Perhaps it is a commonly agreed fact that Paris is a very special place.
This was not my first time visiting, I’ve been here a few years ago and during that trip had an opportunity to explore the city over a week (more on that here). This time Paris was a two day stop between Champagne (more on that later) and Amsterdam (for ADE music festival). It was, however, my sister’s first time in Paris, and while two days is not quite enough to see it all, it’s enough time to enjoy the food and explore the essential sites.
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We stayed at a lovely boutique hotel called Les Deux Girafes, had dinner at L’Avant Comptoir and bedroom picnic with finds from Rue Cler, weekend lunch at Pink Mama, splurged on an insane charcuterie board at Oplato, and had cocktails at the Red Door (if you know, you know).
The neighbourhood where Oplato and Red Door are located is a fun strip of bars and restaurants, lively and busy with lineups out of the doors for the hot spots like Clamato. As a less touristy area here you will also notice that Paris is not a particularly clean city and one covered in street art. In many ways it feels like home.
Paris is a great city to explore on foot, some of the stops we got to this fall are Rue Cremieux (for the colourful buildings), Sainte-Chapelle (for the stunning windows), The Louvre and Pont Alexandre III (stunning bridge!), Eiffel Tower for the first-timer, Arc de Triomphe, and de Montmartre (which is not far from Pink Mama) to do some shopping and see the Basilica du Sacré-Cœur (great view from here).
Picnic is a must when in Paris and there are a lot of places one can be had. The best places to pick up the food and wine for this picnic is Rue Cler (also offers a nice view on the Eiffel Tower). It is essentially a market street, packed with shops and cafes where you can buy fresh fruit and veg, fresh terrine and pate, wide variety of cheeses, jams and jared terrine to take home (see photos at the bottom).