Blogger’s Travel Guide to Paris | Top Things to Do In Paris
Blogger’s Travel Guide to Paris | Top Things to Do In Paris
Table of Contents
- 1 Blogger’s Travel Guide to Paris | Top Things to Do In Paris
- 1.1 Where to Stay in Paris
- 1.2 What to See & Do in Paris
- 1.3 Where to Eat in Paris
- 1.4 Where to get the Best Sweets in Paris
- 1.5 Where to Have a Cocktail in Paris
- 1.6 What to Wear in Paris
Paris is one of my favorite cities to explore, especially when every corner looks like a postcard! There is so much to see in Paris so I narrowed down the top things to do and see in Paris in my blogger’s travel guide to Paris.
I included my favorite restaurants and places to get cocktails as well! Whether you like history or the trendiest cafe there will be something on this list for you. Let’s get into it.
Where to Stay in Paris
This ultra-chic designed focused hotel should definitely be on your radar! Located just steps from the Louvre, and the trendy shopping district of Rue Saint Honoré, this hotel is in a prime central location.
You’ll also get to relax in this hotel’s indoor pool and spa after a long day of touring around Paris. Read my full review of Hotel Le Roch.
Elegant and tranquil is how I describe Le Narcisse Blanc. Located in the 7th Arrondissement in Paris, you’ll get a more local vibe with plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby.
Everything about this hotel is a 5-star experience from the staff, to the luxurious rooms, and the spa. Read my full review of Le Narcisse Blanc here.
This hotel offers an elegant stay with great value! Located in the coveted 1st Arrondissement in Paris, just steps from the Louvre and the Opera Garnier, you’ll be walking distance from attractions, plenty of restaurants, and shopping.
I loved the small boutique feel this hotel had and excellent customer service! Read my full review of Hotel Therese here.
Check out this interactive map for pricing and availability.
What to See & Do in Paris
See the Eiffel Tower
It may be cliche, but the Eiffel tower is a must-see for everyone visiting Paris. There are plenty of areas where you can get the best Eiffel Tower views, but my favorite is from Trocadero.
Montmartre is one of my favorite areas in Paris because of its charm, and it’s definitely worth an afternoon of just exploring.
Located in the 18th Arrondissement in Paris, the main attraction in the area is the Sacre Coeur.
However, be sure to walk the streets around it for hidden gems like the only wine vineyard in Paris, or the many chic cafes like La Maison Rose and Le Consulat.
This area is also great for photography, which is why I mentioned Montmartre plenty of times in my Paris Instagram Spots post- so be sure to bring your camera for charming streets and epic views of the city.
If you’d like to learn more about this neighborhood, there is a two-hour walking tour with a guide you can take for only $16! You can purchase tickets here.
Visit the Palais Garnier
If you don’t have time to visit Versailles just outside the city, the Palais Garnier will get your opulent fix in.
Built-in the late 1800’s and made famous by the novel The Phantom of the Opera, this opera house should be on any design lovers’ itinerary. You can purchase tickets for 12 Euro for adults.
Shopping in Paris
What blogger’s travel guide to Paris is complete without shopping?
There are plenty of neighborhoods to shop in Paris but my favorite shop includes Galleries Lafayette which is a chic Parisian department store.
Brands span from contemporary to designer, but I also like their Galleries Lafayette Brand for more affordable accessories. Just to see the interior is worth a stop!
If you are looking for Parisian designer boutiques like Maison Goyard, Chanel, or Dior you’ll have to walk along Rue Saint Honoré.
There are also small fragrance boutiques in this area as well including my favorite: Memo Paris.
Another area to explore for shopping boutiques, cute cafes, and charming streets in St. Germain.
After sipping a Cafe au Lait at Cafe de Flore, you’ll be ready to take on the neighborhood. City Pharma is a must-stop for beauty products.
City Pharma is the cheapest store in Paris to stock up on your favorite French brands like Caudalie, Nuxe, La Roche Posay, and Bioderma which are half-priced compared to the USA.
Drink Wine on the Seine
Drinking Wine on the Seine is one of my favorite Parisian Activities. Yes, you can legally drink wine in the open in Paris. I wish this rule applied in the USA!
So grab a bottle of wine and a few snacks and pick a spot along the Seine.
It’s a great way to relax after touring all day. And you’ll definitely be confused as a local when the people on the tourist boats go by.
Check out a Museum
See Crazy Horse Cabaret
Remember the Beyonce “Partition” music video? Well, the whole video was inspired and filmed in Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris.
Crazy Horse is a famous Parisian Cabaret known for its almost nude dancers.
This show is more adult, but it’s tastefully executed. The use of mirrors and lighting make it visually interesting.
It is a truly unique and memorable activity to add to your itinerary.
Where to Eat in Paris
Pink Mamma: If you could only eat at one restaurant in Paris, I’d have to say it should be Pink Mamma. Spanning over 4 floors, this gorgeous Italian Restaurant does not disappoint.
From the decor, service, to the food, everything was perfect! Be sure to make a reservation as well in advance especially for dinner!
Cook and Saj: This Lebanese spot is perfect for a casual dinner that won’t break your budget.
The employees were so nice and welcoming, and the ‘Saj’ pits sandwiches were so good- we even ordered more to take back to our hotel.
Holybelly: Looking for a healthy breakfast and lunch spot that serves breakfast all day?
You’ll have to check out Holybelly where your order of scrambled eggs won’t be judged at 3 pm.
Where to get the Best Sweets in Paris
Ladurée: No trip to Paris is without a stop in Ladurée. With plenty of locations around the city, you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth all day long.
Where to Have a Cocktail in Paris
Le Comptoir General: This is how I would describe Le Comptoir General: boho chic cafe meets hipster cocktail bar separated into two large spaces with eclectic decor features.
This is definitely a local hang-out and is worth the visit for African-inspired cocktails. One bar is even located on a ship in the room.
Le Perchoir: This trendy rooftop bar is a true locals spot. While the drinks range on the pricier side the views are totally worth it.
Even better if you can snag a table to capture the views. You can also spot the Eiffel tower in the distance.
Pick a Cafe: Sometimes the best spots are just located where you need a drink.
I enjoyed sipping on wine in a cute spot “Le Zinc” in La Motte-Picquet.
What to Wear in Paris
Parisian style is all about minimalism. I love bringing in a bold blazer and pairing it with basic pieces like black pants, and a white tee. Of course finish off the look with cute accessories like this coveted Gucci belt, bright red bag, and a classic beret.
Beyond fashion, I always back these 23 travel essentials on all my trips. They make packing and traveling a breeze!
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