Where to Eat and to Go in Paris
Paris is always a good idea – Audrey Hepburn. And there’s why there’s this blog post – to tell you where I like to hang out in Paris. Without further nonsense, let’s categorize this amazing city of love by where to eat, where to shop, and where to hang out!
Where to Shop
Paris is such a great place for shopping because the city is so flat and walkable. There are a few shopping districts so concentrated that you don’t have to walk far from stores to stores.
Place Vendôme – Place Vendôme/Tuileries and Louvre/Saint-Honoré is the heart of the fashion capital and the founding stone of fashion. In here, you can find top fashion brands like Hermès and Rolex. My favorite store is Colette in Place Vendôme because in this concept store, you can find clothes from designer brands to street wear, as well as some interesting books and decorations. There is also a cafe in the basement when you are tired. Just be aware on weekends, the store can be packed.
Opéra – I love shopping near Opéra but there are touristy places that you need to avoid if you have time. Avoid the most touristy Galerie Lafayette, but spend time in Printemps because this one is the classic French department store. If you are around during the Christmas season, the window displace is definitely something worth watching.
Saint Germain des Prés – Saint Germain des Prés is where you can find large to small French or global brands. In here, you also find Le Bon Marché, a large but not so touristy department store.
Le Marais – Le Marais is definitely my favorite, and you have not shopped in Paris without coming to Le Marais. Except for various brands, you can also find many art gallery openings, home decor stores, vintage stores like Kilo Shop and other awesome snaking places like Princess Crèpe and Miznon falafel.
Champs Elysées – Yes, yes, yes. I know it’s touristy, but this is where you can mostly shop during Sundays when everything closes in Paris. Try stores on Avenue Montaigne instead of right on Champs Elysées, because they may have more sizes.
Where to Eat
Princess Crèpe – French Crèpe made in a Japanese way. They put ice cream, and pokey on the crèpe and it’s definitely one of a kind that even the French are amazed it can be made this way. The place is also well decorated with anime characters.
Miznon falafel – Spicy, juicy, and just so good! Definitely an energy treat if you are shopping around Le Marais.
Ya Lamai – Authentic Thai food. My friend used to work there so he took me there once. Duck Curry is a must try! And also just try duck everything in Paris. I adore how they cook the duck meat!
Coutume Instituutti – My favorite study café in Paris! It’s hard to find study cafes, but they are slowly picking up the trend. This one near La Sorbonne is the most vibrant and young study cafe you can find. Their pastries and coffee is also really nice.
Poulette – Classic French Cuisine with amazing wall art. I tried there grill duck with Sandra and the slightly greasy duck was nicely grilled.
Café de Flore – Probably the most famous café of Paris in which it’s famous for its philosopher, writer, and celebrity visitors.
La Buca – Located in Saint Germain des Prés, this is an great Italian restaurant with a cozy ambiance and the perfect pasta. I tried their Truffle pasta and it thick and flavorful.
L’improbable – a spacious and Instagramable sandwich place. I ordered their tuna sandwich and a house cocktail. Definitely a fun place to lay back and chat with friends.
Where to Go
Museums – Musée D’orsey for ancient art, Palais de Tokyo and Centre Pompidou for modern art, Grand Palais holds designer collections like that of Jean Paul Gautier, Jeu de Paume for contemporary art and photography, Fondation Louis Vuitton for architectural and modern art, and Musée du Louvre for pretty much everything.
Wanderlust – If you want a night out, Wonderlust offers two big dance floors with affordable drinks and an absolutely stunning view of the Seine. No cover needed and it’s so easy to get to.
Fontainebleau – Go farther to Fontainebleau for a grand palace where you find ancient paintings and furnitures. Also don’t forget the symmetrical garden!
Versailles – the most grand and luxurious chateau where Napoleon lived. Everything is gilded in gold! Go very early in the day to avoid the line and to have more time in the garden!
Montmartre – The Montmartre church is on a hilltop, offering you the highest view of Paris. Near the sacred church is also an art market and Café des Deux Moulins where Amélie was filmed. It is the best to explore little alleys and stairs of the area.
Canal Saint Martin – the canal is the best place to get some summer sun and chat with friends sitting on the water edge. Walking along the canal, you will also get to République, a residential area where skaters bustle through crowds in the city square.
Parc Monceau, Tuileries, Place des Vosges and Jardin du Luxembourg – four of my favorite parks in the city! Jardin du Luxembourg is a classic symmetrical French garden, and in Tuileries, you can take street snap photos like how they do during Paris Fashion Week!
Montparnasse Cemetery – A fall afternoon walk in this cemetery is just peaceful and beautiful. In here, you can find tombstones even in Chinese!