I’m writing this post as I’m flying back from Paris to Boston — I’m so happy to have ended 2017 in a city that I’ve been wanting to visit for so long! I took French for seven years, and I’ve always wanted to visit Paris. As a foodie, I was keen on experiencing the city through food (of course!), so I wanted to share with you all of the awesome spots I ate at while I was in Paris. So many of you were so kind in recommending excellent spots to me, and I so appreciate it. I visited a lot of them!
Even though I’m a huge planner and I like to have a lot of the details of my trips (and my life in general) planned out, my friend and I didn’t do much planning at all for this trip. We decided that we would just figure out two big things we wanted to accomplish each day of the trip in terms of museums and sights, and other than that we just wanted to relax and eat! It worked out perfectly.
We stayed at this cute little hotel right by the Sorbonne called the Hôtel Collège de France. My friend who has family in France and visits Paris frequently recommended it to me, and I think it’s perfect for those looking for something centrally located and reasonably priced. It’s right by the Sorbonne in the Quartier Latin. It’s so quaint and all of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.
Our first meal in Paris was at Le Comptoir du Relais, a French spot that a few people had messaged me about on Instagram — I was so impressed with it, and we were lucky that it was right by our hotel because we were starving after our flight. We ended up getting salad, a tuna dish, and a few cheeses. If you’ve been reading this blog you know that I’m a huge cheese person, so Paris was heaven for me!
We hung out at the restaurant for a while and ended up just walking around the Quartier Latin for a while because my friend and I had so much to catch up on. She’s my old college roommate and we literally never run out of things to talk about.
In no time we were ready for dinner, and we decided to keep it casual and check out a falafel place that a few friends and many readers recommended to me, L’As du Falafel. I thought it was delicious, but I’m still partial to my favorite Boston spot, Falafel King, my most frequented lunch spot in Downtown Crossing, which I love both for the delicious falafel and the most friendly staff in the entire world.
The next morning we had a quick breakfast at our hotel and we headed to Montmartre to explore and check out the Sacré Coeur. We really lucked out with the beautiful weather!
We ended up wandering into an Italian spot called Corso, before we headed over to explore the Champs-Elysées and the other sights in the area.
Then we headed over to the Eiffel Tower for a quick picture. We didn’t try to go up because the line was too long — I’m lucky that my friend and I are similar in the sense that we are the least patient people in the entire world, and we hate waiting in lines. A picture was enough for us!
For dinner that evening, we checked out Le Saint-Régis, another spot recommended to me by readers. We did so much walking that day that we wanted some indulgent burgers and fries. It really hit the spot. And I loved the interior of the restaurant — it was so beautiful and so French!
Then we walked around the Île Saint-Louis area, and ended up stopping into this inconspicuous spot to grab a crepe.
Île Saint-Louis was one of my favorite areas to walk around in at night.
After that, we walked back to our hotel. I loved that we could do so much walking in Paris. At dinner on our last night my friend was checking her Apple Health App and told me that we walked about 10 miles each day — crazy!
The next morning we tried to go to HolyBelly for breakfast, but the line was so long (and I told you how we feel about lines!). We walked around until we found somewhere that seemed decent enough and we got to Allen’s Market. I had bacon and eggs, which provided much needed fuel for bearing the rain on our walk to the Centre Pompidou.
The Centre Pompidou is one of those places that I’ve wanted to check out for years, and I was so impressed with it, both the exhibits and the building itself. At the top of the museum, there is one of the best views of the entire city. I also noticed a super beautiful restaurant at the top of the museum that I would love to check out next time I visit, Le Restaurant Café Georges.
After the museum, we grabbed some sushi at a spot right outside the museum, Forum Sushi. We were optimizing for the fact that I was hungry and it was raining pretty hard.
For dinner that night we went to a French spot right by our hotel called La Petite Perigourdine. Finally I got some authentic French Onion soup!
The next morning we got one of my favorite meals of the trip, breakfast at Biglove. It’s part of this restaurant group called Big Mamma Group, and a few people on Instagram had messaged me to check out some of their restaurants, and all of them looked beautiful and delicious. BigLove was no exception — it is such a quaint little spot and their breakfast was spectacular. We went with pancakes, avocado toast, and the ricotta toast.
After that we walked around Le Marais and checked out the Place des Vosges, which is apparently the oldest planned square in the city. It was incredibly beautiful.
From there, we walked to the Jardin des Plantes to check out the botanical gardens.
Then we headed back over to the Champs-Elysées because we wanted to get a better look at the L’Arc de Triomphe. After that we strolled down the Champs-Elysées and ended up stopping to get some macarons at Pierre Hermé. I learned afterwards that this store, which is a joint Pierre Hermé + L’Occitaine store just opened up a few weeks ago. I was intending on bringing the macarons back home for some gifts for my friends and family, but my friend and I ended up cracking into them when we got back to the hotel later that night.
For lunch we took the metro over to IMA, an awesome mediterranean spot with delicious baked goods. Both my friend and I got their lunch special, which was basically just an assortment of a bunch of different salads and grains and it was absolutely delicious. I also had this wonderful bottle of Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade. I’m going to have to figure out how I can find it in the U.S. because I really loved it.
Then, some more walking around, which is literally my favorite thing to do on any trip — walk around and take pictures. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all of the adorable little cars I had seen. It makes me want a FIAT so bad!
For dinner that evening, we weren’t super hungry, but we knew we wanted some cheese. We ended up walking to this place La Grande Crèmerie, where they only serve cold food. As cheese lovers, it was the perfect dinner for us — a few different types of cheese — goat cheese with honey, Manchego, and Camembert, along with a salad and a tuna spread. It was exactly what we wanted.
On my last morning in the city, I checked out Season, a healthy spot in Le Marais. Their avocado toast was awesome.
After that, I just did some more exploring. I stumbled upon this bakery, Aux Merveilleux de Fred, and they had the most beautiful pastries.
Then, more walking around until boarding our flight back to Boston. I had such an amazing trip!
Of course, there were so many spots that I really wanted to check out that I didn’t end up getting to visit. Here are a few:
HolyBelly: a super popular breakfast and lunch spot. Hopefully next time there won’t be such a huge line!
At least one Michelin Star restaurant. There are so many in Paris!
At least one fine dining restaurant in the city. Particularly, Epicure.
Restaurant Georges: this is the beautiful restaurant at the top of the Centre Pompidou
Breizh Café, a crepe spot that many had recommended to me that I didn’t get to check out.
Septime, another highly recommended spot. According to bon appétit it’s really hard to get a reservation.
Angelina Paris: a spot for tea and apparently they have amazing hot chocolate.
More of the restaurants from the Big Mamma Group: Pink Mamma, East Mamma, Ober Mamma, and more. They have the most beautiful interior and the food at BigLove was excellent!
Thanks again to all of my readers and followers who sent me so many thoughtful recommendations for Paris — I appreciate every single one of them! I’m wishing you all a happy and healthy 2018 filled with lots of exploring and delicious eats.
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