Without fail, every time I go to Paris I end up walking a whole trough new shoes, finding great restaurants, and wishing I had more time in the city. There is so much to eat, see and do in Paris, but here are my top 10 recommendations for the foodie in you looking to experience some things that are new or off the beaten path!
10. Château de Versailles
It's big. It's gold. What more do I need to say?! Just kidding...mostly. The palace of Versailles is a sight to be seen. Take advantage of exploring the surrounding palaces, gardens, and neighborhood while you are out there too!
Palace of Versailles
Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
9. La Caféothèque
If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times, I'm not a big coffee fan. BUT Caféothèque is enough to change anyone's mind. A local Parisian favorite, this cafe can be found over by Notre Dame and is a great spot to read a book, meet a friend, or take time to simply enjoy the fact that you are in Paris
The Caféothèque of Paris
52 Rue de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France
8. Berthillon Ice Cream
Also located near Notre Dame, Berthillon is the must try ice cream for your visit to Paris! Not only do they make fantastic ice cream, but their cones are some of the best I have ever tried. My personal favorite flavor is pistachio, give it a try! Tip: They are closed on Monday & Tuesday, so plan accordingly!
9-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France
7. Champs-Élysées feat. Ladurée
Take a walk through the heart of the city on Champs-Élysées. Feel the electric energy, window shop, and enjoy some of the many macaron flavors that Ladurée offers! I highly recommend visiting this main street once during the day and again at night. You won't regret it!
6. Indulge in a boujee dessert
In my opinion there are two camps of people: those who love Ladurée & those who prefer Angelina. Make sure you figure out who you are and treat yourself to a nice dessert. I personally prefer Ladurée. The have a wide array of macarons, cakes, and other pastry types to try and you can't be disappointed. To the chocolate lovers out their, Angelina might be the better fit for you. Note that the famous Angelina hot chocolate is thick, rich, and the type of hot chocolate that you would find a a churro shop in Spain.
75 Av. des Champs-Élysées
226 Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
5. Caves de Louvre
This is a new favorite of mine in the city. Caves de Louvre is enxcellent wine tour spot to learn more about wine as a whole, wine production in France, and taste a nice glass while you are at it! For any wine lover, this is a must try activity during your trip. Be sure to stop by Boulangerie Julien or any of the other bakeries near by to carb-load before your tasting!
Les Caves du Louvre
52 Rue de l'Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris, France
4. Arc de Triomphe
The Arc in Paris is the most stately of all the arcs that I have seen across Europe. It is immense from street level, and provides a fantastic view of the city from the top. Climb up its 300+ steps at night and soak in the view of the city in all is sparkling glory.
Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
3. Le Café de Mars
For those who have been following me from the beginning, you might remember the name of this restaurant. Cafe de Mars is my favorite french restaurant in Paris. Recommended to me by my airbnb host the first time I visited the city, they serve amazing dishes on a seasonal and daily rotating menu. This serves as a great dinner spot with a quick walk to nighttime lit Eiffel tower.
Le Café de Mars
11 Rue Augereau, 75007 Paris, France
Recommended by a friend, Miznon is one of the best dinning experiences I have ever had. Started by a chef from Tel Aviv, the serve fresh, flavorful, and Jewish inspired dishes. If you can only order two things, I suggest the broccoli/cauliflower and the beef kebab pita.
22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris, France
The Louve is the most riveting, provoking, and immense museum I have ever been to in my life. I am convinced I will never see anything like it anywhere else. There is so much to see in the museum and never enough time! For the art fans out there making a first trip to the Louvre, budget half a day to just roam through its grand halls.
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
While I highly encourage hitting as many of these top 10 items, there are still so many things to do in the city that this list barely scratches the surface. All first-time Paris visitors should be sure to hit all of the famous landmarks (Eiffel tour, Notre dame, etc). To see what everywhere I went on my latest Paris trip, check out my Paris vlog!