France


PARIS


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Our cozy room at Hôtel de Buci

HÔTEL DE BUCI Nestled in the heart of the Latin Quarter, this boutique hotel is intimate yet refined. The 24 rooms are perfectly Parisian in their decor and so cozy it will be hard to leave (but you must – because the hotel is in the middle of our favorite bustling 6th arrondissement).  Walk out the door into the middle of the action and discover all that le quartier elegant Saint-Germain-des-Prés has to offer. 

HÔTEL LES JARDINS D’EIFFEL Want a room overlooking the Eiffel Tower without breaking the bank? Look no further than this simple yet charming hotel. The location is great, the hotel will have you near popular attractions such as Les InvalidesChamps Elysées and Musée d’Orsay. And the BEST part is you can have the iconic Tour Eiffel just outside your hotel window if you snag a room on one of the upper floors (so book early)! 

HOTEL ARVOR  If you’ve been to Paris before and are looking to shake things up – try Hotel Arvor, a fresh boutique property located on a quiet street in the burgeoning SoPi (South Pigalle) area. The owner is in the publishing industry, so the hotel has a robust library of art books in its homey yet stylish common area.

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Le chocolat chaud at Angelina – aka heaven in a cup

ANGELINA  Enjoy some of the best desserts Paris has to offer in a grand Belle Epoque tearoom. Founded in 1903, Angelina is a Paris institution and with that brings tourists, but the hot chocolate is the. best. thing. ever. There’s also a lunch menu to quell your sugar rush!

MERCI PARIS  Merci is most well-known for its concept of bringing together the best in fashion, home and design under one roof. It is definitely a must-visit shopping destination in Paris. Also, don’t overlook the 3 cool cafes attached to the shop – one lets you dine amidst tall shelves of used books, and another projects classic movies as you enjoy your lunch. Merci is located in the hip district of Marais (full of many other cool shopping/dining spots too)!

LES DEUX MAGOTS  Located in St. Germain near its equally-as-famous rival, Café de Flore, this cafe has been known for its stylish and intellectual crowd since the late 1800s. The brasserie’s menu is fabulously french (and quite overpriced), but the main reason to visit is to lounge on the patio and people watch, rosé in-hand of course.

FRENCHIE TOGO For when you’re in the mood for an inexpensive, non-French meal that is still expertly prepared. It’s the casual littler sister of impossible-to-get-into Frenchie, and located just down the street. Enjoy the hearty American and British classics with a little French twist. 

CHEZ JULIEN  The classic, Parisian bistro experience. Dine in the cozy Belle Époque interior by candlelight, or go al fresco and enjoy their patio with views of Ile Saint Louis. Either way, the classic and elevated Parisian dishes will leave you coming back time and again.

VIEWS

Sunset views from the Galeries Lafayette

Because we (Meredith) can’t help ourselves, we’ve listed more than our typical 3 options.

GALERIES LAFAYETTE  The clothing in this high-end shopping center might not be free, but the rooftop terrace is! Head on up to the top floor of the mall for sweeping views of Paris. We recommend going for sunset. The inside of the mall is also worth a visit, the intricate details of the interior dome are breathtaking! With all of the gorgeous fashion from designers around the world, you might even pick up a souvenir or two ;)

STEPS LEADING TO PLACE DU TROCADÉRO  The steps leading to Place du Trocadéro offer a unique vantage point of the Eiffel Tower that you don’t see as often. Also, its MUCH easier here to get a shot with no other tourists (which is always a huge selling point for us).

PONT ALEXANDRE III  Have unmatched views of La Siene from this breathtaking bridge, located near the Grand Palais. The bridge itself is a photo op, and the views from either side aren’t too shabby either. We recommend going in the evening when its illuminated. 

SAINT GERMAIN DES PRÉS  Take some time to wander around this post-card worthy quarter of Paris (located in the 6th arrondissement). The quaint bistros, Parisian boutiques and chic crowd will leave any Francophile très heureux!

MUSÉE D’ORSAY  This museum is simply spectacular. After you’ve spent the afternoon marvelling at all the incredible art, be sure to check out the interior spot behind the giant clock. You can see a pretty unique perspective of Paris from the inside of the museum, almost as dreamy as the Degas masterpiece down the hall.

SACRÉ COEUR  Located in the 18th arrondissement, its a bit of a trip to get here from the city center. The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in Paris (so the views are just as spectacular as the church). The trendy district Montmartre is close by and also full of gems worth uncovering.

Enjoy some more Paris photos below, and scroll to the bottom for a great side trip!

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SIDE TRIP: FRENCH RIVIERA

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France is an incredible country with so many sights to see! After you’ve gotten your Paris fix, hop on a train (or rent a car) and head to the dreamy and luxurious Southern region. Read more about where to go and the 7 towns that shouldn’t be missed in our blog post!