I can’t wait for you to enjoy one of my favorite cities. The magic, the romance, the beauty, and the history make it so so special!
2) I took the metro twice and it was the worst experience. Uber or taxi!!
3) It is difficult to get lost in paris if you stay near the Seine. It goes West to East and most things you want to see are not far from it
4) When at the Eiffel WATCH YOUR BAGS!!!! There are serious pickpocketer’s. I watched someone try to pickpocket my father-in-law right in front of us!
Here is an itinerary but feel free to substitute anything you want! I left some other options at the bottom 🙂
Walk (or taxi) to Alexander Bridge
(depending on where you are staying you can walk along the seine or through the Tuileries garden). From here you can see the Petit and Grand Palais
. I recommend seeing what exhibits they currently have going and attending one, one day. The Palais’ are gorgeous and usually they have a cool fashion exhibit (I saw the YSL one years before it came to the US).
Grab a taxi to head to the Arc de Triomph – Go up top for 360 degree view of Paris or just stand in front and take a photo
From there you can walk (25 min.) or taxi to Le Tour Eiffel
(Eiffel Tower). It is so big and gorgeous! Definitely a site to see but be sure to watch your bag and pockets. There are a TON of pickpocketer’s around this monument.
Walk (20 min.) or take a taxi to Hotel Peninsula
for lunch on their rooftop (gorgeous views MUST make reservation)
This is a gorgeous area so you can walk around after lunch (if you want a coffee go to Cafe Chic
– just east of the Peninsula)
You can visit a museum or head to the hotel to rest
Dinner – River Cruise
) – I know what you are thinking, no way! But I had the same thoughts until my mother-in-law booked a really nice one and reserved the table at the very front. You get delicious food, wine, and amazing views of Paris!
Late night cocktails – options below (Le Bristol)
Walk (9 min) to Sacré-Coeur
– highest point in Paris with the most beautiful views
Walk around Montmarte and get lost in all the paintings of local artists.
Have a glass of Rosé at La Maison Rose
(famous pink house you see in photos) – You will probably walk past Le Consulat
– famous and very cute crepe place
You can go back to hotel and rest or go shopping
Dinner- option below
Breakfast at Rose Bakery
(favorite of Isabel Marant) on Rue Debelleyme or my favorite in the Marais – Season
You are in the Le Marais area. This is a young area full of shopping, coffeeshops, and very cool people
Head to Merci
– Famous store with a cute coffeeshop to the right. Great place to find souvenirs for people
After Merci – grab a coffee at the CUTEST coffeeshop ever – Boot Cafe
Lunch – Chez Julien
– the freshest food (make reservation)
Be sure to get a view of the Conciergerie
– it is stunning and reminds me of a Disney castle
After Notre Dame DEFINITELY get a glass of rosé at Au Vieux D’Arcole
– IT IS STUNNING
Head back to hotel
Le Jardin du Luxembourg
Lunch – café restaurant Les Éditeurs
-This is right by where I used to live so I ate here A LOT.
The food is really good, the service is great, and the people watching is the best! Walk this cute area after eating – Saint Sulpice
is one direction and Boulevard St. Germain is the other
Grab a taxi to visit Musee Rodin
(absolutely stunning garden)
Easy afternoon of shopping or resting
Add Hotel Le Bristol – so so good!!! Voted Best cocktails in Paris! Don’t order off the menu, just tell them what you want and they will make the best drink you’ve ever had!
Food (other than what is above)
Seasons – Lunch
Klay saint sauveur – sinople – Dinner – super cool decor – need reservation
Au Vieux D’Arcole – Gorgeous in Spring with wisteria climbing up. Also very old and very famous – dinner or rosé
Le Bonaparte – one of my favorite bistros!!! Right by Cafe de Flore And Deux Magots
Deux Magots – Very famous – lunch or dinner
Bread and Rose– delicious bakery – Breakfast or lunch
Eggs & co. – American style breakfast
L’Avant Comptoir– very famous – can be tough to get in to eat – just have wine
Le Fouquet – VERY famous, a little dark but much history
Les Antiquaires – Good bistro right across from the Louvre
Ze Kitchen Galerie – Right across the street from where I lived. Very modern and very good ($$$)
Le Hibou – Really food and one of my favorite areas
Passage du Grand Cerf
Versailles – Take the RER train
Giverny – Home of Monet and the inspiration of his water garden paintings
– This is my favorite place to get skincare. Last year I literally took a trip to Paris to restock after running out. Buy their skin oil and they will hand calligraphy your name and date right on the box.
Galeries Lafayette – Go to the rooftop! You can get a coffee there and enjoy a Birdseye view of the city
Pont Neuf – Cool to walk – on the tip of the Island. I love to grab a bottle of Rosé and read here.
Place Dauphne (right across from Pont Neuf) – Cute square – go for dinner as there are a few restaurants and is very quiet
Place Vendrome – This is where Coco Chanel’s lived. You can get a photo of the beautiful “Chanel” blue door
Avenue Montaigne – GORGEOUS street of luxury shopping
Goyard– Their flagship store and full of history. Ask to see King Edward VIII trunk
Le Plongeoir – cafe located INSIDE Hermes
Musée Nissim de Camondo – A real home of a 1900’s aristocrats family
Silencio – Club – can be hard to get into but fun!!