Paris Vacation? My Tips On Where To Go And What To See! – Part 1
It may be hard to think of spring and summer vacations since it is only February, but I know how months can fly by. It is never too early to start planning your vacation!
Whenever friends or family are going to Paris, they come to me for advice on where to go and what to see. And, after living in Paris for over 5 years, I am more than happy to share some of my favorite spots throughout the city.
That is why I came up with the idea of making a list of the best spots to see in Paris.
There are so many beautiful places to visit in around the city, so my list will be done in a series. Each entry will reveal 5 of my favorite places to visit in Paris and around the area.
Please note that this list is in no particular order as there is no way I could possible choose favorites between some of these places!
Must see places in Paris (in no particular order):
Bercy Village- A beautiful part of the city that is a little bit slower paced. There is a beautiful park with wildlife, ponds, and gardens. After strolling through the park and sitting under a tree, you can walk to the little cobblestone main street that has many restaurants and shops. Click here to read more about it!
Angelina’s Tea House – On Rue de Rivoli, this historic tea house was a popular meeting place for Coco Chanel and her friends. They are famous for their thick, ultra rich hot chocolate. The pastries are to die for, and will satisfy your sweet tooth. The inside of the tea house is opulent with gold trimmed walls and chandeliers. Tip* Visit this place on off times as there is usually a wait that can sometimes be over an hour long. Click here for more about Angelina’s!
Laduree – Known for their macarons, this French luxury bakery makes some of the prettiest pastries I have ever seen. Visit the one on Champs Elysees to experience the charm that Laduree is known for. Click here to see photos from when I visited there for my birthday.
Marche Puces Porte Vanves – A smaller version of the large antique market to the north of the city, but with far less tourists. I find more at this antique market than any others due to the fact that there are less tourists there looking for treasures. Open Sunday mornings, but get there early as some vendors start packing up around 11:30am. See more about it here.
Monet’s House/ Giverny – While technically not in Paris, this is one day trip outside of Paris not to be missed. Hop on a train from the Saint-Lazare station into Giverny where there are plenty of free buses that will take you to Monet’s house in a small village. The gardens of his house are just like stepping into one of his paintings. Stop in a little cafe for lunch in the small town and shop in the many gift shops that feature all Monet themed trinkets. Read about my day trip in Giverny here.
If you have been to Paris and feel that I have missed something, or have a favorite place of your own, please leave a comment below!