A Mini Guide to Paris: Wrap Up

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After many trips to Paris and time spent there as a study abroad student, I feel as if I have a great pulse on the City of Lights. Here’s a little summary of the best spots to visit, eat and explore in the City of Lights. Hope this is helpful for anyone thinking of a potential trip to Paris!

BEFORE YOU GO: Save yourself a headache and pick up the Paris Pass before your trip. It gets you into 60 of the most famous Paris museums and attractions for free, including the Louvre and Notre Dame and you get to skip the lines (which can get wrap around crazy!) at the Musee d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou. It also gives you free unlimited travel on the metro, bus, trams etc. Also I always like picking up an ebook copy of Lonely Planet Paris so that I can have an offline map and never get lost. We did London + Paris together, which is a pretty popular option. The train was super crowded and there’s not much room for luggage. If you’re thinking of also adding London to a trip to Paris, do yourself a favor and buy your rail tickets in advance. They get more and more expensive closer to the date and sell out in peak season! You can check the train schedules here.

WHERE TO STAY? You can’t go wrong with a stay at the elegant and timeless Prince de Galles hotel, steps away from the Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe monument. For photos of the hotel and my review, read more here.

WHAT TO EAT? Macarons from Pierre Hermé are some of the best in the world and available in the most unique flavor combinations including rose petal, passionfruit and earl grey! To try unique Parisien/Japanese fusion desserts, go to Sadaharu Aoki and for the thickest, richest hot chocolate of your life, settle down for a cup at Angelique.

WHERE TO EAT? One of the most amazing, authentic French meals I ever had was tucked away in the hilly cobblestone streets of Montmartre at Le Potager du Pere Thierry. Delicious french classics like foie gras and duck, potato and cheese gratin are served in a cozy and rustic restaurant, without the typical Parisian snobbery and best of all – it’s wallet friendly! When I was a student, I stayed in the Latin Quarter (kind of like the student district) and there is a wonderful maze of back alley streets with everything from affordable sit down restaurants to street stands selling gelato, pasta and halal.

WHAT TO WEAR? Here’s my ultimate packing guide for visiting Paris in spring, summer and fall.

NOT TO MISS? A climb up to the towers at Notre Dame Cathedral for a close up with the gargoyles and chimera and an aerial view of Paris. Not to mention, the 387 steps make for a great workout.

MUST SEE? Hmm.. hard to pick one, so I’ll go with my three most favorite museums. The spooky crypt and upper level viewing deck from the Pantheon, the charming mansion of Musee Jacquemart-Andre (check out posts 1 and 2), and the sculpture filled gardens at Musee Rodin.


Interested in seeing more of Paris? Check out the stained glass windows at Eglise Sainte Chapelle | art at the Louvre, Orangerie and Orsay galleries | picnic at the Tuileries gardens| take a nighttime stroll by the Arc de Triomphe | charming mansion of Jacquemart Andre | the Thinker sculpture at the Rodin Museum | the Pantheon crypt, housing Voltaire, Marie Curie and Zola | gargoyles at Notre Dame | picnic at the Eiffel Tower

For a complete look into my Paris trip, click here.

Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.March 31, 2014 - 8:36 am

Saving this for our next trip! Paris has my heart. :)
xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

MelanieMarch 31, 2014 - 11:01 am

Thank you so much for this post! I’m planning a London/Paris excursion for late summer and am currently doing research. Will definitely put a hike to the top of Notre Dame on my to-do list!

Melanie @UnraveledThreads

SherMarch 31, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Thanks for stopping by Lexi :)

SherMarch 31, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Melanie, I’m so glad this could be of use! Have a great trip and let me know if there’s anything else I can share as you plan!

The Fashion BrookApril 1, 2014 - 5:14 am

Great post! Very useful. xx


MylinhApril 1, 2014 - 7:29 am

This is a great guide! and I love the photo of the Eiffel Tower <3

JaniceApril 2, 2014 - 3:44 am

Makes me want to go back! Duck confit and macarons…. mmmm

JoyceAugust 6, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Two of my favorite places in Paris are Musee D’orsay and the Montemartre!


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Elaine J. MastersNovember 12, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Great distillation of things to see and do in Paris. It could take a lifetime to experience the best though don’t you think? I find it works to surrender, see what is most important and leave time for discoveries.

Prianka | Map HalvesNovember 12, 2015 - 10:51 pm

Some great ideas for exploring Paris! I am very excited to be heading there for a few days to kick off 2016, so I will look through this post and add a few ideas to the list tht I have been building. Thanks for the tips!

SherNovember 13, 2015 - 11:03 am

Thanks Prianka! Hope the list was helpful. Have a great time!

LenaNovember 13, 2015 - 11:07 am

I am planning a trip to Paris in the near future. Have you ever visited Moulin Rouge? I wonder what it’s like.

SherNovember 13, 2015 - 3:58 pm

Yes! Moulin Rouge is a lot of fun (although not quitee like the movie version haha). It’s great entertainment / dinner spot and near the Basilique de Sacre Coeur, in Montmartre. I love that area because it feels old and quaint, with hilly cobblestone streets. There’s also an amazing restaurant there that you absolutely need to try if you like traditional, unstuffy french classics. Have a great time!

Jackie | The Globetrotting TeacherNovember 14, 2015 - 4:04 pm

My favorite Paris museum is the Musee de l’Orangerie. The Monet waterlilies and the impressionist works are incredible. It’s also a smaller museum and not as overwhelming as the Louvre.

Sonal of Drifter PlanetNovember 16, 2015 - 9:27 am

Paris is a dream for me. I really enjoyed reading your post.

Mary Charie | Two Monkeys TravelNovember 16, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Been to Paris last summer, and it was great experience! Lived in an apartment in Place De Clichy, I was so thrilled to get that place for cheap. I also love Flunch, economical! ;-)

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Sheren DevMarch 7, 2016 - 9:23 pm

Hi Sher! (feels like talking to myself hahaha)
As I plan to go to Paris (France, actually) next month, this post is really helpful! Loving your blog, x

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