Welcome to the City of Lights

Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, but let’s have some real talk for a sec. You can solo the heck out of this city and have an incredible experience that will leave you breathless and in love with the light and the air and the spirit of the place.

Would you like to opt out of standing in line for the Eiffel Tower or macarons at Ladurée? This Guide To Paris will help you discover the chic, artsy, and unique places that the locals like to go.

 
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EAT

Boot Cafe
The only craft coffee bar designed for you to take it to go. Tiny and design-y.

19 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris

Candelaria 
The best taqueria in the city. One of the Quixotic restaurants that will impress with simple, inventive cuisine.

52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

Cinq-Mars 
Where wines are paired with every course and every course is perfection.

51 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris

Chez Gladines
The best Basque cuisine in the Butte-aux-Cailles. Order the Roquefort escargot. House red. Keep ordering. You can sit as long as you like.

30 Rue des cinq Diamants, 75013 Paris

Chez Nathalie
Fresh creative flavors from an inspired female chef cooking with passion in the heart of the Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood.

45 Rue Vandrezanne, 75013 Paris

Ob-la-Di
Best breakfast spot in the city that opens at 8AM. Go early for handmade granola and oat milk latte.

54 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

Pain Pain
You'll have to eat something, why not pastry? Don't forget to get as many chouquettes from here as you can eat.

88 Rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris 

Bread & Roses
Delicious bakery/grocery/tearoom. Sit outside and people watch as this is close to the Saint-Germain des Pres’ best shops.

62 Rue Madame, St Germain, 75006 Paris

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DO

Catacombs
Totally worth it. A lot of stairs. Get your ticket early online so you don’t have to wait.

1 av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy 75014 Paris

Arènes de Lutèce
You'll stand where gladiators fought lions. Look up the history and read it out loud while you're there for the full effect. A normal tone of voice will echo throughout the entire place. 

49 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris

Grande Mosquée de Paris**
Pay the 5 euros to walk around. The tile work is everything. Also pop around the corner for Arabian sweets in a little tearoom courtyard.

2bis Place du Puits de l'Ermite, 75005 Paris

Rodin Museum
Walk the gardens. They are not immense and incredibly beautiful. Follow Rodin’s life in rooms of his old boarding house.

77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
Be sure to open all the drawers and peek around every corner. Surprises await. This is one of the most unique museums I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to all of them).

62 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris

**Hammam Spa at the Grande Mosquee
Super bonus Paris points for braving the Hammam spa service in the secret door behind the tea room. If you have a half day to lie around nude on varying stone slabs and in hot pools and steam out everything, go here. The black soap scrub down makes your skin baby soft, however the tough Turkish woman who scrubs does not go easy. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday for women.

39 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris

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SHOP

Soeur
Perfectly styled clothes for every occasion.

61 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris

Magasin Sennelier 
Where every Parisian artist for over a century buys pens, pastels, and paper. Go up the little staircase to leave a note that you were there.

3 Quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris, France

Merci 
Delightful stop for coffee, pastry, and accessible design items, fashion, and home goods shop. 

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

Les Abeilles 
This shop is run by a beekeeper in the Butte-aux-Cailles and has the best honey soap I’ve ever used in my life. 3 bars of varying scents for about $15.

21 Rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013 Paris

Le Bon Marche
$$$ and worth every single penny. Also just near Luxembourg Gardens if you fancy a stroll. 

24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris

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SEE

Sacré Coeur
Stroll before sunrise to see the sun come up over the city, it will be amazing. 

35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris

Rue de l'Abreuvoir 
Walk down Montmartre’s most picturesque street in the whole city and you'll end up at a small square with a little restaurant called La Maison Rose which is the perfect pink color. 

Palais de Tokyo
They close at midnight and have great cocktails and two restaurants. Unbelievable bookstore, gift shop and fantastic contemporary art. 

13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

Musée Cognacq-Jay
Tiny art museum in a 16th century mansion in the heart of the Marais. Closed Mondays.

8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris


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Tips for travel in and around Paris:

1. Use Maps.me Offline. So your mobile carrier will most likely charge you if you connect abroad. The Maps.me app has a Paris map that you can use offline. Then you can turn off your data but still have a helpful city map.

2. Skip the METRO. It’s super easy to get around Paris using the Metro and bus system, but why not try making new friends while in a new city? Uber Pool is a fantastic option. Especially at night when you want to zip around the city quickly and also want to split the cost.

3. MonoPrix is the Walgreens of France. It can get expensive to come up with souvenirs for friends and relatives when you travel abroad. Dip into MonoPrix for cute French souvenirs that are truly local. Aprons, olive oil soap, lip balm, even striped sailor style shirts, herbs, and sea salt are all great gifts that won’t break the bank or be bulky to carry.

WILDCARD

Art Deco Beauty
Stroll beneath the Eiffel Tower and look up…look from afar….get a cafe au lait and croissant across the street and look too at the Home of Jules Lavirotte at 29 Avenue Rapp - one of the most richly detailed Art Nouveau structures in Paris.

Looking for a place to Stay?

The Hôtel Duc de Saint-Simon is perfectly Parisian and beloved for its interior design. Melt into its style and charm. Wear a tuxedo to dinner. Take up smoking again. And never leave.

14 Rue de Saint-Simon, 75007 Paris