“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” -Honoré de Balzac. I mean, I kind of totally agree with you Honoré.
Paris is one of those cities that will forever be a destination for most people. The City of Lights is best known for its culinary, art, elite fashion, and architecture. Have a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, head to a jazz club in Marais, get caught in the rain in Montmartre. It’s easy to wander around this romantic city and get lost in the beauty of everything that surrounds you.
WHEN TO VISIT
The weather is pretty mild all year but it’s best to visit during the fall when tourism is down and the temperatures are moderate. Remember that July & August are the hottest months of the year!
PLACES TO SEE
The Louvre ($) — This famous museum houses Da Vinci’s masterpiece Mona Lisa. I highly recommend visiting at night when the crowds are low and you can enjoy the art at your leisure.
Arc De Triomphe ($) — Walk down the entirety of the Champs Elysees lined with stunning trees, and marvel at the beautiful storefronts make this one of the most fabulous shopping streets in the world. Make sure to pop into Laudree on your way to the Arc to indulge in a macaroon.
Notre Dame Cathedral ($) — One of Paris’ most iconic landmarks. Climb the 422 steps to the top and see the gargoyles point of view. It is a beautiful sight!
Eiffel Tower ($$) — The epitome of Paris. Make sure to book in advance so you are not waiting hours in line to get to the top (25 euro). If you’re on a budget, you can choose the ticket that takes you to the 2nd floor (10 euro). You can still see some stunning views from the 2nd level!
Versailles ($$) — A 17th-century palace full of opulence and surrounded by 2000 acres of beautiful garden displays. Need I say more?
Hotel Regina ($$$) — Location, location, location. Right across from the Louvre and some of the rooms have a view of the Eiffel Tower!
Hotel Le Bristol ($$) — A luxury escape with a beautiful ambiance. The service is top-notch!
Pink Mamma ($$) — Amazing Italian food and a gorgeous ambiance. Prepare to wait for a table as they don’t take reservations!
Gambino ($$) — Hands down the best Italian food we have ever had. And we’ve been to Italy. We came back to this restaurant twice because of the amazing food.
Cafe de Flore ($$$) — The most famous French cafe with great service and even better food!
Bar Hemingway ($$$$) — Located in the Ritz Carlton, pricey albeit a great experience and ambiance. Ernest Hemingway used to sip his cocktails here!
Gravity Bar ($$) — If you’re looking for a classy cocktail with friendly service then this is your bar.
There are 20 arrondissements surrounding Paris. Each arrondissement is a different neighborhood & feel to the city. A good starting point is the 1st arrondissement which is the center of the city.
Public Transportation ($) — Fairly easy to get around and inexpensive. One of the best ways to get around the city without breaking the bank.
Rent Bikes ($) — Vélib’ Métropole is a popular bike-sharing program all around the city. It’s extremely easy to use but remember when you are dropping bikes off during peak hours some of the slots will be filled so you may have to ride around a bit more to find an empty spot.
Walk ($) — Sure Paris is a HUGE city but in order to get a taste of the local life it’s best to walk and take in the sights. There is so much beauty to be seen here that if you’re in an uber you may miss some of the charm.
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