There are just some places in certain cities that you return to again and again, no matter how many times you’ve visited or seen them. Paris for me is no exception to this- it may not be nice, but I definitely play favorites! I’ve teamed up with Dempsey & Carroll to show you 5 can’t-miss places in the City of Lights, and what I love to do in each spot.
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1. Go for a stroll in Le Marais
This is my favorite neighborhood in Paris- best food, best shopping, best little side streets to get lost in. If you want to experience Paris as the Parisians do, start here. Grab a falafel on rue des Rosiers or a crêpe from Breizh Cafe and just see where your feet take you!
2. Put your feet up in the garden at the Palais Royal
Arguably the prettiest garden in Paris, it was first opened to the public around the time of the French Revolution and comes with countless photo opportunities- the columns, the cute green chairs by the fountains, even a quick to-go coffee from Cafe Kitsune (I always get a dirty chai latte). Make sure if you’re meeting a companion that they save you a seat, as on sunny days those chairs get snapped up quickly!
3. Explore Galerie Vivienne, the prettiest of Paris’ covered passages
Paris has a number of covered passages, made popular in the early 1800s as shopping destinations, and Galerie Vivienne is the dreamiest of all, with its symmetry, colorful tile floors, and beautiful light no matter how bad the weather outside. Walk all the way to the back of this main hallway to discover the cutest bookstore, and take a left past the bookstore to find Italian restaurant Daroco and its mirrored ceilings.
4. Have an apéro along the Seine under the Pont Alexandre III
An apéritif is the proper name for a pre-dinner drink, but an apéro can be an event in and of itself, lasting late into the night if people bring enough to eat and drink. One of my favorite spots for this is the outdoor bars by the Pont Alexandre III. The seating is plentiful and spills out over the quai, but you can also take advantage of the city’s new green spaces by finding somewhere along the river to watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle and drink your own wine.
5. Snap a photo with the view of the Eiffel Tower from Avenue de Camoens
Last but not least, the view of the Eiffel Tower from Avenue de Camoens is best known in the fashion industry, as the quiet cobblestone street makes for a great backdrop if a car isn’t parked in the way. I love it because it’s one of the few places you can go for a quiet view of the Iron Lady, not surrounded by tourists. Just beware of accidentally ending up in some fashionista’s photo!
And there you have it, my top five can’t-miss places in the City of Lights! Which one is your favorite, or is now on your list of places to check out?