Today I will share 5 things to do in Paris, France. It’s no secret that Paris is my first love! I visited France for the first time in 2014 and it was a life changing trip. With so much beauty and so much to see, it can be hard to know what to do first. I decided to put together a list of places that we visited so that you can get the most out of your Parisian experience! Enjoy!
This famous Parisian tea house is located at 75 Av. Des Champs Elysees. Laduree is known for it’s beautifully handcrafted french macarons and specialty teas. They also have a variety of delicately crafted desserts. The interior of this historic landmark is gorgeous! If you are looking for quintessential french luxury, you will find plenty of it at Laduree. The store has beautiful marble floors, hand carved mouldings, antique furniture and gorgeous lighting. This one is a must! Photos by Mark Mitchell, bronx and ellevalentine via flickr.com
There are so many flea markets in Paris to choose from. Below I will recommend three of the best markets the city has to offer. Photos by Parissharing, Lauren Hammond and Jason Cooper via flickr.com
A. Marche aux Puces de Clignancourt – This is the largest and most visited flea market in all of Paris. The market hosts over 1600 vendors and antique dealers. You will definitely need comfortable shoes to walk around and take in all of the Parisian treasures! Location: 140 Rue des Rosiers. Open: Sat, Sun & Mon.
B. Puces de Vanves Flea Market – This is a weekend only flea market that sets up on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Over 300 vendors display their goods on tables and blankets on either side of the street. Here you will find antiques and goods from many different regions in France. Location: Ave Marc Sangnier & Ave Georges Lafenstre, 14th Paris. Open: Sat & Sun.
C. Montreuil Flea Market – This market features 500+ vendors and is the best place to find vintage clothing. Again this is a weekend only flea market that sets up on Sat and Sun mornings. Location: Avenue du Professeur Andre Lemierre/Place de la Porte Montreuil, 75020 Paris. Open: Sat, Sun.
There are many shopping districts throughout Paris, but none with as many high end designer storefronts at Rue Saint Honore. Just steps away from the prestigious Place Vendome, is one of the biggest fashion hubs in all of France. Here you will find the greats: Chanel, Dior, Roberto Cavali, Jimmy Choo and John Galliano. What I love the most about this street is that it doesn’t attract as many tourists as the famous Champs Elysees boulevard. Here you can browse luxury fashion the same way that the locals do! Photos by Charles Tomas Marti, TEDizen and The Coincidental Dandy via flickr.com
A trip to Paris would not be complete without visiting the Louvre. Located on the right bank of the Seine River, the Louvre is home to some of the world’s most historically significant pieces of art. Collections include the famous Mona Lisa and The Venus de Milo. The Louvre was originally built as a palace in the 12th century and officially became a museum in 1793. The grounds alone are worth a look, with fountains and gardens galore! Locals and tourists frequently make a day of it and stretch out on the museum grounds with a picnic and a bottle of wine. C’est La Vie! Photos by Dennis Jarvis and Chris Parker via flickr.com
Do not miss this show! The Moulin Rouge, located at 82 Boulevard de Clichy, was originally founded in 1889. Parisians would flock to the cabaret to dance the “quadrille,” which soon became known as the French Cancan! The new show “Feerie” is a mix of acrobatic performances and spectacular show girls adorned with feather costumes and scantily clad outfits. Inside the theatre you are seated at your own private club table and served champagne! Get ready to experience the stage show of a lifetime! Photos by Roderick Eime, Torfo and lartnouveuenfrance via flickr.com
So there is it, my list of 5 things to do in Paris. I hope you were inspired by the history and beauty of this magical city. Is Paris on your bucket list? Have you already been?