Here is my list of good addresses in Paris: visits, gourmet experiences, cafés, and accommodations not to be missed. You will have everything you need to for a memorable stay.
My discovery of Paris
Last August, I finally discovered the Paris of my dreams for the first time. I went back there for a winter stay during a holiday cruise on the Seine as well as a weekend in May before flying to Croatia. During these recent visits, I took the opportunity to discover a lot.
In addition to the great must-see sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral, and the Moulin Rouge, Paris is full of those timeless places that we remember for a long time.
Here are some good Parisian addresses to keep in mind so that your stay in the city of lights is unforgettable.
The Luxembourg garden
Address: Rue de Médicis – Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
Located not far from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this unmissable Parisian garden was created on the request of Queen Marie de Médicis in 1612. Its 25 hectares are divided into a French and an English part. The writer in me took the time to get out her notebook and be inspired by the beauty of the place. Don’t forget to bring your novel!
Address: 68, avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
A pioneer in fragrance creation, la Maison Guerlain is known for its perfumes, notably Shalimar, Mitsouko, and Guerlinade, and more recently La petite robe noire.
Don’t hesitate to stop by the boutique located on the Champs-Élysées, because it is a place with a fairy-tale atmosphere, between a perfume museum and a luxury boutique. If you have the means, they even offer you a unique service to create a custom Guerlain bottle!
Shakespeare and Company
Address: 37, rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
Just a stone’s throw from Notre-Dame-de-Paris is this iconic bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, founded in 1919. In addition to the bookstore specializing in English-language literature, there is a charming café with large old sash windows where you can sit and enjoy a view of Notre-Dame and the Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre church square.
Musée de la vie romantique
Address: 16, Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris
This is a very pleasant museum, with its beautiful flowered interior courtyard where you can have a coffee. The Musée de la vie romantique is located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, in the former home of the painter Ary Scheffer.
On the first floor of the pavilion built in 1830, the museum exhibits the memories of the novelist George Sand, who came to visit his neighbour. The rooms are decorated with paintings, sculptures, drawings, jewelry, and furniture.
Address: 6, Rue de Furstemberg, 75006 Paris
Have you already visited the Louvre, the Musée de l’Orangerie, and the Musée d’Orsay? Now take a tour of the Musée national Eugene-Delacroix, a museum I thoroughly enjoyed.
Set up in the last apartment and studio of the painter – where he lived from 1857 to his death on August 13, 1863 -,the museum was created by painters, collectors, curators, who united in an association to save the space, which was threatened to be torn down.
Gourmet experiences in Paris
Address: 3, rue Racine; 75006 Paris
In the 6th arrondissement, if you’re looking for something other than a café, the Bouillon Racine is a beautiful Art Nouveau style restaurant founded in 1906. Reminiscent of the unique atmosphere of Paris in the 1900s, this famous “bouillon” (ancestor of the Parisian brasseries) was classified as a historical monument in 1995.
La Closerie des Lilas
Address: 171, Bd du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris
On the way to the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Catacombs, we find this prestigious bar-restaurant which takes its name from the Closerie des Lilas Ball (1847-1940).
In the past, La Closerie des Lilas was one of the most lively cafés for artists and intellectuals. Among the most famous who frequented there: Verlaine, Hemingway, Picasso, Émile Zola, Paul Cézanne, Théophile Gautier, Charles Baudelaire.
Today, there is a restaurant in a refined setting, under a magnificent veranda, but also a typical Parisian brasserie.
Address: 9, rue de l’École de Médecine, 75006 Paris
Even in Paris, the desire for a good Italian restaurant can take over. If so, I suggest the Restaurant Vita.
In a pleasant and warm setting, you will be treated to traditional Neapolitan dishes, including homemade pizzas, pasta, and anti pasti. Don’t miss the famous Fiamma della Vita. It is a dish of fresh pasta, flambéed with grappa in a wheel of parmesan, mushrooms, and fresh black truffle. A real treat!
Address: 54, boul. de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 Paris
Not far from the Eiffel Tower, this elegant Art Deco style restaurant with an intimate cocktail bar offers upscale cuisine. It has a relaxed atmosphere, a small menu, and a speakeasy bar specialising in cocktails.
Coffee and tea houses
Address: 75, Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
A classic where you must go for tea at least once in your life! As you may know, the history of Parisian tea rooms is closely linked to that of the Ladurée family.
There are a few locations in Paris, but I admit to having a weakness for the one on the Champs-Élysées with its superb Napoleon III style restaurant. Enjoy the delictable tea, the delicious macarons, and the luxurious pastries!
Les Deux Magots
Address: 6, Pl. Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris
In the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, if you are looking for a lively café, stop by the mythical café and restaurant Les Deux Magots. Renowned for its literary history, it serves creative French cuisine.
Café de Flore
Address: 172, Bd Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
Right next to the café Les Deux Magots, the Café de Flore is a restaurant-café just as famous as its neighbour. It is a true Parisian institution reminiscent of the old literary Paris. Today, the coffee is very popular with tourists.
Café de la Paix
Address: 5, Pl. de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris
Right in front of the majestic Opera Garnier (that I also recommend you to visit), the Café de la Paix is a famous Parisian café and restaurant. It is worth going there for at least one cocktail as I did, to admire its majestic interior.
The Café de la Paix and its terrace are located on the first floor of theInterContinental Paris – Le Grand, an opulent 5-star hotel that dates back to 1862 and is a 3-minute walk from the Boulevard Haussmann boutiques.
Address: 61, Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris
Ideally located in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, this 3-star hotel is housed in an 18th century building. It offers 25 sophisticated and beautifully decorated rooms.
A typical Parisian hotel at a reasonable price, I really appreciated the comfort and the delicious croissants in the morning! I would have gladly stayed an extra night, especially for the location in a most charming and lively neighborhood.
Hotel La Comtesse
Address: 29, Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris
In the prestigious 7th arrondissement, this reasonably priced hotel overlooks the Eiffel Tower, which is rare!
The hotel La Comtesse offers a contemporary decoration inspired by the literary salons of the 18th century. There are 40 comfortable rooms or suites with views of the monuments of Paris (the Eiffel Tower, the Dôme des Invalides, and the École Militaire). This was the perfect place for my most beautiful Instagram shots!
Address: 20, Av. Victoria, 75001 Paris
In the Châtelet district, near the Seine and the beautiful bridges of Paris, theBritish Hotel is a good choice for travelers looking for nightlife. The invitingly decorated hotel is surrounded by theaters, cabarets, boutiques, and very Parisian bistros. It is an affordable 3 star hotel where the employees are very friendly and attentive.
Address: 10, Rue De Bruxelles, 75009 Paris
Opposite the famous Moulin Rouge and a few steps from the Montmartre district, is known to be one of the most romantic hotels in Paris! With its discreet façade, the Maison Souquet hides the mystery of a former brothel transformed into a luxurious 5-star hotel.
Maison Souquet offers 20 rooms including 6 suites with unique decorations. We had the chance to stay there for two nights and we enjoyed the facilities with their whimsical decor and where elegance, sensuality, and luxury are front and centre.
Credit cards to use in Paris
To pay in Paris, use a credit card with no conversion fees for foreign currency transactions! You will save 2.5% on each purchase.
Here are the 4 best credit cards with no conversion fees:
The capital of France, the world centre of art, fashion, food, and culture still charms with every visit. Nothing better than to discover Paris through its best authentic locations.
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