Another travel is over, and that means it’s time for a new travel guide from me. This time I’m sharing my best Paris tips with you guys, considered I’ve been in Paris three times. Hope you find this useful before your next trip there 😀
WHERE TO STAY?
So, now I’ve been to Paris three times, and that also means I’ve stayed at three different hotels. The one I absolutely loved the most and want to recommend to you guys, is the one I stayed at this year. In April we stayed at Hotel Eugène en Ville, a cute little hotel located in the 9e arrondissement. We never tried the breakfast there, but the rooms are so cute (amazing beds) and the staff is really service minded. Another huge plus is that it’s close to almost everything you need, especially on your first or second trip to Paris. We almost walked everywhere we went, it’s located only a five minute walk from Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. I would absolutely stay here again!
WHAT TO DO?
If this is your first time in Paris you of course have to see the typical tourist things, like The Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee, Arc de Triumph, Louvre and all the pretty buildings and things located everywhere. I have taken the tourist busses a couple of times when I’ve been here, and those are really worth it if you want to see a lot of Paris. They drive you around, and you can hop on and off everywhere you like. And as much as I love walking around, it’s nice to sit down every once in a while as well.
But you definitley also just walk around and explore, this city has so much to offer and there is beautiful buildings, streets and surroundings everywhere you turn. I always walk a lot when I’m here, just because it’s always something new to see!
People watching is another thing I love to do in Paris, just sit down at one of all the cafés and look at all the people that walk by. I can sit like that for hours! Ha ha.
WHERE TO SHOP?
Shopping is of course one of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling to cities like Paris. Both regular shopping and window shopping, because I have to admit, it’s a lot of pretty things out there that I can’t afford, ha ha. So just walking around in all the stores and dreaming about everything you want in your closet is also a favorite of mine!
Galleries Lafayette and Printemps is some of my favorite places to go shopping in Paris. It’s two department stores, which are located right next to each other. There is no problem at all spending a whole day at these two, so amazing! This is luxury and high end shopping without a doubt, so not at all budget friendly (but still worth a visit). The area around these two is also a huge shopping area, where both high street stores and luxury stores are located.
Champs Elysee is the really touristy street to go shopping in, but huge stores like H&M, Zara, Nike, Sephora and lots of others are located here. Down low on Champs Elysee you also find the luxury shopping street Avenue Montaigne, which is so pretty and you can find all my favorite designers here. Gucci, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Celiné and lots of others, if your looking for a new designer bag this is really the place to go!
Le Bon Marché is another favorite department store of mine. This one is a little bit smaller and less crowded then the two others, and they really have lots of amazing things. The two first summers I was in Paris I found the best sales scoops here! They also have Zara and other shops located around, so you can do a lot of shopping here as well.
As you may already know I’m a fan of outlets, and I almost go to one everywhere I travel and Paris is no exception. La Valle Village is located 50 minutes outside of Paris city centre by bus, and is a cute little outlet with brands like Valentino, Loewe, Givenchy, Celiné, Jimmy Choo, Sandro, Maje and lots of others. Both Gina and I found lots of bags at Givenchy that we really wanted, and we ended up buying one each. Ha ha. So worth a trip!
Last, but not least, is Le Marais. Here you find both cute streets, shops and restaurants. I love the Isabel Marant store that is located here! I have to admit though, I haven’t done my shopping here in this area, but you absolutely can!
WHERE TO EAT?
Le Pain Quotidien – This is my favorite no matter where I travel, I always look for a Le Pain Quotidien. Ha ha! They have organic food, and serve both amazing breakfast and lunch.
Marlette – I wrote a post about Marlette here! Really cute place that we just randomly came across.
ObLaDi – I wrote a post about ObLaDi here. Also a really small, cute restaurant which serves so amazing food!
Tuk Tuk Thai – This was one of the restaurants we visited our first trip to Paris two years ago. The have amazing Thai street food, and the restaurant is really cool. I’m so going back here on my next trip!
Monsiuer Bleu – This quickly became my absolute favorite restaurant on my trip here in April. The atmosphere, the location, the view, the service and the food was so amazing! I think we sat here for 4-5 hours, and that does not happen to often. I’m definitley going back!
Costes – Also a really cool restaurant, with a great atmosphere. I wasn’t that excited about the food, but everything else just kind of made up for it!
HOW TO GET HERE AND WHAT SEASON?
I’ve been flying with Norwegian or SAS the times I’ve been here. If you book plane tickets a long time in advance you might be lucky and get some really cheap tickets, that has happened to us two of three times. I’ve been to Paris July and April, and April is my favorite so far, I think… Spring in Paris is so amazing, and it’s the perfect temperature to walk around in. July can be kind of hot, almost to hot to walk around, but the sales in July is really worth the heat, ha ha. But spring is absolutely my favorite!