Five Things to do in Paris
Paris is a fashionista's paradise, a foodie's fantasy, and an Instagrammer's dream. I would definitely categorize myself as all of these things, so when I had the opportunity to go to Paris for the weekend I could not pass it up!
I had heard some mixed reviews about Paris before my travels. Hollywood has romanticized it and has built it up to be such a magical place. I think that it is really important to understand before you go that every city has rough patches and no where is perfect. In my opinion with that in mind, Paris really does live up to it's magical expectation. I don't know about you, but there is just something so special about sipping coffee by the Seine and watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night!
There are so many amazing things to do in Paris, but here are my favorite things that I did and some of my tips!
1. See all of the sites!
Makes sense right? When I travel to a new city one of the first things I like to do is see all of the major touristy sites. I don't necessarily need to spend a major amount of time at each one, but I do like to take my pictures and be able to say that I saw them. A great way to do this is with a bus tour! (I did one in London when I first arrived and in Paris) After you see everything, you can go back and spend more time on your favorites (I did this with the Eiffel Tower)!
2. Eiffel Tower (from all angles!)
We of course went to the Eiffel Tower during my bus tour, but I was not satisfied with being there for a matter of minutes! There are tons of different locations where you can see the Eiffel Tower throughout Paris. I would really recommend you see it from a bunch of different angles! It also does a light show each hour at night and this is a must see.
3. Galleria Lafayette Rooftop
The Galleria Lafayette is a famous department store in Paris. If you travel up to the rooftop, there are amazing views of the Eiffel Tower and Paris. It was my plan to enjoy the view from the rooftop bar, but I soon learned that that view comes with a price. I quickly took my pictures and headed down a level to the less expensive, yet delicious food court. There are so many food options here and you still get great views of the city! This was a great place for my friends and I to have a crepe and rest our feet!
4. Marqué Bastille
There is something about a street market that I love so much (It's probably the food). Street markets give a glimpse inside the everyday lives of city dwellers as well as their culture. I loved strolling the aisles of the Marqué Bastille as French ladies did their Sunday grocery hall. This is also where I stopped for lunch and I was so happy that I did. I have a thing for crepes (if you couldn't tell from the picture above), but usually I have sweet ones. At the market I enjoyed a cheese, goat cheese, tomato, and chive crepe, so good!!
5. Walk Everywhere!
Seriously, do it. One, walking is free. Two, you see things you wouldn't normally see if you took the Metro, taxi, or Uber. My friends and I love using the app "Citymapper" (basically an app that tells you the best mode of transportation in order to get to your destination). At one point it told us that the place we wanted to go was a 40 minute Metro ride or a 60 minute walk. We opted for the walk and we were so glad that we did. We got to see so much more of Paris and we wandered into bookstores, bakeries, and cafés. If you do as much walking as I did in Paris, your feet will definitely hurt but I am a strong believer that is a sign of a good trip! If your feet are hurting stop into a little coffee shop for a break, your feet will thank you.
Paris is so amazing and in order to have a great trip make sure you mix the usual tourist sites with some activities off the beaten path! I went to Paris when I was little with my grandma, aunt, and cousin and they said that some day I would make it back. They were right, and I am so happy they were :)