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 for 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 a bedroom picnic with finds from Rue Cler, had 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 neighborhood 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 where 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 – a stunning bridge!
- Eiffel Tower for the first-timer
- Arc de Triomphe
- de Montmartre located not far from Pink Mama
- Basilica du Sacré-Cœur for great view on the city
A picnic is a must when in Paris and there are a lot of places one can be had. The best place to pick up the food and wine for this picnic is Rue Cler. It is essentially a market street, packed with shops and cafes where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables. There are many great shops selling fresh terrine and pate, a wide variety of cheeses, jams, and terrine. The market is also a popular spot for photos with a nice view of the Eiffel Tower.