There’s something about the city of Paris that keeps us coming back again and again. It’s a mix between the picturesque street cafes, historic architecture, and easy going Parisian lifestyle that always leaves us wanting more. It’s a city that takes real pleasure in the simple things in life like a great bottle of wine, warm baguette, and stimulating conversation. The city has an unapologetic attitude that we find incredibly charming.
Our top tips for visiting Paris:
- Immerse yourself in the culture: Paris is a city with an undeniable energy and culture. To get to know the city best you have to immerse yourself in the Parisian way of life. Our favorite way to do so is getting lost in the city’s incredible museums and busy streets, discovering new things and of course winding down at street cafes over a bottle of wine as you watch the city unfold before your eyes.
- You don’t have to do everything in one trip: There is SO much to do, see and eat in paris that it can feel a little overwhelming at first. We recommend not trying to do everything in one trip or you will go crazy. Plus one of the city’s most enjoyable aspects is its ability to slow things down so definitely get the top things to see out of the way and leave a day or two to completely relax and get lost in the city without an itinerary. We admit our guilty pleasure is people watching for hours at cafes…yes hours. haha
- What you shouldn’t miss out on: If you’ve never been to Paris before there are a couple of things on our list that you should definitely check out…
- The Louvre: We have a love hate relationship with the Louvre. On one side we can’t stand the crowds and the lines especially in the summer, however; it is a must see due to the importance of not only the works held inside but the history of the Louvre itself. A central landmark of the city, the Louvre is the largest museum in the world and was once the residence and museum of french kings including Louis XIV and Napoleon. This place always leaves us in awe. Other museums we highly recommend are the Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay, and Palais de Tokyo.
- St.Germain Des Pres: Whiling away the day at sidewalk cafes isn’t considered unproductive in Saint-Germain-des-Prés … it’s considered the perfect afternoon. A former bohemian retreat, this central Paris neighborhood is filled with art galleries, corner patisseries, shops & more. Be sure to stop at Cafe De Flore for a bite and sit where famous philosophers and painters such as Pablo Picasso spent their days
- Eiffel Tower: The Eiffel Tower is definitely a must see. It is such a beautiful sight both during the day and at night. However, be prepared for the massive crowds! We recommend laying out in the grass enjoying the view and staying out of the tourist lines!
- Le Marais: Le Marais is a historic district that spreads across parts of the 3rd & 4th arrondissements. We recommend spending a day walking through the quaint cobble stone streets that are filled with amazing shops, restaurants and live music.
- Montmatre: There’s a reason why Montmartre is always bustling. This iconic hilltop neighborhood’s striped awnings and lively streets make for a lovely afternoon. The beautiful basilica, Sacre Coeur is a sight to see. We recommend getting lost and out of the tourist streets where you’ll find cute authentic restaurants and shops.
Hope you guys enjoyed!
Till next time!
V & D