Paris is one of those places that surely lives up to its hype. How can you not be in total awe of the Parisian architecture, unique rooftops, amazing pastries, and the way the Eiffel Tower lights up at night? It’s one of those cities that keeps you coming back. I am guilty of not giving this city enough time though. I’ve visited twice in the last year, but each time was only for a few days. You need way more than 48 hours to truly experience Paris. But if you only have time to get a teensy tiny taste, then here are some impressive stops to check out along the way.
Favorite Stops in Paris
1. Jardin du Palais Royal– This garden had two stops that interested me, the lineup of trees and the striped columns.
2. Arc de Triomphe– One of the most breathtaking views of the city!
3. Montmartre– It’s a little further out, but a gorgeous area to wander. It has some of the most popular Instagram spots that I’m sure you’ve seen on your feed.
4. Rue Crémieux– I loveeee this street!! I think it’s my favorite one in Paris, and it’s easy to see why.
5. Le Marais– Thanks to Ckanani, I learned that this area was the best to stay in while planning my first visit. It became a favorite and I stayed there again the second time around. Plenty of doors, facades, cafes, etc. to photograph as you walk the streets. The trains will quickly get you to the rest of the city. It’s only about 3 miles from the Eiffel Tower.
6. Île de la Cité- It’s a small island in the middle of the city near Notre Dame. It’s between Le Marais and Saint Germain area.
7. Saint-Germain-des-Prés– Another fun area to explore by foot and with a camera in hand.
8. Eiffel Tower– Of course, you have to make your way to the Eiffel Tower. I tried to have a picnic when I went back in May, but it was raining. It seems to rain a lot in Paris. It’s fun walking through different streets to see it from new angles. Don’t miss the nighttime light show!
Hotels I Recommend
InterContinental Paris Le Grand– I booked this room with my free credit card points and got one of the most incredible upgrades and the best view we’ve ever had. Two balconies overlooking the city and a view of the Eiffel Tower. The hotel was wonderful, and if I could actually afford it I’d stay there again.
We even got to see the light show from our balcony!
Hotel Georgette– This hotel had lots of good reviews, was very clean, affordable with a cool view, and in a good area.
Airbnb– There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to Airbnb’s. The prices are excellent and are in ideal areas like Le Marais or Saint Germain.
Restaurants Worth Trying
I have to admit, it was kind of hard to sit down for a full meal when I kept stuffing myself with pastries. Wouldn’t you do the same?
Le Temps des Cerises– A tiny little place with delicious food. Since it’s so small there may be a wait.
Le Saint Régis– I kept trying to get brunch here because I wanted to try their french toast (in France, I know so cliché of me) but I learned they only do that on weekends. We had a small breakfast anyway, and enjoyed our choices! I heard their dinner is good too.
L’As du Fallafel– Oddly enough, this is the most popular place in Paris according to Yelp. There’s always a line, it moves quickly, and the fallafels are excellent. Note: They are closed on Saturdays.
Pastries Worth Having
I could not physically eat as many macarons and croissants as I wanted. Trust me, I did my best. I just need to go back. It’s the only solution.
Du Pain et des Idées– Perfect croissant. Jorge wanted to try their pistachio escargot and became a huge fan!
Pierre Hermé– One of my favorite macaron shops in Paris.
Carette– Another favorite for macarons, it’s really hard to choose between all of them. They’ve all done such an excellent job lol.
L’Éclair de Génie– This was our first time trying eclairs (what a perfect place to do it right?) And they were a lot better than I imagined. Now, I have to make a stop whenever I’m in Paris.
Eric Kayser– More croissant perfection. I did not get tired of the flaky buttery crust.
Ladurée– Probably the most famous macaron shop in Paris. We actually didn’t visit because we always get Laduree in NYC, and I wanted to try new places. But if you haven’t been, then I recommend it.
Cafes Worth Visiting
Loustic– Jorge loved the coffee here! I was having a very hard time finding a cafe that served coconut milk so I sadly wasn’t able to try any of the coffee.
Ob-la-Di– Great coffee and greater avocado toast.
Matamata Coffee Bar– Another good option for a cappuccino on a really cute street.
Stay Connected in Paris
If you only have a few days (even if you have many more) don’t waste time trying to find wifi, make sure you stay connected with a hotspot! It’s a lot cheaper than international data plans. Trust me, it’ll make your days in Paris SO much easier. We used HIPPOCKET WIFI and had a flawless connection the entire time we were there. It was great to use for directions, Yelp reviews, social updates, etc. They shipped it for free to our hotel which also included a free return envelope, just had to drop it in any local mailbox. You can actually use this wifi anywhere in France and many other countries in Europe, so definitely check them out and avoid unnecessary fees back home.
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Thank you to HIPPOCKET WIFI for sponsoring my hotspot while in France. As always, all opinions are my own.