Paris Travel Guide
My husband and I just arrived home from our week long, magical trip to Paris and Saint-Tropez. It was both of our first time to France and boy were we both blown away; by the the history, by the architecture, and by the food. It was a trip to remember.
I wanted to share some of the highlights from our 4 day trip to Paris on the blog because SO much of what we did was recommendations from friends and family. For those of you planning, I hope this helps in adding some amazing stops along the way.
Where to eat:
For lunch: L’ Avenue a beautiful bistro style French restaurant. I highly recommend sitting outside or near a window and ordering the tomato avocado and onion salad (it’s so fresh!!). After lunch enjoy some upscale shopping along Avenue Montaigne. Also the restaurant is walking distance to the Eiffel Tower, which is a nice walk for after lunch.
For lunch: Mi Va Mi a falafel stand in Les Marais. Super casual, you order at a window and find a spot to stand and scarf down your delectable pita pocket in the streets of the Jewish Quarter. Follow lunch with walking and shopping in Les Marais (which I equate to shopping in Soho, NY, but better).
For Dinner: Giraffe is for sure A MUST DO!! It’s a restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower; I recommend eating on the patio.
For Dinner: KONG. A chic restaurant inside a glass globe with views overlooking Paris. Honestly I chose the restaurant because it’s featured in the show Sex in the City, and although a bit touristy, we loved it. Everyone dining was dressed incredibly chic and the cocktails were fabulous. FYI – the menu is Asian themed.
For Drinks: Hotel Costes. Super swanky red and black decor. I was told to go for dinner but we only had time for a drink. We sat at a small table overlooking the main patio and enjoyed strong cocktails.
For Drinks: Ritz Paris. Enjoy a Spritz at the Ritz (their version of an Aperol Spritz) at the most elegant hotel in Paris located right inside Place Vendome. You can enjoy a cocktail in the afternoon / early evening in the Hotel’s stunning garden or at their well-known Bar Hemingway in the evening.
Eiffel Tower: Located in the seventh arrondissement, the Eiffel Tower is a must-see.
Louvre Pyramid: The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard of the Louvre Palace in Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.
Le Marais: The fashionable Marais district in the 4th arrondissement, also known as SoMa (South Marais), is filled with hip boutiques, galleries. Once the city’s Jewish quarter, the area still hosts numerous kosher restaurants. Known for it’s falafel – so skip a fancy sit-down lunch at enjoy on the go that day!
Palais Royal: Palace & gardens with 17th-century arcades & Daniel Buren’s striped columns in courtyard. Probably my favorite site of the trip!!
Walk to Saint Germain: The chic Saint-Germain-des-Près area is home to posh shops, eateries, and the medieval Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris’s oldest church. Gallery-lined streets lead to the Musée d’Orsay, famed for its Impressionist art.
Le Bon Marche: Le Bon Marché is a department store in Paris that is worth a visit for the latest fashion and the most gorgeous displays.
The Jardin du Luxembourg: The Jardin du Luxembourg, also known in English as the Luxembourg Gardens, is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France. It was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace. Stunning Gardens and palace.