Sunday, 15 January 2012


There is so much to see and do in Paris.  I adore it and am SO exited to be going back. I remember being so in love with it 3 years ago. I don't want to miss a thing this time either so am doing stacks of research.  From reading my new favourite book (Paris, a guide to the city's creative heart) there are so many hidden gems of places that we did miss last time so I have quite a list and am breaking it into each arrondissment.
via here.
1st Arrondissement:
Chanel's store - Rue Cambon
Laduree's macaroons
Tuileries Gardens- the lovely promenade stretching from the gardens of the Tuileries to the square courtyard of the Louvre.
Angelina tea salon - best hot chocolates in France.
Place Dauphine - Village feel.
Walking along Seine at Twilight
Pont des artes - Pedestrian only. One of the best views of Paris looking towards Ile de La cite and ile Saint Louis.
Place Colette - creative metro entrance.
Palais Royal garden + stores. Le grand vefour restaurant (Napolean took Josephine here)
Palais Royal - most magnificent square in the world. Houses State council and is closed to the public.
Rue de Rivoli.
Place Vendome the Ritz and Colunne Vendome.
Hemingway bar at the Ritz - out of our price range no doubt but thought I'd mention it - Colin Field has been voted the best bartender in the world.
Le Fumoir - cool little club right beside the Louvre.
Rue st Honore runs from Place Vendome to Les Halles.
Pedestranised zone between The Centre Pompidou and Forum des Halles  - with Rue Etienne Marcel to the north and rue de Rivoli to the south) filled with people day and night.
Arc de Triomphe du carrousel - at the eastern end of the Jardin des Tuilleries.
Egise st Germain L'Auzerrois - this  church is at the eastern end of the Louvre.
Eglise St Eustche - One of the most beautiful churches in Paris is north of the gardens, next to Forum des Halles.
Ste Chapelle - on Ile de la cite.
Pont Neuf  - Paris's oldest bridge.

Things to see in the jardin des Tuileries - The Welcoming Hands" - faces Place de La Concorde.
The Vale Triomphale (Triumphal Way) Follows the Ave des Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe.

2nd and 9th Arrondissements:
Ultramod - a haberdashery store selling since 1890.
Rue Montorgueil - Pedestrian street
                              Great bars, bistros, quaint cafes, pastry shops - La maison strohrer, food shops,
19th century arcades - Galerie Vivienne - Mosaic floor and a bistro - Bistro Vivienne and tea salon - A priori The.
                                      Galerie colbert
                                      Passage du grand Cerf (1825 - glass roof arcade). Fantastic shops. - 145 Rue saint - Denis and Rue Dussoubs. (Montorgueil area).
                                       passage Lemoine
                                       Passage   Jouffroy(1846)
                                       passage des princes
                                       passage du bourg - L'abbe
                                       Passage du ponceau.
                                       Passage Verdeau - opposite Jouffroy.
                                       Passage des Panoramas

Librairie Gourmande - cooking bookshop - 90 rue Montmartre. (2nd)
Aurore - Capucine patterisserie - Like a fairytale - 3 rue de Rochechouart.
Galeries Lafayette.

3rd Arrondissement:  (upper Marais)
Cafe Charlot - Epicentre of the village.
Images and portraits - opposite cafe Charlot (old photos of Paris in past)

Rue de Bretagne
Marche des Enfants rouge - Paris's oldest covered market - 39 Rue de Bretagne.

Hotel de Petit Moulin - (29 Rue de Poitou) an extraordinary hotel built in the shell of an old bakery.
The collection and Merci- 2 fantastic homewares shops.
Le petit Atelier de Paris - cutest shop in Paris - 31 Rue Montmorency.

4th Arrondissement:    (Lower Marais)

Village Saint Paul - Courtyards, cobbled alleys, medieval walls.
Rue st Paul - Pont Marie to Ile Saint Louis (smaller version of Ile de la cite)
Berthillon Ice cream (Ile de la cite)
Pont Louis - Phillippe - rue de rivoli
Hotel de Ville's square
Rue Vieille due temple/ rue des francis Bourgeois
Le petit fer a Cheval - Cutest cafe.
Places des Voges - SW corner of square is an arcade to secret door leads to garden of the Hotel de sully one of Paris's little secrets.
Rue Saint-Paul - cute little kitchen shops - Au Petit Bonheur la chance (no. 13)
Pompidou centre - worth a look.
Chocolaterie Josephine Vannier - 4 Rue du Pas de la Mule - amazing chocolate shop.
Rue Vielle du temple - bar lined party street.
Marche Belleville - most colourful market.
La Charlotte En Ile - This tiny place is one of the loveliest tearooms in Paris and has a fairy tale theme - 24 Rue St-Louis en Ile. Ile de St Louis. 2 - 8pm Thu - Sun.

5th Arrondissement:
Place Saint Michel + Blvd St Michel
Shakespeare & company bookshop - near Quai de Montebello -  make sure we go upstairs.
Bouquinistes - 2nd hand booksellers on Seine - old books and cards and posters.
Grand Mosque of Paris via Place de la Contrescarpe
Jardin de Plantes -beautiful.
Diptyque - 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain - beautiful candle shop. Fig is the most popular - Pomander also popular. Sold around the world but cheaper in Paris.
Rue Mouffetard - food street and markets.

6th Arrondissement: (glamour)

Rue de Furstemberg  - Classic Parisian scene - start a walk here/
Rue Guisarde - Jazz and glamour
Luxembourg Gardens - head to Northern entrance - leads to the squre of the Cathedral of Saint Sulpice - We went here with Duncan.
Au Bon Marche - tempting food hall.
Rue Jacob - home and design stores.
Book stores off Saint Germain
Intersecting courtyards - Rue de Commerce and Saint Andre
Rue Cherche Midi - shoe stores
perfect mix of wide boulevards, classic Parisian bistros and fantastic French stores, publishing houses, gardens, florists, fashion boutiques.
Iconic cafes - The Lipp, deux Magots and cafe de flore - all on Bvld Saint Germain.
Louis Vuitton and ralph lauren - area has become a mini 5th avenue.
Rue de Buci and Rue de Seine.
Go to Rue Saint Andre des Arts - take a sharp turn right (south) down a covered arcade called Cour de Commerce saint-andre. This passageway in enchanting but leads to an even prettier place ; a series of private squares called Cour de Rohan (look for black iron gate on left) - collection of cobbled side streets -the setting for gigi. Has worlds first coffee house and oldest restaurant in Paris, Le Procope
Rue Princesse - very atmospheric.
Moeti - really cute card shop in Rue Dauphine.
Cire Trudon - amazing candle shop - 78 Rue de Seine.
Depot Vente de Buci Bourbon - 6 Rue Bourbon Le chateau - 2nd hand designer clothes.
Pierre Herme - Amazing macarons - 72 rue Bonaparte
Gerard Mulot - amazing cakes - 76 rue de Seine.
Carrefour de L'Odeon - have coffee at Comptoir du Relais or les Editeurs.
Rue Raspail Market
Catch metro St Germain des pres, Odean or Mabillion for heart of this area.
Cafe de Flore - 172 Blvd St-Germain des Pres - red upholstered benches and a busy terrace.

7th Arrondissement - Paris's poshest and Eiffel Tower.
Le Bon Marche - department store. Don't miss the food hall and spectacular ceiling.
Rodin Museum - Housed in an 18th century chateau - grounds are lovely and good little tea room.
Musee de orsay.
Walk along the embankment to Pont Alexandre 111 - best time to see if just before sunset.
Rue Cler - Pedestrian streets, delicious stores.
Cafe de Marche.- one of neighbourhoods hotspots.
Eiffel Tower - sunset, nibbles from Rue Cler, bottle of wine - a highlight of Paris.
Au bain Marie - tableware shop with lovely French things - 56 Rue de L'universite.

8th Arrondissement: -  The Fashionista

Avenue montaigne - very posh - lined with legendary labels and very sophisticated. 
Chanel, Balmain, Louis vuitton, Dior all there.

Hotel Plaza athenee - favourite Pied a terre of European movie stars and royalty.

Wander west, turn of President Wilson and walk to Museum of Fashion and costume.

Champs Elysee

Arc de Triompe - climb to the top.

Laduree for Macaroons

Place de la Concorde - largest square in Paris. (louis XV1 was guillotined here)

Parc Monceau - famous for rose gardens, had an Egyptian pyramid, Chinese fort and a dutch windmill.

Fauchon - 24 Rue de la Madeleine - World's most famous foodie store.

Hediard - 21 Rue de la Madeleine (great food shop)

10th and 11th Arrondissements: (bastille area - 11th arrondissement)

Rue Sainte- Antooine

Avenue Ledru Rollin - tiny passages and alleys

Place de la Nation

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antioine - looks like Oxford Street.

Cour d' etoile-d'or

Cour des trois- freres,

Cour de las Maison brulee,

Passage de la Bonne-Graine,

Cour de Saint-Esprit,
Passage de la boule Blance

Cour du bel-air,

Rue de Lappe and Rue de la roquette - busiest area full of cafes, bars and nightclubs.

Viaduc des Arts arcade

Canal Saint-Martin - only during day.

Rue Oberkampf - florists and vintage stores.

Barrio Latino - opulent Latin bar designed by Gustav Eiffel

Le Bistrot du Peintre - in rue de Charonne - one of the most authentic old bars in Paris.
Cafe Charbon  in Rue Oberkampf in 11th arrondissement.

Off Rue Oberkampf is Rue terneaux and around here smaller streets and passageways.

16th Arrondissement:
Champagne bar at Le Dokhan's Hotel.

18th Arrondissement

Sacre Coeur

Moulin Rouge

Wind up the hill via rue Lepic to Rue Des Abbesses.(Van Gough lived at 54).

Rue Ravignan - leads to place Emile-Goudeau.

Wind up to Rue Norvins to where Rue Norvins, Saint-Rustique and des Saules meet with Rue Poulbot.

Place du Calvaire - best views in Paris.

Place du Tertre.

Winery - clos Montmartre.

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