I have been majorly slacking on getting my travel guides up! But better late than never right? Today I will be sharing my top five things to do in Paris. We were only there for a few days, but we packed so much in! I know that traveling to such a popular destination can be overwhelming so I tried to narrow down the best things we did!
Five Things to do in Paris:
- Go to Notre Dame. This is the first thing we did when we got to Paris (okay, we actually went to Laduree first). We wanted to check off a ton of touristy stuff the first day and Notre Dame did not disappoint. From there it was a quick walk to Le Marais where we explored Place de Vosges, Hotel Sully, and Maison de Victor Hugo.
- Eat at L’Avenue. This is where we ate on our last night and it was my favorite meal of the whole vacation. You can watch the Eiffel Tower Light show if you get a good window seat. The atmosphere was amazing and the food was the BEST!
- Explore Montmartre. We came here to see Sacré-Cœur, the view from there is insane and the basilica is so beautiful. The area surrounding it is adorable. There are cute cafes on every corner, street vendors, and Moulin Rouge! Of course, I had to stop by Maison Rose (what Pinterest and Instagram dreams are made of!)
- Visit the Ritz. Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway lived here — that was enough for me. It was recently remodeled and it is absolutely gorgeous. Check out Vogue’s feature on the renovation here. My new life goal is to stay here and I am determined to make it happen. There is amazing shopping in this area too!
- Skip the Louvre. Yeah, I said it. We honestly had a horrible experience here. The audio guides didn’t work. It was so crowded. The Mona Lisa was underwhelming at best. Instead, I recommend walking through the Tuileries (it’s so magical) and heading to Musée de l’Orangerie . Monet’s water lilies were absolutely breathtaking. I fell in love with Marie Laurencin and the whole experience was just incredible.
We stayed at the Marriott on Champs-Élysées right near the Arc de Triomphe. We walked almost everywhere so we got to see a lot of the city that way! Shop on the Avenue Montaigne and get your macarons at Pierre Herme. It was so hard to narrow this list down to five, but these truly were the top five things we did. The river cruise down the Seine gets an honorable mention — it’s such a gorgeous way to see the entire city!