Our City Guide: Paris
A weekend in Paris has got to be on the to-do list of anyone who loves travelling and so we have put together this short city guide in the hopes that it will help you discover the best of Paris.
Where to stay
Choosing the right place to stay is so important – it sets the tone for your entire trip. There are some absolutely exquisite hotels in Paris and if your budget allows for it, we would highly recommend the Four Seasons, George V and Le Bristol.
If you are on a tighter budget, we would recommend The Westin Paris – Vendôme, Le Renaissance Paris – Vendôme, and the Relais Christine.
We also highly recommend finding accommodation on Mr & Mrs Smith or Tablet Hotels – the standard on these sites is fit for a princess!
Where to eat
You will be spoilt for choice in Paris for amazing places to eat. The two places we would put in the diary and book for lunch are Ralphs at the Ralph Lauren Store in Saint Germain and L’Avenue Restaurant. They both have lovely outdoor and indoor areas so are good for all the seasons.
Dinner can be a feast for the senses at most restaurants. Hotel Costes is a classic and has a lovely buzz – make sure you book a table in advance and insist on a table outside. The food is good but the main attraction is the atmosphere. There is also a cute bar to the side.
If you are after something a little more classic then the French bistro, Chez Julien is a winner. Otherwise, two great French brasseries are Brasserie Lipp (one of the oldest in Paris but quite touristy) or La Closerie (Hemingway, Picasso and Beckett used to hang out here).
Where to shop
Some of the most famous fashion houses in the world come from Paris and so it is no wonder that there are endless shopping areas.
Our favourite shopping areas
- Rue Saint Honoré (ask for the corner of Rue de Castiglione and walk west along the road).
- The Marais area (just explore the streets).
- Galleries Lafayette, particularly if you are looking for all the shops in one place.
- Saint Germaine for art and exploring
Our favourite brands and stores:
- Christian Louboutin for the iconic red sole shoes (this is the best place in the world to buy them due to the price and variety).
- Sandro & Maje for cute Paris fashion (there are locations everywhere).
- Repetto for our all-time favourite ballet pumps. They are pricey but worth every cent!
What to do
The museums and sights in Paris are endless and incredible. There are just too many to list! Try and see as much as you can. Here are some of the top tips we received from good friends and which we would love to pass on to you.
- Hermes Paris – the location is in an old swimming pool. 17 Rue de Sèvres.
- Le Bon Marché – don’t miss the Food Hall! 24 Rue de Sèvres.
- The Picasso Museum
- Marché aux Puces (Rue des Rosiers) – Paris’ legendary flea market. Head here on Sunday when all the shops are closed. It covers seven hectares and up to 3000 traders and has everything your heart desires from clothes to furniture to vintage handbags, don’t miss it. If you are looking for a vintage Birkin find Marché Serpette and row 3/15 – Le Monde du Voyage.
Now go and book that dream trip to Paris! Or put it on your bucket list. It is out of this world.
Jackie and Colleen