Paris Travel Tips Wanted

January 6, 2016

Hello lovely friends. I will go to Paris later this month for a week to work. First, for my new client Merci, and then to visit the Maison + Objet along with a bunch of other fun studios to visit crammed along the way. I’m very excited and you can follow my Paris adventures on my @decor8 Instagram beginning January 18!  SO I’m looking for some suggestions from YOU. I love pretty cafes, dessert, jazz clubs, shows, boat rides, I’ll take any tips honestly. Just need fresh and inspiring places to see and photograph.

Paris Travel Tips Wanted
I scoured my favorite blogs for tips but so many of them have posts that were written a year or more ago and we all know that cities like Paris change so frequently that I’m more interested in what is hot NOW. Also, flower shops and lunch spots. I don’t care about museums or monuments or tourist spots because I’ve been to Paris many times and hit those already.

I would love a tip for Korean food, a good Japanese place with excellent Udon soup and definitely a Lebanese place with amazing tabbouleh, falafel, hummus, etc. Also, any good Spanish places with tapas? And maybe something very Italian and delicious? A very hip and cool restaurant would be great too. I’m really open when it comes to dining out, so don’t hold back. Please leave website links in your comments so I can easily find these places if you don’t mind. I’m so grateful, in advance, so thank you!

Do you also have some great ideas for photogenic spots in Paris other than the usual suspects (Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower)? I’m very much a fan of hills and architecture and pale white buildings and streets with a lot of ambiance that aren’t totally commercial and littered with phone card and cell phone shops. I remember my last time in Paris, there were less of these streets (though I was close to the river and Notre Dame but still) so I’d love to be in districts where I can find privately owned bakeries and foodie spots – in other words, pretty spots to photograph so I can create content for this blog that I’m proud of upon my return!

I will be in these neighborhoods from what I know so far: Haut-Marais, Saint-German-de-Pres and Bastille. I’ve never been to Montmartre, is that worthy of a see?

P.S. Doesn’t the Broken Arm look nice and the I think Miss Banh Mi looks like fun along with Street Bangkok. I love casual and unusual places and Asian food but also great places for breakfast. My dear friend Susanne from Milas Deli just went to Paris and has a lot of bakeries on her blog, so I’m going to look over there now…

Thank you all so much, since getting pregnant in 2013 and then having my son nearly two years ago, I’ve only been to Berlin for a day and Amsterdam for 3 days, so this is mama’s adventure so I want to soak in as much as I possibly can to make up for all of those lost trips. Though I must say, being with my little boy has been worth it but I am ready for some stimulation and fun so please give me some of your lovely ideas… I’d appreciate it so much.




  • Reply Judith January 6, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    So exciting, Holly! The Broken Arm is very nice and like you said: there are constantly popping up new places here in Paris. You may want to check out my mini Paris guide ( ) that I update regularly. I think you will really LOVE Adeline Klam’s shop. Another (paper!) guide that is worth checking out is this one by my friend Anne from Prêt-à-Voyager: It features all kinds of small and unusual shops around here.
    Enjoy yourself and profites-en bien!

  • Reply megan a. January 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Go to Montmartre! It’s such a lovely part of Paris. I haven’t been in 6 years, but we literally just booked plane tickets there two nights ago, so this post is so timely for me!

    Eat all of the croissants you can, and be very aware of any possessions you carry on you. Pick-pocketers and scammers can find a tourist like none other. They often work in pairs. I’ve heard that the view from the Arc de Triumph is great, with a much smaller lines than the Eiffel Tower. Also, look up a culinary experience with “EatWith” – it’s a fantastic way to try authentic cuisine / a home cooked meal by local chefs.

  • Reply Sivan Askayo January 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    wow, congrats on having Merci as your new client. The Broken Arm is nice, but clothes are quite over priced. The bakery is great. The neighborhood where it is located is young and hype.
    I’ll send you a link to various posts on my blog that deal with Paris.
    I also shot a book about patisseries in Paris, so if you are interested, will be happy to send you some addresses.

  • Reply Stacey January 6, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Definitely go to Montmartre, Sacre Couer is beautiful and the little market outside the church is neat too! We took an afternoon and walked around the Pere-Lechaise cemetery before taking the Metro up to Monmartre.

    Also, do the Bateaux boat ride on the Seine, it’s hop on hop off and you hit all the major sites. Buy one ticket & ride all day long!

    If you have time, see Museum d’Orsay, really great collection and the building is fantastic! An old train station. I also really loved the Cluny Museum which is quite near to St. Germain (it’s definitely on Blvd St. Germain!), if not in that nabe. I loved being able to see Medieval stained glass windows at eye level, and the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries are just gorgeous! Shoot me an email if you’d like to see photos or have questions! Bon Voyage!

  • Reply gosia January 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Holly, I know you want the new, but I think I still can recommend rue Jacob (Saint-Germain de Pres), I lived there for a year ….15 years ago but it’s still cute and tiny. And there is a gem hidden there: a tiny shop run by an old gentleman selling… stones. Stones are cut into slices and reveal beautiful landscapes made by nature. I have one of them framed and hung in our living room – my best souvenir of my parisian times.

  • Reply Eleanor January 6, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Holly, you may have been before but I like come a casa for Italian food, in the 11th. It’s delicious, tiny and adorable. If you’re interested in photography and hills, definitely visit Montmartre! The area leading to Sacré Coeur can be touristy and busy, but the residential streets behind and around are lovely for walking. Have a wonderful visit!

  • Reply Lauren Finney January 6, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Was just staying in Le Marais! Definitely go to Le Mary Celeste for a drink. Great restaurants include Les Enfants Rouges (Japanese take on French), Frenchie (ravioli I had was better than Rome), Martin (menu changes every day)…the best Spanish tapas you’ll ever have (seriously) are at L’Avant Comptoir. One of the best meals I’ve had, and definitely the best meal I’ve ever had standing. Sezane’s L’apartement is totally worth the trek to see it’s stuff in person, and I really enjoyed the Picasso Museum in le Marais — good museum shop, too.

  • Reply Nathalie January 6, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    You could find a lots of adresses here
    There is also en English
    Have a good trip


  • Reply Yanira Garza January 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Montmartre was my FAVORITE part. Please do not leave without so much a visit. The views are amazing, and you can get Macarons for a fraction of what they are elsewhere. It’s like a step back in time. My only regret was not going back on my last day like I wanted. My kids were crabby but my husband and I talk about Montmartre all the time.

  • Reply Annalisa Papagna January 6, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Dear Holly, since I live in Paris I’ll give you some ideas in a very random order, but my list is constantly growing, growing, growing :)

    -East Mamma, definitely the best italian restaurant at the moment (I’m italian), especially pizzas. The restaurant is decorated with lot of good taste, a bit on the hype side… just go quite early since they don’t take reservations. 133 RUE DU FB ST ANTOINE 75011 PARIS
    -For japanese food, see all along the rue Sainte-Anne near Opera, you’ll find only Japanese restaurants attended mostly by Japanese and French clients
    -For good Dim Sum (and great decoration also): Yoom
    -The bigger luxury food store near St Germain des Prés: La grande épicerie (each section has a beautiful mosaic). At first floor there is a beautiful restaurant that i never tried though.
    -For classy pastry shops, go all along the rue du Bac (near La grande épicerie) or see Liberté and Cyril Lignac pastries
    -For souvlakis: Filakia , near Miss Bahn Mi
    -If you go toward Montmartre, you can avoid the mass of tourists by walking along the rue des Martyrs and rue des Abbesses.

    I hope that can help, enjoy your stay :)

  • Reply Georges January 6, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    near Merci you should go to BONTON
    5 boulevard des Filles du Calvaire 75003 Paris

    It’s always nice to walk around Place des Vosges and streets around

    Bakery on Place des Vosges : CAFE POUCHKINE
    2 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France

    In the bottom left corner of Place des Vosges, there is a passage to an “hidden” garden.

    You have also to walk through “rue des Francs Bourgeois”, get around Carnavalet museum garden, and get lost near this place.
    You have also to go to rue des Rosiers.

    Near Bastille, you can also go to Charonne street (between avenue Ledru Rollin and rue du faubourg saint antoine).
    A lot of little streets with nice shops surround this place
    At the corner between Charonne and Keller streets there is a cool bar where you can brunch (named “Pause café”).

    You can go see Arènes de Lutèce and walk around the place, very quiet and nice.
    49 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France

    photogenic spots :
    don’t forget to take a walk in Pere-Lachaise cemetary.
    Near this place, go to Parc de Belleville.
    these 2 places are on hills, so you will have magnificient views of Paris

    Montmartre is worthy of a see, but a lot lot lot touristic

    I am not a restaurant person, so I can’t give you great addresses, restaurants I like :

    Very good burger not so far from Merci, near Oberkampf :
    b&m Burger Restaurant

    Italian restaurant near Saint Germain, very good
    Marco Polo
    1, rue Saint Sulpice 75006 Paris

    • Reply Holly Becker January 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Merci beaucoup for the suggestion to go to Pere-Lachaise cemetery because I see that Oscar Wilde (a favorite of mine) has his tomb there and wow, do I have to see that. So thank you so much!!!!!

  • Reply Le Gac January 6, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Dear Holly,

    I am following your blog for years and i am really happy to give you some tips on my city :)
    Hère are some of my favorites places :
    1) Little french- Asian Restaurant : Andi Andi. the 2 Chiefs are friends of mine and i also décorate the place. It is Nice for dinner, french gastronomy with Asian flavours. You need to reserve as there is few seats and It is always full. Have a look on their Facebook page and they are referenced in really good Food guide
    2) in the same area, up the street of Ménilmontant, you will find the Liberté Bakery, owned by a The chief Benoit Castel. It’s a réal Nice place to take pictures of and the brunch on sunday is Amazing!
    3) close to them, you will find for a glass of wine and a “planche mixte” ( typical french “tapas” with ham, cheese and bread) La Cave de Belleville :
    4) for lunch, close to Merci : le Rachel’s, really beautiful place and Nice Food :
    5) for lunch or Nice grocery, also close to Merci : Maison Plisson
    6) for a coffee or a snack, in Le Marais :
    7) for a coffee or a snack also, at 10 minutes from the last one : the Café of the Swedish Institut. Going there, you can pass by la Rue des Francs Bourgeois Wich is Nice for shopping :
    8) for Walking and Nice streets : Montmartre is definitly a place to see. You can get there by the Metro ” blanche”, going up by rue Lepic and then walk around the area and join the top of the Hill and the Sacré Cœur. There is also Nice shops around the Metro Abbesses.
    9) Really Nice street to take pictures : la ‘rue Cremieux’, close to the Gare de Lyon. It is a small street of housse, full of Colors.

    I hope those tips will help you to have an Amazing Time in Paris.


  • Reply Karla January 7, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Jazz club recommendation:
    We recently went to Paris and stumbled across this live jazz club, Caveau de la Huchette, which was near where we stayed in St. Germain. It’s in an underground “cave” (seriously, a cave underground!) and was the perfect Parisian jazz experience. I HIGHLY recommend it!

  • Reply Kristen Decker-Ali January 7, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I was just in Paris in October, prior to that lived there for two years…Rue des Barres in the Marais is a beautiful medieval pedestrian street not to be missed, a cobblestoned, winding slope lined with a church and some original half-timbered medieval architecture (very rare in Paris thanks to Baron Haussmann). You can also wander the courtyards of the buildings on the NW side of Rue Saint Paul where it meets Rue Charles V (also in the Marais), which often feature a weekend brocante (antiques/ vintage / secondhand fair) and are a very cloistered and private-feeling peek into Paris courtyard life. I’ve had good Korean food experiences with Samo in the 7th (great lunch specials) and Han Lim in the 5th. I hope you have a lovely time!

  • Reply Landen January 7, 2016 at 3:34 am

    My little family went to Paris this past summer and one of the highlights was visiting the chocolate shop, “Pralus.” He sells this incredible brioche filled with pink candied nuts. It looks a little weird (think golden and pink Mars), but it tastes divine! There is one down the street from the Centre Pompidou. Have fun!

  • Reply Mariella January 7, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Paris Hanoi Vietnamese food, usually a line but worth it! Also Pere Lachaise cemetery is always oddly magical.

  • Reply Sandra Dirks January 7, 2016 at 8:05 am

    do you know this wonderful blog from Laralou?
    Have a lot of fun in Paris.

    Best wishes

  • Reply Maxce January 7, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Hi! I’m French from Strasbourg so not an expert on Paris nice places but I have a few adresses I really like:

    My favorite address for Japanese food is Higuma, they mainly do Ramen and it’s delicious! Nice place for French food is Bouillon Chartier

    For nice furniture shopping, I love Fleux in the Marais

    For clothing shopping I mainy tend to go to the Marais and shop at Maje, Sandro and the Kooples

    For shooting places, I have a few I go to whenever I’m in Paris:

    I hope it helps! :)



  • Reply Camille January 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Hi Holly,

    I’m Franco-german living in Berlin and Paris and here are my tips for you:

    Boulangerie: Liberté, Du pain et des idées, Gontran Cherrier, Pain Pain,

    Restaurants: Hai Kai, La Cevicheria, Lucky Luciano, Mama Shelter or La Briciola for pizzas, Season, Trois Fois Plus de Piment, Le Verre Volé Sur Mer, Kunitoraya

    Cafés: Maison Bastille, Marlette, Mamie Gateaux, Café de l’Institut Finlandais, Le Loir dans la Théière, Folks and Sparrwos, Bears and racoons, Café Smörgas, Lockwood, Le Pavillon des Canaux, Ob-La-Di, Boot Café

    Desserts: L’Eclair de Génie, Odette, Jacques Genin, Le chardenoux des près

    And my favorite restaurant EVER in Paris is Les Raviolis du Nord Est de la Chine: it is near Belleville (not a beautiful area), in a really strange streat, BUT the chinese “gyozas” they serve are THE BEST I’ve ever had! But: not instagramworthy, little tiny “restaurant” with only some tables, no beautiful furniture, really really basic! But the best raviolis. It’s a real insider tip :)

    Have fun in Paris!

  • Reply Danielle Kabos January 7, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Bonjour! I live in Normandy and do a day trip into Paris every 6 weeks or so. For great coffee head to Cafe Coutume (Aussie baristas and they roast their own beans), down rue Babylon from Le Bon Marche. For a healthy hipster breakfast head to Cafe Pinson (there’s 5 of them now – all super cute). For a little Parisian champagne moment, the 20 euro tasting of champagnes at Bar Le Dokhan is set in a jewel box of a bar with really lovely service. And as much as I hate to tell anyone about this place, the dining room at the Musee Jacquemart Andre is spectacular and the food amazing. Both Le Dokhan and the Jacquemart Andre are old-school, but off the tourist trail and just classic Paris. Have fun – can’t wait to follow along on Insta!

  • Reply Mnêmosunê January 7, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Hello Holly,
    Some of my favourite addresses include the following ones :
    caffé italiano (italian food) :
    chikoja (corean food) :
    Aki (japanese food) :
    Aki Boulanger (japanese food, bread and pastries) :
    Parc des buttes Chaumont (my favourite park !) :
    For more, here are some city guides you could find interesting : (I can’t find the English version on this one…)
    I hope this helps ! Enjoy your stay in Paris !

  • Reply Mara January 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I’m going to Paris next week for the first time in my life: thank you for all these suggestions!

  • Reply annouchka January 7, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Hello Holly !

    Of course you should go in Montmartre :) I live there just near the Moulin Rouge with my family and it’s a wonderful neighborhood with many lovely places for strolling, eating and do shopping ! And at the Sacré Coeur the view is just fantastic. You can check my beloved adresses on my blog : and

    I hope you’ll enjoy your stay !

  • Reply Mme Champignon January 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Hi. I haven’t read all the post yet but I saw your question about Montmartre…. you have to see it, it’s part of the main monuments to see in Paris ^^ If you’re lucky with the weather, you will be able to take some beautiful photos of Paris and especially “tiny Eiffel tower” :) I took one with the Lady in the frog, between to trees… I guess you’re a better photographer !
    Back to work now but I’ll definitely come and finish my reading :)

  • Reply Sue Schlabach January 7, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Oh Merci. Lucky you. It’s my favorite place for tea and cake down by the garden. Marais wandering from rue des archives toward Merci via all the wee streets is great. I love Les Touristes, 17 Rue des blancs-manteaux 75004. They often are at Maison et Objet too. Fragonard is near there and it’s a visual and sensual treat.
    Up at Montmartre the view toward the Eiffel Tower is magnificent if it’s clear. Sitting on the steps below Sacre Coeur is a treat. The streets of Montmartre can be too bustling and touristy in summer, but in January it should be less so and quite nice. I kind of love January in Paris. Fleux, 39 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France has a shop on both sides of the street. Lovely range of goods including la cerise sur le gateau. I love going to Petit Pan — textiles overload. There are several around the city. Breakfast on Ile St Louis at Cafe St Regis, 6 Rue Jean du Bellay, 75004 Paris 4e arrondissement, France – a classic. Flea Market up at St Ouen if there is time (eat at Cafe St Paul if you can), or the flea market at Porte de Vanves is smaller and great too (better prices). Oh the list is endless. I’m having fun perusing the former lists here).
    Flower market near Notre Dame is a fun place to take pictures. Sennelier is the art supplier that the great artists of the past went to — lovely. Ok, I’ll stop now.

  • Reply Linda January 7, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I follow the blog Kevin & Amanda – they were just in Paris this past December – their blog (on the home page click on travel) – contains lots of recommendations for where to go as well as dining

  • Reply Bettina Deda January 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Check out the Picasso Museum in the Marais quarter. Just walking through the Marais is inspiring. Lots of narrow streets with nice architecture and hidden gems.

  • Reply erica January 8, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Cuisne de bar, mamie gateaux, la maison de choux, plus lots more restaurants and shopping on my Paris post:

  • Reply Vinnie January 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Don’t miss:
    Cafe Breizh – for the absolute best crepes, buttermilk, salted caramel and a wonderful atmosphere.
    Popolini – for the most beautiful and yumm choux.
    L’eclair de Genie
    Miznon – amazing pita breads, and probably the best cauliflower you’ll ever taste.
    Also – anything made by Pierre Hermes.

  • Reply Lisa Frame January 10, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Reach out to @makingmagique. She’s an American living in Paris and a dear friend. She will be able to answer a lot of these questions and is adorable :)

  • Reply Rebecca January 11, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Check out Carla Coulson’s blog – she’s an Australian born photographer who lives in Paris. A friend of hers wrote a round up of top ten things in Paris: but she also has other tips on where to go in Paris (from 2013 though): but I’m sure many of her ‘photogenic’ locations are still valid!!

  • Reply Stephanie January 11, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Hello Holly,

    If you can go and have lunch or some cocktails at the newly refurbished Hotel Molitor – it’s a art deco swimming pool on the Seine re-invented as an Hotel. I used to go with my mum as a kid an swim there. The refurbishment looks amazing!!!

    A walk and lunch in Le quartier de la Butte-aux-Cailles more something more bucolic and just so different is a must!

    I wish you a lovely time.


  • Reply kay January 11, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Hello Holly,
    I think you’ll find plenty of inspiration with this Swedish photographer.
    Is this place spectacular enough for you?
    I spent a lovely week in Paris last November. One of my favourite walks was Rue Montorgueil, then over to some spectacular galleries Vivienne, and Colbert and through the garden of Palais Royal. I really enjoyed le Marais and the lifely Marché des Enfants Rouges with fantastic ethnic food.
    I missed out on Père Lachaise and the area of le Canal St. Martin which I saved for the next trip.
    Sacre Coeur on a grey day was disappointing.
    Bring back good memories!

  • Reply Laurence January 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I have been reading your blog for several years with lot of pleasure, but in silence. I wish you a very enjoying visit in Paris.
    If you want to see special flowers, I invite you to visit my studio in 30 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine (Subway station: Bastille). As I am in residence in Ateliers de Paris, you could among others also visit the studio of Pauline Krier (
    At « Maison et Objet » you should not miss:
    Béatrice Bruneteau, ceramist – – Hall5A – Booth H18
    Dimitri Hlinka at Stoneleaf – cabinet maker – Hall 5B – Booth Q44
    Aude Tahon – Textile designer – Hall 5A – K23
    I have been living in Paris for more than 20 years, and the best way to discover Paris is to get lost in the streets. There are many hidden places in Paris. As you are mentioning Bastille, there are plenty of places around Faubourg Saint Antoine, on both sides of this street, named “passage” or “cour”. Better to visit during the week (during the week end, entrance can be closed). For example: Cour du Bel Air, Passage du chantier, Cour de la Maison Brulée (with a beautiful coworking space). Have a look in google maps, and you will see.
    Regarding “Parisian Passages” my favourite one is “Le Passage du Grand Cerf” a very beautiful one, entrance by rue Saint Denis, Subway station Etienne Marcel.
    I suggest you also to visit “Les Jardins du Palais Royal », Metro Palais Royal, near le Louvre and La Comédie Française. A very quiet garden in the very center of Paris, with beautiful architecture all around. Better in Spring to enjoy also the flowers.
    And finally, have a ride in taxi at night on the banks of the Seine (Right banks) starting from the Eiffel Tower, until Bastille, this is a really beautiful ride.
    I hope to have the pleasure to meet you, and wish you a really enjoying stay.

  • Reply Chelsea January 12, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Paris is the best!! I often post on my blog, A Parisian Journey, suggestions for great cafés and places to visit. My favourite brunch spot at the moment is Café Lomi, you should definitely check it out if you have time!

  • Reply kay January 12, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Hello Holly,
    I think you’ll find plenty of inspiration with this Swedish photographer.
    Is this place spectacular enough for you?
    I spent a lovely week in Paris last November. One of my favourite walks was Rue Montorgueil,, then over to some spectacular galleries Vivienne, and Colbert and through the garden of Palais Royal. I really enjoyed le Marais and the lifely Marché des Enfants Rouges with fantastic ethnic food.
    I missed out on Père Lachaise and the area of le Canal St. Martin which I saved for the next trip.
    Sacre Coeur on a grey day was disappointing.
    Bring back good memories!

  • Reply Julie January 13, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Holly,
    Montmartre is a very photogenic must see, but I think the best is to explore starting from Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro station (Rue Caulaincourt is a lovely street) and going all the way up to Sacre-Coeur. many Websites suggest off-the-beaten-track itineraries to visit Montmartre (St-Vincent cemetary, rue Junot, allée des Brouillards). At night, the view from Sacre Coeur is amazing.

    When going to Paris, I always rent an apartement in the lower Montmartre area, 18e arrondissement, near Mairie du 18e. It is a great neighbourhood, virtually tourist-free, with lots of cool restaurants. La Cave Café offers a super cool, very local atmosphere – although the food isn’t spectacular
    L’Étoile de Montmartre, just in front, is quite cosy and pretty (, and the pizza at the tiny Il Brigante is fabulous:

    I also recommend spending a few hours in the canal St-Martin area. Quai de Valmy is more interesting than Quai de Jemmapes. Café chez Prune is a classic. Antoine et Lili sells cute clothes and decorating items: I hear the bakery Du pain et des idées is really great:

    For vintage stuff, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen might be worth the trip.

    Near centre Georges Pompidou (Marais) : Le petit atelier de Paris is gorgeous :

    And you might enjoy this website for delicious meals under 10 euros:

    Have a great trip!

  • Reply Capucine January 13, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I feel compelled to share that (I assume because of the terrorism?) the tickets to Paris from America are very cheap right now – last week, there were some for January on Air France SFO-CDG for $580 and June was $840! They haven’t been that cheap, well, ever in the last fifteen years we’ve been traveling there. So commenters, you can go next week so easily right now!

    I confess to a twinge of jealousy…you get to go to Paris without a child! I have seen ‘the child’s Paris’ the last five times we have passed through there for a few days, enroute to the grandparents in the south. The links in these comments are treasures, thanks for asking this question for all of us! I am saving it! I am looking forward, sometimes impatiently, to the day when I can visit restaurants without a wary child-appropriateness scan before entry, and jazz clubs!!! Perish the thought! Take your son one day in December to see the Printemps windows though…

    I do also have a moment of sympathy for the pressure to find something novel and new to document as a blogger. That doesn’t sound like any fun at all. More fun would be staying for a month to wander freely and discover, no tips needed! Personally, and I’m not hitting your bar of new or novel here, I enjoyed very much visiting one of the (not secret) Petit Pan shops alone on my last trip while my children ran wild outside with my husband, and a second-hand children’s shop next to Les Invalides. And for when you have your son with you, one day, let me share: the new Fondation Louis Vuitton’s back door opens into a large children’s garden with rides (Jardin de Acclimation). Nothing is mentioned of this, so you can walk your child through some culture and then like magic poof! open the back door and a world of happiness awaits to compensate for being quiet for an hour! Then I take them to Angelina for proper hot chocolate and gaze yearningly at the big department stores I won’t drag them through from the taxi window…please go for the mamas outside!

  • Reply Amy @apidaecandles January 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Hi Holly,
    Since Paris is my hobby of sorts, I feel I must chime in here. I think you might like the following in regards to your wishes for your precious few days in Paris:

, 22 rue des Ecouffes: There’s no shortage of falafel shops in the Marais, and this teeny hole-in-the-wall operation (the original location was in Tel Aviv) is considered by many to be the best. Here, beef bourguignon, roasted cauliflower, and ratatouille are all served in pita form.

    PIERRE SANG, 55 Rue Oberkampf: Here, he plays up more of the Korean flavors that recall his origins in a space that feels like a cross between New York loft and wine bar. He wants nothing more than to give you the best of what he’s got, introduce you to new flavors and share his unwavering passion for cooking with every single guest.

    L’ABRI, 92 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière: 10 tables… 20 persons…not one more… Fully booked every night.
10 tables… 10 different menus, each table being served a different one. The Chef Katsuaki Okiyama chooses for you!
One can imagine how challenging these rules of the game must be for the Chef… Being creative every night with new recipes and invention depending on what he found on the market. The is indeed result is amazing…

    LA JEUNE RUE: An ambitious development project spearheaded by French entrepreneur Cédric Naudon. The aim is to create a kind of chic foodie village along Rue du Vertbois in the north of the district. Naudon has bought up a bunch of buildings that are rapidly being converted into restaurants, bars, and artisanal food stores—think butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and the like. However, the kicker is that the focus is not merely on quality and sustainability of produce, or experimenting with alternative modes of agriculture, but also on the design of the venues themselves. The plans include some 20 businesses, including a fishmonger by Tom Dixon, a speakeasy by Ingo Maurer, a tapas bar by Jasper Morrison, and a Korean street food spot by Paola Navone. New places are opening all the time.

    RUE MONTORGUEIL is the best. It is compact, only three blocks long, with a metro stop at each end. In between, you have dozens of the kinds of places that symbolize Parisian culture: cafes, high-end restaurants, cheese shops, chocolate shops, wine stores, patisseries, a couple of neighborhood-type grocery stores—all topped with classic Parisian apartment buildings.

    RUE DU BAC: With the number of pastry shops, bakeries, chocolatiers and other confectioners that line the rue du Bac in the 7th arrondissement, the street could very well be officially monikered ‘sweet street’.

    Don’t need to tell you to have fun. Can’t wait to read about it on your blog.

  • Reply Christine January 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I adore the commercial area of La Defense. Space…. modern architecture….. views across Paris to die for… shopping mall…… everything a modern city needs…… Avenue de Grands Armies with all it’s eateries two stops away on the Metro. Easy access to any part of Paris but not many tourists. A hidden gem.

  • Reply Claire January 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Hello Holly,
    I absolutely love Paris! It’s my favourite city outside of London. I went with my sister recently to watch Max Richter at the Paris Philharmonie. I recommend you check out their website in case there are any classical music concerts you can go to whilst you are there. Prices are very reasonable :

    I was going to recommend Merci but you already know about them! Love their shop. I also recommend going to the very top of Printemps department store and heading outside onto the terrace in their cafe. You can get some amazing rooftop shots of Paris that way. I have some on my instagram account if you want to take a peek. I’m at Celebrate Creation:

    Also Ai Wei Wei has an art installation at Bon Marche which looks interesting. I’m not sure how long it will be there for though:

    I’m heading back to Paris for another long weekend in two weeks so I’m going to scroll through your other comments now and pick up a few tips of my own!

    Have a great time,

  • Reply caren January 20, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    If you’re here now, in Paris (I live nearby), I’me sure you have no time, but :

    – go to “Saint Germain des prés” and rue Mazarine, rue de Seine, rue Guenegaud, rue des Beaux-arts, you can visit de best African art galleries and complete that with an hour or two in the Musée du Quai Branly, if you can. For the deco touch, almost all the fabric editors are located in the same streets.

    – near Saint-Germain des prés, you can catch the “Parisienne” spirit in “Le Bon marché” store and go to their “Grande Epicerie” for all the luxury you need in that food department. A lot of boutiques all around and the magnificent Hermes very near in that was first the swimming-pool of the Lutetia Hotel (closed by now).

    I hope you have time to waste just a little money for the sales period…

    The weather is frozen but I hope you have good time

  • Reply Karine Kong January 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Holly
    I have been going to Paris for years since my sister lives there and I recently wrote a post on 10 inspiring things to do in Paris
    have fun


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