Best of Paris

March 11, 2017

Fashion Blogger ParisParis is one of those destinations that you never just visit once, especially if you appreciate fashion, architecture and great food. In the past, I’ve roamed the streets, going from crêperie to café, boutique to shopping arcades, museums to gardens in the beautiful summer weather. The landscapes and lush trees were more bare on this wintry visit to Paris, however, the true beauty in travelling in low season is experiencing the local culture more authentically with less tourists crowding the streets.

Best of ParisParisIf you’re thinking of taking some day trips and visiting grand museums with outdoor terraces and gardens, it’s great to reserve your trip to Paris for the summer, since many of the outdoor activities are closed during low season. See Day Trips from Paris for the short list.

Don’t be discouraged if you end up going in the winter though. Paris is great all year round. There is so much that the city has to offer. Their metro is very accessible. Most trains come every 1-5 minutes and you can get anywhere in Paris within 30-45 minutes.

Good food, great sites and a wonderful sense of adventure will make any trip unforgettable. I didn’t get to do everything I wanted on this trip, but had tons of fun hunting for the best crepes, croissants and sandwiches while making time to return to my favourite spot to have hot chocolate in the city! This trip was about taking it easy, strolling through all the neighbourhoods eating great food (fine dining & street food) and stopping into cute shops and cafés in between. Since it was cold, we often sat indoors people watching through the window, but it’s truly not the same as sitting at a table outdoors. Afterall, that activity in itself is quintessentially Parisian, right?

Paris is incredibly photogenic. Today, I thought I’d share some of the best spots I visited in the city.

*****

Creperie ParisBest Crêperie

Crêpes are good all over the city. Below are ones I’d go out of the way to eat at again:

Chez Alain Miam Miam – Located inside of a small market in Marais, this crêperie always has an incredibly long line. The shop owner is fun, friendly and a master of fresh sandwiches and crêpe that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I highly recommend visiting. I tried the sugar crepe and ham and cheese sandwich, both of which were delicious. The sandwich is the best I’ve had in a long time. Go there early in the morning or on a weekday off lunch hour. 39 rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris France Marais Nord, 3ème, Marais

Crêperie la Place – Okay, so this isn’t in Paris, but it is the best I had on this trip and near the Château de Versailles . You can order to go, but I recommend the3 course for about 15 Euros. It comes with a cider, savory crêpe and dessert crêpe. 17 Rue Colbert, Versailles, Île-de-France

   CroissantsBest Croissants

I’ve yet to have a bad experience at a bakery in Paris. They’re truly all very nice in Paris, but I wanted the best croissant I could fine. Flaky on the outside, buttery, light and soft on the inside. If you go for a great croissant, you must have it early in the morning or fresh – not the end of the day.

Des Gâteaux et du Pain – There are two locations. Visit the website for details here.

Du Pain et des Idées – 34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris

Laurent Duchêne 238 rue de la Convention 75015 Paris. Other locations here.

Best Desserts

Pierre Herme has been noted as some of the best macarons you can find in Paris. There near multiple arrondissement, so you should be able to find one on your route quite easily. Multiple locations.

Angelina Paris Best of Paris

Angelina Paris is my favourite spot to visit for hot chocolate and pastries, but their lunch menu is really nice, too. I enjoyed the foie, the pastries and of course their hot chocolate – enough that I buy a couple of hot chocolate mixes to take home with me to make when I can’t fly back and visit for one. 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France.

Laduree has grown and expanded internationally, but if you don’t have the luxury of being located near one, you need to visit one in Paris. I went to one with my beautiful friend Stella of Stella Asteria at the Champs-Elysées location. France, 75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France.

Il Gelato Del Marchese is a great spot for gelato. 3 rue des Quatre Vents 6e Paris

Une Glace à Paris is another spot for gelato. 15 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie 75004 Paris France

Angelina Paris Brunch

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Antoine Restaurant Paris

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Best Restaurants

Antoine Paris is a Michelin Star Restaurant – They have a really affordable fix prix at lunch, but either way, you can’t go wrong with dining here, as you’re seated with a view of Eiffel Tower. 10, avenue New York, 75116 Paris

ABRI is a Michelin mentioned restaurant and is really affordable with  fantastic reviews. I didn’t get to stop in on this trip, but reviews say it all. 92 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière Paris

Gallerie Lafayette ParisBest Shopping

Printemps Haussmann consists mostly of shop-in-shops. The first floor consists of bags and shoes. The second consists mostly of jewelry. 64, Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris – France

Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is a luxury department store with shop-in-shops like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chloe, Valentino and many designer luxury accessories and apparel. If you walk over a bridge connecting the buildings, you’ll find a pretty view of the city.

Avenue Montaigne near Champs Elysées – Satisfy all of your luxury shopping dreams at the most popular street full of luxury boutiques that include Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and many more. After shopping, rest your feet and indulge in some serious fine dining at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

Best Vintage Shopping
Didier Ludot is located near the Palais Royal, this place offers a selection of dresses, gowns and accessories. 24 Galerie Montpensier, Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris

Les 3 marches de catherine b – A wide selection of vintage luxury with a huge selection of Chanel accessories. Appointment required. 1 Rue Guisarde, 75006 Paris, France

Valois Vintage Paris – I haven’t been but have read great things and keep seeing that it’s worth checking out.

Best Views

Place Georges-Pompidou has an upper level deck where you can get a great view of Paris. , 75004 Paris

Trocadero is located across the Seine and garden at the Palais de Chaillot and makes for a magical photo of the Eiffel Tower.

Top Museums & Historical Sites

There are so many sites to visit, so I’m going to narrow it down to what I’d see in 2-3 days for those who only have a few days to visit

Petit Palais has a really beautiful tiled floor and ceiling. It’s a small museum housing a small collection of artwork, and free to visit. The golden gates alone are instagrammable.

Notre Dame Cathedral Paris, a Gothic architectural structure, is over 800 years old and only completed about 200 years ago. You’ll find a long line up but don’t be discouraged – it moves very quickly.

The Tuileries Gardens separates the Louvre from The Place de la Concorde. It’s best to see in warm seasons when the landscapes are green. I would recommend getting a baguette, fresh cheese and a bottle of wine for a picnic here.

Arc de Triomphe is probably known for it’s huge roundabout. Never ever try to cross the street here. To get to the Arc de Triomphe, go through the underground passage. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that it makes for a fantastic photo.

Eiffel Tower is a no brainer. It’s the most visited paid tourist attraction in the world.  Even if you’ve never been to Paris, you know it’s located there, am I right?

Musée du Louvre is the home of some of the most incredible collection of artwork in the world. It even has the Mona Lisa. They say to properly see everything, you need 3 full days here. I’ve visited 3 times and that’s not even enough though. Even if you’re not an art fanatic, you absolutely cannot leave Paris without visiting.

Place Georges-Pompidou and Trocadero have also already been mentioned under Views, above.

*****

If I had to say what are 2 architectural destinations I’d associate Paris with, it’d be Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, and so I did a quick photoshoot at both locations. I know I said I missed the cold in prior posts, but it’s the wind that cuts right through you. This was one of those days, so I layered up with a black coat, fur stole, turtleneck, fitted leather jacket over faux leather pants, which luckily kept my body warm.  I always highly recommend bringing layers incase it’s warmer or colder than you expect it to be.

Sorry this was a long one, but I hope you enjoyed it and find it useful for your trip to Paris. Have you ever been? If so, what are your favourite places to visit? Where do you like to shop? Do you have a favourite restaurant/shopping destination? I’d love to hear in your comments below!

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Xo,

Miki

Photo credit to my one and only, Rise Again BJJ.

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47 Comments

  • Reply Christine Kong March 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Oh wow, I don’t know what I love more, your food section or your shopping section. =) I have been to Paris twice but many years ago and am dying to go back again soon. All these photos are seriously making me want to book a trip now. What a gorgeous city it is and so many amazing things to do there. Thanks for breaking up the post into my fav things – food and shopping. I can’t wait to go again and refer back to this post for ideas! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  • Reply Lola March 12, 2017 at 12:29 am

    lovely 🙂

  • Reply Gitta March 12, 2017 at 8:47 am

    It’s been ages that I visited Paris. Since I was a little kiddo back then I definitely have to go there again soon. Nice impressions! Hope you had a blast 🙂

    x Gitta // http://www.gittawitzel.com

  • Reply Laura - Furiously Chic March 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    My country is right next to France, but I’ve never been to Paris before. That’s such a shame!
    As usual, french food looks delicious!

    Have a nice day!

  • Reply Sharon Wu March 12, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    omg can you please take me to paris with you the next time you go?! your photos are breathtaking and i literally want to go everywhere you went! lol xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/travel/spg-credit-card-american-express/

  • Reply Len Parent March 13, 2017 at 7:41 am

    You look super stylish and chic darling! I’m obsessed with your look. Great photos darling!
    I hope you have had a good start to the new week.
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

  • Reply Lisa Autumn March 13, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I see.. I have to go to Paris ASAP!

    xx Lisa
    lisaautumn.com

  • Reply Stella Asteria March 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Please tell me, aren’t the Aneglina eggs worth dying for? Haha! They’re the most delicious I have ever had! Have you noticed that bread on the bottom? It had such an exquisite buttery texture and taste! And their chocolate is heavenly as well! Thanks for sharing your suggestions my darling! I will check them all one by one!
    Have an amazing week!
    xoxo
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

  • Reply The Fashion Folks March 13, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Oh this post made me miss Paris! I’ve visited the city several times (because, as you say – you have to!!) and I lived there for a few months in 2015 too. Would love to do it again and I know I will at some point, haha I just have to figure out when it’ll be possible again. Anyways, gorgeous post with so many great tips I have yet to try. Have a lovely week gorgeous! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  • Reply Jessi Malay March 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Looks like you had an absolutely amazing time at Paris Fashion Week babe! I miss it already! The food, the gorgeous streets.. I can definitely see why so many people call Paris a dream city now <3. Hope you have an amazing week love!

    XO Jessi,
    http://www.mywhitet.com/ootd-recap-4/

  • Reply Marianne Sophia March 13, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Such an amazing photo, you found a great spot there! I would love to go back to Paris again, thanks for the tips!

    Much love,
    Marianne x http://www.beautiful-in-essence.blogspot.com

  • Reply Elizabeth Seal March 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Oh such beautiful photos! The pastries and cakes are making me so hungry haha 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara (P.S we should absolutely follow each other on bloglovin or instagram haha 😀 xx)

  • Reply Mansi March 14, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Paris is a city to admire. I love the food in the pictures as trying different cultural cuisines is always great. Hope you had a lovely trip. Cheers to it…:)

    http://www.colossalcloset.in/holi-festival-colors/

  • Reply Merel March 14, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Aaah all the food looks amazing!! I’m so hungry right now. I need to go here one day..

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

  • Reply emily March 14, 2017 at 8:01 am

    OMG Paris looks (and sounds!) like such a beautiful and incredible place! (Especially the food!) It is at the very top of my travel wishlist! I really hope to visit one day soon!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

  • Reply Mariann yip March 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I miss Paris so much and I wish I knew about some of these places so I could’ve visited 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie March 14, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I know you talked about a lot more than just food, but all the talk of food is definitely making me hungry – especially for authentic French food. I’ve never been to Paris, but it’s been my dream since I was a little girl. I hope one day I get to go and truly enjoy all that it has to offer!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  • Reply Jenn Hanft March 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Omg this post makes me miss Paris!! I went several years back as part of a school Eurotrip and I’ve been dying to go back to explore (since my time there was pretty limited in activities). I’m def bookmarking this, mainly for the food LOL. Thanks for sharing !!

    With love,
    Jenn
    https://www.jubilantdose.com

  • Reply Nora March 14, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Ah! So jealous of your trip, your photos make it look so stunning!

    X

  • Reply Yiota March 14, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Crepes and croissants, need I say more? They look soooo delicious!!!! Hope you are having a lovely week!

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

  • Reply Lucy Hernandez March 14, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I am dying over this post! I have never been to Paris and cannot wait until the day! I love all your tips and I saving this post for when the day comes! And OMG all your food pics looks so good!

  • Reply marcy March 15, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Yes, Paris is always a good idea babe!!!
    Looks like you have a fabulous time and been planning a trip to Europe this year of course Paris is included hahaha
    LOVE the pictures babe

    xoxo
    Marcy

  • Reply Keri March 15, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Wow, definitely making me want to go to Paris. So beautiful<3

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply Siffat Haider March 15, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Great roundup, Angelina is definitely one of my favourite dessert places too!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

  • Reply Jo March 15, 2017 at 8:50 am

    It’s been quite a few years since I’ve visited Paris. Your post is definitely sparking my interest to go back. French food is one of my favorites so your food photos have added to the temptation haha! And vintage shopping in Paris is definitely amazing!

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  • Reply Lisa Linh March 15, 2017 at 9:26 am

    All the food looks delicious! Makes me want to make a trip over to Paris stat!

    Lisa Linh
    https://www.bylisalinh.com/blog/2017/3/15/malibu-safari-stanley

  • Reply Izzy McLeod March 15, 2017 at 9:46 am

    So much amazing looking food!

    The Quriky Queer

  • Reply Mani March 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Ohhhhmyyyy..
    I’ve never been to Paris, but I’m sure that once I go I’ll come back 40lbs havier! Lol…

    xx,

    Mani Piñeiro
    Instagram
    Snap: @manipineiro

  • Reply gracie March 15, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I am thrilled to read your blog as I am going to Paris in a few weeks for the first time !!! Sounds like you had a great time, thanks for sharing all of your wonderful tips ! I cannot wait 🙂
    xx, gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

  • Reply Didier March 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    You look so happy! Angelina’s chocolate is amazing and your Gucci bag is GORGEOUS!

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

  • Reply Sofia March 15, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    All that food looks so gorgeous 😀 Paris is so stunning!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • Reply Bernice March 16, 2017 at 4:21 am

    So many dessert places and bakeries haha I better get more cardio before I return to see these gems!

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/03/16/Why-he-put-a-ring-on-it—from-Michael-Hill

  • Reply Nia Langley March 16, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Great photos and great city! I love Paris. Hope to be back soon.

    Glad you enjoyed yourself! xx

    nialangleyspeaks.blogspot.com

  • Reply Tanya March 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Paris is my dream. I really want to go there

  • Reply Susanne - Bag at you March 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Ohh you look so fabulous my lady!! Perfect Parisian style:)! And that food looks so good! I bet you had an amazing time!! Thank you for all these tips; I sincerely can’t wait to visit Paris again and visit all the places you mention in this post! BigXx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

  • Reply Thomas Falkenstedt March 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    As I frequent Paris every few months I relate to so much in this post. There are so many things to do and experience no matter what time of year you visit and once you’ve done all the “must sees” you can actually spend time enjoying the Parisian lifestyle and exploring new neighborhoods. I’m so glad you shared some of your favorite places as I haven’t been to them all.
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http:/thomasfalkenstedt.com

  • Reply Amy March 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Paris is always such a dream!! Hopefully going this summer but I’ve always wanted to go in the winter. So jealous of all your travels lately!!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

  • Reply Yasmin March 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    OMG I want to go to Paris right now! All that food looks amazing. Especially the eggs benedict. Even though things aren’t as open in the winter, I’d still be happy doing a food tour. Paris is such a beautiful city. I can only imagine what it would be like to live there every day!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  • Reply Siree March 16, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Another great travel post Miki!!
    Your photo in front of the Eiffel Tower looks great! Was it taken from a very high building?
    You must be very brave if you had to pose on the very edge to get such a cool shot 😉

    Xx
    Siree
    http://www.thehiddenthimble.com

  • Reply Itzy Canales March 17, 2017 at 9:30 am

    This looks like an amazing time! Your travel posts are always perfection.

    xx, Itzy
    LeBellaGypsy.com l Instagram

  • Reply Jordan Chapman March 17, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I love this post! I just got back from Paris and I think I hit about half of those spots!
    Jordan xx
    http://www.thehatlogic.com

  • Reply Samantha Mariko March 18, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I just booked my trip for Paris this July for Haute Couture, and I’m growing more excited as I’m reading this blog post! Thank you for your tips and recommendations! I’m so excited to shoot a crazy amount of photos and to enjoy the food there!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

  • Reply MimaMochi March 19, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Thanks so much for your detailed guide of the best eats you found on your trip! Omg those crepes are so amazing and look exactly how crepes should. Not the soggy mess you often see in Melbourne haha

    Adrianna xx
    http://mimamochi.com/

  • Reply Atsuna Matsui March 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Paris looks so amazing! I feel like every girl has always dreamed of going to Paris and its such a romantic city. I hope to be able to Paris myself one day since the view looks so beautiful and the food looks utterly delicious!

    http://www.atsunamatsui.com

  • Reply Josie March 20, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Loved this post! the food, the scenery , the shopping!! I can’t wait to visit Paris again. The last time I went I was 15 years old. Things have changed so much and I now know what to see , where to go! Paris is really magical!

    Bisous, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com

  • Reply Deddeh Howard March 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I reminds me so much of my Paris days. I’m glad you’re having a great time. Love the shot, so beautiful.

  • Reply Kate Tik March 22, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Omg this makes me miss Paris so much!!! I absolutely love this city and agree that it is the best for fashion, architecture and the delicious food. Thank you for sharing this!!

    katetik.com

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