Summer sure is flying by! Luckily I still have some exciting travel plans (with a few of my favorite peeps <3) to look forward to ^^ In case you are considering a little weekend getaway of your own, but haven’t fixed on a destination yet: Paris is ALWAYS a good idea ;) Visiting this beautiful city with a “first timer” a little while ago, it got me thinking about what my all-time favorites in the City of Lights are. So if you would ask me what you should do to experience “my Paris”, here’s what I would say:
1. Have breakfast or brunch at a classic Parisian bistro. Make sure to start your days in beauty! And who doesn’t love a little croissant-café au lait combo? Yes please!
2. Rent a Velib bike and drive along the Seine. I’ll be the last to suggest a full-blown tourist style trip to Paris, even if you’re a first-timer, but you might want a little culture to feed your soul, now don’t you? Especially in summer, a bike ride along the water is the perfect way to get your quick tourist fix. Start at the Eiffel tower and pedal on merrily, past the Grand Palais, Les Invalides, Musée D’Orsay, the Louvres, across Ile de la cite (Hello Notre Dame!), right up to Ile Saint Louis.
3. Have lunch at “Le Marché des Enfants Rouges”. All this sightseeing gets a girl hungry! Why don’t you cross that stately river and head to the Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest market in the city? I adore this roofed-in food Walhalla’s relaxed boho atmosphere and think you might too!
4.Get lost in the streets of Le Marais. The little cobblestoned streets of this historic yet so contemporary area are crammed with art galleries, cute little bistros, cozy coffee houses and pretty boutiques. Coming from the Marché des Enfants rouges (because I just know you’ll follow this list religiously ;) ), you might want to stop by Merci first, and also foresee a quick touristy stop at the beautiful Place des Vosges, before starting your leisurely stroll in the neighborhood between Place des Vosges & Rue du Temple. Oh and if you’re up for some vintage shopping, you can find my favorite spots in Le Marais here.
5. Wander or lounge along Canal St Martin. While Le Marais is probably my favorite Parisian neighborhood, this one is definitely a close second. Not a classic tourist destination just yet, the area around this 4 km canal still has an authentic feel about it. Beautiful views, colorful people and interesting little shops (for all you lovers of books and all things creative, definitely stop by Artazart). If you find yourself in the area in the late afternoon/early evening: the perfect place for a casual aperitif on the edge of the canal.
6. Take a breath at Jardin Catherine-Labouré. Paris is a voluptuously vibrant city, but sure can get hectic at times. Hidden behind thick walls in the heart of the 7th arrondissement (29 Rue de Babylone, to be precise) lies this little green gem. Nothing spectacular really, but just a beautiful “secret garden” you can flee to for a nice quiet moment.
7. Snoop for vintage treasures at Les Puces. A Parisian Sunday classic: a trip across the northern Périphérique to visit the Saint Ouen Flea market aka Les Puces! This vintage wonderland is Paris’ most famous flea market and hosts 15 different markets, each with their own story and characteristic atmosphere. Don’t expect to score great bargains here (these guys know what their goods are worth) but the atmosphere and treasures on display alone are worth the trip.
Bon voyage! <3 C.