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Where to Go in Paris

Before heading to Paris last fall I asked my friend Julia who has EXCELLENT taste in food and travel where I needed to go and she came THRU y’all! Here’s her list of recommendations along with my commentary and my recommendations in italics:

RESTAURANTS/FOOD in Paris

COLOROVA – our first lunch in Paris, which consisted of 3 courses all delicious and artfully presented (we were super impressed!) for appetizer, it was a poached egg atop greens beens sautéed in a butter sauce, the plat du jour – which was herb stuffed chicken breast crispy roasted and served on mashed potatoes, for the last – and best!!! – course, we had a house made pastry which was being made on site, delicate, beautiful and delicious. The prominent flavours were caramel and agrume (citrus). 3 courses for €20. The courses menus were super popular in Paris and depending on the time you might not have the option to order a la carte. If you happen to be in the 6th arrondissement – which you should because it’s awesome for patisseries, bakeries, etc and contains the world’s first department store (Le Bon Marche) which is now super chic and Harrod’s esque – I would definitely recommend to stop in to Colorova for a pastry at the very least.

LA PATISSERIE DES REVES – super fancy pastry shop. We made the mistake of getting a brioche and pan au chocolate from them (brioche was alright, pan au chocolate super tasty, so not truly a mistake ;-p). The mistake is that we were ordering bakery/boulangerie items – at a patisserie. We should have gone for fancy pastries instead which are their specialty. Only boulangerie’s by name have to make their dough on site, so those are the places you want to target for your baked goods.

MAISON DU CHOCOLATE – super delicious and rich chocolates. Highly recommend! I kept thinking I would go here because they were all over the place, but never ended up going 🙁

LADUREE – highly regarded macarons, we only liked the chocolate one. I passed by this one on the Champs-Élysées and it looked pretty, but since Julia wasn’t feeling it I knew I didn’t need to waste my time!

PIERRE HERMÉ

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The 4 pack of macarons I got at Pierre Hermes in Paris were TO DIE FOR.

More highly regarded macarons, only we thought these tasted way better! Haha Yas yas 100 times YAZZZ!!! I loved the area this place was in it reminds me of Beverly Hills. Pierre Hermes has some really fancy pants chocolates and macarons and they were TASTY.

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pierre-hermes-chocolates Selection of macarons at Pierre Hermes in Paris
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The other desserts and pastries at Pierre Hermes in Paris

 Cafe Mabillion

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Rose and popcorn at Cafe Mabillion in Paris

After picking up our macarons we found which had an outdoor patio to drink rose and people watch at in the same area. 

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Me and my friend Molly enjoying a bottle of Rose at Cafe Mabillion in Paris

After drinking a bottle or 2 of rose Molly and I wandered around Saint-Germain and saw some interesting shops.

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A cat themed shop in Paris
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Graffiti in Paris

AUX ARTISTES ***

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American decor at Aux Artistes in Paris

Our favourite dinner spot where you can try all sorts of delicious French specialties and get a bottle of tasty Merlot for €10. Amazing!

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First course at Aux Artistes- Beef Tartare and Escargot OMG SO GOOD.
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I felt like I had to have escargot since I was in Paris, but once I tasted these I was so happy I did OMG amazing.

***Our favorite too!! OMG SO GOOD! Such great prices, so much amazing wine LOVEEE this one Julia found a damn hidden gem here.

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Main course- Steak and fries and duck. HEAVEN.

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ANGELINA

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Negresco and the famous hot chocolate at Angelina which comes with a shot glass of whipped cream.

Ridiculously good hot chocolate that is actually melted chocolate haha. She wasn’t lying! This hot chocolate is super famous and this place is so wonderful and fancy and indulgent LOVED it. A heads up: we did have to wait about 20-30 minutes for a table here and it is $$$. Angelina is VERY close to The Louvre.

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Saint Honore at Angelina in Paris.
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More desserts at Angelina’s in Paris
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The desserts in Paris are a work of art themselves

PARIS LANDMARKS

EIFFEL TOWER

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The Eiffel Tower at Twilight – PERFECTION

Annoyingly touristy as you could imagine. the good part about that is, say you want to go souvenir/alcohol/selfie stick shopping from the comfort of your picnic, many vendors will be offering them to you non-stop. Something to look forward to 😜 a must though obviously. We didn’t go up it (we already went up Sacre Coeur, which had a nice view of the Eiffel Tower). I suggest choosing one vantage point and avoiding the cost/line time of the others. We didn’t go up the Eiffel Tower, but it was so awesome seeing it as the sun set then watching the light show. Check out more pics on this Paris post.

Another could vantage point would be Tower Montparnasse, which I only learned about after Sacre Coeur, but would give you a closer view of the Eiffel Tower and is super high!

LOUVRE MUSEUM

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The Louvre in Paris

Pretty overwhelming if you don’t have a game plan going in (which we didn’t of course ;-p) Luckily a friend pointed us towards Napoleon’s apartments, and those were really cool. We also did the obligatory selfie and wandered a bit, but then headed along realizing we could be in the Louvre all day without “finishing” all there is to see. Check out my Louvre post here. I went on a free museum day and had to hurry before they closed so I don’t think I made it to Napoleon’s apartments. I didn’t make it to Tour Montparnasse, but it looks awesome

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Molly & I selfie-ing it up with the Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum.
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Molly and I chillin’ with the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. The mob scene in here made my hair look like that.

HOTEL INVALIDES

One of the most impressive buildings we saw walking around, and is very close proximity to the Seine and Grand Palis/Champs de Elyse area, worth crossing the bridge to see. So for some reason I thought this literally was a Hotel… at least there was a cute French guard there to inform me there was no hotel and it was closed… it’s an army museum FYI. AWKWARD.

Arch du Triumph

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The Arc Du Triumph at night in Paris

Impressive and a tourist must. Another place you can go up if you want, we didn’t, but it could have good views too. We didn’t go up it, just took pictures in the median with the rest of the tourists, but it was great you can read more about it in this post.

 Pain Pain

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Dessert assortment at Pain Pain in Paris

We shopped all the way up the hill to Sacre Couer and hit lots of cute little boutiques in the area. On our way we stopped at delicious Pain Pain for fuel.

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Desserts and pastries at Pain Pain in Paris
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Delicious looking eclairs at Pain Pain in Paris
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Me, one of my cutest fun buns, my dessert, and my espresso at Pain Pain in Paris. What more could a girl want!?
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The inside of an eclair at Pain Pain in Paris

SACRE COUER

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Sacre Couer in Paris

Very beautiful and funky little tourist area. Great for photos, buying artsy souvenirs/having your picture drawn/eating crepes. Watch your stuff and don’t talk to the people trying to get you to sign petitions – they’re robbing gypsies. All of Paris forces you to be cautious with your things and not walk alone. Money belt and you’re good!

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Carousel at Sacre Couer
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View from the Sacre Couer in Paris

paris-view-sacre-couer-panoramicSacre Couer was awesome! I used a Longchamp Le Pliage backpack while traveling and had no issues with pick pockets. 

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Me and my friend Molly in front of the Sacre Couer in Paris
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The outside of the Sacre Couer in Paris
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The beautiful interior in the Sacre Couer in Paris
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Stunning art inside the Sacre Couer in Paris
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Beautiful architecture in the Sacre Couer in Paris
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The altar and stained glass windows in the Sacre Couer in Paris
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The organ inside the Sacre Couer in Paris

 

Montmarte Village

Montmartre Village just outside of Sacre Couer has some little shops too.

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Montmarte Village near the Sacre Couer in Paris

I found my favorite souvenir at Starbucks- my Paris coffee mug.

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Starbucks in Montmarte in Paris

I love all the art everywhere in Paris.

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Statue of a man coming out of a wall in Montmarte Paris
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Cute lil monster graffiti near Rue Lepic in the 18th Arr.
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Graffiti near the Rue D;Orchampt in the 18th Arr. in Paris
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A cute little ballerina in sidewalk chalk in Paris

Just like in Spain the cemeteries are something else.

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Cemetery in Paris

Jeanne B

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Jeanne B in Paris

While wandering around Montmartre we saw the sign… the Michelin sign and found our own hidden gem, Jeanne B.

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Roasted chicken and Rose at Jeanne B in Paris
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Molly with her soup and my artichoke at Jeanne B in Paris
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Inside Jeanne B in Paris

LUXEMBOURG GARDENS

LUXEMBOURG GARDENS – Great park!!! Loved watching the kids sail sailboats in the centre fountain/the park in general. Well maintained and beautiful. We went to Tuileries instead.

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Tuileries Garden in Paris

Versailles

Versailles – Pretty cool if you have the time, especially on a sunny day to walk by the large fountains. Not a must in my opinion if you are already doing the Louvre and pressed for time. Didn’t have time on this trip 🙁

All in all, stop at Boulengeries as much as you possibly can, pack warm clothes, be mindful of the pickpockets, and you’ll have a blast!!! Eat quiche, creme brûlée, lots of croissants, pastries, Nutella treats, and whatever else you can that comes your way! Haha You will love it! Oh, and eat Comte cheese and cheese with truffles! We had a Gouda cheese with truffles that was unreal! A cheese shop is never a bad stop.

Fantastic advice. Here’s a few Molly & I chose:

Crêperie des Arts 

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Creperie des Artes in Paris

After a bottle or 2 of rose in Saint Germain we found ourselves at this little walk-up spot creperie. It was heavenly.

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Crepe heaven.

FLOQUIFIL Restaurant

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Floquifil restaurant in Paris

Trip Advisor came THRU when we were trying to think of where to go for a late night bite and glass of wine around the corner from our Hotel Maxim Follies. This charcuterie platter was everything.

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Rose and charcuterie at Floquifil in Paris
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Molly looking aloof and French AF at Floquifil.
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A different angle of the same charcuterie because it’s still bringing me joy 7 months later just looking at it.
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Charcuterie and wine at Floquifil in Paris – this is the stuff dreams are made of.

Le Valentin

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Le Valentin in Paris

Another place close to our hotel that was in a random alleyway and had beautiful desserts in the window where we had a very late breakfast at one day was Le Valentin.

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Pastries at Le Valentin.
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Quiche, pastries, and macarons at Le Valentin.
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Having brunch at Le Valentin.
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Eating quiche per Julia’s recommendation.

My greatest culinary regret in Paris was not trying the Mojito I saw on a sign at a KFC:

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How could I just take a picture and walk away from this curious concoction!?

Here’s a map of all of the places to check out in Paris:

More Paris Posts:

My first day in Paris and a trip to the Louvre!

Traveling to Paris and The Louvre

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Paris – Tuileries Garden, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees

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