Today on the blog I’m sharing my Paris travel guide! I had to split up this guide between Paris and Rome since there’s so much information to share!
I can honestly say Paris and Rome were two of the most romantic cities I have ever visited. My boyfriend Chris and I had so much fun exploring, eating and learning about the cultures. Even though we were only overseas for 10 days it felt like a lot longer!
In this post, I’m doing an Instagram round up so you can shop the looks. After that I’m doing a full trip recap of where we stayed, what we ate and what to visit! Ill be posting my Rome Travel guide in the coming days so stayed tuned!
The Doors in Paris are stunning
Had to visit the Eiffel Tower – I share how I avoided tourists below!
You must visit this bridge in Paris! I mention it below!
Twirling in front of Notre Dame
The gorgeous view from Sacre Coeur
Visited the Louvre and saw many works of art including the Mona Lisa!
This was taken as we walked along the Seine River
Rome! Had to make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
Highlight of our trip!
Courtyard of our Air B&B apartment
The amazing Pantheon!
Did you really go to Paris if you don’t sit on a ledge in front of the Eiffel Tower?
This trip was one to remember, we had such an amazing time in both cities. There was so much to see and do, it was hard to fit everything in!
Paris is such a unique city. All of the streets are lined with white and beige buildings with wrought iron balconies and enormous ornate doors. There’s cafes on every corner, that all have outdoor seating. I don’t think patio season ever ends in Paris since the cold weather didn’t stop anyone from eating outside! Chris and I spent a total of 5 days in the city which was a significant amount of time, but we still didn’t get around to seeing everything. There are so many museums and sites to visit, its impossible to visit them all!
Where to stay
Chris and I stayed at the Aparthotel Adagio. It’s located in the 9 eme which is the Opera, Pigalle. This hotel was within walking distance of a lot of the tourist sites like the Louvre, Eiffle Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur and many more. The neighbourhood we were in was also amazing, there was such good shopping and restaurants which made the trip really enjoyable!
Here are some other suggestions on where to stay.
Pricer Side (with views of Eiffle Tower):
Air B&B also has amazing options. Check out this blog article that shares some rentals that have views of the Eiffel Tower: Eiffle Tower Views
Where to eat
A lot of our meals were eaten in small cafes that we stumbled upon as we explored. We did however eat at three places that were super memorable.
Auguste – Chris and I decided to try out a Michelin Star Restaurant while we were in Paris since we don’t have any near our hometown. This restaurant did not disappoint. We were served 5 courses with wine parings. The food was absolutely amazing, by far the best seafood I have ever eaten. If you’re in Paris, I would highly recommend. The 5 course Chef’s choice with wine pairings was great and I’m sure a la carte would be fantastic as well.
Au View Paris D’Arcole – This cafe is nestled on a side street next to Notre Dame Cathedral. Chris and I went for drinks and apps which consisted of escargot (blog post to come) and French onion soup. What an experience, it was by far the best french onion soup I have ever tasted and the escargot was something to remember. We had a great time visiting this cafe. I’ll be doing a blog post on my experience here within the month!
Auberge de la reine blanche – We ate our last meal in Paris at this restaurant and WOW did we ever save the best for last. If you’re looking for amazing authentic french cuisine, served in a small cozy restaurant setting this is the place! The food was fantastic, I would recommend getting the Beef Bourgignon. After we ate we briefly chatted with a party of 6 outside the restaurant who told us they’d been going to this place for 15 years! I can totally see why, if we return we will definitely be going back to this restaurant.
Things to See
This was the hardest list to put together since there are so many things to see in Paris! I’m going to be putting together a list of the top instagrammable places in Paris in the coming month. However, I thought I would put together this listing of iconic places as a starter.
- The Louvre – You must see the Mona Lisa
- Sacre Coeur – Amazing views of the entire city
- Arc de Triomphe – a site to see, you can also climb to the top to get views of the city
- The Eiffel Tower – no explanation needed
- Notre Dame Cathedral – a stunning church with amazing views
- Pont Alexandre III – This is the most beautiful bridge I have ever seen. Chris and I stumbled upon it as we walked along the Seine one morning
- Laduree – You must check out Laduree and have some of their macroons
- Versailles – If you visit Paris you need to make a day trip out to Versaille. It’s such a beautiful palace and the grounds are spectacular
- The catacombs of Paris – if your feeling adventurous head underground into the catacombs
- Musee de L’orangerie – This museum has beautiful paintings of Monet
- Figure out where your airport is and how long it’ll take you to get there. Chris and I made the mistake of assuming one of our airports was close to the city. Little did we know it would actually take us 3 hours to get to and we almost missed our flight!
- Skip the line tours are awesome! Chris and I decided to skip the line at a lot of the tourists attractions which turned out to be an amazing choice! Yes, you pay additional money, however it saved us hours of waiting
- Keep your belongings close – there are pick pockets in the city that you need to be careful about
- If you’re trying to save money, eat at cafes farther away from tourist attractions. A couple of streets makes a huge difference in the amount of money you will pay for a meal
- To avoid tourists, get up early! Chris and I watched the sun rise at the Eiffle tower at 7:45am which was a really amazing experience. We were able to beat all the crowds and shared a really magical moment!