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Updated March 2024

When I think of other places I could live, Paris comes to mind almost immediately. It has a charm about it — whether it’s views over the Seine or getting endlessly lost in Le Marais amongst boutiques and cafes.

Recently, I’ve found myself looking for a few new places to add to the rotation in addition to the iconic places like the Louvre, and dining at the historic spots like Café de Flore.

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Seen the Louvre? Try…

Musee National Gustave-Moreau

A museum centered around the life and works of Symbolist painter, Gustave Moreau.

Palais de Tokyo

A few rooms to visit, this modern museum offers experimental art and a wonderful cafe.

Villa Savoye

For the architect-lovers, this Corbusier house is located on the outskirts of the city.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

A museum right next to the Louvre dedicated to the ins and outs of fashion and design.


A Few Shops to Check Out

Merci

Redefining the department store, this multi-level destination offers the best of in local designers and more.

Marche aux Puces de Saint Ouen

A grand flea market ripe for the picking.


Eat Here in Paris

La Fontaine de Belleville

A traditional brasserie for a quick bite.

Au Passage

A choice of small or large plates, this hard-to-get-a-reservation restaurant brings a lot to the table. Creativity and French ingredients are staples of the chalkboard menu.

Les Cocottes

After eating here, it will be on rotation. Each dish  is made in a cast-iron — it seems whatever Christian Constant touches turns to gold.

Papillons & Co

Where innovative cuisine and decoration blend into a fine dining experience.

Holy Belly

One of the best brunch spots in Le Marais.

Clamato

Seafood done exceptionally well.

L’Eclair de Genie

The modern take on eclairs packed with flavor.

David Toutaine

French food done with a modern twist — be sure to splurge on the truffle menu.


Take a Drink at These Spots

Septime La Cave

A beautiful wine bar with charcuterie boards galore.

Candelaria

Cocktail bar and a Mexican restaurant blended with a lot of flavor.

La Buvette

A tiny wine bar in with a fine collection.

Le Mary Celeste

A very happening bar with a fresh menu serving small plates to share.

Go-To Coffee Spots


Skip the Lines at the Arc de Triomphe and Go Here for a View:

La Rooftop Lounge at Shangri-La

Grab a glass of wine and take in the view. Open 3 pm to 11 pm.

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

On one of the highest hills in the city, the views are stunning from here.

Printemps Haussmann

The shopping mall boasts great views over the sprawling city (P.S. it’s free).


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21 Comments

  1. This is a good list of things to do.I went to Paris when I was in high school, and now I’ll be going back again next summer (almost 12 years later!) I’m excited to get to do more grown-up activities while I’m there, such as sipping wine at some of the locations on the list.
    Your photos are beautiful!

  2. In Paris last year when the bus was not running on Sunday we visited the Decorative Arts Museum next to The Louvre – it was so fabulous – truly worthwhile!

  3. La Chaise Longue is another shop with offbeat items. It used to be really unique–there was just one little store in the Marais. Now it’s bigger and has locations around France. But still offbeat.Another park is the Arènes de Lutece–a small Roman amphitheater behind the Parthenon. You get park plus ruins!

  4. paris as a tourist is much nicer than actually living there – i tried :Di still love coming back regularly… it’s just such a beauty!

    • Please explain. Because before the madness that happened last year and that has been happening since November last year, I have wanted to live there again. I lived there for a year back in 2002. But the city has definitely changed since then.

  5. Great recommendations to try in this wonderful city, whether a resident or a tourist! Recommend eating in L’Ami Jean for some fun, four- letter words, and wonderful food!

  6. Amazing list. There are a few places I wouldn’t mind visiting during my November trip. I did the more "touristy" stuff last summer, but I wanna go off the beaten path a bit this time around. Thanks for sharing.
    xx Menellia//www.nothingbutvelvet.com

  7. Jessica Wright Reply

    I couldn’t agree more, there’s never enough time in Paris.

  8. I haven’t been to Paris in such a long time! This has made me want to go even more than before. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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