Bonjour! Paris has become one of my favourite cities in the world, and my recent time there just reinforced how beautiful the city of love is! I spent three days there this time (as opposed to one day on my last trip) and we managed to see a whole lot more this time. Today I am sharing with you five things you must do in Paris.
Dine at Relais Entrecote. If you live in Melbourne there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the French eatery Entrecôte. This was actually modelled on Relais Entrecôte, the original steak and frites restaurant in Paris! I remember reading about it on Marianna Hewitt’s blog, so this was added to my must do whilst I was there. The restaurant is really unique in the way it is run. Firstly, it opens at 7pm sharp each night and people start to line up around 6:15 (they do not take reservations). We got there around 6:40 and the line was already huge however we were seated right away once it opened (we did get soaked though whilst waiting as it was raining heavily!) The restaurant only serves one meal; steak and fries. The waitresses ask you two questions once you are seated; what would you like to drink and how do you like your steak? You are then given a basket of bread to share and a small salad each, followed by the steak and fries (which they give to you in two servings). The meat is amazing and full of flavour so if you love steak this is a must visit! The restaurant also serve dessert which was so good; we ordered the raspberry meringue with sorbet ice cream stack.
Visit the Eiffel Tower. This may seem like a cliche but seeing it up close is wonderful. There are plenty of amazing photos to take of the Eiffel Tower as it is so photogenic; perfect to put up on your social media channels! The morning is the best time to go; we got there a bit later in the morning and the crowds were huge. There are also many tourist stores around selling Paris knick knacks so it’s a great place to stock up on gifts for friends and family.
Sample as many bakeries as you can. Paris is known for their wonderful pastries and cakes and the city is filled with many talented patissiers! Sebastien Gaudard is a well known patisserie and chocolatier with several locations throughout Paris. We bought a few desserts (which were amazing) and the lovely women working there was kind enough to give us some free macarons! Some other patissiers include the world famous Laduree and Angelina’s, both a must see when in Paris.
Visit Montmatre. This is a quaint town steeped with history and culture. The famous Basilica of Sacre-Coeur sits on the hill and was built from 1876 to 1912; yes it took 36 years! It is worth going into to have a look at the beautiful sculptures and arrangements and there is also a gift shop inside if you want to purchase a gift. The streets of Montmatre are filled with cute little tourist stores, more patissiers and portrait artists keen to draw faces of tourists; we were asked several times to be drawn! If you’d like to see more of the town there is a footpath train that drives tourists around, and Moulin Rouge is also in the area if you’re keen to watch a show.
Shop up a storm at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann. This is a high end department store in the heart of Paris and stocks all of the top high end designers. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted; some of the prices are really really steep however it’s worth going to for the sheer luxury of it all! The ceiling display is gorgeous and feels very old world and classy. There are also plenty of eateries and restaurants around if you feel like a bite to eat.
I hope you enjoyed my guide to Paris and let me know if you have any to add!