Bienvenue à Paris! 

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Ah, the City of Light. While there are many recommended must-sees including the beloved Louvre and Eiffel Tower, I know you can get great guidebooks to help you explore these landmarks. I’ll share a few of my off the beaten path favorites.

  1. Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 3.27.05 PMLeft bank English bookstore and cafe: Shakespeare and Co.
  2. Right bank English bookstore and cafe: Smith&Son.
  3. Fancy tea house: Ladurée. Rose macaron, rose latte with oat milk, and a stunning setting.
  4. Cozy English tea house: Tea caddy. Scones!
  5. Flower-filled walk: Promenade plantée.
  6. Authentic hammam and tea experience: La Mosquée de Paris.
  7. Photo taking bliss: Jardin des Plantes, Jardin de Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries.
  8. Cozy tea house and stationary nook off historical Place des Vosges: Thé des Écrivains.
  9. Fave vintage shopping spot: Kilo. Also enjoy La Frange à l’envers, Vintage Désir, and Free’p’Star.
  10. Neighborhood to meander: Le Marais.
  11. Famous hot chocolate: Angelina.
  12. Yoga: Rasa.
  13. Green juice: Bob’s.
  14. Places to stay: a quaint apartment through Airbnb. I’ve stayed in arrondissements 4, 6, 7, and 15 and loved them all.
  15. Champagne boat cruise on the Seine.
  16. Macaron making class: La Cuisine Paris.
  17. Flea markets: Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen (Clignancourt), Marché d’Aligre and Porte de Vanves.
  18. Online resources: Hip Paris Blog and Do It in Paris and Paris-To-Go.
  19. What to pack for 10 days in Paris.
  20. Sweet right bank tea bar: Lily of the Valley.
  21. Perfume making class: Studio des Parfums.
  22. Fancy vegan resto: Gentle Gourmet.
  23. Vegan concept store with boutique and cafe: Aujourd’hui Demain.
  24. Where I spent my 40th birthday: Rodin museum.
  25. Beloved used book cafe to sit for hours: Merci.
  26. Marie Antoinette’s Versailles getaway: The Estate of Trianon.
  27. Casual vegan spot with many locations: Wild & the Moon. Try the la vie en rose drink!
  28. For a fancy drink topped with a pink rose: Hemingway Bar at the Ritz.
  29. I spend hours mesmerized by live jazz at 38Riv. Also love Le Caveau de la Huchette conveniently located near Shakespeare and Company.
  30. Enjoy Marie Antoinette’s favorite rose petal and fresh apple tea plus pink cake at this adorable tea salon: Nina’s.
  31. A few more go-to jazz spots: Café Laurent in Hôtel d’Aubusson and Sunset/Sunside.