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The French are… well to put it bluntly, a pain in the ass, but the charms of what they create; the fine food, fashion and the fabulous city of Paris somehow let us forgive them.
From beautiful monumental buildings and bridges to little quaint streets in Monmartre and Saint Germain, Paris will inspire and provoke, just like a hot love affair.
I travel to Paris for work several times per year. I have spent a birthday there, lived there for short bursts to see fashion clients and eaten in some of the best restaurants and worst tourist traps. Its great any time of year as there are always so many things to see and do.
Here are a few tips from the experienced on traveling to Paris – and making it magical!
WHERE TO STAY: I recommend to stay in:
St Germain (the 6th) has cool little shops and streets, is walking distance from the river Seine and Notre Dame. It is the right kind of toruism which is lively, quaint and pretty
Marais (the 3rd and 4th) has cute little streets, lots of charming restaurants and hotels. Very close to the river, important buildings, Pompadou museum and close to the centre while still being charming.
If you want to rent a apartment for the week or more, there are many sites that offer this and you can save some money on a longer stay.
WHAT TO DO:
Explore : Walk in the streets of Ile St Louis, find huge markets on Boulevard Beaumarchais in the 10th or quaint food markets Rue Cler in the 7th, Walk along the river Seine and see how the city changes.
Museums: Louvre, Musee de Orly, Rodin scultpures and gardens
The Major Sites: Louvre and Tuilleries, Sacre Coeur and Monmartre, Champs Elysee.
Shopping: Boutiques in the Marais, Galarie Lafayette Department Store, Sephora for beauty products and Duty Free at the fancy airport terminal they just built!
Shows: The Moulin Rouge is super cheesy but worth doing once. Every small church has recitals and are only about 1 hour long and held inside beautiful rooms- check posters plastered on the street or ask your hotel.
Every neighbourhood has a gem and La Forchette is a great website to see whats near you, how its ranked and where to go.
My personal recommendations (to keep it short these are the best) :
Cafe Marly on the courtyard of the Louvre Palace and Museum.
Matignon is a beautiful french party restaurant with divine cooking and one of the only chic places to eat near Champs Elysee.
Le Grand Vefour is for a very special night out, to dine in the same seats where Napolean and Josephine once ate, Guy Savoy shows off his best cooking. Very rich, very expensive.
Hotel Costes has a stunning candlelit interior courtyard where all the cool kids go for dinner.
La Duree is famous for their macarons (little meringue and ganache biscuits) and is perfect for a fancy afternoon tea.
Des Gars dans les cuisine, a cute cafe in the Marais has fantastic lunch specials and great cooking.
Les Amis Jean is in the 7th and features bold and fun Basque cooking with a crazy chef. Delicious.
Les Ombres is on the roof of Musee Quai Branly and had magnificent views of the twinkly Eiffel tower and great fine cooking.
There are hundreds of little cafes and patisseries, but also remember to try the local fruit vendors. French fruit is some of the best in the world. Get some apricots, grapes and peaches and go sit in the park by the Eiffel Tower in warm weather.
Here are some images of my winter trip during fashion week.. so much to do and see!