A Tourists Guide to Paris

Paris is an amazing city and we were lucky enough to spend the weekend there at the end of April. There so much to see and do so we have written down the top 10 things to do when visiting Paris:

1) Eiffel Tower
Of course you have to see the Eiffel Tower when visiting Paris, although you don’t necessarily have to go to the top of it, sometimes you want it in pictured as its so iconic and if you have climbed up it it wont feature in your pictures. The best place to go for pictures directly in front of the tower is the Place du Trocadero, you can walk through the gardens and up the stairs and have stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. As for all places in Paris to get good pictures it best to go early and beat the crowds.

2) Arc du Triomphe
You can climb up the Arc du Triomphe and get amazing views of the streets of Paris or head to the Champs Elysees where all the amazing shops are with the Arc du Triomphe at the end. On the first Sunday of every month it is free to climb to the top of the the Arc du Triomphe.

3) Notre-Dame de Paris
This famous cathedral is located on the Ile de la Cite and is very popular with tourists so is a great photo opportunity. You can visit inside and climb to the top too. When here make sure you also visit the Ile Saint-Louis which is the slightly smaller island but has some amazing shops and restaurants. Make sure you also visit the green market stalls on the streets surronding the Notre-Dame de Paris!

4) Sacre-Coeur – Montmartre
Another touristy place you must visit when in Paris and great photo opportunities. This stunning church is located at the top of a hill. Whilst here make sure you visit the artist market, which is iconic for Paris and can be seen on many postcards! The Sacre-Coeur is also very close to the Moulin Rouge if you are a fan of the film then pop here for a picture outside the famous red windmill.

5) Galeries Lafayette
The Galeries Lafayette are a huge department store, so if you fancy a spot of shopping then head here. However we recommend you visit here for the free amazing views of Paris. If you head right to the top of the building there is a roof terrace that looks out over Paris and its not to be missed.

6) Boat trip
We went on a boat trip with a company called Bateaux Mouches which took us up and down the river with commentary. The commentary pointed out all the landmarks and also gives a brief history too which is interesting. The commentary is in English, French and Chinese. However there are many other boat companies to choose from and all as equally good.

7) Grand Roue
This is like going on the London Eye only much more cheaper. To ride this costs 12 euros and you go around twice. This is a different way to see the sights of Paris and get some pictures from high up. From the wheel you can see all of Paris so its pretty spectacular.

8) Palais Royal
These gardens and courtyard are stunning and the black and white pillars and perfect photo opportunities. Its best to visit early to avoid all the tourists to get a good pictures without massive of crowds spoiling it

9) The Ritz
This is the hotel that Princess Diana stayed in when she visited Paris. The Ritz is on the Place Vendome and is surrounded by designer stores including Rolex and Chanel. Its good to go here for some stunning photographs of the square, and oogle at the expensive cars.

10) Museums
We have put 2 museums into on point in order to make this list only 10 (oooops!). The Louvre is where the Mona Lisa painting lives, however be prepared to queue to enter the museum and also be prepared to see how small the painting actually is! If you don’t fancy going inside you can take some cool pictures with the famous glass pyramid. When visiting the Musse D’Orsey make sure you go and see the iconic huge clocks and take that Pinterest worthy picture! This museum is in a former station so inside it is pretty impressive.

 

Paris food: Le Marais

Le Marais is a district of Paris that spreads across parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris. It mixes together the old charm and modern day culture into an amazing area of Paris.

It is easy to walk to Le Marais from what people would call the centre of Paris and even better we would recommend staying in this area of Paris. The beauty of this area is that it is far out the centre so you don’t feel so overwhelmed by the madness of the city but close enough to walk to the main places but also amazing metro and bus lines.
Le Marais for us felt like the Shoreditch of Paris and we loved it. There are so many cool bars, restaurants and cafes to visit that we wish we had even longer in Paris to sample them all. However we have condensed together a list of places to visit in Le Marais.

Season
There are 4 Season’s in Paris and they are all very popular and busy so expect to wait for a table. The main one is called Season but there is also Season Takeaway, Season Market and By Season which are all in the Marais area. Their Instagram is so dreamy and their food looks amazing, and you can also view the menu online

Cafe Breizh
If you love pancakes (crepes) then you have to visit here. You can get either sweet or savoury crepes and both taste delicious. The crepes are so thin and there are so many different fillings/toppings to choose from. It is advised to book as its very popular

Love Juice Paris
Oh my gosh the most amazing smoothie/shake is served here. This place is off a side street close to the Pompidou Centre and you wouldn’t find it if you weren’t looking. The door to the place is tiny and glass and you wouldn’t visit it if you were just passing by, however you should! Love Juice Paris is so small and cute and the lady who made our drinks was really friendly and sweet, the menu is small so its not hard to choose what to have! The smoothie was super thick and creamy and the smoothie bowls looked delicious too.

Ober Mamma
This restaurant is seriously popular and its hard to get a table here as you cannot book in advance. It is recommended you arrive 30 minutes before opening and join the long queue of other guests. Ober Mamma is Italian so if you love Italian food then this is a must visit.

Passager
A gem that we stumbled across via Instagram serving amazing food and coffee. This tiny cafe again is one you wouldn’t find unless you knew about it, which is the beauty of this place.

Fragments
Another place we found to visit purely by looking in Instagram. Their coffee looks amazing, and not to mention the incredible coffee art. They also serve an all day breakfast which if the Instagram photos are anything to go by looks delicious!

Pozetto
This is a kinda dessert bar/cafe. You can get the most delicious ice cream and also amazing luxury hot chocolate. Pozetto is open late so is the perfect way to end your evening. During the day in the summer the queue for the ice cream is very long but trust us its worth it. The white chocolate is delicious, as is dark chocolate and hazelnut too.

La Droguerie du Marais
If you are a fan of pancakes this is another pancake cafe to visit when in Le Marais. There is often a queue outside the entrance but its worth the wait, especially when only 2 euros for a crepe.

Little Apple
We stumbled across this place on our early morning run and were attracted to it by the name/sign on the outside. This places mainly serves burgers, salads and cocktails. If you visit at lunchtime you can take advantage of the amazing lunch time deal of burger, side and soft drink for 15 euros.

Health Inside
This is a cute health cafe opposite Des Enfants Rouge. If you want some healthy food when visiting Paris this is a great place to try, especially as they have a set brunch menu.

Des Enfants Rouge
We stumbled across this by accident it was AMAZING. You can visit here and literally eat any cuisine that you fancy from the variety of street food stalls. The smell was amazing and so was the atmosphere. This is a must see if you are visiting the area, but make sure you check the opening times!

Hank
Hank Burger, Hank Pizza and Hank Cafe are vegan restaurants. If you are a vegan visiting Paris then you must visit here. The modern restaurants are cute sized with amazing menus. At Hank Burger you can get a great set menu which includes a drink and the same at Hank Pizza.

Lily of the Valley
We stumbled across this whilst walking to Season as its just around the corner. There are 3 different locations to choose from, so pick one that’s closest to you. This cute cafe sells 45 different teas along with coffee, cakes and a vegetarian lunch.

Alma the Chimney Cake Factory
This place is SO cool, well the seating is anyway. Check our the pictures on Instagram but the seating arrangements are amazing. Anyway, visit here to sample a chimney cake which is basically a long filled cake.

Merci
This is a shop that also has a cafe. The shop is bloggers paradise selling really random and cool bits and bobs. The highlight is the cute vintage Fiat 500 in the entrance, that you just HAVE to get a photo next to!

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This place is great for lunch and dinner and is an absolute bargain. You can get a set menu with 3 courses for 16 euros and the food is amazing. The quality of the food was superb and the flavours were dreamy. There is also so much choice on the menu that everyone will be happy! We highly recommend this place for food.

There are SO many cool places to visit in Le Marais that its hard to pick the ones to go to, however let us know where you visit.