Is there anything more lovely than Paris? I’ve visited a handful of times now, and every time, I fall more in love with the city of love. I once traveled to Paris for Valentine’s Day, and I saw a couple getting married beside The Seine, right under the Eiffel Tower. It was unbearably romantic, but I also think they were very very cold. It’s that commitment to romance that only Paris can induce. But whether you decide to visit with your love, or with your friends or with your mum or sisters, Paris is charming to all! Use this Paris Travel Guide, filled with all my favorite finds around the city from my visits there, and you too will fall in love with Paris!
Paris Travel Guide
When to Go
Having been in Paris for Valentine’s Day, I can tell you that it’s really too cold to enjoy the best of Paris at that time. The winter is cold and blustery, so you’re better suited to visit in the warmer months. Summer in Paris is warm and wonderful, but also very crowded. I recommend late spring or early fall as the best time to visit!
How to Get There
To get to Paris, you have a few airports to choose from. Most international flights go into Charles De Gaulle Airport, and many also arrive at Orly Airport. And if you’re flying on a budget airline, you’ll probably arrive to Beauvais-Tille Airport. No matter which airport you fly into, the easiest way to get from the airport to the city is T2 Transfer. They’re the #1 Paris airport shuttle company, and the best way to get into Paris and get your vacation started!
Where to Stay
There is no shortage of great hotels in Paris, and in a city this big, location is everything. First-timers to Paris will probably like to stay close to the Eiffel Tower, and where better than a real French palace? Stay at Saint James Paris Relais & Chateaux for an experience like French royalty. I would also highly recommend staying in the Le Marais neighborhood because it’s super charming and exactly what you expect Paris to look like. In Le Marais, try to stay at Saint Paul Le Marais Hotel, it’s got all the charm to match its neighborhood. Another option is to stay close to the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, the center of fashion and shopping in the world’s fashion capital. Hotel Napoleon is close by to the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, so if you stay there you are close to some of the top attractions in Paris already!
What to See
Paris is so well-known that you probably don’t need any reminding of what the major attractions are! When you visit Paris, you absolutely must go see: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Catedrale de Notre-Dame, the Musee d’Orsay, the Champs-Elysees, the Place de la Concorde, the Centre Pompidou, the Sacre-Coeur, the Moulin Rouge, and the Jardins des Tuileries. It’s a feat in itself if you can manage to check off all of the major attractions in just one visit!
Where to Eat
It’s Paris, you can eat anywhere and it will be good! Indulge your gourmand side while you’re here in Paris, and try to enjoy as much French food as you possibly can. One night while you’re in Paris, eat dinner at Café du Trocadero. It’s across the river from the Eiffel Tower, so you can enjoy a decadent dinner while watching the lights show illuminate the Eiffel Tower! When you go up to the Sacre Coeur, which is further away from the downtown sights, stop in for lunch at Le Studio Café and enjoy a traditional croque monsieur sandwich. Go for cookies at Jean Hwang Currant, for popcorn doughnuts at Boneshaker Doughnuts, for pastries at the Le Meurice palace, for ice cream at Berthillon, for dinner at Chez Julien, for lunch at the Hotel Athenee garden café, for breakfast at Café Oberkampf, and for coffee at Les Deux Magots. Have I overwhelmed you yet? I could go on, but I’ll leave it at this. There are endless options for where to eat in Paris, and with this list you’re off to a great start.
Where to Drink
One of the most popular places to drink in Paris is the Bar Le Perchoir, where you’re afforded rooftop views over the city for the price of a cocktail. It’s popular though, so go early! If you want to enjoy some of that iconic, irresistible, bone-chilling jazz music that France is so popularly saturated with, then head over to Le Duc des Lombards. They have two live shows each night, and they’ve reached international acclaim. And when you are looking for a really classy cocktail, visit the mixologists at L’éclair. This little Parisian cockatil bar isn’t far from the Eiffel Tower, perfect after a day of sightseeing!
Paris is entirely lovely and I highly encourage you to visit at least once in your life! I hope my Paris Travel Guide helps you make the most of your visit. If you have been to Paris before, what was your favorite part? Who did you visit with? How many pastries did you eat while you were there – honestly? (For me, it’s generally at least two per day!)
Thank you to T2 Transfer for sponsoring this blog post. As always, all opinions are my own.