Paris, what a truly magical city.
Thanks to Scotts Cheap Flights, Andrew and I found really inexpensive flights to Paris, France. I had never been, so while yes, a weekend trip to Paris from NYC is a bit ridiculous, we figured why the hell not. With the ‘I’ll sleep when I die’ attitude in mind, we booked our tickets and we were off to Europe!
I am sure everyone in the world has either been to, or has heard of the magic that is Paris. For that reason, I will spare you and won’t go into detail of the city, but it was truly a blessing to be able to experience such a wonderful place at such a magical time of the year. We went in early December, so the city was dressed for the holidays….MAGIC.
I will tell you though to bring your walking shoes or plan on taking Ubers/The Metro everywhere if you plan to do all the touristy things like us. On Saturday alone, we walked 35,000+ steps. Which at the end of the day only means one thing, WELL DESERVED WINE and LOTS OF PHOTO OPPS (sorry, Andrew).
WHERE TO STAY:
Andrew is a big Starwood Group member, so we decided to stay the the W Opera. The hotel itself was nice a quaint, however, the area for me was not ideal. The Opera district was super touristy with lots of people and not so many cute cafes, which I was sort of expecting. The room itself was also super small. If (hopefully when) I make it back, I will look into other areas of town. Preferably somewhere that has a balcony and a view of the Eiffel Tower.
WHERE TO EAT:
- Cafe de Flore – THE most famous cafe in Paris. Every single fashion blogger has likely snapped a photo either in front of, or of this cafe. Obviously it’s a must, but expect there to be a short wait.
- Hotel Costes – Chic and hip. A place to see and be seen. Reservations are a must.
- Maison Lautrec – A cute little spot in in the North 9th Arr. – we sat at the bar and shared a few things. This is like the French version of farm-to-table. The food was outstanding, the service was mediocre. We experienced our first “french asshole” here. I would still go back. Reservation recommended.
- Pink Mamma – We tried going here on our last night, but weren’t able to get in as they were at capacity for the night. I received several recommendations for this Italian spot, so I’d assume it’s worth checking out. Will do on our next trip.
WHERE TO DRINK:
- Bar Hemingway – One of the most famous cocktail bars in the world, located in the Ritz Carlton. We tried going around 8:30 pm on Friday night, LOL. Nope! There was an obnoxious wait, so we decided to try again the next night. This time, we got there around 5:30 pm to be there when it opened, we got seated right at 6 pm and enjoyed a cocktail ($30 Euro a pop). Would recommend for the experience. Get the dirty Martini.
- Hotel Costes – We had cocktails at the bar here prior to our dinner reservation. CHIC.
- Lavomatic – We didn’t make it here on our last trip, but it came highly recommended. This place is a speak easy in which you have to walk through a laundromat to get into the small bar.
WHAT TO DO:
Tourist spots are a dime a dozen in Paris. I am not much for museums, so you won’t see any listed below (we didn’t go into The Lourve, just stopped by for the pyramids and above ground views). I would recommend all of the below and then some. Try out The Metro to get around, as seasoned New Yorkers, we got a kick out of trying to navigate our way through the city.
- Eiffel Tower
- The Louvre
- Place de la Concorde
- Champs Elysees
- Arc de Triomphe