Start the day with a warm Pain au Chocolat from one of the world’s best bakeries, Poilâne in Rue de Cherche Midi. Then, head to the Marais, a neighbourhood buzzing with culture, shops and bars. A museum definitely worth a visit is the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.


Give yourself some time to browse around the shops (do not miss Paris’ best vintage store Free’p’Star and head to the Cantine Merci for some food (and more shopping).

After lunch head to the Seine via the Pont de Sully to the Institut du Monde Arabe, which displays a fine collection of Middle Eastern art and a rooftop café with fabulous views down the Seine. Have a walk along the Left Bank without forgetting to check out the paperbacks at the riverside bouquinistes, and head into Paris’ best museum, the Musée d’Orsay  for a showcase of the world’s best Impressionist paintings.


From here go on an exploration of Paris’ islands. Get an ice-cream from Paris’ best ice cream parlour Berthillon on the Ile St-Louis, before popping over to the Ile de la Cité to visit Notre-Dame.

Evenings need to start with a drink. Head to the Baron Rouge one of Paris’ most famous wine bars and join the sociable crowds over a pichet (pitcher) of Bordeaux.


Then head to Rosa Bonheur in the Parc De Buttes Chaumont for tapas: this is definitely the place to be in Paris, especially in summer, where the idyllic terrace in the park offers one of the city’s best views.


If you still have energy head to Le Trabendo in Parc De La Villette, their line-up is always impeccable.


  1. Parisian food is not cheap. Grab yourself a wonderful falafel sandwich for 5 Euros at any of the falafel restaurants in Rue Des Roisers (75004). My favourite is the one served at L’As Du Fallafel but make sure you get yourself there early-ish as the queue can be VERY long (and remember that it’s closed on Saturday).
  2. Aperitive en terrasse? For the best view of Paris get yourself a bottle of wine (Parisians don’t usually do beer) and head to the top of Parc de Belleville. (Closest stop is Pyrénées on the line 11). No other place in Paris will beat the view and the value for money.
  3. Visit for free all the otherwise closed monuments in Paris during the Journée européenne du patrimonies. On the 20th and 21st September 2014 you have a chance to browse inside the Palais de l’Elysée (the French President’s residence), the personal studio of Yves Saint Laurent and even in the égouts de Paris – a 500 meter walk in the sewers of the City of Light. Grab a map and get lost in the city.


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  • George says:

    On my recent trip to visit my girlfriend Elvire in Paris I planned one of our days entirely around Elena’s Paris page. All I can say is it was a tremendous success, Elvire herself who has such an intense local knowledge about certain areas of Paris was very impressed and together we learnt a lot of new things and just simply had a great day!

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