Paris is beautiful, there’s no arguing with that. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just a living museum, it is so much more than that. Paris is an exciting, vibrant city with so much going on you’ll need to go back several times just to scratch the surface.
The best way to get a feel for Paris is to walk around, and it is a very walkable city. So, ditch the guidebook and discover something different, it’s the perfect place for an idle wander. Browse quirky shop windows, stop for lunch and some people-watching, then take in a gallery to work up an appetite for dinner.
Our favourite feast? Picnicking like a true Parisian, with cheese, wine and a fresh baguette served on the banks of the Seine at sunset.
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...you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris? ... They call it a Royale with cheese.
One of the things I love about Paris is you can always find just the right restaurant to satisfy your craving. For classic lunch in Paris, crêpes at Breizh Café, for trendy favourites, Hardware Societé and Marcel in Montmartre. Visit Le Relais de L’Entrecôte for steak frîtes for lunch or dinner. You can’t go wrong with reservations at Ellsworth or Semilla for dinner. For your last night in Paris, Café Constant is a quick walk from the Eiffel Tower, which sparkles every hour on the hour.
Visiting museums is an obvious choice while in Paris. If it is your first time in the City of Light, then I would suggest the world-famous Musée du Louvre. My personal favourites, though, are the less-popular and more intimate museums, such as: the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Musée Jacquemart-André and Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Age. But before you jot down your must-see list, check which exhibitions are on! I would have missed the most fabulous events had I not followed this advice.
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Paris is filled with spots that beckon you to grab a seat and order a drink. On a sunny afternoon, watch the world go by over a glass of wine in the outdoor bars beneath the Pont Alexandre III. If you can keep a secret, head to Candelaria in the trendy Marais. Inside this taqueria, a secret door leads to an awesome cocktail bar. Hipsters, head to Le Comptoir Général near Canal Saint-Martin. Its African and Polynesian-themed rooms are a world of their own and the local vibe is incredible.
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