ONE WEEKEND IN PARIS
WHERE TO EAT
French Cuisine, amazing wine, delicious bread. What is not to love about Paris? My time in the City is usually limited to 48-72 hours and my schedule is heavily managed while I am in town. Here are some of my favourite places to eat and drink in the French Capital!
ANGELINA: One of Coco Chanel’s preferred breakfast spots! The hot chocolate is decadent, the deserts are divine and the continental breakfast is the perfect start to your day. This famous teahouse is often busy so be sure to make reservations in advance. My favourite location is 226 rue de Rivoli right near the L’Oeuvre.
BAR HEMINGWAY AT THE RITZ: This small, cozy little bar in the Ritz Hotel serves up some of the very best cocktails with a strong dose of nostalgia. Hemingway is reported to have “liberated” the bar from the Nazi’s during occupation in 1944. This quiet hideaway is the perfect start to your night or an intimate evening with delicious drinks and great conversation. 15 Place Vendome.
LE RELAIS DE L’ENTRECOTE: One of my all time favourite meals. We were first introduced to L’Entrecote by friends in Bordeaux and now we simply cannot visit Paris without making a visit. It is THE BEST steak frites I have ever had, and the unique sauce is tangy and delicious! The original formula was created in 1959 and the meal is served with bread, french fries and a salad that is best enjoyed with wine. There is a location just off the Champs Elysee. 15 rue Marboeuf. L’Entrecote is an informal dining experience, but the service is outstanding and the way in which the meal is served and enjoyed will keep you coming back!
BLE NOIR: A crepery based in Versailles near the Palace is well worth the trip outside the city. An incredible menu of quiche and crepes awaits you and there is number of tasty options. 9 Rue de Satory
BUDDA BAR: If you are looking for a break from french cuisine combined with the ambience of an evening hot spot - BUDDA BAR is the perfect choice. A Pan Asian menu, with delicious cocktails, great music and a large golden statue of Budda imposes down on your during your meal! A fabulous late night eating spot that is the perfect combination of lounge, bar and restaurant all in one. 8-12 Rue Boissy D’Anglas.
LA DUREE: A visit to Paris would not be complete with a stop at La Duree the french luxury baker known for its macarons! The flagship location on the Champs Elysee has a wonderful heated patio that is perfect for people watching or you could enjoy a drink in their bar that is garnished with some of their amazing treats! Be sure to pick up some macarons to take with you. My personal favourites are the raspberry, rose and salted caramel.
MUST SEE SITES!
The City of Love is filled with history, culture, shopping and a number of exciting events. If you are short on time here are my MUST SEE stops during your weekend in Paris!
The Eiffel Tower: The Eiffel Tower is an iconic Parisian landmark. It was built in 1889 and is named after the engineer who designed it, Gustave Eiffel. It is best seen at night on the hour when a magical and sparkling light display illuminates the tower. It has recently undergone significant security enhancements and long gone are the days where you could sit on the grass with a bottle of wine enjoying the scenery around you. In my opinion it is not best viewed from the rear of the building where it can be approached by street. There are park benches, less tourists and it allows for a more intimate viewing experience.
Palace of Versailles; The Palace was the principal residence of Louis XIV and was built in 1667. It was occupied from 1682 until the French Revolution in 1789. It is now a national landmark. The Palace is one of the most spectacular in the world. From the Hall of Mirrors, to the impressive gardens and incredible collection of art and french historical artifacts, it is an important part of French History and an opulent reminder of times gone by. It is easily reached by train or with a smaller group more easily reached by Uber.
Champs Elysees: Take a stroll down the Champs at night. Enjoy a glass of wine and people watch curbside or shop until late as the stores all have extended hours.
Arc De Triomphe: One of the most famous monuments in Paris and is located at the top of the Champs Elysees. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and took over 30 years to finish. It is now the final resting place for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in France.
Louvre Museum: The Worlds LARGEST art museum located on the Right Bank of the Seine. With over 38,000 objects there is so much to see and experience. The museum is home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, The Raft of Medusa, Liberty Leading the People and more! Be sure to do your research and map out your journey. There is a lot to see and if you are short on time you may wish to focus on a smaller number of works.
Notre Dame Cathedral: A renewed interest has sparked in the Notre Dame Cathedral after the devastating fire of 2019. My husband and I love to visit churches so that we can light candles for our fathers. The church is unfortunately closed to tourists but it is still an important part of French history and the Catholic faith.
TIPS & TRICKS
WHERE TO STAY: Depending on your budget there are many wonderful hotels in Paris and the surrounding areas. Here are some of my favourites: Le Crayon Rouge (small boutique hotel), Buddha Bar Hotel (amazing rooms and amenities), Waldorf Astoria Versailles (great for 1-2 nights if you are visiting Versailles), Hilton Defence (close enough to the major tourist attractions but in a nearby business district. Great for visitors that want all the amenities of a North American hotel), Ritz Paris (splurge), Paris Marriott Champs Elysees (right on the Champs Elysees) and the Relais Spa in Chessy near Disneyland Paris.
GETTING AROUND: The Paris Metro is affordable, easy to use and very convenient. If you are travelling between London the Eurostar is an easy to use option and more affordable if booked in advance.
If you wish to see some of the sites at night and/or are travelling with someone who has mobility issues the Paris Pedicab or Rickshaw is a fast and easy way to experience the city fro the streets! Uber is easy to use and very popular.