My Paris Travel Guide

paris travel guide

“Paris is not a city, it’s a world” – King Francois The 1

A quote that I wholeheartedly believe in! If you know me at all, you will know that I love love love Paris. I always take any chance I can to get there and always enjoy my time there. So… I thought I might as well put everything I know to good use and give you a few pointers!

my favourite places: 

Laduree

If you know anything about Paris, you probably will have heard of Laudree. Best known for their tea rooms and macaroons, Laduree is a must visit!! They have tea rooms dotted all over the place, but the one I’ve been to is on the Champs-Élysées. No matter when you go, there will be a queue round the block BUT not to worry, the queue always goes down quickly and it’s definitely worth the wait!

Not only is there a thousand different choices of tea and coffee, but the deserts are delicious! As beautiful as Paris is, it is always busy – so to stop, have a sit down and a cuppa (us Brits eh?!) gives you a nice little break from the hustle and bustle.

Eiffel Tower

Ok, so obviously the Eiffel Tower is going to be on the to-do list, but it’s not the top of the tower that’s on mine. It’s underneath!

My friend and I went to Paris a couple of years ago. As soon as we’d checked in to our gorgeous romantic hotel (more on that later) we hopped on the nearest metro and decided to wing it. As Parisian luck would have it, we got off at the right stop and ran straight into the Tower!!! It was early evening and there were loads of people hanging around. All of a sudden a guy appeared with an accordion and started signing. There were hundreds of us sat in the last bit of the sun, listening to the accordion guy and waiting for the sun to go down and the Tower to light up. We bought a bottle of red and sat singing – which will always be one of my best memories of the city.

DisneyLand

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been to DisneyLand (one year, I had an annual pass…) but I will never ever tire of that place. The place isn’t just for kids, I actually bought my friend a ticket to DisneyLand for her 21st Birthday and we had the best day!

Arc Du Triomphe

One of the most visited monuments in Paris, and with good reason. Yes, it’s a tourist attraction with a beautiful view of the city from the top. But the greatest thing about this place is the atmosphere. The Arc is there to honour those who fought and died in the French Revolution, and you can really feel that when you’re there. I would say this is a must whoever you’re visiting Paris with.

restaurants: 

Monsieur Bleu

Just wow. My boyfriend and I went to Monsieur Bleu on our last visit to Paris.. and what a night! Don’t be fooled, this place is probably the most expensive restaurant we’ve ever been to and obviously not somewhere we would usually go, but for a special, romantic experience with a view of the tower from the table, it was perfect! I’ll most definitely be going back there… as soon as I’ve saved up enough money!

McDonald’s Champs-Élysées

Ok, so bear with me on this one. I know I shouldn’t be going to Maccie D’s in Paris BUT if you have a day packed full of exciting things and you just want something quick like we did… try it out! These McDonalds restaurants aren’t like any others I’ve seen! There are thousands of different meals to chose from, and you can have beer with your meal! (and macarons of course, it is still Paris!)

hotels:  

Hotel Gabriel

This hotel was actually booked by my friend’s boyfriend for a romantic weekend away… buuuut soon before the trip away the boyfriend was no more, oops! But instead of letting a romantic trip to Paris go to waste, I went with her instead! (see, told you I’d take any chance to get there, ha!) anyway, this trip started out as a ‘silver lining’ sort of trip, but ended up being the best weekend ever for both of us! (and if for some reason that ex ever reads this, we really enjoyed that pre-ordered champagne breakfast in bed, thanks!)

..back to the romantic hotel. It was lovely!!!! The place is so gorgeous. They’re all about calm, which shows in their bedrooms, but the interior of the lobby is also beautiful.. and so so French!

Okko Hotel – Portes De Versailles 

This is where me and the boyfriend stayed over New Years just been. It was JUST OUR STYLE. The Okko company is actually French, but they are planning on expanding to other countries… fingers crossed. From the second we got there we were in awe of the free stuff we got with our two night stay! Checking in, the receptionist told us to head to the club for our complimentary wine and aperitifs before heading out. (The poshest pre-drinks we’ve ever had)

I don’t usually use the complimentary toiletries in hotels, but when their products are Nuxe… then you’d be a fool not to! (may have also dropped a couple of them in my suitcase as well..)

travel:

One thing I would say about travelling around the city is: USE THE METRO. It’s so easy to work out and very cheap! The only time I’d suggest a taxi, is on your way to diner in the evening (1 – because it will give you a mini tour of the city. It’s so nice to drive past the Eiffel Tower. and 2- well, who wants to take their heels on the metro eh?)

One good point I recently learnt was that all public transport in Paris is completely free on New Year’s Eve! Apparently it’s to help with queues in the metro stations getting tickets, but also to cut down on drink driving – which I think is amazing!

So to end this crazy long post, all I’ll say is whether you go with family, friends or your boyfriend/girlfriend…go go go!

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