The Ultimate Parisian Weekend
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Arts & Culture
I have been traveling to Paris over the last 10 years and it is the one city I will never get tired of. Paris offers the best food, fashion, culture and architecture out of anywhere I've been in the world. I have visited during every season and have loved seeing the city all throughout the year. When visiting Paris you have so many options when planning your itinerary. Their train system is so efficient you can travel to another county in under an hour or tour several wine regions throughout France without stepping foot in a vehicle. I can't think of anything better than sipping champagne on the lawn of the Eiffel Tower and watching it sparkle at dusk.
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Hôtel Dame des Arts
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Hôtel Madame Rêve
This boutique hotel resides in this postmodern 19th-century building that used to be the Louvre Post Office revamped with a sleek, contemporary interior.
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Day 1: Explore Paris
Start your day with an espresso or cappuccino at Bonjour Jacob to overcome jet lag. Just a few doors down, enjoy the best pastries in Paris from Du Pain et des Idees. Try the l’escargot chocolat-pistache, a chocolate-pistachio pinwheel croissant.
Caractere de Cochon: While in the Marais neighborhood, savor their iconic ham and butter sandwich.
Stroll through Jardin de Tuileries and relax in a green lawn chair by the fountain. Enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in the distance.
Visit the Louvre where you might catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa.
Skip the Moulin Rouge and head to Crazy Horse for a unique show experience.
Enjoy a few drinks at the show and wrap up your evening at a local jazz bar to complete your first night in the City of Lights.
Day 2: Parisian Indulgence: A Day of Shopping and Dining
There is no other way to start your day in Paris than with a pastry and coffee, so head to my favorite café in Paris, Dreamin Man. Enjoy a café and a slice of homemade banana bread on the bench outside and watch the incredible fashion that walks by.
Now that you’re inspired by local fashion, it’s time to shop! Head over to the iconic Champs-Élysées or my personal favorite, Rue Saint Honoré. If you’re more interested in museums than spending money, stop by the Dior Gallery to view the designer's work over the last several decades.
Paris hosts some of the best restaurants in the world, making it difficult to choose where to eat when visiting. One place I go back to every time I’m in town is Parcelles. The bistro offers one of the best wine lists in the city and has the food to complement it. My favorite dishes that are also staples on their menu are the sweetbreads with hazelnut butter and mashed potatoes and gnocchi in sage butter. Add a cold glass of white Burgundy, and you have yourself the ultimate Parisian meal!
Day 3: Exploration, history & dazzling Eiffel Tower
Start your day with a walk along the Seine, where you can peruse local art and secondhand books. If you’re not up for a walk, take the water taxi that stops at the top monuments, including Hotel De Ville, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and more.
If you’re up for the journey, take the 1-hour train to Versailles and spend the day walking the grounds. You can easily spend half a day exploring the gardens and chateau. The Hall of Mirrors is worth the wait!
When you arrive back in the city, stop by the local charcutier and fromagerie to get some of the best meat and cheese (don’t forget a bottle of wine!). Take your treats over to the lawn of the Eiffel Tower and watch the sunset. From there, the sparkling tower will entertain you every hour on the hour. You’ll never want to leave!
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Briana Masson’s guide, An Extended Guide to Paris.
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