“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Bonjour and welcome to the city of Love!
With more than 40 million visitors flocking in each year, Paris can be pretty overwhelming at first. The traffic is crazy, the streets are busy and can be tough keeping up if you don’t speak any French. But with so many beautiful things to see and do around the city Paris never ceases to amaze me…
My first stop is the Champagne Bar on the third floor of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the views over the city. Alternatively, you can also indulge in a fine-dining experience in the Jules Verne Restaurant on top of the tower. Another great spot to have a glass of bubbly while not only overlooking the city but also the tour d’Eiffel itself is also one of my favorite restaurants and a really great place for brunch:
For romantic views like this directly from your Hotel room, I recommend staying either at the Peninsula Hôtel Plaza Athénée, the Peninsula or the Shangri-La. But there are also many other more budget-friendly options or smaller boutique hotels around town, which are also very nice.
For breakfast, I recommend doing it à la Parisian style and enjoy a croissant along with your café au lait or head to one of my favorite pastry shops, which is with its pastel plushy interior and the smell of fresh macarons a true feast for not only your taste buds but also all your other senses:
With multiple locations all over the city, I recommend the one on Champs-Elysée, which also has a bar and multiple historical dining rooms.
Some of the cultural highlights of Paris include the famous Louvre Museum, where you will be surprised to find out about the actual size of the Mona Lisa portrait, the Arc-de-Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysée, the Notre Dame and a cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge followed by a romantic stroll along the river Seine.
If you have time, plan a day trip to Versailles to see the fascinating Palace and garden of Louis XIV. As a more modern alternative, you can also go and explore Disneyland Paris.
For some traditional Parisian lunch or dinner, I recommend Polidor, which is featured in Woody Allen’s movie ‘Midnight in Paris’ and dates back to 1845. The menu is classic French bistro style attracting not only tourists but also many locals. For drinks, I recommend the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz on Place Vendôme.
Whatever you end up doing in Paris, know that Paris is always a good idea.