We recently just finished our trip through Paris. It was mine and Jared’s first time there and I can definitely see why many people consider this city to be one of their favorites in the world. Let’s just say the hype is definitely real. We arrived from Rome via overnight train which connected in Milan. In total it was about a 13 hour train ride, not the most comfortable experience, but I think something everyone should do at least once in their lifetime.
Paris has been on the top of my list of places to visit for as long as I can remember. It was an absolute dream to experience it in real life. We arrived on a Sunday. We were definitely spoiled there with the weather. It was so unbelievably hot in Rome (in the mid 90’s), that the 60 degree temperature in Paris felt like heaven to us. I am glad that I brought an assortment of clothes with me for different climates, because a jacket came in handy when it dropped down to the 50’s and the wind felt like ice against our skin. After all, we did just move from Miami, so anything below 70 is “chilly” to us.
As we arrived to Paris, we made a list on Wunderlist, of all the things we wanted to see/do. Unfortunately we didn’t get to do everything but we crossed the main things off our list. To start we stayed at an airbnb located in the 11th Arrondissement. The location was pretty central. It was within walking distance to attractions like the Musee de Louvre but only a short metro ride to the Eiffel Tower. The flat we stayed in was perfect as it was a private home with everything you would need, a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and living room. I would suggest to simply do your research on places to stay. I always prefer airbnb, rather than hotels just because of the experience. However, I highly recommend the area we stayed in or anywhere near that general vicinity.
Where to eat: One thing I can say I loved the most about Paris was the diversity of food disposable to you at every corner. In the short amount of time we were there we indulged in foods from Bangladesh, Mexico, the Middle East, and traditional Paris dishes, of course. A much wider variety of food than what we have come across in Rome. It’s refreshing and nice to take a break from the pizza and pasta for a little bit. Some of the restaurants we went to that you have to check out are:
- Paris-Feni– this restaurant was located not far from where we were staying and was recommended by our airbnb host. It was also our first meal in Paris and it definitely put us on the right start. The waiter recommended a Bangladesh dish with chicken, vegetables, and spiced rice. It was unlike anything I’ve ever had before but so delicious. We paired this with a fruit smoothie and coffee to bring us back to life.
- Candelaria– if you love Mexican and tacos, this is your jam. This little hole in the wall place is a treasure in Europe as we have not had any luck finding a good Mexican spot until we came to Paris. Check out the bar in the back. The vibes and atmosphere back there are super unique and so are the drinks.
- Chambelland– a great, quick breakfast spot serving tasty treats. Don’t expect this to be like your local Denny’s with the sausage, eggs, and pancakes. Instead they serve traditional french pastries and breads perfect with a cup of coffee.
- L’Estimanet– traditional French restaurant. We had to go with the steak and frites as that is the staple dish of Paris. The steak was amazing as were the fries.
What to see:
- Eiffel Tower- Of course, we had to come see the Eiffel Tower. After all, it is one of the most famous monuments in the world. There is an actual restaurant inside the Eiffel Tower, which you would need to make reservations for ahead of time. It cost 7 euros to go up to the first floor of the tower and 14 euro to get to the very top. We only walked around the outside. Nonetheless, the views were spectacular.
- Musee de Louvre- where the famous Mona Lisa painting is held. We didn’t go inside but we did walk around where the Louvre was. It was beautiful to see at night lit up with the carnival in the background.
- Le Jardin du Luxembourg- we came here for an afternoon stroll after having lunch. It’s a perfect place for a run, walk, picnic, etc. The gardens, greenery, fountains are a great place to get a breath of fresh air and just enjoy the peace and quiet.
- Notre Dame- again, because of the short amount of time we had to see everything, we just walked around it. The building itself is spectacular. Next time we are in Paris I would like to check it out, but purchase tickets ahead of time online as the lines were quite long.
Overall, our trip to Paris exceeded our expectations. From the hospitality, to the food, the weather – everything was perfect and I really couldn’t have imagined a better trip. I hope to be back again soon. I believe Paris is one of those cities that gets better and better each time. Have you been? If so, what places do you recommend to check out? I would love to know!
UPDATE(7/10/17): I have recently teamed up with GPSMyCity to convert this blog post into an article on their app! If you would like to download it to get step by step directions on your phone next time you are in Paris, simply click here. Enjoy!
All my love,