This past November I was lucky enough to travel to the city of light — Paris! Before going I scoured Instagram and blogs for advice on where to eat, visit, and photograph. When I visit a new city I like to see everything possible and experience places that locals enjoy rather than just the touristy spots. Since Paris is such a destination for honeymooners I thought I would share some of my favorite spots and bits of advice. And if you’re planning a destination wedding or honeymoon in Paris feel free to reach out, I am happy to share my experience!STAY
We opted to rent an AirBnb in the center of Le Marais. Every blog I read before leaving for Paris recommended this area of the city (3rd arrondissement) as a hip, artsy area. If I’m being completely honest I was a bit disappointed with Le Marais and did not find it as charming as I’d been told. Our location was close to Notre Dame and walking distance to the Seine but aside from that it was a very busy, local area. If you are looking for smaller quieter streets I suggest staying in St. Germain. DRINK + EAT
I was so excited to try the different unique coffee shops in Paris but alas as a soy milk drinker I was stuck with Starbucks. (Parisian coffee shops do not serve non-dairy beverages.) I did however visit lots of quaint coffee shops that are worth the visit regardless if you order anything.Boot Cafe – This is a must visit if only just to snap an instagram photo! Located on a very quiet small street I had a hard time finding this cafe at first. Then once I did, it was amazing I ever missed it! Set in a bright blue vintage boot shop this is one quintessential spot you must see.
La Caféothèque – My first stop straight off the plane this is a really hip, relaxed spot.
L’As du Fallafel – Set in the middle of Rue des Rosiers is this gem of a fallafel restaurant. Hard to miss as there is always a line snaking around the block but it is seriously worth the wait! Grab a fallafel to go and enjoy a picnic in the Place des Vosges down the street.
Pain Pain – Wandering down from Sacre Coeur we stumbled across Pain Pain aka as the best baguette I have ever had in my life. I wish I could have brought every pastry in this shop home to enjoy. It is literally THAT good!
Du Pain Et Des Idees – Wonderful croissants made the old fashioned way.
Angelina – Grab a dessert from this historic establishment (Coco Chanel was a fan!) and enjoy it while walking around the Tuileries.SEE
There are so many lovely things to see in Paris that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few. What I enjoyed most was wandering the different neighborhoods and stopping in to unique local stores. Below is a short list of some of my can’t miss stops but at the end of the day just wandering around the streets of Paris is treat enough!Rue Crémieux – I came across Rue Crémieux on Instagram and am so happy I added it to my list of places to visit. It was one of the coolest things I saw during the trip and a great location for photos. This little colorful street is tucked away among a busy industrial area of town and is worth a visit. Each house is completely unique and covered in quirky paintings.
St. Germain – My favorite neighborhood, St. Germain is also known as the students area. Every building had window boxes bursting with flowers and the neighborhood had a young, hip vibe.
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré + Avenue des Champs-Élysées – This shopping street is the quintessential idea of Paris that is shown in movies. Wide streets and gorgeous architecture lead the way to high end designer stores. I enjoyed walking these streets and taking a peek in the different shops.
Pont Alexandre III Bridge – This was one of my favorite bridges in Paris for it’s ornate architecture. It’s also a short enjoyable walk along the water to get to the Eiffel Tower.
Merci – Located in an old wallpaper factory Meci is a hip store with unique displays.
Shakespeare and Company – A darling bookstore located on the Left Bank. Buy a book and they stamp it with their logo, making a fun souvenir.
Rodin Museum + Musee de l’Orangerie – Europeans have a lovely way of creating art museums that are a full sensory experience. I skipped the lines at the Louvre and instead opted to visit the Rodin and Musee de l’Orangerie which were beyond lovely.
Photography: Gillian Ellis Photography