PARIS CITY GUIDE

20 August 2017


Paris has a certain charm to it. There's something about the architecture, food and atmosphere that makes me fall in love with it every time. This time I went with my bf for a cliche romantic break - read more about our hotel stay here.

We stayed for 3 days and got to explore both the touristy + non-touristy areas. I wanted to mention some places to see other than the Eiffel Tower + Louvre as they are a given and obviously a must-see.

Let's start with the food...

EAT

Angelina
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

I was recommended Angelina for their famous hot chocolate but we decided to have lunch there too. It's a quaint restaurant/tea room with a patisserie downstairs filled with all kinds of cakes and pastries. It was my mission to have onion soup this time even in the 26 degrees heat and it did not disappoint. That melted cheese though.




Ralph's
173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France

We wanted to go somewhere fancy for my bf's birthday and I'd heard a lot about Ralph's which is essentially a restaurant owned by Ralph Lauren. They bring you these deep-fried olives while you wait and they were h-e-a-v-e-n-l-y. I'm still dreaming about them. The tables are outside in a courtyard and the menu is a posh version of American diner food - it was amazing. They've got some good burger options for veggies too!




SEASON
1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003 Paris, France

We didn't actually get a chance to go here (it's on my list for next time) but they are all over Instagram as a trendy, healthy spot in Paris for the acai bowl and avocado addicts. Let me know if you've been!


Laduree

Because what is a trip to Paris without a box of macaroons from Laduree? The prettiest one is on Champs Elysee where you can sit outside for lunch and cakes.



SHOP 

Colette 
213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France

I just had to visit Colette as it's being taken over by Balenciaga in December. It's such a cool shop and it's so easy to get lost in there. From cool coffee table books to Polaroid cameras and Eiffel Tower snow globes - which I just had to walk away with. 



Avenue Montaigne

For the designer shoppers - this is the street for you. Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior heaven. Even if you're not up for buying, it's so beautiful to look at and window shop.


Le Marais

The trendy quarter of Paris with a Shoreditch vibe to it. This is where you'll find the quirky cafes and stores like Supreme and Nike Lab. 



DO


Pont Alexandre The Third 

My favourite bridge out of the 37 in Paris. Take a walk across for a view of the Eiffel Tower. I'd definitely recommend taking a boat ride under all the bridges to see all the landmarks from a different angle.



Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France

Right opposite Grand Palais is Petit Palais - a decadent, historic building with a beautiful garden. We also took the hop on, hop off bus around the city like true tourists (yep, we were one of those people) and it was such a good way to see all the sights!


Palais Garnier
8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France

Opera is a beautiful building located in central Paris near to Gallerie Lafayette (department store) and other high street stores. If you appreciate architecture and history, you'll love it here.


Hope this helps anyone planning to visit Paris! It's definitely my favourite city.

Let me know if you have any other recommendations.

S x

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