Did someone say confinement is over??? Today marks the last day of lockdown in France. So to celebrate we thought we would give you a list of some of our favourite things to do in Paris. Also, if you missed our Exploring Normandy Blog, you can find it here.
With better weather coming we’ve included some amazing outdoor activities as well as some museums and yummy restaurants! Bon Tour et Bon Appétit!
WHERE TO WALK
- Walk the streets of Le Marais - a charismatic and historic part of Paris which has become the new hub for trendy bars, cafes, restaurants, vintage boutiques
- Take a walk by the Seine, Pont Alexandre III (connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with the Invalides and Eiffel Tower) and Pont Neuf (the oldest standing bridge across the river)
- Montmartre, a charming area with cobbled streets and full of cafes and bistros. Home to the famous Sacre Coeur.
- Place de la Bastille – Bastille Market / Place des Vosges
- Take a walk outside the Palais Royal and check out the arcade of shops and the art installation ‘Colonnes de Buren’ by the French artist Daniel Buren in 1985–1986.
- Take a stroll around the 18th arrondissement where you will find the famous Moulin Rouge and for any music fans out there walk down Rue de Douai and peak inside the cool and unique stores.
- Saint Germain des Prés - where you will find some cute cafes and bookstores.
Some fun and cute streets to visit, in the 12th arrondissement - Rue Cremieux, you will find a row of colourful insta worthy buildings and in the 14th arrondissement picturesque Rue des Thermopyles.
- Jardin du Luxembourg – Palais du Luxembourg - You can enter the gardens for free but there is a fee to enter the Museum.
Tuileries Garden a beautiful green scene between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st Arrondissement
WHERE TO VISIT
- Musée Rodin - Opened in 1919, to mainly dedicate the works of French Sculptor Auguste Rodin. It features some of his most famous work such as The Thinker and The Kiss. https://www.instagram.com/museerodinparis/
WHERE TO EAT
Fancy a bit of Mediterranien food? Check out Penny Lane @pennylaneparis on instagram (18 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière 10ème 75010 Paris)
Bistrot Valois - A French bistrot hidden in a little courtyard. You may recognize it from the TV show Emily in Paris (1 Place de Valois, 75001 Paris) https://www.facebook.com/bistrotvalois/
Loulou - Serving up some exquisite Italian food. A little bit more on the pricey but you can enjoy dining out in the gardens of Palais Royal/ Louvre (if the weather allows it) (107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris)
Cafe de Flore is one of the oldest, most popular cafes of Paris. It is famous for a lot of writers and philosophers frequenting the Cafe (172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris)
WHERE TO SHOP:
Step inside the brand new multi story Kith Flagship store, where you can also find the Treat Bar, serving up yummy ice cream and milkshakes. (49 Rue Pierre Charron, 75008 Paris)
- Le Marais in the 4th arrondissement, you will find streets with small boutiques, some vintage, cute cafes and restaurants. Check it all out here: https://www.parisinfo.com/decouvrir-paris/balades-a-paris/a-la-decouverte-du-marais
- Browse the fashionable streets of Rue Saint Honore
- Pop into the beautifully designed department store, Bon Marche. Here you will find more of the high end brands. (24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris)