Things To Do in Paris

  • Start at Concorde, walk through the Tuileries, to end at the pyramid of the Louvre
  • If you actually visit the Louvre, have a drink on the terrace of Café Mollien with a great view of the pyramid down below
  • Walk through St Germain des Près and stop at the square and fountain of the Église Saint-Sulpice
  • Have a falafel in the Marais on a Sunday (because everything else in Paris is closed on a Sunday)
  • Eat a hearty traditional galette or sweet crêpe from the Bretagne region at Little Breizh (6eme), Breizh Cafe (Marais), or Creperie de Josselin (Montparnasse)
  • Eat macarons from Pierre Hermé or Ladurée
  • Visit “pastry row”, rue du Bac between Rue de Babylone and Rue de Grenelle (home to patisserie des reves and jacques genin)
  • Cross the many bridges across the Seine, especially Pont Alexandre III or Pont des Arts
  • Walk along the Seine
  • Eat Berthillon ice cream on the little island between the right and left bank
  • Have a late night garlicky shawarma, gyro, crepe, or falafel sandwich in the latin quarter
  • Take a stroll through the Jardin de Luxembourg
  • Jardin des Plantes is often overlooked, and home to 2 of my favorite museums: The Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy (amazing skeleton specimens of all sizes! An amazing thing to see) and The Museum of Natural History/Grand Gallery of Evolution. Follow up with tea at La Grande Mosquée de Paris
  • Visit the Rodin Museum and walk through their garden
  • Not touristy but totally worth it in the 8eme: Musée Jacquemart and Parc Monceau. It’s also where a lot of luxury fashion/watch/jewelry companies have their HQ
  • Musée D’Orsay, a museum in an old train station
  • Get a book from Shakespeare & Co (they’ll stamp it for you). Have coffee at their cafe with a great view of Notre Dame. Cross the bridge and visit Notre Dame
  • Walk along Canal St Martin and Canal Ourcq, one of my favorite neighborhoods
  • Get a drink at Comptoir General, whether day or night the vibe is great
  • Have a drink at Paname Brewing Company at the end of the canal
  • Get brunch at Holy Belly (but line up early…) or Ellsworth
  • Walk around Montmartre, visit Sacré Coeur
  • Go to the rooftop cafe of the beauty & home section of Printemps for a great view of Paris
  • Go to one of the many sidewalk marchés that are full of fresh fruits and vegetables and many other vendors
  • Check out the old book market at Parc Georges Brassens on the weekend, finish it with a pastry from Pascal & Anthony
  • Visit la grande epicerie, right next to Le Bon Marché. Food paradise. Fancy and extensive water section!
  • Have coffee at sunlee howard inside Le Bon Marché
  • See the beautiful dome inside the cupola of Galeries Lafayette
  • Wander through the basement-level Bricolage section of Le BHV
  • Walk along Rue St Honoré, my preferred street for luxury shopping over the soulless Avenue Montaigne. Visit Colette, stop by Honor café for a coffee and sandwich/soup/snack.
  • Watch a show at the beautiful Opera Garnier (much preferred to the larger but also soul-less Opera Bastille). It’s a jewel box inside. At intermission, make sure to stop by the grand hall for a look — it rivals the hall of mirrors in Versailles. You can get cheap tickets with limited visibility the day before or day of the show. Bring cash, they don’t accept credit card for drinks.
  • Visit the Pantheon (I still haven’t been!)

Things a little bit further away:

  • Fondation Louis Vuitton, fabulous architecture just outside of Paris. Rotating exhibits are hit or miss.
  • Jardin botanique de Paris, free and open to the public. Feel like you’re inside a jungle in paris
  • Go to the flea market at marché de st ouen
  • Visit Versailles, if you catch an express train from Montparnasse it’s only 1 stop to Versailles-Chantier station
  • Parc Sceaux, haven’t been there but heard it’s beautiful in the springtime when the cherry blossoms are in bloom

Things that require renting a car ideally:

  • Giverny, Monet’s home and garden
  • Visit the Chateau of Fontainebleu (way less crowded than Versailles) and go hiking through the forest. I guess you can also train this one, but it’s nice to have a car if you want to access more diverse hiking trails around the forest.
  • Visit the Champagne region, Epernay or Reims, and book a tasting at one of the many cellars and then drive around the scenic route touristique
  • Provins? Haven’t been there, but heard it’s a cool medieval town

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