Paris is always a good idea – you know you’ve heard it more than once.
Spoiler: They were right.
Growing up my mother forbade me from visiting Paris until I could visit with my love. “Paris has to be experienced with the love of your life. It’s the only way.”, she’d tell me. Anywhere else in the world was my oyster, but not Paris. Definitely not Paris.
As time flew by, good ideas were calling my name and rules were waiting to be broken. Sorry Mommy, but I just can’t wait any longer to visit the city of love. Even if that’s without mine.
My first visit to Paris was a short weekend over New Years and I didn’t get to see much at all, certainly not enough to write a blog post about. I’ve just returned again and this time have compiled a short list of tips of what to do in Paris below. Please note these are just the things that I experienced, but I’m sure there is plenty more to see depending on your interests.
Popular Shopping Area: Rue Saint-Honoré
Here you’ll find all of the luxuries Paris has to offer and more. It’s a very busy, and undeniably chic, street with plenty of large stores and boutiques. The Hermes on Rue Saint Honoré showcases everything luxury brand has to offer and makes for a beautiful walk through. If you get overwhelmed by large crowds, I’d recommend Le Marais or Avenue Montaigne for shopping.
Favorite Street: Avenue Montaigne
I like to consider this the Madison Avenue of Paris. It’s quiet, but not too quiet, and the shops are less crowded than the bustling Rue Saint Honoré. Avenue Montaigne houses stores like Chanel, Christian Dior, and Chloé and you can find the trendy people-watching spot L’Avenue here too. Don’t expect to find as many shops as the other popular shopping districts, but do be prepared for a far more enjoyable experience.
Adorable Street Side Cafe: Cafe De Flore
I didn’t actually get to go here, but I asked around and was told that this is the place to be. Cafe de Flore is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris and is located at the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît. The clientele is known to be crowded ny bloggers and celebrities alike.
Best Spot To Take Eiffel Tower Pictures: Trocadero
Right across the river from the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero is a stunning photo spot. It’s very easy to get to and the view of the Tower is beautiful. I recommend coming early to avoid big crowds and gushy engagement photo sessions.
Only Way To Visit A Museum: Private Tour Guide
If this is an option for you, take it. As someone who is not so well versed on art, especially 18th century art, this was very helpful. We toured Le Louvre and Jardin du Palais Royal with the guide who explained and tailored the tour to exactly what we wanted to learn. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and found it plenty more valuable than walking through the museum solo.
Top Three Hotels To Stay At: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Hotel Ritz Vendome, La Réserve Hotel
If you’re looking for a classic luxury Parisian experience, these hotels are at the top of my list. Each are in slightly different areas and offer unique experiences within them. The Four Seasons is located on a prestigious block and is known for having three Michelin-Starred dining experiences on property. Hotel Ritz Vendome is a stunning, newly renovated property overlooking Place Vendôme and is best known for its famous regulars upon its original opening, including Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel. La Réserve Hotel & Spa is just off the Champs-Elysées and offers an intimate, home-like atmosphere.
Turns out, Paris is always a good idea.