I have a soft spot for this beautiful city. In highschool I always daydreamed of one day living in Paris and a few months ago I was lucky enough to spend two whole weeks exploring the city. I previously stayed here only for a couple of days and since then Paris has always left me wanting more. I was so happy I could finally take my time walking around and discovering the hidden gems all over the city. Below are my favourite spots in Paris, minus the museums which I love so much. I wrote a previous blog post on the museums in Paris so check that out if you want to know more but in the meantime enjoy reading about my favourite Parisian hangouts.
Jardin du Palais-Royal
A pretty flower filled garden escape in the middle of the city. Sit by the fountain, people watch and bask in the sun on a blue skied day.
Place des Vosges
Located in my favourite neighbourhood of Paris, Le Marais. It is conveniently located opposite Carette, a typical, French cafe that sells the best salted caramel macarons I have ever tasted among other delicious pastries. This park is the perfect place for a picnic!
A peaceful hideaway in the area Ile de la cité. This square is surrounded by quaint French cafe’s and restaurants. It is a quiet place to sit with a good book.
Quintisential Paris! You will find some of the best vintage shopping here as well as a mix of charming boutiques and sophisticated designer brands. There are many French cafe’s scattered around this neighbourhood providing the best outdoor seating to people watch and watch the world go by with a coffee and croissant to enjoy.
Place du Vert-Galant
Opposite the Pont Neuf is this small garden which provides a beautiful spot to watch the boats passing by along The Seine and to admire the grand, Parisian architecture on both sides of the river bank.
Shakespeare and Company
Literature lovers rejoice! Here you will find a large variety of English books and all the classics. You can spend hours browsing the shelves. They even have a cute, small reading area upstairs.
Galeries Lafayette Terrace
For one of the best views of Paris this terrace does not dissapoint! Grab some lunch and head up to the roof on a sunny day. There is a seating area up there as well as a nice restaurant.
Saint Germain des Près
If you love independent art galleries, this is the place to be. There are hundreds of small art galleries in this neighbourhood to check out. While you are here, have some lunch at the famous Café de Flore, one of the oldest coffee houses in Paris.
An upscale bakery located in the magical neighbourhood of Saint Germain. They hands down have the best macarons in Paris! Have some of their delicious teas in their cafe to accompany your macarons. I recommend their salted caramel flavour (of course!) pistachio, vanilla and rose.
Back in the day it was the place to be seen for artists, writers and performers. The narrow, cobblestone streets still carry the essence of old Paris. It is one of the best places for a morning wander after a French breakfast at Cafe de Deux Moulins which is where they filmed Amélie.