGNANCOURT flea market. It's also a great place to buy Parisian souvenirs for your loved ones back home.
11. For dinner, buy some wine and more baguettes, cured meats, and cheese at eat them while watching the sunset over the EIFFEL TOWER, which lights turn on and starts to twinkle around sunset. The light show is every hour until 1-2AM. The best locations would be JARDINS DE TROCADERO or PARC DU CHAMP DE MARS. Public drinking is legal so the more wine the better!
13. One of the best experiences I had was going on a walking tour where I got to learn more about the city's rich history, architecture, and culture. There are a lot of great options out there. I went on the NEW EUROPE tour, which was free but I paid a big tip at the end since the tour guide was amazingly informative and friendly. Their PUB CRAWL is also pretty awesome.
14. Stop by the PALAIS DE TOKYO to take some great photos in the courtyard with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Step inside to enjoy some awesome modern art.
15. Explore the hip LE MARAIS neighborhood, don't miss the following:
BOOT CAFE: Instagrammer's paradise with a side of great coffee
ROSE CAFE: Yummy savory and sweet food
MERCI: Hip shopping with a great used book store/library/cafe for brunch and hanging out
MUSEE CARNAVALET: Free entry to this small but awesome museum!
L'AS DU FALLAFEL: The acclaimed fallafel place with a long line but great taste and price
16. My favorite cute classic Parisian cafe is CARETTE. Make sure to go to the one in PLACE DES VOSGES, which itself is a beautiful square.
17. A simple cafe that is good just for their coffee quality is TELESCOPE, which is close to the Louvre. Another cute Parisian coffee shop is LA CAFEOTHEQUE, which is ideally located right on the River Seine across from Isle Saint-Louis, but the coffee is only decent.
18. Get some decadent hot chocolate at the ANGELINA, perfect escape from cold Parisian days. It's also great for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. There may be long lines at the location near the Louvre, the one near Jardin du Luxembourg might be a better alternative since it tends to be less busy.
19.Watch the sunset at the top of the CHAMP ELYSEES. Go shopping afterwards (the area has decent shops).
20. Spend a day at the CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES, which is only a train ride away (less an one hour one way). Explore the gorgeous gardens and the decadent rooms and imagine how life was for Marie Antoinette.
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