Post # 1
Hi ladies! I am going to Paris for my honeymoon and was wondering if any of you had some good tips on restaurants or things to do? We’ve already booked our hotels, and we will be staying for two nights in the Saint Germain Des Pres neighborhood and one night in the Marais neighborhood (then travelling south to San Sebastian Spain). Thanks in advance for any suggestions!!
Post # 3
Hey, we’ll be in Paris at the same time! Paris is such a gorgeous city. I’d definitely recommend checking out some of the smaller art museums. My favorites are the Rodin, the Picasso, and the Dali. Don’t miss Montmartre- Sacre Coeur is really really beautiful. Eat macarons at Laduree and eat falafel in the Marais. The flea markets at Clignancourt and Vanves are awesome. Picnic in the Jardins de Luxembourg and on the Pont des Arts. I think that would cover more than three days!
Post # 4
We’ll be in Paris right before you (like 3 days before!). One thing we are going to do is buy the Paris Pass. You can buy them from vendors at information offices or there are a bunch of machines around the city that offer them. Basically, you pay one price for so many days of use (we’ll have 2 days). Then you get free metro rides for that time, plus express entrance into all of the main attractions (e.g. Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc d’Triumph, etc…). Paris has majorly long lines to get into all of these place, but with the pass you get to jump to the front of the line. It’s really reasonably priced, too. I think the 2 day pass is $60-$70 a piece. Once we started adding up all the entrance fees ($30/person to get into the Eiffel Tower, $25 to get into the Louvre) we realized what a deal we were getting!
Post # 5
I was just in Paris! I recommend the pass as well. Go to the top of the Eiffel tower, it’s great!!
I am going to be in San Sebastian Spain from like May 20-26.. how funny! My friend lives there. Let me know if you want me to ask him some advice on things to do while you’re there.
Post # 6
I love Paris! I spent a semster there in college. In addition to all the great suggestions above, here are a few others:
226 rue de Rivoli
Famous for their hot chocolate
rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
It’s a beautiful mosque with a garden patio/tea room…I’ve been there for some mint tea and pastries, they also have a hammam (steam room), boutique and restaurant.
Rue des Rosiers
Eat in or take out…great falafel… infamous for being Lenny Kravitz’s favorite.
31 rue Saint Louis en l’ile
Homemade delicious ice cream
Offers huge salads and delicious crepes, which you can watch them make.
Le Refuge des Fondues
17 rue des Trois Freres
Tiny restaurant with fun atmosphere, choice of meat or cheese fondue, drink wine out of baby bottles
Not sure of the exact address, there is one by Madeleine on rue Royale and a larger one right on the Champs, they have great macaroons (try the rose petal) and teas.
Besides the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay and Centre Pompidou I recommend:
Musee Marmottan/Claude Monet
2 rue Louis Boilly
Open everyday but Mondays…definitely worth it the Monet paintings downstairs are amazing
Post # 7
I’m going to be in Paris too, so thanks for these suggestions! The Paris Pass sounds like a great idea- I’ll have to look into that. And I’ll definitely be printing out that list of things to do/places to go! THANKS ladies!
Post # 8
Um…I second the recommendation on Angelina’s…GET THE HOT CHOCOLATE!! You won’t be disappointed- hot cocoa out of a pitcher with a dish of whipped cream- yummy!
Also, nobody has mentioned this- but in the summers there are these ice cream vendors in the Luxembourg Gardens that seriously have the best ice cream that I’ve ever had! Only in the afternoons, and I haven’t always been able to find them. But I totally recommend checking out the gardens anyway because they’re lovely. Have fun!
Post # 9
Bee wrote a five part series on Paris! Here is a link to the last installment (there are links in there to the earlier posts too):
Post # 10
If you go to any of the cathedrals (Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, etc), remember to take a sweater or something with you to cover your shoulders. They won’t let you in if your shoulders are showing! (it’s a sign of respect).
Post # 11
Oooh- I should also add- when/if you go to the Eiffel Tower- beware of the people selling ‘trinkets’ near the entrance/exit of the tower. They can get kinda pushy.
Anyone else about to back me up? I went when I was 16, so I don’t know if they’re still there!!
Post # 12
Yeah, and also the whole Eiffel tower area is full of pick-pocketers… There are signs everywhere, and we even saw a cop on a bike chasing after a man running with a woman’s purse. I was just there in March. I’m sure it will be fine, just hold your bags tight!!
Post # 13
Ride on The Seine! We got on the boat right before sunset and it was spectacular! I have been to Paris 5 or 6 times and that is my #1 favorite, especially since you can see the eiffel tower as it glitters every hour on the hour after dark! Also check your dates, the french like to close things on mondays.
Post # 14
I love the Eiffel Tower!! A good place to take photos with the Eiffel Tower in the background is on the platform by the museums (both also have really cute cafes and outdoor seating with a view. Basically you can either be on the side of the Eiffel tower with the grass in front or you can be on the other side (the back in my head) with the bridge and the carousel, go to this side and climb all of the stairs where you see the two museums, it’S a much better view! Have fun.
Post # 15
WOW. You ladies & gents are a wealth of information! When we’re at the honeymoon (2wk backpacking trip through Europe!!!) planning phase I’ll definitely be picking your brains.
I love checking out options that are not on the grid so to speak. I think you find the best places via people who live there or have been there once or twice.
Post # 16
go to to the Museum of Lourvre it is free first sunday of any month, go straight to the museum and look for the mona lisa, you cant leave Paris without seeing it, warning it’s smaller than expected
go to the Sacre de Couer, a beautiful white church on top of the hill, great for picture taking, there’s a place beside it where the painters anad artists used to hang out, I wouldnt eat there its too touristy and therefore pricey
have an evening cruise, the Eiffel tower will sparkle on the hour, dont know if theyre still doing it but it very beautiful and romantic looking at the beautiful old buildings late at night
go to the Notre Dame, if you are Catholic, hear the mass, if not you are still able to go in
have a typical pastry I think theyre called croque monsieur–delicious!!! also try one of their wonderful pastries
during the daytime bask it all in dont waste your time in museums, Paris is a beautiful old city walk through the streets; I would not waste my time and money on passes, you want to experience the french life you cant do that ina museum; but definitely do the Lourvres
have dinner in the Latin quarter, a lot of cheap but authentic eats because its near the university therefore student prices