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Restaurants

Paris is a moveable feast

  • Le Dome

  • Cafe Du Flore

  • Le Select (pictured)

  • La Rotunde

  • Closeries de Lilas

  • Les Deux Magots

  • Le Train Bleu

  • L’Atelier Joel Robuchon

  • La Duree


Museums

Paris has by far some of the best museums in the world. There are so many, but these are definitely “must sees” if you have a few days.

  • Musee D’Orsay- A train station converted into a beautiful museum that houses the best impressionist paintings. Tip- there is no professional photography allowed inside but if you go to the second floor there is a viewing area where you can take photos. ( Sometimes you can also get a photo if you are quick enough)

  • Musee Rodin- This is probably my favorite museum in Paris, but I do love Rodin. Fun fact- there is also a Rodin Museum in Philadelphia if you cannot get to Paris! This Museum was also featured in Midnight in Paris, quite possibly the best movie about an American in love with Paris.

  • Palais Garnier- The incredible opera house is also a museum. Witness the sprawling staircase and beautiful ceiling. It will make you feel as if you are in Phantom of the Opera.

  • Musee Gustav Moreau- A boutique museum with that grand staircase you see all over Instagram (pictured)

  • Musée Jacquemart-André- Another beautiful boutique museum with a green staircase this time. There are always great exhibits here as well.

  • Louvre- DUH. If it is your first time in Paris this is a must see. To avoid the lines there is actually an entrance down below the pyramid. It usually has no wait but you never know, I think the secret is out! Check out the Mona Lisa and the hundred tourists in front of you snapping photos for a minute. Move on after getting annoyed and explore Napoleon’Apartments.

  • Centre Georges Pompidou- A museum often looked over when you think of Paris. The outside is quite an eyesore but inside there are fantastic modern works. Take the escalator to the top floor for beautiful views of Paris.

  • Other museums to check out which I have not been to but would love to see!

  • Musee l Orangerie- Houses Monet’s Famouse Water Lillies

  • Musee Picasso- Obviously a museum dedicated to Picasso

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Parks and Gardens

  • Jardin Du Luxembourg (pictured)

  • Jardin Des Tuileries

  • Jardin du Palais Royal


 

Views

  • Top of the Arc Du Triomphe- I think the best views of the city, Eiffel Tower, and looking down on Champs Elysees toward downtown.

  • Top of Montparnasse Tower- Beautiful view of the entire city. Beware the crowds during sunset.

  • Views from the Eiffel Tower- You can see for miles but it obviously does not have the Eiffel Tower in view!

  • View from Printemps- Go to the second Printemps building to the 9th floor market place for a free terrace view of the city. Grab a snack or a coffee on the way out. ( pictured)

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Shopping

  • Galleries Lafayette- Every important designer is here. The most beautiful department store with gorgeous ceiling.

  • Printemps- Right next to Galleries Lafayette, same kind of high end brands, fantastic food court and their Brasserie has a beautiful ceiling as well except it is blue.