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.
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.
picasso: this is my personal favorite because the museum is beautifully layed out!
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.
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.
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.
on to the good stuff…the food and coffee! this list is by no means extensive. (check out goodcoffeeinparis.com 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 🙂
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!
loustic: what can i say except their coffee is really good and the interior is super cool?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
- 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