Paris: A Few Of My Favorite Things

As in “The Sound of Music”, here are a few of My Favorite Things to see and do in Paris. I am always on the look-out to discover new places, so feel free to send them along.

Metro

If you are planning on being in Paris for more than a week, I suggest that you buy a weekly metro/bus pass – good savings. Investigate when you get here.

Tips

  • Don’t forget to drink wine and champagne, well priced, so enjoy it while in the land of grapes!
  • Tip is always included, from taxis to restaurants – up to you if you want to leave more.
  • Pick up a basic French book to help you out… just in case!

Museums

I love art and I’ve been to a lot of museums in Paris. My two favorite museums to visit are:

Musée D’Orsay
Go on a rainy day or Thursday evening as they are open late – don’t waste a nice day indoors!

Musée Rodin
Great museum and the gardens are an absolute must see – go on a nice day.

Parks and Gardens

Les Tuileries (across from the Louvre)
Bring a book and sit in a chair by the big water fountains, people watch and enjoy a nice glass of cold white wine at one of the outdoor cafes! (White wine suggestion – Pouilly-Fumé). I recommend that you go from the Tuilerie to Place de la Concorde and straight on to the Champs Elysées (very touristy) take the Line 1 metro to L’Arc Triomphe if you get tired, as it’s a long walk.

Luxembourg Gardens
Check out the “Fontaine de Medicis” – take a good walk around the park – the trees are trimmed quite neatly. Again, chairs are located around the park and there’s some great people watching. Note: do not to sit on the grass, it’s a big no-no. There are designated areas for this.

Les Buttes Chaumont (in the 20th)
It’s a French Central Park. Gorgeous, but it’s a bit out of the way.

Neighborhoods to hit and walking about

1. St-Germain des Pres (the 6th) – BEST people watching area.

Café de Flore or Les Deux Magots
These are the two most popular cafés in Paris – extremely touristy, but well known for famous patrons such as Hemingway and Picasso, etc.

Le Germain
Great people watching and hip.

Amorino
Best Gelato!! A must!

Les Editeurs (Carrefour de l’Odéon)
Great people watching and hip.

La Grande Epicerie
The most impressive and renown grocery store… if you need one…

2. L’Opéra (the 8th)

The opera house is located in this area as well as some other great architecture, but  the area is well known for…

Galeries Lafayette and Printemps
Two big famous department stores

3. Le Marais (3rd/4th)

Tons of cool boutiques, nice to walk around and good little eateries.  If you like Falafel, stop in at L’As du Falafel (34 rue des Rosiers, in the 4th) – don’t go on a Saturday as it’s closed.

4. Trocadero (the 7th)

Champs de Mars and Eiffel Tower are located in this area. Best view of the Eiffel Tower at night!! Expect long lineups at the tower during the day. For an AWESOME view of the Eiffel Tower at night you have to go the Cafe de l’Homme for either a drink (good champagne) or dinner (reservations recommended).

5. Montmartre  (18th)

Sacré-Coeur Basilica and lots of cool little places to check out.

6. Les Quais

Take a nice long walk along the river and enjoy the views and bridges!

River Cruises

If you feel the need to jump on and off a boat, then I suggest that you do it at night. The city of lights is quite impressive from the water.

Food

1. Ladurée – check out locations and stop in while out and about
An absolute must! Famous for their “macarons” and pastries – you have to try one!! Everything is just Die-licious.

2. Paul – check out locations and stop in while out and about
Need a good sandwich?! Stop at one of the many Paul’s for a yummy baguette sandwich on the go – I recommend the Camembert cheese on a sesame baguette.

3. Le Grand Colbert (in the 2nd on rue Vivienne – make reservations)
A very French Brasserie, and renown for it’s role in “Something’s Gotta Give”.

4. Da Carmine (rue des Martyrs in the 9th)
If you’re in the Monmartre area go for pizza here. I absolutely love the Buffalata pizza!

5. Vin de Bellechasse (in the 7th – make reservations)
If you’re a meaty kind of person, you’ll definitely like this place.

Happy touring!

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