After 10 whole years I returned to the magical city of Paris. I have such fond memories of Paris having visited quite a lot when I was younger but it never seemed to appeal to me in recent years. I have no idea why as I had an absolutely fab time. And it was the first time I had taken the Eurostar which I was really impressed with. So much quicker and easier than flying.
So what makes it so special..? What’s there to do, see or visit in 3 days in this beautiful city..? Read on to see my highlights, recommendations and maybe a few yummy food pics…
What you need to see
The Eiffel Tower has to be at the top of the list. How can you go to Paris and not see it?! Surrounded by parks, it is beautiful at any time of year. It’s hard to miss such a pinnacle landmark but make sure you get up close and personal with her, she’s much more impressive that way.
Usually at the centre of some film, sporting competition or other event, this has to be one of the most famous roundabouts in the world. The Arc de Triomphe is surrounded by chaos but somehow seems so tranquil when you look at it. If you have time make sure to climb to the top and see the pretty view of the city.
Leading down from the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees is retail heaven. After some retail therapy and maybe some window shopping in Tiffany & Co, what better place to rest your feet than making a stop at Laduree for some classic french sweet treats.
Cross the River Seine and admire Notre Dame Cathedral for a few moments. The detail is impressive and if you are a Disney fan you’ll appreciate the gargoyles in person.
There are many museums to choose from but if you can only fit one in it has to be the Louvre, no question about it. It needs no introduction, as one of the largest museums in the worlds and home to the Mona Lisa, it’s full of some of the most amazing masterpieces out there.
Paris has so many iconic landmarks but one of my favourite things about the city are the streets. Endless rows of cafe lined streets. Every time you turn the corner, there’s another beautiful street to explore.
Where to go for a drink
Pass a corridor lined with countless mirrors and red velvet into a labyrinth of cosy relaxing rooms. The perfect place for a romantic date night, actually it’s a good decision to visit at anytime, for any reason.
This wine bar and restaurant actually has more of a New York vibe to it but with some delicious French wine choices. Lounge on one of their bar tables and have a catch up over a nice bottle of wine.
Bar du Central
If you are after a good cocktails and comfy setting then this is the place. It’s open late which means it a great place for after dinner drinks.
Where to eat
Le Petit Cler is perfect for lunch or dinner. It has a great mix of dishes and is very reasonably priced.
I had the best brunch at Season and would highly recommend the avocado on toast – it’s the best I’ve ever had and believe me, I’ve had a lot! It’s veggie friendly and has a great selection of healthy food.
I’d also heard Au Vieux Comptoir is good for dinner and has a lovely wine list but we didn’t get a chance to go. It’s on the list for next time!
So there you have it, my highlights and recommendations. Paris is a magical place and I feel like there is still so much to discover. Now knowing how easy the Eurostar is, I think I’ll be seeing Paris again soon.
Have you been to Paris? What are your favourite things about the amazing city?