From cute cafes to stunning architecture, Paris is one of the cities you just have to see. I’ve been three times and still love it each time I visit. When it comes to revisiting a city, the key is to do something you haven’t done before. This time around I visited Disneyland for the first time, which was a lot fun! Whether it’s your first time visiting Paris, or you’re looking for some new places to check out here’s my Paris recommendations.
WHERE TO STAY IN PARIS
During my trip, my friends and I stayed at the Hotel Josephine. We stayed in a triple room which was nicely decorated and super spacious. There were some weird sounds coming from the bathroom in the middle of the night (not sure what it was), but outside of that it was a great place to stay. It’s conveniently located next to bus stops and metro stations, making getting around the city super easy. There’s also restaurants and bars nearby, and the famous Moulin Rouge is a quick 5 minute walk away.
WHERE TO EAT + DRINK
- Angelina’s – Everyone hypes the hot chocolate at Angelina’s so that’s why it’s on my list. I wasn’t a big fan but I’m not a big sweets person and this stuff is SWEET. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
- Gusto Italia – The pasta here is really good. We ordered the penne all’arrabiata with meat sauce. They also make fresh organic pizza which everyone around us seemed to enjoy. For dessert, I’d recommend the tiramisu.
- La Perla – Another good Italian spot we found. I tried the pasta arrabiata, diavola pizza and an aperol spritz. Everything was delicious and the staff were super nice.
- Tea House – Never pass up a bubble tea opportunity. This place is located near Bistro Burger and La Perla.
- Ladurée – Ladurée is famous for their macaroons. The have staple flavors like pistachio and rose, but there’s also limited edition flavors that come out. I had a dark chocolate one that was amazing.
- Bagelstein – Great, fresh bagels. The lox on a toasted cheddar was delicious.
- Paul – Pauls are littered throughout Paris and there’s even a couple in London. I love their palmiers and other pastries.
- Bistro Burger – A great burger place with
- McDonald’s – I mainly suggest this for my fellow Americans. French Mickey D’s is so much better than ours.
WHAT TO DO
- Get lost in one of the many museums – Spend time wandering around some of Paris’s museums. The Louvre is an obvious choice, but the Musee d’Orsay and Musee Rodin are also worth checking out.
- Spend a day exploring Versailles – Versailles is another must do while in Paris. Do yourself a favor and book ahead of time.
- Check out the views from the Arc de Triomphe – Everyone goes up the Eiffel Tower to catch a view of Paris, but the view from the Arc is just as beautiful and you get to see the tower in the distance. Go near sunset and you’ll be able to catch the tower sparkling as well.
- Release your inner child at Disneyland – Disneyland Paris has the OG Tower of Terror. Plus, their space mountain is so much better than the one in California.
- Have a picnic near the Eiffel Tower – Grab a baguette, some cheese, meat, and olives and have yourself a picnic while you take in the view of the tower.
- Enjoy a beverage at a corner cafe – There’s tons of cute cafes in Paris. Grab a drink and a pastry and just take a moment to enjoy your time in Paris.
- Take tons and tons and tons of photos – There’s pretty much a picture worthy moment around every corner in Paris. Make sure to keep your phone and camera charged and ready.
- Visit the bones under the city – The Paris catacombs are an interesting site to take in. Buy your tickets ahead of time to avoid the crazy lines.
- Visit the Eiffel Tower – I feel as though this is a pretty obvious thing to do but it’s on here in case you were thinking of skipping the tower, don’t! Book your visit on the official ticketing site in advance because tickets tend to sell out. If your date is sold out on the official website, you can book a visit through third party site. Just note you’ll probably pay a little more than booking direct. Also, pay attention to whether you’re booking second floor access or the summit (aka the top).
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