Eat:

  • La Grenier au Pain– The BEST bakery/baguette shop in Paris. Grab a €4 sandwich (chicken curry and veggie is the best) and a fruit tart, walk up the hill to Sacre Couer, and have an incredible picnic.  You could eat here everyday and be happy (we’re living proof!).
  • L’as du Falafel- Lenny Kravitz’s favorite falafel (allegedly) and the lines around it prove it’s popular with others as well.  Grab it to go, then mingle around the area with others.
  • Mi-Va-Mi- Directly across from L’as du Falafel. Not as famous, but just as good.  If L’as du Falafel is closed or too busy, grab a falafel here.  You won’t be disappointed.
  • La Focaccia- Hankering for some pizza in Paris? This small spot in Montmartre is fairly cheap for Paris (€5 for .25L wine, €8-14 pizza) and very good.
  • Le Rendez Vous des Amis– A great, lively happy hour right next to Sacre Couer. €5 .5L wine and cocktails, €3 beers during happy hour make this one of the best places to drink in Paris.
  • La Petit Marcel- A decent place to sit outside and grab a bite if you’re in the area.  The Salad Avvergnate was €14 and was big enough to share if you aren’t starving and .25L wine was €6.  Great, friendly staff.

Stay:

We stayed at the Park Hyatt Vendome and Concorde Opera Paris (Hilton) and our 8 days in the apartment below were WAY better.

Do:

  • Visit the Louvre- Skip the lines in the front (by the pyramid) and go around to the left side entrance.
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower- Walk the 704 steps to the 2nd level, then take the elevator up to the 3rd.
  • Picnic at Luxembourg Gardens- Wine and cheese is all you need!
  • Rent bikes through Paris’s bikeshare program, Velib- During the day, it can be quite hectic, but at night, there’s nothing more magical than cycling through the city.
  • Head to one of the world’s neatest used bookstores, Shakespeare and Company – Located in the shadow of the Notre Dame, this bookstore will transplant you back in to time, and even has a piano upstairs for you to play.
  • Watch the incredible fire show by street performers outside of Notre Dame- Starts right after dusk and is completely free.  Just remember to tip them well for their incredible performance!
  • Head to the Palace of Versailles-  But make sure to go early enough so that you can enjoy the Palace, the incredible gardens, and Marie Antoinette’s estate.
  • People watch and picnic on the steps of Sacre Couer- Our favorite spot in Paris.  Don’t forget to come back at night when it’s just as incredible.
  • Wander around Artist’s Square.

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