PARIS is such a great city! I spent four days there and I want to go back as soon as possible. Actually I am a bit surprised that I like Paris that much as I’m more into “cooler” or “younger” cities like Berlin. However, as Paris is a big city and has so much to offer, I want to share with you my personal tips for this city.
WHAT TO EAT.
Of course I start with talking about food, what else ;-). Well, I have to say that I’m not into French kitchen, which is not such a surprise as it mainly consists of snails and other stuff I don’t like and eat. But, as a vegetarian/vegan you find something everywhere and there are also a lot of healthy restaurants. Something very important before I start writing about my favorite restaurants: You have to be aware that when it comes to food EVERYTHING is more expensive in Paris. I thought this is a mythos or prejudice, but it’s not. It doesn’t matter where or what you eat, you always pay at least 15€ per person for a main dish and a glass of tap water.
If you want to start the day with a healthy breakfast, I recommend a really nice cafe called MURE. You can have a small breakfast (small yoghurt or cake or something like that and a hot drink) for 7€, which is quite cheap for Paris. I chose an Acai bowl (best thing ever!) and some green tea. My boyfriend had some Madeleines and a hot chocolate.
Talking about breakfast, MARCEL is another favorite of mine! It’s close to Les Invalides, which is a must-see and you can combine it very well.
CLAUS is also a really cute cafe, but unfortunately they were fully booked and we couldn’t eat there.
I also ate my first Vietnamese dish in my entire life. My Bo Bun is a rather small restaurant where you can create your own Bo Bun, which is a bowl with noodles, vegetables, tofu and stuff like that. It tasted quite good…. if you like coriander :-).
Big Fernand is a great burger restaurant located in Galeries Lafayette. Great food, staff, atmosphere and perfect for a shopping break.
We also went to a Lebanese restaurant, which is called Le tour du liban. The owners are a highlight in itself. Funny, friendly and helpful. Very delicious food!
Last but not least, we went to Laduree! How amazing is that?! Of course it’s completely overpriced, but I felt like a princess there. The macarons are amazing! You just simply have to go there if you are in Paris. We visited the cafe at Champs Elysee.
WHAT TO SEE.
Where do I start… I don’t want to add that much to this, because I think everyone already knows something about those sights and spots.
MUSEE DE LOUVRE. Overwhelming! Free entrance if you are a student in the EU and under 26.
TOUR DE EIFFEL. A Must-see of course. Unfortunately, we didn’t go on the top, because there were billions of people there waiting to get on top of it.
GALERIES LAFAYETTE. Great shopping center. Near the Opera, which is also a must-see.
SACRE COEUR AND MONTMARTRE. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed by this. Montmartre only is beautiful when you go behind Sacre Coeur. Everything in front is a really ugly and shabby area.
QUARTIER LATIN and JARDIN DE LUXEMBOURG. My favorite place in whole Paris! Most beautiful park I’ve ever seen.
NOTRE DAME and PONT NEUF. Pont Neuf connects Paris with Ile de la Citè, a small natural island on which you can find Notre Dame. In my opinion the most beautiful cathedral of Paris.
CHAMPS ELYSEE. Best shopping street ever! You can literally find every shop and brand there! Most of the shops are also open on Sundays. At the end of Champs Elysee there is the famous Arc de triumph.
LE INVALIDES. A very stunning building, which houses the military museum and a church, where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried.
GOOD TO KNOW.
First things first, Parisians are not able to talk in English. I’m not sure if they aren’t able to speak the language or don’t want to speak. Well, as I learned Italian in school I’m not able to talk a single French word except “bonjour”. This can lead to some difficulties for example once we had to leave the restaurant because the waiter couldn’t speak English and there was no other staff except him. To be honest I found that really rude. Even if you’re not good in speaking english you can at least try and communicate with gestures. So that’s something you have to be aware when you go to Paris.
The underground train system is the most complicated I’ve ever seen in my life. You have to look really careful at the numbers and colors, although the latter is sometimes not matching.
If you want to go on top of the Eiffel tower you should book the tickets online before. Otherwise you’ll have to wait for about 45-60 minutes.
As I already said, if you’re a student within the EU and under 26 you get free entrance to every museum.
So that’s all I wanted to share with you about this beautiful city. If you have any questions just comment down below. 🙂