I absolutely love watching the Channel 4 programme, Travel Man – 48 hours in…with the gorgeously funny Richard Ayoade as presenter, you really can’t go wrong!
And following on from my last post on Parisian adventures, I wanted to share some top tips for your next short break to this fabulous city. I enjoyed many delish dinners, days out and gorgeous walks… and while the places I am about to mention may not always be the top trip advisor tip, they give a couple of hidden gems fit for all –
With a huge array of restaurants offering French and international cuisine, where do I start??
When I lived in Paris, my humble wage as a lectrice (foreign language teaching assistant) allowed me to try some lovely restaurants and I was lucky enough to have the most amazing dinner at l’Ilot – serving the most délicieux seafood you have ever tasted in your life, it is a must visit for all lovers of fish and shellfish, sourced from the beautiful French coastline.
The restaurant is so warm and welcoming, and while at first glance young families might think best to avoid such an eatery – we even managed to put our feet up whilst enjoying the most sublime of caviars at our last visit to Paris as a family :).
And last but not least, one of the best traits of l’Ilot is that it is also a traiteur – a deli, so you can continue to enjoy amazing dishes in the comfort of your own chez-toi.
Belles promenades – beautiful walks
Wherever you go in Paris there are always beautiful, interesting, quirky, endearing and amazing sights, and I think one of my favourite areas is Le Quartier Latin, located in the 5th arrondissement.
Here you you can enjoy a walk near La Seine and then adventure through the beautiful streets of Le Quartier Latin, pick up a snackette as you go and even stop to peruse a book or two in the most amazing English language bookshop – Shakespeare and Company. Situated on the banks of La Seine, it has become a ‘left bank literary institution’ of Paris. And you never know, you may well even spot a famous writer or two presenting their new literary treasure, so it’s always worth checking out the next events this Shakespearian dream of a book shop is holding.
No doubt, the Tuileries gardens, located in the 5th arrondissement, are stunning with areas of amazing beauty – perfect for a romantic stroll, a family run around, or just to sit and enjoy your favourite book or paper…
During my first year in Paris I lived in Vincennes, just on the outskirts of the city and found the most beautiful park to stroll through called Le Parc Floral de Paris. So, if you’re looking for something that’s a little outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the perfect spot.
You can get to Vincennes via the RER A line, which can picked up in many underground (Métro) stops in Paris. I would recommend downloading a handy map app such as moovit, giving live data on all public transport routes, so you can plan the perfect day out.
Undoubtedly, Le Louvre has the most phenomenal collection and if you time it right, it offers free entry on the first Sunday of every month (alongside Musée Rodin, Musée Picasso and Musée d’Orsay, to name a few).
However, if you are a little tight on time, or would simply like to see something a bit different, I would recommend you take a look at Street Art Map, where you can find your tour of the Parisian street art scene.
Yes, yes, I know I said I was going to find you some hidden gems, but Les Champs Elysées simply can’t be missed – a walk down this vibrant avenue full of life, grandeur, hustle and bustle is simply an experience not to be missed!
And if you take a peak around l’Arc de Triomphe – you may well catch La Tour Eiffel winking down from it’s dizzy heights.
Alors, on-y-va ? So, shall we?