soft+spoken cities: paris

i keep having people ask me for paris suggestions, so i’m laying it all out.

ok, not everything. paris is amazing because it’s so big you can live there for years and never get bored.

here’s my list of must see sights, good coffee, food, and some suggested day trips.


musee d’orsay: van gogh, rodin, monet, this museum is very aesthetically pleasing. not only are there lots of impressionists, but they have touluse lautrec + lots of sculptures.


you need to take a photo here

le tour eiffel: (duh) parisians first hated this landmark, but if you can try and book a tour to the top! the view is great, but i also love eating picnics at le champ de mars.


louvre: want to feel like jay z and see mona lisa smile? do it! the art is much more classic and older, but france robbed almost every continent of art to house this once palace.


check out cafe richelieu for good views!

picasso: this is my personal favorite because the museum is beautifully layed out!


the views from all of the windows are beautiful

luxembourg gardens: if it’s a nice day you’ll probably walk through here and wonder if the french ever work. yes they do, but americans really need more vacation days.


this was a school project wearing: bimba y lola, madewell, zara

notre dame: watch out for pickpockets here and then walk across the street to visit shakespeare and co. if you can’t read french and need a book, they’re all en anglais.

notre dame.jpg

this church took almost 200 years to build

canal saint martin: spotted- french hipsters. i personally love the canal because there’s lots of coffee and good food all around. the bastille market is pretty close too, so my favorite thing is to go on thursday mornings, grab a baguette, walk to ten belles, and sit by the water.

canal st martin.JPG

mes amies!

on to the good stuff…the food and coffee! this list is by no means extensive. (check out for all of your caffeine needs)

holybelly: get here early. their food is really holy with bacon and egg topped pancakes, goat cheese roasted in honey, and cute baristas 🙂


check out their agent cooper special: pie and coffee

mg road: i never really ate french food in paris because the other stuff is so good…feeling indian food but don’t want to go to london? try mg road!

mg roadhouse.JPG

this is vegetarian but there is a pig on top

loustic: what can i say except their coffee is really good and the interior is super cool?


another favorite bob’s kitchen is next door

l’as du fallafel: you just gotta do it. get it to go to save time and walk around the marais instead. it’s on one of my favorite streets, and will warm you up if its cold!


lenny kravitz’s fav

ten belles: pretty close to holybelly and next to the canal, ten belles has belleville brulerie the first specialty roaster in paris. fun fact: belleville has café dégustations en français which is possibly the most boogie thing i have ever done.

10 belles.JPG

république: chances are you will walk by a protest at the république monument while going here but c’est la vie. want a cali mexi inspired vegan bowl? they’ve got you and your caffeine cravings covered.


do you spy the sweet potatoes?

téléscope: my favorite coffee shop. there’s no take away, so you have to sit sur place. one of the only specialty spots i’ve been to without belleville, they have coffee from amsterdam and all over. the owner really knows what he’s doing, so go! it’s a treat.

telescope paris.jpg

their owner loves g&b so you know it’s good..

fatigué de la ville? here are some day trips:

versailles: how does the world have leftover gold? check out the gardens in the summer! it’s only an hour from paris.



giverny: sound familiar? make sure to check out monet’s home only an hour outside of paris (can be trickier to get to though)


living the dream in zara, nike, bimba y lola

disneyland: because ratatouille is from here and mickey is the same in every language. just take the RER here and visit the happiest place in france.



other tips/tricks:

  • the metro is great and has a super helpful app!
  • bread is your friend here ❤
  • try to speak french
  • always say bonjour when entering a store (or you will experience rude french people)
  • new balances are great for walking
  • tax is included and you don’t need to tip
  • if you have time, the musée rodin, arc de triomphe, et centre pompidou are fun!
  • shop til you drop in the marais
  • red wine!!
  • want to cook? try bio c bon and naturalia for all of your organic (and nut butter) needs



2 thoughts on “soft+spoken cities: paris

  1. pedmar10 says:

    Fair description of Paris but if can make one suggestion to visitor, instead of the metro (underground/tube/subway) why not take the bus, great and see more of Paris ::) cheers


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s