@kittymama426: I, like you, am a HUGE francophile. I studied in Montpellier, and have been to almost every region in France (still waiting on Corsica!). I will paste below an excerpt from an e-mail I sent a friend on what to do in Paris. I would also highly encourage you to consider traveling outside Paris while you’re in France. Some of the best parts of France are its beautiful little villages. I highly recommend Riquewihr in Alsace (Riesling/Gewurtztraminer wine country) – take the train to Strasbourg (also a lovely city) and drive the wine route. The Dordogne is one of my favorite regions, but it’s a bit tough to get there. You also might want to take the high-speed train or a cheap flight to Nice for a couple days on the Cote d’Azur.
Ok, enough about that, here are some suggestions for Paris:
In terms of restaurants, I highly recommend Fellini (located at 47 Rue Arbre Sec). The food is great, and the hosts are very friendly and speak English. I’ve also always wanted to try Le Café Qui Parle (located at 24 Rue Caulaincourt). The name literally means “the café that speaks.” I’ve heard great things about it. For crepes, I would suggest spending a morning in Montmartre (don’t go there at night – it gets sketchy). Montmartre is a neighborhood on top of the tallest hill in Paris. You can tour Sacre Coeur Basilica and the local shops. There are street performers and artists everywhere. Au Lapin Agile is a cabaret/bar that Picasso used to frequent, and it’s located behind Sacre Coeur. There are also some wonderful restaurants just off of the Champs Elysees. I’ve tried Alain Ducasse’s Spoon and L’Arc Paris, which were both very good. If you want to have a truly once-in-a-lifetime meal, go to Plaza Athenee (http://www.plaza-athenee-paris.com/restaurants-bars) or La Tour d’Argent (http://www.latourdargent.com/).
In terms of other things to do, I would say the “must-sees” are the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries gardens, Notre Dame, the Musee d’Orsay, l’Arc de Triomphe/les Champs Elysees, l’Opera Garnier (you can see a show there or just do a quick tour – either way, it’s breathtaking), les Invalides, Montmartre/Sacre Coeur, Versailles, and la Place des Vosges (the prettiest square in Paris and also the square where Victor Hugo lived). Given the length of time you’ll be in Paris, I doubt you’ll have trouble covering those sites. In addition, the Pantheon is worth a visit (Rousseau and Voltaire are ironically buried across from each other) as is la Sainte-Chapelle (a chapel made completely of stained glass, located next to France’s Supreme Court), le Pont d’Alexandre (the bridge with gold statues on it facing les Invalides), le Pont Neuf (the oldest bridge in Paris, which literally means “the new bridge”), le Musee de la Carnavalet (the museum documenting the history of the French Revolution), le Marais (a neighborhood with beautiful streets and squares), le Centre Pompidou (if you like modern art), the Marmottan Gallery (largest collection of Monet’s works, located in the posh “suburb” of the Bois de Boulogne), and the Rodin Museum (largest collection of Rodin’s works located in his old mansion).
If you’re looking for good shopping, the district around the Opera Garnier is a great area. Les Galeries Lafayettes and Printemps are France’s two main department stores and are unlike anything we have here. Also, for some excellent window shopping and to stroll by the President’s house, check out Rue de Faubourg.
Despite all these suggestions, one of the best things about Paris is how much you’ll see if you just set out on a walk or a river cruise down the Seine. Paris is like thousands of little villages combined to make one large city. Enjoy exploring it!