Paris, the city that brought us our favourite foreign film, Amelie and made us envy every outfit that Carrie Bradshaw wore in season 6.
From the cobbled streets lined with fresh
boulangerie bakeries (baguette anyone?) to the golden tipped architecture, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Here is our guide on la crème de la crème of Paris.
1. Take in the view
Paris has many places to get an insta worthy panoramic snap of the city.
The most obvious place is to climb to the top of the Eiffel tower which is well worth the spectacular views. If you’re looking for a lavish meal while up there, there’s also a panoramic champagne bar on the third floor, a brasserie, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Scared of heights? Visit the Eiffel at night and take a photo from the ground of it lit up like a Christmas tree.
If you fancy a bit of a climb, you can climb all 284 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to get a 360° view of the city roads.
Another great aerial photo spot can be found outside the Sacré-Cœur Basilica church in Paris. The church is on a hill top – don’t worry if you’re wearing heels, there’s an elevator- which provides stunning views of Paris centre and you can even tour the church for free.
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2. Ghost Town Sunday’s
Like most of Europe, everything is shut on a Sunday. Therefore, we advise leaving your sightseeing to a Sunday to make the most out of your visit.
Although the metro is extremely reliable and easy to use, why not see the city by foot? The Seine river provides the perfect route to discover the cities famous landmarks. Keep walking riverside to discover the Notre Dame Cathedral, Pont-Neuf – ‘New-Bridge’ and home to the Mona Lisa painting, le Louvre.
Not one for walking? The river tours offer you the chance to see the city whilst taking the weight off your feet, providing you with the perfect time to grab a bite and take some great snaps.
The river has an abundance of bridges, but Cross Pont de l’Archevêché is arguably the most famous for lovers ‘locking’ their love to it and throwing the key away. While these look cute we probably wouldn’t advise adding to them, as they will likely end up being removed due to the weight making the railings unsafe.
Instead, why not update the tradition by picking up a lock from a local street stall and taking it home you – a souvenir with meaning!
3. Let them eat cake
You can’t go to Paris without sampling a macaroon or 5! We tested out the various sizes & flavours available (all for the name of research of course). Corran suggests testing out Pari Seven’s large hazelnut macaroons while Orianna prefers the classic Laduree in traditional vanilla.
Don’t worry if macaroons aren’t for you or you’re allergic to nuts – which is one of the main ingredients- Laduree offers other famous french patisseries from lemon meringue pie to Crème Brûlée.
If you’re looking to grab something sweet to eat for breakfast, then why not try a croissant in its country of birth. The buttery yet flakey pastry which has been a breakfast staple for Parisiennes and Londoners alike for years, can be bought on most streets in Paris. Freshly baked and full of flavour, not a soggy, pre-packaged Tesco croissant in sight.
4. Live like a Parisienne
Just a cobbled road away from the famous Sacré-Cœur (mentioned above) lies, the artist village Montmartre. Here you can discover the local creative talent and buy a canvas painting or have your portrait drawn. If art isn’t your thing, the rustic area provides the perfect place to stop off and have a traditional lunch. Explore the pathways and find hidden gems from the famous bar in Amelie to old restaurants serving muscles and ‘frites’ for just £5. Other notable Parisienne dishes you should try in the local restaurants include snails ‘escargot‘ and frog legs ‘grenouille‘. Both come in various forms from a butter sauce to deep fried, so you’re sure to find something to your taste buds.
If you want to see how Parisienne royalty used to live, then you can visit Versailles. The beautiful castle and its surrounding grounds are impressive and perfect for those who enjoy history and architecture. The extravagant château sits just outside the city centre, so you will have to get a train and make a day of it. Therefore, it might not be one to visit if you’re only going for a weekend.
Because what else would you do in the fashion capital?
Avenue des Champs Elysées is one of the most famous shopping destination which hosts many brands you’ll recognise.
Centre Pompidou is mostly famous for its modern architecture which can be compared to scaffolding. However, inside you’ll find a mixture of french and internationally known shops. More than just a shopping centre, there’s also a museum on the 4th and 5th floor, which when you buy a ticket also gives you rooftop access. Alternatively, Forum des Halles is the Westfield of Paris providing an underground shopping centre, filled with globally recognised brands – and free wifi!
Hot designers not your thing? If the idea of street fashion and thrift shops excites you then you need to visit Le Marais. The Camden Lock of Paris, provides an abundance of vintage and quirky shops where you can pay for clothes by the kilo or find one-off original pieces. The Marais is also the most famous Jewish quarter in Paris so expect to be surrounded by falafel goodness and other traditional dishes.
6. Visit Minie & Mickey
Just a short train journey away lies Disney Land Paris.
Loved by big and little kids alike, it’s the perfect place to unleash your inner child. If you can afford it, staying in one of the Disney hotels nearby will save you a bunch of time travelling to the park and you’ll also have exclusive early entrance access so you can beat some of the queues before other guests arrive! We’d suggest splitting your visit into 2 and allowing a day per park to get the most out of your time. As the universal side is relatively small you could easily fit this into one day but be sure to try out all the rides especially Aerosmith’s (random) Rock n’ Roller coaster, which is great for thrill seekers!
As of the Disney side of the park, this is definitely worth dedicating an entire day to seeing each of the different lands and rides. Be sure to check out the newly updated Hyper Space Mountain and we would 100% recommend hanging around until 10 pm to see the magical fireworks display!
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