TOP 3 PARIS RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Le Saint Regis - the cutest breakfast spot. I go almost every morning.
- Rue Cler - my favorite street in the whole city. I go to L'Eclair for cocktails (or for breakfast) & just sit outside and people watch. The street has a cheese store, a meat store, a flower store, etc. so it's super old school Paris and sooooo wonderful. It's near the Eiffel Tower (a few blocks away) so it's fun to go before or after being there.
- Printemps Terrace - sounds weird but Printemps is a department store and it has a terrace on the roof + such a beautiful view.
full list of PARIS RECOMMENDATIONS, BY TYPE & NEIGHBORHOOD:
Marais (3 Arr.)
L'Eclair – MY FAVORITE SPOT!! Really good bar! Fun drinks & nice atmosphere. Highly recommend if you are in the area.
Tribeca - “fabulous menu”.
Cafe Constant - dinner or lunch $$$
Les Cocottes - dinner or lunch $$$
La Grande Epicerie – huge grocery store with lots of good local stuff. Perfect for a picnic at the Eiffel Tower. If you do have a picnic there, buy before you get there! Stop by Le Bon Marche too if you are here
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – expensive but supposed to be really good. Make reservations.
Printemps terrace - Restaurant at the very top of the Printemps department store. Go here for breakfast or lunch... It's cheap (self-serve) and has such a beautiful view. It's close to the Opera House so probably a good quick lunch before/after visiting there
Hotel Amour – go for brunch! Found via parisinfourmonths. Really good eggs benedict
Montmarte (18 Arr.)
Le Refuge des Fondues – Go for dinner. Wine is served in baby bottles!
Latin Quarter – was told to eat here at night. Very popular area with a fun atmosphere.
Buy a fresh baguette, meat, cheese & wine and sit along the Seine at sunset.
Snacks - Cafes (Coffee/Sweets) or Bakeries
Marais (3 Arr.)
La Cafeotheque – found via parisinfourmonths
Fondation Cafe – found via parisinfourmonths
L'Eclair de Genie – Eclairs! So pretty
Carette - Raspberry tart. Cafe/tea
Le Loir dans la Theiere - Famous Lemon Meringue Tart
Pozzetto – gelato
Comme a Lisbonne – bakery
Cafe Pouchkine - desserts
Île de la Cité/Île Saint Louis/4 Arr.
Paperboy - Found this via Insta. Looks super cute!
All over the place
Sadaharu Aoki - The carmel tart
Things to see/do
Pont Des Arts – love locks bridge. Bring your own lock
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Palais Royale – the trees here are really beautiful. You'd never know this garden existed if you weren't looking for it. If you are at the Louvre/in that area it's worth a quick walk in my opinion. Also close to Pierre Herme & Laduree so not a bad idea to pick up some macrons to go to eat there!
Night cruise on the river
Île de la Cité/Île Saint Louis
Place Dauphine - hidden garden. Sex & the City final episodes filmed here!
The Eiffel Tower – go during the day AND at night! I believe it lights up every hour on the hour. It is so beautiful
Place du Trocadero – one of the best places to photograph the Eiffel Tower
Avenue Montaigne – window shopping street on the way to the Eiffel tower (from the 7 Arr.)
Stroll Rue Cler - between Rue de la Motte Picquet & Rue de Grenelle. Full of markets of chocolate, cheese, wine & meat. Perfect for before the Eiffel Tower!
Arc de Triomphe – my favorite view of the entire trip, definitely do this!
Do this instead of climbing the Eiffel Tower so that you get the Eiffel Tower in your pics. Unless you have time to do both...
Walk the Champs-Elysses
Tour the Opera House
Butte-aux-cailles – hill top neighborhood with a really pretty view
Montmarte (18 Arr.)
Versailles - You can take the RER train to Versailles. Closed on Monday.
Giverny - Monet’s House