Monday, May 10, 2010

Paris Suggestions

I'm going to be in Paris from the 19th of May to the 7th of June - email or post your favorite tips/suggestions/must do things below.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Dean,

    Below is my personal tips, I hope this helps with your travel plans.

    Best regards,


    Here is a list of things to do and our favorites.

    Buy a L'Officiel - a small white and blue paperback book that comes out weekly and is filled with all of the events - music, art exhibits, clubs, etc - that are happening in the city. It used to be 1 euro but it's been a while since we bought it. Or buy a Time Out Paris. That's always good too.


    Musee d'Orsay - probably my favorite museum in Paris because I love the art (impressionistic through some modern) and it is in an old train station. The building is beautiful.
    Louvre - large and a bit overwhelming (for me) but a must see if this is your first time - go off hours otherwise it is a total zoo - for example go when they open and make it your first stop of the day.

    L'Orangerie - absolutely amazing - it houses Monet's Waterlillies

    Centre Georges Pompidou
    Rodin Museum - try to go in the afternoon on a sunny day if possible. His amazing sculptures are housed here and when the light shines through them, it is absolutely gorgeous.


    Notre Dame
    Sacre Coeur
    Sainte Chapelle (make sure you go upstairs to see the stained glass windows)

    Other Sites:

    Arc de Triomphe - I like going up to the top of the Arc rather than going to the top of the Eiffel Tower

    Eiffel Tower

    Champs Elysees
    Montmartre/Moulin Rouge -

    walk the Siene at sunset to see the lights of the city come on
    Ile de la Cite (where Notre Dame is)/Ile St Louis - we particularly love Ile St Louis


    Gallerie Laffeyette - huge department store

    Griff Troc - amazing women's vintage pieces/consignment pieces from top designers. still expensive but you can find some great pieces if you're into that.

    Colette - really great store - definitely expensive but great to see (if you've ever been to Jeffrey in NY, it reminds me of Jeffrey)

    RUE SAINT-HONORÉ - this is the street where Colette is. The entire street and the side streets are filled with great (but expensive) stores. It's a fun place to see Paris fashion. Also on Rue Saint Honore is Hotel Costes. The inside courtyard is wonderful to have a cocktail.

    Willi's Wine Bar -

    Bertillon - ice cream on Ille de St Louis -

    La Christine -

    Gerard Mulot
    Deux Magots/Cafe Flore
    La Petite Cour
    La Poulene - patisserie
    L'As du Falafel - sounds crazy but these are the best falafels I have ever had - better than I've had in Israel!
    Traiteur Maroccain - amazing tagine vendor in the back of Marche des Enfants Rouges
    Le Royal des Landes - great small French Bistro in the 20th with amazing escargot and foie gras and duck
    Pain de Sucre‎ - amazing little patisserie at 14 Rue Rambuteau near Centre Pompidou