paris guide.

EAT.

Hollybelly

https://holybellycafe.com/

19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, Paris 10 or 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, Paris 10

9am-5pm Daily

A great option if you are after a proper brunch.

La Droguerie

56 Rue des Rosiers, 75004

12-11pm Daily

Arguably the best crepes in Paris and in the best location, in the centre of Le Marais.

 Image by Margaret Zhang (@margaret_zhang)

Image by Margaret Zhang (@margaret_zhang)

Miznon

22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004

12-11.30pm Daily (closes at 4pm on Friday)

Stuffed Israeli Pita deliciousness at very very reasonable prices.  A quick and easy dining option for lunch or dinner.

Le Timbre

3 Rue Sainte-Beuve, 75006

+33 1 45 49 10 40

Tuesday - Saturday 12-2pm & 7.30pm-Late

This small restaurant is situated very close to le Jardin du Luxembourg in St Germain and if I could only recommend one restaurant in Paris it would be this.  Booking is essential as the restaurant itself only sits approx 15 people.  The menu is small, seasonal and absolutely divine. 

Restaurant Georges

https://restaurantgeorgesparis.com/en/

Centre Georges Pompidou, 43 rue Saint-Merri, 75004

12-Late Daily

Book Online

The main reason that I have put this restaurant on this list is for the decor and the view - The most spectacular view of Paris that you could ever imagine.  The food is good (not amazing for the price but definitely very good) but if you feel like splashing out the view makes it all completely worthwhile.

 Image by Restaurant Georges Paris

Image by Restaurant Georges Paris

a couple of notes:

  • Breakfast wise, there is also nothing better than ordering a croissant, fresh orange and coffee from any cafe on almost every street corner of Paris.  
  • You can get such great cheese, meats and bread from every local supermarket in Paris and there are so many beautiful spaces to sit and eat so this is always a good, cheap option.

STAY.

I would highly recommend staying in either Les Marais or St Germain - Both areas have a boutique, slightly less touristy feel and are an easy walk/metro to all of the main Paris attractions.  A number of the Eats recommended above can also be found in these areas.  A good friend of mine consistently stays at Hotel Jeanne d'Arc le Marais and highly recommends (I have stayed there twice and would also recommend).  Airbnb is also a great option for these areas.

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DO.

Just walk

In my opinion, wandering the streets is the best thing you can do in Paris (I realise this sounds very cliche).  If you do need a specific destination/route (and have never been to Paris before) then I would recommend trying to take in these sites/areas: Jardin du Luxembourg (St Germain), Jardin du Tuileries (you can take in a lot of the touristy sights by walking pretty much in a straight line from the Louvre Pyramid through the Jardin du Tuileries and down the Champs-Élysées until you reach the Arc de Triomphe), Pont Alexadre III (one of many beautiful bridges).

Sacre Coeur

You have to walk up a ton of steps but some of the best views of Paris can be seen from where the Sacre Coeur sits.  At the top, the Sacre Coeur is surrounded by a market of artists selling paintings and prints and a couple of creperies and restaurants.  The Hardware Société Paris is also nearby (at the bottom) and while I haven't actually been, it has been highly recommended to me for breakfast/brunch. 

 Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

Les Puces (The Fleas)

The largest Antiques market in the world - Think beautiful vintage furniture, crystal and vintage designer goods in immaculate condition. Even if you're not in the market for anything it is incredible to look.  I have heard of people booking shipping containers to get all of their purchases back home.  If you feel like stopping for brunch/lunch while you're there - Ma Cocotte was highly recommended to us (although on the day we went to Les Puces we didn't manage to try it out). 

Saturday 9-6pm, Sunday 10-6pm, Monday 11-5pm - Aim to go in the morning.

Getting there: Rue des Rosiers, Porte de Clignancourt - Take Line 4 on the Metro and when you come up head towards the large concrete overpass.  There's a large market of junk on the way but eventually you'll get to where the Antiques begin - If you don't manage to just stumble into it Rue des Rosiers is the main street that the Antique stalls come off.

Shopping in Le Marais

Le Marais has an amazing array of boutiques and vintage stores and is a beautiful place to just generally wander.  One must-go store is the Sandro Outlet - My mum picked up a leather jacket from there for €120 just to give you an idea of the prices.

Sandro Outlet, 26 Rue de Sévigné, 75004
Mon-Sat 10.30am-7.30pm & Sunday 11m-7pm