Travel Guide: Paris


Summary

Paris is one of the great cities of the world. The neighbourhoods called 'arrondissements' have unique and charming personalities and blend together well making Paris a very walkable city. The Seine River is beautiful and good for a morning run or evening drinks/dinner. French food is famous around the world, so dining out is even more pleasurable and mornings are a little more fun when you're choosing between croissants, baguettes and pastries. Paris has a charm to it that many cities do not, so I highly recommend going to see what I mean!


Food & Drink

Top Restaurants

1 Janou • One of my favourite restaurants in Paris—serving entirely French food. We sat outside, ate escargot pasta and frog legs and drank house wine. What a meal!

2 Virtus • Innovative and elevated tasting menu. Great selection of wines. One of our best dining experiences in Paris because the food, service and wine were impeccable.

3 Septime • Ranked No. 24 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants List. Refined tasting menu in a minimalist space—one of the best restaurants in Paris & France. Stop by Septime Le Cave for a glass of wine before!


Top Bars

1 Le Syndicat & Copperbay • These two places are located close to each other. Le Syndicat is unreal. Described as 'Grandpa's spirits gone gangsta!' because of their hip hop theme. Very nondescript, so you may walk right by it—but don't because it's one of the best! Copperbay is a few streets over and their drinks & ambience are seriously well done. NYC-style cocktail bar with high tables and tasteful interior design. The bartender knew his stuff and served us quality drinks.

2 Lulu White & Sister Midnight • Again, these two places are located close to each other. Lulu's is a NOLA-themed bar (New Orleans) and I've had one the best evening experiences of my life at the bar with my twin brother! The place gets packed and the energy is unbeatable. If you have a spot at the bar, you are in the center of things, getting served the best drinks and watching the bartenders do their craft! Sister Midnight is famed to have the best espresso martini in town—their secret is using Vietnamese coffee and condensed milk (I'd call it the best too)! Sister Midnight's ambience was intimate and chill, which was a nice way for us to start the night!

3 Little Red Door • Potentially, the best bar in Paris. Their iconic red, miniature door is a highlight to see! Great drinks that are always complex, unique and sensational.


Top Wine Bars

1 Frenchie Wine Bar (Frenchie Bar à Vins) • Greg Marchand, chef-owner of Frenchie, says it best 'There’s something so very easy-going and friendly about the Wine Bar: you can come alone or with friends, eat standing at the counter or sitting at one of the high tables. The food is simple, yet elegant: terrines, fresh pasta, perfectly prepared vegetables, flavourful family-style dishes. And, of course, a broad selection of wines that you can enjoy by the glass. It’s a restaurant in its own right, but freer and more relaxed, a reflection of my personality, and that of my chefs.'

2 Septime Le Cave • If you can't snag a reservation at Septime or you don't have much time to spare, this is the next best thing. Incredible wine selection with small bites (mostly charcuterie/cold food).

3 Le Mary Celeste • Cozy neighborhood bar serving creative light meals alongside cocktails & an extensive list of wines. This place is one of my top, go-to wine bars when I visit Paris—really recommend!



Other Food & Drink

Other Food • Clamato, Clown Bar, Bonhomie, Caffè Stern, Racines, Allénothèque (also known as Burger Père et Fils par Alléno), Coretta, Café Breizh, Bouillon République, Pink Mamma, Buvette Pigalle, Ellsworth, Sanjo (ramen), Relais d’entrecôte (steak frites), Café Flore, Ralph’s, Au Passage, Double Dragon, Le Servan, Parcelles, Onii-San (Japanese), Juvéniles

Other Drinks • Danico, Frequency, Candelaria, Cambridge Public House, Harry's Bar, La Presse (Clichy)

Coffee Shops • ["Cafes: ", "Partisan, Two Doors, Saint Pearl, Jozi Cafe and Arabica %"]



Activities & Attractions

Top Activities

1 Eiffel Tower - Summit Ticket • Seeing the Eiffel Tower is one thing. Going up is an entirely different and amazing thing! We took the elevator to the top for great views (and noticed the strategically-placed Champagne bar) and then took the stairs down from floor 2, so we could get a closer look at the structure. Highly recommend the summit ticket, taking pictures around the tower and having a picnic (wine & cheese) in the parks right beside the tower, Champ de Mars or Trocadéro Gardens.

2 Croissant or bread making class • We took the class with Maison Fleuret (Ateliers Parisiens). We made the best croissants and ate them straight out of the oven while they were still hot. We learned a great recipe and had a lot of fun! We learned after that they offer bread-making and other cooking classes, so pick the class for you!

3 Louvre & walk through Tuileries • The Louvre is the biggest art gallery in the world and has something like 400,000+ pieces (although they are not all on display). It's an entertaining experience even if you don't love art. The Tuileries, beside the Louvre, is a well-manicured park that gets packed with people, especially on a nice day. It's a lively place to be as people hang out, drink and play games.


Other Attractions (SITES, PARKS, Etc.)

Sites Musée d'Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, Pompadue, Notre-Dame Cathedral (may be closed), Sacré-Coeur, Pantheon

Parks Bois de Vincennes, Bois de Boulogne

Other Activities Dine along the Seine River, go underground into the Catacombs of Paris, explore the Champagne region (1hr away), visit Arras & Vimy Ridge, see the palace of Versailles, go to a Moulin Rouge show



Stay

Areas/Neighbourhoods

Le Marais (Arr 3 & 4), Bastille (Arr 4/11 & 12), Montmartre (Arr 18), Sorbonne (Arr 5 & Pantheon), Clichy & Pantin (hip suburbs)


Hotels & Airbnbs

H Prince de Galles (8th by Champs Elysses) • Prince de Galles is a Marriott, Luxury Collection Hotel. It is a legendary 5-star jewel of Paris. Opened in 1929 with Art Deco design.

H Hotel de Jobo (Marais) • A hip boutique hotel in the Marais district. Chic rooms and suites, in a 17th-century building, that are well-designed and have fast Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Amenities include a 24-hour tearoom and cocktail bar and a garden terrace.

H Hotel Jean D'Arc (Marais) • Quality accommodations in one of Paris's trendiest, most atmospheric districts, the Marais and very reasonably priced.

H Hotel Marais Bastille (Bastille) • A stylish and welcoming hotel on the Right Bank of the Seine.

H Hotel Des Arts (Montmartre) • Located in the Montmartre district, close to Sacré-Coeur Basilica. This is a family-run hotel with great views of the city and a design style that is true to its Parisian roots.

H Hôtel Villa d'Estrées (Sorbonne) • This upscale hotel in a 17th-century building offers refined rooms with sitting areas, flat-screen TVs, minibars and en suite bathrooms.