Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Paris : Part 5 -- Don't Miss This, Fun Gifts, and Restaurant Recs

I'm sort of surprised that it took me four different posts to write about our 3.5 days in Paris.... but then again, it's me. Brevity was never my strength. If you have read all of what I wrote, you are incredible! But if you skipped right to this part, you are just fine, too.

This is my list of places that, in my opinion, you really shouldn't miss on a Paris visit, no matter how short. Then there is a little section on gift/souvenir ideas, and finally a list of Paris restaurants to wet your appetite.

Don't Miss These Spots:

Saint Chapelle - go to see the chapel windows when it's sunny out! So beautiful.

Orangerie - worth it to see Monet's beautiful water lily panels.

Montmartre - charming, hilly streets of the 18th arrondissement. A unique feel and different than anywhere else in Paris. Just be careful at night.

Sacre Coure - beautiful church in Montmartre overlooking all of Paris. Scenic views.

Le Grenier a Pan (38, rue des Abbesses, 75018. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday) - best boulangerie in Paris, hands down! Do not go to Paris without getting at least a croissant from here.

Eating crepes as the Eiffel Tower sparkles. Ulysse Crepes (28 Rue Cler, 75007). Order savory and sweet crepes and take them back to the Champ De Mars to watch the Tower sparkle every hour. Best nutella banana crepe in Paris.

Fun Gift Ideas:

Longchamp - iconic French handbags, totes, and shoulder bags. There are a couple Longchamp stores in Paris, and it's sold in department stores, but they are least expensive in the airport! (But any Paris location is less expensive than in the States.)

Cath Kidston - charming, British, floral-patterned knick-knacks and aprons and backpacks and stuffed animals and jewelry boxes and umbrellas and a lot more! You can find their products at BHV Le Marais. 

Diptyque - Several locations. World-renown candle maker and perfumerie. The candles are expensive but make wonderful gifts.

Nearby any tourist attraction, there are tons of kiosks that sell Paris-themed knick-knacks like magnets, mini Eiffel Towers, etc. While most of the stuff is total junk, they sell these little toy music boxes that wind up and play classic French tunes like "La Vie en Rose." These would make easy (and very cheap!) souvenirs for little children.

Mariage Freres - a teahouse with several Paris locations. All their tea is wonderful, but (and I hope I'm not stating the obvious) the "Paris Tea" is the best!

*Always make sure you look up to see what days and times restaurants are open before making your way there!

Le Relais de Venise (271 Boulevard Pereire, 75017 ) - renown steak and frites place. Doors open at 7pm but you want to get there early to wait in line. We LOVED our meal, our waitress, and the general atmosphere.

Angelina (226 rue de Rivoli, 75001) - From my dear friend Elizabeth: "It’s right next to the Louvre. Their “chocolat chaud Africain” is their most famous drink. It is the BEST hot chocolate I have ever had in my entire life. It tastes like a melted chocolate bar, and they give you whipped cream to dilute it. They’ve got breakfast and lunch too, but you’d be fine just getting the chocolat chaud. Fun trivia: Coco Chanel used to come here everyday and get this hot chocolate she loved so much." 

Hemingway Bar at the Ritz (15 Place Vendôme, 75001) - swanky stop for a drink before heading to dinner.

Le Recamier (4 Rue Récamier, 75007) - Best souffles in Paris. This is where Michelle Obama eats when she's in Paris.

Les Ombres (27 Quai Branly, 75007) - super pricey and swanky rooftop dining experience with amazing views of the Eiffel Tower. Definitely a place to go if celebrating an anniversary or milestone birthday.

Le Petit Cler (29 Rue Cler, 75007) - any restaurant on Rue Cler is going to be good (like Cafe du Marche,) but this one comes highly recommended. 

Casa Bini (36 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006) - Divine little Italian spot in Saint Germain.

Luisa Maria (12 Rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006) - Delicious Napoli-style pizza.

Chez Janou (2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 75003) - French restaurant with massive bowls of chocolate mousse for dessert.


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  6. Hi Carey! Thanks for sharing your experience! I have applied for France Visa and I hope I’ll get the visa appointment date soon! I would definitely visit a few of the restaurants you have mentioned in your blog post! Thanks for sharing!