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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: WHSmith.
  3. Fancy tea house: Ladurée.
  4. Cozy English tea house: Tea caddy.
  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.
  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 arrondisements 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) 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. A peek inside by Gravity Home blog.
  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 spent six hours mesmerized by live jazz at 38Riv. Also loved Le Caveau de la Huchette conveniently located near Shakespeare and Company.