Paris is always worth a trip. Here are a few things to do in Paris that I can highly recommend.
Coffee & Food
Bad coffee is a rare find in Paris. As I prefer black coffee, I mostly ordered an espresso, that I drank sitting outside or standing at the bar. I often had coffee after lunch or dinner at one of Paris’ Brasseries. Here are some places for food, coffee and drinks that I’d can recommend:
La Salle à Manger
138 rue Mouffetard, Paris, Ile-de-France 75006
I wish I had not had breakfast before coming here. Lovely bistro with good looking food and great coffee.
Grande Mosquée de Paris
6 Rue Georges Desplas, Paris, Île de France 75005
Thé de Menthe and great food in a great atmosphere.
Café Ciné de Merci
111 boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris, Île-de-France 75003
Cake, Snacks, Tea and Coffee. A place for rainy days.
Comptoir des Saints-Pères
60, rue de Jacob (Rue des Saints-Pères), Paris, France 75006
Skip Café de Fleur and head here instead. The Quiche was great and the Art Deco interior beautiful.
4bis Rue Neuve Popincourt, Paris, Île-de-France 75011
Paris’ very own Currywurst place with lovely people, German beer and Udo Lindenberg records on the wall.
I love parks and Paris has some of the prettiest:
Jardin des Plantes
18 Rue Buffon, Paris, Île de France 75005
Surround yourself with beautiful vegetation and take a glimpse at the small pandas that live in the neighbouring zoo.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Place Edmond Rostand, Paris, Île-de-France 75006
Bring a book, sit down, relax and indulge in some people watching.
Parc Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet
Rue de la Bonne (Rue du Chevalier-de-la-Barre), Paris, Ile-de-France 75018
A place to escape tourists on Montmartre.
Le Canal St. Martin
Quai de Valmy (Quai de Jemmapes), Paris, Île de France 75010
Not really a park, but worth a visit and a great place to have a picnic by the canal.
Architecture & Sights
Paris is famous for its architecture and rightly so. Walking along the Seine from east to the west will give you a glimpse of the most famous sights and one building will be more stunning than the last one. But, you should definitely also walk along little side streets and discover some hidden gems. It’s great to get lost in Paris.
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, Paris, Île-de-France 75007
Considering the long queue in front of it I was a bit sad, it had been turned into a museum and stopped being a train station. I would have loved to see it from inside.
La Cinémathèque Française
51 rue de Bercy, Paris, Île-de-France 75012
Being interested in French cinema & in architecture, I had to swing by this building by Frank Gehry.
More Things to Do in Paris
When in Paris, you should definitely ride through the city on the back of a Vespa. You should take the metro to random stations and take a peek outside. You should get lost and discover places and streets that the tourist misses out on seeing. Wander around Le Marais and the Quartier Latin. Buy a Pariscope and find out that a band you really like is playing the same evening. Go and have drinks in the evening and talk to strangers. Don’t feel rushed to see the Tour Eiffel or the Louvre, there is more to Paris than that. Don’t mind the rain, be waterproof.