I have been to Paris many times and I honestly think I fall more in love with the city with each visit. On a recent trip to Europe, we managed to fit a couple of days in the city. I was traveling with a group of friends and a couple of them had never been, so we obviously had to make the stop! Paris can definitely be a tricky and overwhelming city when visiting the first time. I’ve learned the trick with planning any vacation, basically anywhere other than a beach resort where you will spend a majority of your time, is to do some research. You should always make a list of the places you want to see, restaurants you want to eat at, and areas you may want to stay. It will seriously make your life so much easier!
With this trip, we planned our stops based on the arrondissements and locations of the places we wanted to visit. You’ll find a few of my must sees below!
Must Visit Sights:
Trocadero: This is probably one of my favorite spots to view the Eiffel Tower. I would suggest going really early in the morning to avoid the crowds and anyone trying to sell trinkets (think dirty carnival). The first morning we went the entire Eiffel Tower was hidden behind fog so we had to come back in the afternoon. It was so nice and peaceful without the crowds so hopefully you’ll have better luck with the weather then we did!
Galleries Layfette: Even if you are not looking to shop, which you definitely should because you are in Paris, this is a stop you should make. This is one of the most gorgeous malls you will ever see with a remarkable dome and a hidden panoramic view of the entire city (just find the rooftop!). Also worth a stop for the macarons at Pierre Hermé!
Notre Dame: This cathedral is a must visit just based off of the Gothic architecture alone. From far away it is obviously beautiful but once you are up close the details are amazing. There is also a little restaurant a couple of blocks away called Au Vieux Paris that is worth a stop! It’s known as one of the most beautiful cafés in Paris.
Montmartre: Located in the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is a large hill known for its artistic history. I would recommend walking around this area since it is so picturesque. It is also home to La Maison Rose which is definitely a popular spot for photos.
Jardin du Luxembourg: One of my favorite days in Paris, we visited the gardens and had a picnic! We stopped at a local shop and bought a bunch of cheese, bread, olives and of course wine. It was nice to just sit outside and pretend we lived in Paris for a moment.
Le Pailas Royal: Steps away from the Lourve is this former 17th-century palace. We decided to book a photographer to document our trip because when else will you be in Paris with your friends! She was amazing and showed us this spot along with the gardens. The trees were just blooming so it was beautiful. It was honestly so worth documenting these memories!
Must Visit Eats:
Obermamma: This spot was one of my favorite meals in Paris and maybe of all time. It was PACKED, and we read ahead of time that we were going to have to wait for a table so we were prepared for that. It is definitely worth the wait. Overall the restaurant is super cute but the food is what will stay in your memory forever, seriously. MUST order: the Black Truffle Pasta & any pizza.
Trieze Bakery Paris: This was another popular spot that we read about. After seeing photos of the place, we knew we had to go! Again, the food was to die for. We LOVED their French Toast & Chicken, the Zucchini Crust Veggie Quiche and all of their desserts!
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte: I don’t know why we kept picking spots that don’t take reservations, but this was another one that was worth standing in line for. We got there right after the initial rush, so we were first in line but had to wait for like 45 minutes to get a table. The only thing on the menu here is steak & fries. They don’t even give you a menu when you sit down, they just come up and ask you how you would like your steak cooked. Then they leave and bring back a delish salad, your steak, and fries covered in their famous sauce. The best part… free refills. LOL yep, you get refills on the steak and fries. Don’t leave without getting the profiteroles for dessert. O. M. G.
Café Marly: If you want to hit two birds with one stone Café Marly is your place. This restaurant has THE best view of the Lourve and really good hot chocolate. Always order hot chocolate in Paris, by the way. It is unlike anything! Make sure to arrive early and scope out the tables outside to get the best view and an unforgettable picture. Tip: order a baguette with jam to go with your hot chocolate.
There are SO many more places in Paris to visit so maybe I’ll make it back there one day. Paris Fashion Week is a goal of mine! We also did a quick trip to Colmar, France so let me know if you want to hear about that next!