Hemingway called it “a moveable feast.” Paris, La Ville-Lumière or the City of Lights, is a beautiful destination no matter what season you go. I recently went during shoulder season and was still awed by its glory. Croissants, baguettes, macarons, Saint Laurent, Chanel and many more – what’s not to love!
France’s iconic capital has a lot to offer and I’m breaking it down for you right here.
- Two of the most iconic things you must see when you are in Paris include The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. If you get a chance, go all the way to the top of the Eiffel for some amazing 360 views of the city.
- The Louvre Museum is home to one of the most famous and recognizable paintings, Mona Lisa. However, don’t just go for that, there are halls upon halls filled with glorious paintings – some as large as an entire wall.
- Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public park in Paris and also houses the Luxembourg Palace. Not as grand as the Palace of Versailles (which is a huge must see), but the grounds are still absolutely gorgeous. It’s a great place to sunbathe, eat a picnic, or bring kids to play with the remote boats on the little pond. If you’re looking for grandeur then definitely go to the Palace of Versailles. There is so much to stay about this place but my favorites were the Hall of Mirrors and the garden in the back.
- Add Lover’s Bridge to your to-do list if it’s not already on there. Buy a padlock from a seller at the foot of Le Pont des Arts, or bring one with you, and you could write your name along with your lover, friend, or family member’s name and attach it to the bridge before tossing the key into the river below!
- A really popular way to see the top landmarks in Paris all in one shot is to do a boat tour along the Siene River. Not only is this easier on your feet, but in a little less than two hours you see much of Paris and the views are perfect.
- If you’re looking for something sweet, you have to go to one of the Ladurée shops in Paris. Famously known for their macarons, you can’t go wrong no matter what you choose on the menu.
- For some amazing artisan bread, check out Eric Kayser.
- French food is very delicious, so it’s hard to pick a top restaurant to go to while you’re there. However, here are some of my favorites: Bistrot Paul Bert, Septime, Chez Casimir, Semilla and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.
If you’re staying for a while, I suggest staying at an apartment offered through services like OneFineStay or Airbnb. I booked my apartment through OneFineStay because not only do they give you an iPhone to use during your stay but they have a 24/7 concierge service, so it’s very much like staying at a hotel but for more bang for your buck since you are getting a whole apartment for around the same price as a hotel room.
If you’re more comfortable in a hotel, I recommend MAMA Shelter.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the surrounding area has all of your top shops. Whether you want to do some upscale shopping (think Cartier, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, etc.) or shop at stores like Gap, Zara and H&M, this is the spot where you can hit every kind of store. Ladurée is also located on this avenue if you’re looking for a sweet stop.