Paris is always a good idea.
In the city of love even the darkest days can be pretty. And so it doesn’t matter in which season you come to the French capital, there is no wrong one. More important is where you stay and which places you visit so you can enjoy the full magic of Paris.
Here are the 10 Favourhoods tips for your city trip:
- First things first: take a look from above. There are several great spots to get a view on what to expect from Paris. If you like it typical cliché Parisian climb the Eiffel Tower. We personally like and recommend the rooftop of Centre Pompidou which is not as touristic and crowded. You can visit the famous museum first, then take a look from above and combine it with a good cup of coffee!
- Paris is all about cliches. If you are a bookworm or a fan of the romantic Richard Linklater movie Before Sunset, or just loved Woody Allens Midnight in Paris, visit the famous store Shakespeare and Company and get in touch with your film and literature characters.
- Talking about Midnight in Paris brings us directly to the next tip: the neighbourhood Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which is artsy, poetic, nostalgic and decadent. Sounds great? We think so too.
- Also make sure to visit the beautiful district Le Marais. It has a unique, friendly but not too polished atmosphere. City Hall, the Picasso Museum and the most beautiful square in town, Place des Vosges, are in Le Marais plus: the streets are full of local independent boutiques and beautiful tiny cafés!
- One of our favourite places in Paris is the park Jardin du Luxembourg which was founded by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France. The 60 acres big area is split into a french and an englisch garden and invites to spend your day between roses and to picnic under apple trees. Trees jolie!
- Many of you will come to Paris for shopping. Go crazy at Champs Elysées, Galleries Lafayette or Le Bon Marché.
- Stroll around between the easels of artists in Montmartre. This area will bring you back in time with its romantic charme. It is the area where the great painters of the 18th and 19th century lived and the view from Basilique du Sacre Coeur is unbeaten.
- The Palace of Versailles is just 20 minutes away from Paris by train. It is a World Heritage site and one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art and therefore: bucket list worthy!
- Foie gras, Escargots, Coq-au-vin, Macarons, Croissants - enjoy the French cuisine! Our personal restaurant tip: Le Comptoir du Relais by chef Yves Camdeborde, serving some of the best food in town. If you like it more casual, visit the tiny bar-restaurant next to it - it’s called L'avant Comptoir, serving french style tapas to mostly locals standing at the bar. Meat and wine lovers will be in heaven. More into fish? No problem: there is also the seafood spin-off next door: L'Avant Comptoir de la Mer.
- On the island Île de la Cité you will find one of Paris most beautiful rooms: the church Sainte-Chapelle. It’s also called the “Holy church” and impresses with its spectacular stained glass windows, which is by the way the most extensive 13th-century collection anywhere in the world!