A Week In Paris…
by Talissa Sutton
Paris in September Is a truly beautiful sight – the days still feel long and the sun is still shining, but there is a crispness in the air and a beautiful change of colour signalling the start of Fall.
My husband, Rohan, and I were recently in town for Fashion Week, and jumped at the chance to also squeeze in a bit of sightseeing, and of course, eat our way around the city!
We opted to live like a local and booked a charming Parisian apartment through Air BNB. We decided to stay in Marais, one my favourite areas due to its collection of amazing cafes, boutiques, bars & restaurants.
If you’re looking at a shorter visit, or prefer to stay in a hotel, we love Hotel Amour and Hotel Grand Amour located in the 9th and 10th arrondissements.
They both have lovely courtyard/outdoor areas too – I suggest ordering a burger and a glass of wine at Amour for dinner (be sure to book ahead) and a delicious breakfast set at Grand Amour to start a day of exploring (try the scrambled eggs!).
Food is always a main priority whenever I’m travelling. I love to visit a combination of tried and tested places alongside new recommendations from friends, locals and fellow travellers. A good breakfast is a must-have to prepare for a morning of walking around Paris – these are a few of my favourites…
For great coffee (they also have almond milk), avocado toast and three different kinds of granola. They also occasionally have gluten free baked goods alongside other biscuits, cakes and scones.
Located along the lovely Canal St Martin – grab a coffee and a set of scones with jam, relax and enjoy.
Inspired by Melbourne cafe culture (yep, good coffee!), this is the place to go when you’re after a classic big breakfast or a tasty stack of pancakes. We went for Sunday brunch and there was a line outside before they were even open so I recommend getting there early. They also score extra points for their playlist.
This very cute little cafe is an old blue cobbler shop and houses just a few tables. It’s definitely worth the wait if there are no spots free, they are very passionate about their coffee! All their baked goods are also delicious, and I’m a fan of their granola parfait.
It also wouldn’t be Paris with out trying a pastry or baguette! For delicious bread and tarts, head to Liberté on Canal St Martin.
For a perfectly flaky pain au chocolat, pop by Tout autour du pain back in Marais. For an afternoon coffee (or matcha latte), make your way to Café Kitsuné where you can also enjoy their signature fox cookies or gelato with views of Le Jardin du Palais Royal.
If dinner time is in sight, look no further than Seb’on, a charming and petite French bistro in Momtmarte. They only have a few tables so be sure to call and make a reservation in advance. Otherwise, for a spontaneous meal I love the Moroccan restaurant Chez Omar, we usually always try to pop by whenever we’re in town. If you’re on the hunt for a great bar, Le Mary Celeste in Marais serves up great cocktails and Oysters. Come early or be preprepared for a bit of a wait!
A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without taking in some if the iconic city sights – I can’t help but be a tourist when surrounded by so much beautiful architecture, and incredible artwork. If you’re in the mood for a gallery visit, Musée d’Orsay houses an incredible collection from impressionist through to Art Nouveau. The venue itself is quite stunning and there is also a cafe on the upper level where you can stop for an afternoon coffee break.
If you head to Jardin des Tuileries, be sure to also stop by Musée de l’Orangerie where you can view a few of Monet’s masterpieces, the Nymphéas (Water Lilies).
Lastly, Musée Rodin, a beautiful 18th Century Mansion and grounds devoted to the work of sculptor, Auguste Rodin, is a must-see. The garden is absolutely stunning, and it’s also where Dior usually present their runway shows.
If you’re planning a visit to the Eiffel Tower, head in early to avoid the crowds and make the most of a quiet walk around the Champ de Mars.
After Le Eiffel, pay a visit to one of my favourite spots in Paris, Palais Royale. A beautiful palace and garden in the middle of the city where you can sit and relax, grab a coffee or do a post of shopping. Finish off the afternoon with a stroll around Montmarte followed by sunset at the Sacré Cœur with stunning views over Paris.
If you find yourself with a free day, I also can’t recommend a trip out to Versailles enough, The grounds are huge, so bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to fall in love with just about everything. The Petite Trianon and gardens are my favourite, but having a gelato by the main fountains is also pretty spectacular.
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