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What: Personal tips for sightseeing, restaurants, things to do
Where: Paris, France
I often get asked about tips for Paris. As you know, one of my favorite places, when it comes to city breaks. Of course one day in Paris is definitely too short. But to prepare your stay and make the best out of it, here you’ll find a few things to do in the city of love. Paris has so many sights to offer, so for a first – and easy – impression and orientation, I actually suggest a ‘hop on hop off’ bus tour. I also did this with my daughter at our mother-daughter weekend. She first thought it was stuffy, but then okay. You can book tickets online in advance, what I also recommend for museums like the Louvre.
If you have the opportunity to be in Paris during the week, it is simply more beautiful in many places than on the crowded weekends.
Start the day early (!) in the morning in Montmartre – in good weather you have the best view over Paris and the district with Sacre Coeur only for you.
There is a small, hidden hotel where you can stay and enjoy very nice breakfast: The Hotel Particulier Montmartre in the middle of a small, bewitched garden. I love it!!!
Visit the Père Lachaise cemetery, where many celebrities are buried in impressive graves: This is pure romance.
I would go from here to Marais. The youngsters love this hood. Especially the very cool concept store “Merci” on the Boulevard de Beaumarchais. Here or at the Café “Benedict” you can also have breakfast. The Benedict is totally hip and comes originally from Tel Aviv. They serve breakfast 24/7.
From here take a trip to the most beautiful square of the Marais district, the Place des Vosges and stroll through streets like Rue Vieille du Temple or Rue des Francs Bourgeois with lots of nice boutiques and shops. Nearby is the Picasso Museum.
From the Marais you can walk along the Seine to the Louvre. How about a boat trip on one of the Bateaux Mouches?
On the Rue Saint Honoré you will find all the luxury boutiques, such as Dior, Hermès, Saint Laurent … In the mood for a break? Than enter the Hotel Costes and ask for a table in the lovely courtyard. Here I had probably the most expensive spaghetti, but served in such a chic setting and people watching included ;-). Around the corner you find the always crowded Colette store, the mother of all concept stores, which by the way will closes its doors in December – forever.
The end of a legend
Pass the Louvre with the pyramid and cross one of the bridges from here to visit the Ile de France, Notre Dame and Saint Germain. A coffee – or a glas of Champagne – at “Café de Flore” or “Les Deux Magot” is a must. And of course the perfect place for a little nightcap to celebrate life. Santé! BvH
MyStylery’s tips for Lunch and Dinner in Paris:
1.) There is “L’Avenue”, trendy, chic and pretty expensive, but definitely a place to see and be seen
2.) “Caviar Kaspia” on Place de la Madeleine is the hotspot of the model and fashion scene during Fashion Week
3.) “Le China” at 12éme – when it comes to Asian Food in a nice dinner atmosphere. I love this place!
4.) “Robert et Louise”, which is a quaint French restaurant in the Marais district
5.) The secret lunch place of former top model and style icon Inès de la Fressange is a typical Parisian place: ”Le Chardenoux des Prés” in Saint Germain
6.) And there is an elegant and beautiful decorated Ralph Lauren Restaurant: “Ralph’s” on Boulevard Saint-Germain
1.) The best and unbeatable flea market is the Maché aux Puces! But it’s a bit outside the center and open only during the weekend
2.) The DIOR exhibition “Christian Dior – Couturier du Reve” – at the Musée des Art Décoratif (until January 2018)
3.) And last not least the shopping paradise “Le bon Marché”: Shop till you drop!