Last stop, PAREE! The final leg of my Euro tour was the city of lurv. Last time I was here I was 16 and on an EF school tour, lol. This time was much more focused on taking in all of what Paris had to offer instead of doing a warp-speed tour of every tourist spot in the city. Our 4 days spent in the city this time were amazing, and I picked up some great recommendations along the way!
We stayed in Montparnasse, which was a great central location. We walked a ton but were also close to so many Metro lines so getting around was pretty easy.
-Café De Flore – Literally everyone on Instagram takes a pic in front of this iconic café. We had hot chocolate here, it truly is the best in Paris and not too sweet!
-Les Deux Magots – Another iconic Parisian café, right next to Café De Flore! They have amazing croissants and cappuccinos, naturally.
-Les Philosophes – the cutest streetside restaurant in Le Marais. We chugged lots of rose here, their French onion soup and quiche were incredible. We came back twice, which is saying a lot!
-L’As Du Fallafel – Elliot told me I had to eat a falafel here because they were the best in the world, so I did (literally right after above lunch at Les Philosophes), and they truly were.
-Le Perchoir – if you want to have a real local experience, you need to go to this rooftop bar. The area definitely looks a bit seedy, but as soon as you get to the rooftop you’ll see it’s well worth it (despite having to climb a steel spiral staircase 7 flights up in an old warehouse). The rooftop views are amazing, it’s packed with chic Parisians, and has such a cool bohemian vibe.
-Pink Mamma – again, surely you’ve seen this place all over Instagram. It’s an Italian restaurant near the red light district/Montmartre in a pink tiled building. No reservations so get there early to put your name on the list and go have some wine somewhere nearby. The interior is goals, filled with chandeliers and greenery, huge windows, marble tables, wrought iron, and an amazing colour scheme. Pizzas and truffle pasta were incredible. The basement bar is super cool and moody as well!
-Eiffel Tower – fucking duh. We didn’t climb it, but we did go to approx every viewpoint as well as had a classic baguette & cheese picnic underneath.
-Flower markets – everywhere. So pretty.
-Jardin du Luxembourg – a parliament building, the grounds & gardens are so stunning
-Le Marais – adorable and very “Parisian”-feeling neighbourhood filled with pretty sidewalk cafes and shops
-Montmartre – my favourite neighbourhood. The quaintest area, filled with the cutest houses, shops, and restaurants. Close to Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the Moulin Rouge. On a high hill overlooking the city, so the views are amazing. Hard to explain the vibe but this neighbourhood felt the most “electric” and magical to me. Quick anecdote, on the evening we came to Montmartre we were wandering around, taking it all in, having a lovely time, so on and so forth. Olga is in this black silky maxi dress and gets stopped on the street by a woman asking if she’s looking for the Dior party. We then proceed to look beside us and see a café called “Chez Christian”, so we figure out that Dior had created a restaurant for the evening before their cruise show the following day. OBVIOUSLY we knew there would be tons of fashion industry people invited to the party, so we sat on the patio directly across from Chez Christian with a bottle of wine and waited. I mean every French Vogue editor, Dior creative, big fashion blogger, and industry insider was there. It was soooo fun to see. See above for photo with Aimee Song lololol. Right place at the right time, amiright? Oh, and La Maison Rose (iconic pink restaurant with green writing and vines covering the sides) is also in Montmartre so a photo opp there is definitely necessary.
-Versailles – I’m just obsessed with Versailles and Marie Antoinette. It is absolutely incredible to see the chateau and gardens in person. It’s definitely worth the train trip from Paris (about 40 min each way)
-Tuileries & the Louvre – Tuilieries is very pretty to walk through but very touristy. If you want to do the Louvre, would suggest you buy tickets ahead of time cause the wait is insane. I saw good ol’ postage stamp size Mona when I was 16, so didn’t feel the need to go again.
-Eat escargot. Like just get over the fact that it’s snails. They’re covered in garlic butter and herbs and SOOOOO GOOD.
-Love lock bridge was getting too heavy from people putting locks on it for decades. They had to remove them all but there is a new love lock bridge now! It’s on one of the bridges that connects to the Tuileries.
-Be very aware of heavily touristed areas for pickpocketing/theft. When we were near the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame I had a freakin death grip on my purse and head was ON A SWIVEL! Not today, thieves.
We definitely didn’t get to all the spots on our list, so here are some other places I wish we had time to check out!
-Grand Amour Hotel - hotel with cool bar/decor/vibe etc
-Aux Vieux Paris D’Arcole – café with wisteria in the front
-Café Gustave - well-known Parisian cafe
-Ralph's - Ralph Lauren Café
-L’Avenue - bougie lunch spot
-Café Marly - overlooks Louvre
-Buvette - brunch
-Season - brunch
-Depot Legal - brunch
-La Mangerie - cute lunch/dinner spot
-Chez Janou - another iconic Parisian cafe
-Les Chouettes - little fancier lunch/dinner spot
-Poulette - another little fancier spot for lunch/dinner
-Le Fitzgerald – drinks/bar
-Little Red Door – drinks/bar
-Merci – shop
-L'appartement Sezane – shop
-Fleux Concept Store