Best sightseeing spots
No Paris trip without a bit of sightseeing. Honestly I couldn’t imagine a trip to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower. There is just something magical about it that I will never get tired of.
Another beautiful building I visited on this trip was Palais Royal with the iconic striped piles. I ran past the building at 8 a.m. in the morning which means no tourists in sight. The associated garden is also worth a visit.
Best places to shop
I think Merci must be my number one shopping experience in Paris. The store is so unique and stylish and has the best to offer from both fashion, kitchen ware, home ware and (not to forget) souvenirs. You can easily spend an hour here and if you feel like you need a break luckily they also have a nice little café. I have to try that one out next time I’m visiting Paris.
In general the Marais area is one of my favorites for shopping. The shops are smaller compared to larger shopping areas like Champs Elysées and Rue Saint Honoré but I adore them. I find it much easier to find what you are looking for and the service is often better as well (as the stores are quieter than the larger ones). When you are in Marais anyway you should definitely take a look inside some of the small art galleries. Some of them truly has some amazing art installations and paintings. Other than Marais I would highly recommend you to visit Rue de Charonne in the 11th Arrondissement. Here you will find brands like Isabel Marant, Cos, Sèssun etc. If you are looking for high end shopping the 6th Arrondissement around the Boulevard Saint-German is a great place to go. But bare in mind that everything is very expensive in this areas (that also includes most of the cafés around there).
Best views of the city
…and no these aren’t from the top of the Eiffel Tower as heights can be a bit scary to me. But if you don’t fear heights the view should be amazing from the top. If you haven’t been there before then visit the Montmartre area. Go up all the stairs to the Sacré-Couer Basilica. The view from there is spectacular and one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. You actually get surprised how far you can see.
Another great way to see the city is from one of the many bridges. We watched the sunset from the Pont Neuf. Such a gorgeous view and the atmosphere was so nice.
Best spots to brunch
Paris has really upped their brunching game and more and more healthy cafés are popping up all over the city. Season was a really nice café located in the Marais area with a modern interior and a laid-back atmosphere. The avocado toasts were amazing but I have to admit that croissants aren’t their specialty.
Wild & the Moon is another great small café located in the Marais. It can be really crowded at times but the food was definitely worth it. I highly recommend you to try their banana bread.
Best spots for lunch and dinner
Our best dinner experience was at Brasserie Barbès located in the Montmartre area. Perfect place for dinner and a drink after visiting the Sacré-Couer Basilica. They have some really yummy and filling salads served with delicious tasting bread. Be sure to be seated on the 1st floor as you can see everything from up there. Great place for people watching indeed.
If you are looking for a great place for a casual lunch or dinner I would highly recommend you to visit Da Graziellain the 10th Arrondissement. They serve some great pizzas for a great price. It is a very small and more intimate place and the decor with beautiful tiles on the walls and green marble tables were right up my street.