Paris travel guide
April 3, 2020Travel
Is it a surprise when I say that Paris is most definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe? Last week, my boyfriend Tobi and I visited Paris and we had the most romantic time there. I think we planned it out really well, because we have seen everything we were interested in, without being stressed and all touristy. That’s why I thought I would make a little travel guide for you 🙂
Location: Paris, Ilê de France, France
Area: 105,40 km²
Currency: Euro €
When to visit Paris?
I think Paris is lovely all year long, however most people say it is the most beautiful in spring or summer. But, the downside to visiting in the warmer months is that is is freaking crowded. Tourists everywhere. This is why we decided to visit Paris in February and even though it was a bit cold for my liking, I was so happy about the timing. There were almost no cues for tickets and we didn’t even have to wait to get into the Louvre, which was really nice.
How to get to Paris?
We booked a flight via Google flights from Ljubljana Airport to Charles de Gaulle in Paris. It was surprisingly cheap, we only payed 129€ for the two flights. The company we flew with was Air france and I was really satisfied with their service.
From the airport Charles de Gaulle you will have to either take the train or drive with a taxi.
- Going by train: Take the RER B to the city, which is right at the airport. It costs 10,90 € per person.
- Driving with the taxi: The drive with the taxi costs around 50 €.
Where to stay?
Paris has got thousands and thousands of hotels. But we are students, so we ain’t got money for that, you feel me? That’s why we booked an apartment via AirBnb. And let me just say: IT WAS F***ING AMAZING. I cannot recommend it enough. Here is the link, if you want to have a look.
The apartment was in the 26. floor of a huge building right near the Eifel tower. Even though you couldn’t see the Eifel tower from the apartment, the most amazing thing about this place was still the view. I have never seen anything like that before. I also liked the location very much, as it was right across the 16. arrondisment, which is the lovely Passy.
How to get around?
The Metro lines are well organized and way cheaper than Uber or the Taxi. That’s why I would highly recommend to get around with the Metro, because you can save a lot of €€.
What to do in Paris
My number one favorite thing to do, whenever I am traveling is to visit museums. I am such a big fan of art and just strolling through galeries.
- The Louvre
- Musé d’Orsay
- Marmottan de Monet
- Centre de Pompidou
Go for a coffee and a croissant
Did anyone say coffee and croissants? This is a must-do activity when you are in France.
Here are some ideas:
- L’atelier des pains – A cute little café in Passy, which has got the biggest and best selection of baked goods, including the best croissants and Pain au chocolat I have ever tried.
- Fringe – A bit of a hipster Café with awesome cookies *
- Le castel café – Right at the Eifel tower *
- The Houxton – A beautiful, famous hotel, which has got a stunning café inside*
Be a little bit touristy…
… After all, you are still a tourist. So, go sightseeing, because you have never been to Paris, if you haven’t snapped the most basic Eifel tower shot.
Here is a list of the most famous sightseeing things:
- Eifel tower
- Notre Dame
- Arc de Triomphe
- Musée d’Orsay
Go for a walk and just be present
One of my favorite things to do, whenever I am visiting a new place, is to stroll around without a plan and expectations. It’s in these moments, when you get to experience the authentic soul of the city.
Where to eat?
Is it strange that I ate the best pizza of my entire life in France and not in Italy?
If you would like to go to this pizzeria, you will have to be prepared to wait a loooong time to get seated. UNLESS, you respect my tips:
- The pizzeria has weird opening hours. It’s from 11:45-14:15 and from 18:30-22:30 and you cannot take a reservation.
- It is freakin’ crowded
- My tip is to be there at 18:15 and wait in line. You will most certainly get seated right away. But, if you come at like 20:00 you have no chance. This is what happened to us our first evening.
I am grateful that the other one was too crowded the first time we where there, because otherwise we would never find this restaurant, which was excellent. I was starving and ordered the grilled salmon with seasonal vegetables with a glass of Rosé.
Make a rendezvous at your place
Another fun and romantic thing we did was to make our own dinner at our apartment. We went grocery shopping at our favorite shop Monoprix (the grocery shops in Paris are another level) and bought wine, baguette, cheese, olives, tomatoes, basically everything french like. Then, we ate the food and drank the wine at our apartment overlooking the beautiful view. If you ask me, this was better then the most exclusive 5* restaurant.
More places to eat:
- Pink mamma
- Hollybelly – A breakfast place
- Café de la Poste – once again, great for breakfast
Thank you so much for reading,