We stayed just 2 nights in Paris, but managed to fit plenty in, and discover some new favourite spots which I will definitely be returning to next time i’m in the city!
With the Eurostar making Paris so accessible from London, it was an early start but we were in Paris in no time, with a whole day ahead of us to explore. Upon arrival we dropped our bags off at Hotel International, which was perfectly located right around the corner from a metro station, meaning just about everywhere we wanted to go in the city was reachable within 20 minutes.
Our first stop was lunch, of course, and we headed to Cafe Louise for some traditional French cuisine. We dined among the locals, just a few minutes walk from the Louvre. Walking is always my favourite way to see a city, so after our lunch we set off and ended up racking over 25,000 steps that day!
After a few pictures and a very brief visit inside the Louvre (we ended up being evacuated!) we continued to stroll all the way through the Jardin des Tuileries, which are just lovely to pass through, until we arrived at the famous Champs Elysee’s. We had an afternoon tipple, looked around some of the stores and of course stopped off for some macaroons at the stunning Laduree Boutique.
Somewhere that I had searched on instagram and had my heart set on visiting for dinner, was Pink Mamma and it did not disappoint! The building itself was instantly recognisable by it’s pink tile exterior and the interiors were just as spectacular. We were on the upper floor which was decked out in plants and bric a brac plates, you almost could’ve been on an Italian terrace. There’s even a secret bar in the basement while you wait for your table! Be sure to arrive here early as they don’t take reservations and the wait list will be long. We weren’t seated until 9:45pm, but it was worth it!
The following morning we took a trip out of town to – you guessed it – Disneyland Paris. Disney has always been a guilty pleasure of mine so a trip to Paris just wouldn’t have been complete without a visit. Back in the city in time for dinner, we headed to Flesh, a tucked away steak and grill restaurant that was absolutely packed out inside.
A quick search on instagram will lead you to discovering Paris’s most instagram-able street, Rue De L’Universite. It was on my must visit list during our weekend in the city, and it is just as beautiful in person!
After the instagram pit stop and a boulangerie break for some coffee and croissants, the remainder of our final morning in Paris was spent on an open-top bus tour. Not usually ones to go for overly touristy activities, this was something a bit different for us, but we had a great time seeing all of Paris’s sites and driving through areas we had never discovered before. We went with the company Open Tour Paris and though we didn’t ‘hop-off’ at all so I can’t comment on wait times, the tour was great fun, despite the drizzle in the air!
After our bus tour, it was a quick stop for some cheese and wine and we headed back to the hotel to pick up our luggage, before heading to Gare Du Nord to board our Eurostar back to London!
What are your favourite things to do in Paris?