As some of you may know, I was in Paris all of last week. It was only my second time visiting the city, and as a self-proclaimed Francophile, I was in heaven.
From the European attitude, the al fresco dining and the shopping (oh, the shopping), Paris combines all of the things I love about New York with its own French spin. From the minute we arrived, it was a love affair with the architecture and the food. I made an itinerary of the must visit spots I wanted to hit during my trip and I decided to share some of it with you! Hope you find this useful on your very own trip to the City of Lights.
Wandering Rue Therese
During our first day, we were so tired and jet lagged we barely made it to dinner. We stopped by a place outside of our hotel with outside seating and to our surprise, noticed that the sun doesn’t fully set in Paris until about 10PM! We were enjoying dinner while it was still light out at about 9:30PM.
Tip: Although you can easily use your credit card to pay abroad, you can sometimes be subject to foreign fees. I found it easier to exchange some cash to have on hand at a place with the best exchange rate I could find (I called a few prior to going).
High Tea at The Peninsula Paris
One of my favorite parts of the trip was stopping by the stunning Peninsula Paris. The luxurious hotel hosts high tea in its lobby, with an assortment of flavored teas and light bites. One of the most beautiful places we visited, the whole experience is sure to make you feel like royalty.
Dinner in Montmartre
Montmartre reminds me of Brooklyn a little bit. It’s the 18th arrondissement; with its lively scene, fun bars and restaurants and inviting atmosphere, we ended up here for dinner when one of my friends was visiting from London. I heard a lot about a small restaurant in Montmartre called Le Potager du Pere Thierry, so we decided to stop in. The Yelp reviews didn’t lie! We all LOVED our meals, enjoyed a bottle of wine in a very cozy table and left super satisfied. Highly recommend if you’re in the area. Le Potager du Pere Thierry, 16 rue des Trois Frères
Shopping at Galeries
Disclaimer: I’m very aware of the touristy aspect of shopping at Galeries Lafayette and it’s certainly not to be compared to shopping somewhere like Avenue Montaigne; however, I came solely with the purpose of buying a Gucci bag I had my eye on and knew it was available at Galeries. I also like the fact that you’re able to get the extra tax that they collect immediately at the store. The Gucci bag I bought (linked here) was priced below what it is in the US so I was thrilled I was able to find it.
My friend purchased a bag at Louis Vuitton and also found that the price was well below what it retails in the US. If you’re looking to make a big purchase and would like to save as much as possible (taxes, etc), I recommend Galeries. I had no problem at all (aside from a few crowds here and there).
Stay: Le Narcisse Blanc
Le Narcisse Blanc was a dream from start to finish – stepping inside was like stepping into a beautiful, feminine and romantic oasis in the middle of the city. The hotel’s muse, Cleo de Merode (also nicknamed ‘Pretty little narcissus!’), can be found on the walls of the hotel – the space feels like a timeless and classic piece of history.
The lobby itself is filled with lush greenery and decorated with the most beautiful plush chairs. The staff was delightful from beginning to end, accommodating and sweet. My favorite part of the suite was the in-room terrace! I loved being able to go out and have breakfast in the morning with fresh air.
Le Narcisse is conveniently located right near the Seine, so it was a perfect walk across Pont Alexandre, toward Champs-Élysées. We couldn’t leave the city without getting a view of the Arc and grabbing some sorbet…
The second cone is from Amorino, which is a must try gelato place with several locations around Paris.
Stay tuned for a few more posts from Paris coming up this week!