Since visiting Strasbourg last summer, I've been obsessed with France and all things French. France is such a fantastic country. It's like a fairy tale. Paris is hands down one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to. I feel so lucky to have spent time there with Marcus and my family. Needless to say, I'll be there again as soon as I possibly can. I really hope one day I'll be able to travel around the entire country for a long time.
If you're headed to Paris in the near future, let me tell you first of all that I am jealous...second of all...here is a small guide if you need some places to go!
Hotel Du Louvre: I stayed at the Hotel Du Louvre and it was such a great place to stay. It is literally right across the street from the Louvre, the Jardin du Tuileries, and Champs Elysees. It was easy to get around and easy to get back to the hotel late at night walking home. Definitely check it out if you're looking for a place to stay!
- Little Breizh: Obviously, France is famous for it's crepes. This adorable creperie was located in a really picturesque neighborhood (what isn't picturesque in Paris though) and the employees were so sweet and really helped me when I was so confused about which crepe to order. I seriously couldn't decide I wanted all of them they sounded so delicious! With their homemade dark chocolate sauce, homemade salted caramel sauce, and vanilla bean ice cream that came with my crepe I can honestly I made a good choice. The best choice, actually. If you want a good crepe, check it out!
11 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006 Paris, France
- Le 404: Marcus and I had dinner here with our friends, Natalie and Jordan, and the environment and design of the restaurant was SICK!! Marcus and I couldn't stop talking about how cool the place was. I wouldn't recommend it as a family restaurant, but definitely a great place to grab a few drinks and dinner. If you have any common sense, you'll take my word for it and go here!! Also, order a mojito...or order five like I did (oops)...you'll thank me later.
69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France
- Laduree: I had brunch at Laduree on Champs Elysees and the food was great and the store is so adorable. But I may have been a little biased because I was daydreaming about the macarons. Seriously to die for. Believe the hype! And you should definitely take a box of tea and macarons to go. Delicious!
75 Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
- Montmartre: Any cafe or restaurant near Montmartre is guaranteed great food and very entertaining to say the least!
- Champs Elysees: Amazing shops and at the end there's the magnificent Arc du Triomphe. Definitely give yourself enough time to wander around here!
- Victor Hugo: Such a looooong street with a ton of boutiques! I love the Isabel Marant store here.
- Vintage: Honestly, there are SOOO many vintage shops I didn't have time to visit any in the short amount of time I was there. But I regret not going vintage shopping because Paris is so well known for it's fabulous vintage shops. Oh well, there's always next time!
I hope some of this helps for you first timers! Depending on the amount of time you're there, obviously go and see all the typical tourist places first. There's nothing better than staring in awe at the Eiffel Tower or locking a lock on Lover's Bridge. If you have plenty of time to see the touristy sites and to explore and wander, I am so envious of you and I hope you have the time of your life in an insanely gorgeous city!