Going to Paris (and I need suggestions!)

October 9, 2017

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Hello friends!

My husband and I are spending 9 days in Paris next month, and I’d love to hear your suggestions.  What are your “musts” for things to see/do, places to eat (and dishes to order), and what to pack for the fall?  Anything not worth doing?

I’ve never been, (outside of a layover at CDG) and I’m crazy excited.  I’ve been working on my French with Rosetta Stone (which I highly recommend #notsponsored), and researching lots of city guides–I’ve been loving this fantastic book, because I love the idea of experiencing the city more like a local.  We’ll be staying in the St. Germain area, and are looking forward to a more relaxed kind of trip than we’re used to, since we’ll spending more than a couple nights in a single city.

What are your picks?

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  • Reply Krystal October 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Please share photos once you’re back so I can live vicariously through you! Paris is one of my favorite cities.

    Everyone has different preferences, but here are my must-sees and -dos:
    City Pharma

    Visit a market and put together a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower (the view from the mid-level platform is better than the top if you decide to go up it)
    The big museums: Louvre, L’orangerie, D’orsay, Pompidou
    Hanging out by the Canal Saint-Martin
    Visiting one of the Jardins

    Ice cream at Berthillon
    Le Comptoir de Relais or L’avant Comptoir
    Cozy meal at a small local place, like Le Volant Basque
    Honestly most bakeries far exceed anything we have here! Just avoid breads with the tiny dimples on the bottom, since those are not usually made by hand.
    Good coffee is hard to find, but it’s getting better.
    I always check out David Lebovitz’s blog and Paris by Mouth before going for the latest restaurant news and reviews. PBM is an especially great resource for dining on Sunday and Monday, when many restaurants are closed.

    Overall tips: Leave big gaps in your itinerary, or a free day or two in case you miss anything/want to aimlessly wander. See if the Paris Museum Pass is worth it for the places you want to visit (it’s pricey but you *can* come out ahead). Don’t try to squeeze too many museums in one day or you won’t appreciate the art as much. Get the Navigo Decouverte card instead of the Paris Visite. You’ll need to bring a passport sized photo (you can print one from your computer), but you’ll save a lot of money. Keep an eye on your things at all times. There are lots of scams and tricks to try to separate you from your hard-earned money (search “Paris Ring Scam” or “Paris Petition Scam”), but if you’re careful and confident you will be fine. Most importantly though, just enjoy every moment!

    Sorry that this is like a ton of info! Nine days in Paris is a perfect length of stay!

    • Reply Lo October 9, 2017 at 4:03 PM

      Thank you for so many great ideas! I’ll make sure to leave a couple days open.

  • Reply Faye October 10, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    A quickie but one of my favourite accidental Paris finds, particularly if you’re a fan of stained glass windows. Notre-Dame is impressive but always comes with loads of people and big queues. Just around the corner is Sainte-Chapelle, which, although much smaller, has some of the best stained glass windows I’ve seen. Usually much quieter too.

    • Reply Lo October 10, 2017 at 11:39 AM

      Awesome, thank you! I’m always up for “quieter.”

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