+ Things to Do in Paris – Weekend Break

Long weekend in Paris

Last week I had no plans for 2015, and yet now I have two works trips abroad booked and a Paris city break planned with my boyfriend. The trip I’m most looking forward to is Paris, of course! There’s still over two months to go, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to plan where to stay, what to see and most importantly what to wear.

What to Wear

Miss Pandora (i.e. the queen of Lookbook) has a whole page dedicated to French chic – think sailor shirts, berets and red stockings!
Caroline de Maigret shows us that a Chanel bag is mandatory in Paris
Utilising the arms of your coat is very passé in Paris!
If in doubt – dress in red, white and blue!

What to See & Do

View of Ile de la Cité
View of Ile de la Cité
evening: latin quarter
Quartier Latin
Arc De Triomphe (Paris) in 1000 MegaPixels (Zoom in)
Arc de Triomphe is such an icon of Paris and I cannot wait to see this one evening!
Louvre at Night
Louvre
Le Canal Saint Martin
Le Canal Saint Martin
Rue Galande
Le caveau des oubliettes: A jazz bar set in a 12-century cave
Christmas Tree
Galeries Lafayette
  •  Catacombs: Twenty metres below ground are the remains of ~6million Parisians… I had no bloody idea anything like this existed! Because of the existence of this ossuary, Paris has very shallow foundations and that’s why there are few tall buildings in the city.
  • Giverny Tour: Technically this is outside of Paris, but the chance to visit Monet’s house and gardens is worth a shot, even if we are going in freezing-cold February!
  • Sandemans Tour: I went on a Sandemans tour in Berlin and it was absolutely phenomenal. They have a 3-hour free walking tour, and what’s great is you can pay what you think the tour is worth.
  • I’ve found an amazing walking tour, both in podcast and map form. Even better, there’s a 2-hour guided walking tour plus French wine tasting!
  • Le Petit Prince de Paris is meant to be a must-see and has plenty of 4/5* reviews on Trip Advisor
  • Pont des Arts: Don’t forget your padlock!
  • Jardin du Luxembourg looks absolutely beautiful during the winter months, as seen in this blog post here.

 Where to Eat

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Le Relais de l’Entrecôte
Christmas Lights at Rue Cler, Paris, France
Rue Cler: This pedestrian street is home to a wide array of greengrocers, rotisseries, fromageries, delis and fishmongers. I cannot wait to try out L’Éclair, Tribeca and Le Café du Marché.
Berthillon ice cream cone
Berthillon apparently serves some of the best ice cream in Paris.
La Conserverie: Just look at this place!
  • Le Restaurant: This restaurant is hands-down one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve laid eyes on (well, in photos online). I’ve booked a table for our Friday evening, hope it’s all it’s cracked up to be!
  • La pâtisserie des rêves
  • Angelina’s Tearoom
  • Café de la Paix: A pricey but beautifully elegant Parisian institution
  • Falafel Valley (L’As du Fallafel): Apparently the best way to tell if you’ve found it is the inevitable massive queue outside!

 Where to Stay

  • Hotel Plaza Athenee: A Facebook friend reviewed this as 5stars… the only thing putting me off is the price tag!
  •  Hotel Empereur: You can request a room overlooking Les Invalides
  •  Hyatt Paris Madeleine: This is where we decided to book as there was a special 20% offer via Trivago. It’s 5*, with a beautiful spa and views of the Eiffel Tower
  • Relais Christine: A hidden hotel in the Latin Quarter with a private flowered courtyard

Some other Resources

10 Things You Must See in Paris – Hopeful Wandering

City Guide to Paris by Eleanore Bridge (Le Blog De La Méchante)

The Five New Tenets of French Girl Style

Using Your Phone to See Paris in a Whole New Light

In the Footsteps of James Joyce, Paris

YTravel’s blog post on Paris

Foodie Lover’s Guide to Paris

Ten of the best bars in Paris

Top Paris Lookbook looks