Paris, the city of love and the city of light, has always held a special place in my heart. When minds wander, it’s easy to conjure up images of the stunningly breathtaking french capital that has a longstanding reputation and relationship with the rest of the world.
A mecca of gastronomy, culture, architecture, art, fashion, and history, it’s really hard not to fall in love with the ever-weaving streets of Paris over and over again. The emblematic Eiffel Tower is one reason many flock to Paris, but Paris has a starring role, and it has so much more to offer.
Here are a few of my favorite spots, you need to see while visiting this wonderful city.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Bordering the hip Parisian areas of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, Jardin du Luxembourg is not to be missed. These peaceful Parisian gardens spanning across 25 hectares of land are divided into two – a French garden and an English one.
Perhaps one of the most charming spots to visit in the summer, take a leisurely stroll through Paris’ most famous gardens, take a rest on the metal benches that are dotted around the grounds and take in the picture perfect views as you enjoy a slow picnic lunch in the heart of the French capital.
La Grande Epicerie
A foodie’s dream, La Grande Epicerie is known as the temple of outstanding taste and is located in the famous Bon Marché department store in the sixth arrondissement of Paris. By far the best food shop in Paris, you’ll fall in love with its patisserie, bakery and butchers.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Visit Paris’ oldest and largest cemetery and get a real sense of the bourgeoisie and bohemians from back in the day. Meander the cobbled paths and get lost in the maze that is Père Lachaise Cemetery while visiting the graves of some of the most influential people of Paris’ past, including Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Gioacchino Rossini, and Vincenzo Bellini to name a few.
Pierre Hermé Boutiques
A chocolate and sweet heaven, Pierre Hermé Boutiques is home to Paris’ best pastry chefs who’re renowned for both their passion and eye for detail. And if you’re looking for the best macorons in Paris, this is the place to head.
Even if you’re not into luxury shopping, visiting this upmarket French department’s flagship store in the 9th arrondissement on Boulevard Haussmann is worthwhile. With the best collection of some of the biggest names in fashion and beauty, Gallery Lafayette will leave you breathless, as will its stunning architecture.
Dining at Les Papilles
Paris is not Paris without visiting a classic Parisian bistro, and Les Papilles on Rue Gay-Lussac won’t disappoint. A cave à manger, you’ll be able to sample Paris by the mouth. With its prix-fixe menu, you’re guaranteed quality and an experience to boot. Oh, and the wine selection is just as exciting.
Palace of Versailles
Okay, so it’s not in Paris exactly, but if you’ve got a few days to spare, the Palace of Versailles is always worth visiting. Step back in time and admire the palace’s opulence, take a tour of the grand apartments, wander through the well-manicured gardens and the spectacular Hall of Mirrors and imagine how King Louis XIV once lived.
Musée des Arts Forains
Paris is synonymous with art and galleries, but the Musée des Arts Forains isn’t your ordinary art museum. Located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, this private museum is home to a variety of funfair objects and has everything from bespoke 19th-century funfair games to antique carousels and merry-go-rounds. It makes for a fun alternative day out for any age.
Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre
Located on the highest point of Paris, the city’s most awe-inspiring Catholic Church in the centre of one of Paris’ famous quarters, you’ll be treated to some dazzling panoramic views of Paris – there’s nowhere quite like it.