Bonjour! I returned from Paris last week and still feel like I’m on an incredible high. This trip was completely spur of the moment. I used airline miles I had been saving and a friend who happened to be staying in Paris for a few months offered up her apartment while she was traveling. It felt like the perfect timing for me. There has been a lot of personal conflict in my family as a result of my father’s passing and I was still struggling to find happiness and purpose in life without him here. This trip was my escape. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and needed to get away. And what better place than Paris in autumn, am I right?
I wanted to share some of the highlights of my trip with you all. I spent four and a half days there and feel as though I made a significant dent on my “to-do” list and left some things off to do again with Aaron or the girls. My goal was to do things I couldn’t do normally when I’m home with the girls and to do what made me happy. What that mainly looked like was drinking lots of coffee and eating all the things. So without further ado… Paris!
Stay: As I mentioned, I stayed at a friend’s incredible apartment in the Latin Quarter. She was there for work and found the place through onefinestay. This apartment made me feel like I actually lived in Paris. The only downside was the evenings when it could feel a little lonely not having someone to greet you at the door or ask advice, like a concierge in a hotel would. However, I’d say the experience was worth it. This neighborhood was also incredibly convenient. I was a 30 mins walk or less from pretty much anything I wanted to do and the view of Notre Dame was incredible.
The Eiffel Tower from my apartment | A few goodies I picked up – one for me, one for the girls | My view walking along the Seine everyday
Shop: I did a lot of window shopping in Paris. and hoped to try and soak up all the “French girl chic” I could. I was hoping to find the perfect coat that had a certain je ne sais quoi but instead I splurged on this purse that I will literally wear the rest of my life (literally, I can never buy another purse lol). The “musts” on my list for shopping for myself are:
- Maison Kitsuné
- The Apartment by Sézane
- City Pharma.
- I skipped the touristy Champs-Elysées in favor of Avenue Montaigne for the high-end designer shopping.
- Galleries Lafayette
- & Other Stories…
- American Vintage
This bookstore, Yvon Lambert, was so beautiful. They had an incredible selection of “coffee table” books and art for your home. Definitely worth stopping by.
Coffee: Let’s be honest, I spent 80% of my time in various coffee shops. The weather in October was amazing. It was roughly 55 degrees outside and a little cloudy – perfect for sitting outside with my café au lait and people watching. There are cafes with seating on pretty much any street corner in Paris but these were the ones I kept wanting to come back to.
- Pause Café – come for coffee after lunch at Septime
- Boot Café
- Café Kitsuné
- Merci Café
- La Caféothèque
Boot Café – Great coffee. Gorgeous flowers. Stop by after shopping at Merci.
Fragments – Come for the cappuccino, stay for the incredible toast with butter and jam. Trust me.
Eat: Like I said, I mostly ate and drank coffee this trip! I had some really incredible meals and snacks. Plus, I didn’t feel too guilty eating a ton since I was walking all the way across town from one place to another to try the “best croissant” in Paris or the “must try eclair”. It’s good to know that most restaurants are closed on the weekend or some are closed certain days of the week so be sure and check ahead of time to make sure you can go the places you really want.
- Café Charlot
- Eggs & Co. – Super friendly and cozy brunch spot
- yam t’Cha
- Holy Belly
- Du Pain et des Idées – get the pistachio and chocolate escargot pastry!
- Blé Sucré – incredible croissants (probably my favorite in Paris) and madalines
- Wild & The Moon – Gret vegan place. Go for the smoothies and
- Briezh Café – the best savory and sweet crepes in town
See: I had a huge list of things you have to see when in Paris and I only made it to a few. When I arrived, I realized I didn’t want to be sucked into all of the “attractions” the City of Lights has to offer, but rather spend my time as a local would. Most of the sights that I came across happened because I stumbled upon them going from one coffee shop to another.
I picked up some flowers and snacks at the Marché des Enfants Rouges – Paris’ oldest covered marketplace.
The Palais-Royal – I stopped here after grabbing a coffee and fox cookie at Café Kitsuné. I sat the on the black and white stumps and people watched for about an hour. It was so beautiful and a great spot to relax.
TheMusée du Louvre was right next door. I didn’t go inside but had to grab the IG picture. I also met a few other solo travelers here and we shared our tips and took each other’s photo. For one of them, it was the first time they had travelled solo so we were giving them advice. We shared our travelling experiences and told our stories. It was cool to find out more about them, one of them was from Spain and had been travelling for a while now. She said it all started when she became a Cultural Care Au Pair to travel to the US and also learn better English. She loved travelling so much that she decided to continue and here she is! It’s crazy how few tourists were in the city this time of year. I would highly recommend late October if you’re looking to go.
Place des Vosges – This park was so stunning. I can’t imagine it any other way than with all the trees completely yellow from autumn but I’m sure its gorgeous in the summer as well. Definitely a must see.
Musée d’Orsay – This was the only museum I actually went inside. I’ve been dying to see Degas’ Little Dancer in person for years and I finally did. This museum was gorgeous and since it’s home to so many artists I wanted to check o ff my list I decided to make it on the last day.
That’s it for now! I’m still editing a post with my Paris outfits to share with you guys hopefully next week. I feel like I left out so many other things that I did but you can always see my posts on IG from the trip with the hashtag #LPBinParis and be sure to check out my other travel posts here.
I really enjoy traveling and have so many exciting trips coming up – Canada, San Francisco, and Uruguay as of right now – so I hope you enjoy these posts.
Have a great weekend friends!