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Guide to Paris, France

My favourite part about going back to Paris was being able to experience it in a completely different light. My previous visit was with three of my closest girlfriends. The temperature was plummeting into the negatives, I was four layers deep in clothing, and ate enough Nutella crepes to suffice a year.

Then summer arrived – and with that came blossoming trees, artisans creating unique works and sweet melodies ringing through the streets.
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Eiffel Tower

CHAMP DE MARS, 5 AVENUE ANATOLE FRANCE, 75007 PARIS, FRANCE

Day one, I successfully ticked off the first bucket list task. Stumbled upon a small local patisserie, set up under the Eiffel Tower, and basked in the sun for about two hours. Predictable, you may say. Yet, I’ve made it a ‘must do’ every time I visit the beautiful city. This, followed by a walk down Champs-Élysées and Laduree macaroons set an ideal day.
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Montmartre

MONTMARTRE, 75018 PARIS, FRANCE

I had seen a cabaret show in Paris before, but The Moulin Rouge was yet to be ticked off. If you book to see the show, make sure you get there early to explore the Village of Montmartre. It is like entering a different world filled with gorgeous restaurants and boutiques. Rather than paying a hefty price for dinner at the show, I suggest heading around the corner to Le Basilic. If it isn’t magical enough to look at, then the food will surely blow you away.
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Hire a Bike: You’ll probably be in need of some exercise after that! And a cheap yet enlightening activity is to take a Blue Bike Tour around the city. You pass through all the iconic areas, as well as seeing the small things you may have missed (Love Lock Bridge). Not to mention the guides are very informative, sharing hidden secrets about the city and answering any questions you may have.

Le Marais

LE MARAIS, PARIS, FRANCE

If shopping is what you’re after, take a stroll down Le Marais – spread across the 3rd Arrondissement. Here you can find vintage to high-end boutiques, trendy restaurants, fashion houses and multiple art galleries. Not to mention, they are all dispersed within beautifully historic and traditional architectural buildings. I found a gem called Vintage Desire on Rue de Rosiers, and highly recommend it for anyone who loves a good vintage find.

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Ma Bourgogne

19 PLACE DES VOSGES, 75004 PARIS, FRANCE

When visiting any new country, traditional cuisine is always a must! My favourite was Ma Bourgogne Bistro, located at 19, Place Des Vosges. Here you can enjoy a stunning view of the Parisian Square, sip on a glass of fine red, and indulge the classic French food. If you’re a newbie – L’Escargot and Frogs Legs is a big yes from me – live a little!

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Les Ombres

LES OMBRES, 33820, FRANCE

Near the end of the trip, I was lucky enough to be treated with a surprise lunch at Les Ombres. It was pricey – but with picturesque views of the Eiffel Tower, exceptional cuisine and attentive staff, I would pay it every time! If you’re looking for a nice place to treat someone special, Les Obres is a top option.

Finally, I’m left not wanting to leave. There is still so much more to explore, and I have only scratched the surface. If you’re reading this and have any other suggestions for ‘must do’s’ I would love to hear them. They will be added to my list for the next trip.
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