PARIS 101: MY TRAVELLERS GUIDE

For our 7th wedding anniversary we went to Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world. Aside from celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary, it was a perfect way to spend time with the one I love and simply just getting away from it all.

We landed at Charles de Gaulle airport and took the public transportation to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées where we checked in at the boutique hotel Le Monna Lisa. We were lucky enough to be welcomed with a lovely note and a bottle of champagne to wish us a happy wedding anniversary.

The hotel room had every amenity, a comfy Queen-size bed, Hermes toiletries, basically just everything we could possibly have needed. The room was epitomizing the very essence of a Sculptor’s workshop with drafts and sketches all around. It was just what we needed for a bit of rest and inspiration away from the city crowds.

“A perfect spot to return to after a day spent soaking in the beauty of Paris”

After we had checked in we headed to Ladurée le bar on the Champs-Élysées for a quick breakfast. The room of the Ladurée le bar was stunning, it reminded me of an Alice in wonderland theme. Later I learned that it’s designed with a contemporary take on an Art Nouveau butterfly cocoon, so I came pretty close.

We ordered the Le Petit Déjeuner Ladurée, a basket of three mini pastries and bread, served with butter, honey and jam, Orange juice and Ladurée coffee and a hot chocolate. It was so cute and the food was really good.

Next, the Louvre. It’s massive, impressive and there are so many beautiful art pieces. The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris. It houses approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century, of which Leonardo da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa probably the most famous is. 

We spent the rest of the day exploring the Louvre and we ended up eating lunch at the Louvre Le Café Richelieu.

We went for dinner at restaurant KONG, it had a great view of the city which included the Seine and Louis Vuitton. The atmosphere was a bit too much for me, it kinda felt like you were in a nightclub instead of a restaurant. The food was pretty good though, we started with a KONG plate and we had prawn ravioli and risotto for main.

On our second day, we started the day of with a breakfast from PAUL bakery. There is always a line, but it’s totally worth it. They have everything from scrumptious pastries to freshly baked breads.

The rest of the day we went on exploring all that the city had to offer, we started at the Arc the Triomphe, making our way to the gem of Monmarte, the Sacre Couer. However you will have to climb a lot of stairs and quite steep alleyways, so to make it yourself a little bit easier you can take a cable car if you have a travel pass for the RATP.

Next, we went to the 4th arrondissement with the Notre Dame and great coffee shops, restaurants and lovely scenery. Here we took a lunchbreak at Le Bar à Huitres Saint-Germain munching on a Fruit de Mer plateau.

From here, we went to Le Bon Marché to do some shopping. Le Bon Marché has a food hall and it’s amazing. Almost every imaginable food item and category is represented. Cakes, pastries, breads, cheeses, meats, fresh produce, dairy, and a variety of canned, jarred, and boxed specialty items. We picked up some bits to nibble on during our relaxing time at Jardin du Luxembourg. The Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris is one of the most popular public parks in the city, it’s really a nice spot to relax and take a breath.

That night we went to Le George at Four Seasons Hotel George V to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had the lovers table that overlooked the courtyard of the Four Seasons and the food was amazing.

The Last day we started off with a breakfast at PAUL bakery again, clearly a favourite of ours. On our way to Chateau de Versailles we went to see the Eiffel tower. Both were amazing to visit, there is absolutely nothing in the world like it. Side note, go on time or maybe you too have an amazing loving husband who will stand in a 3hour line for you.

At the end of the day we went shopping at Lafayette and eating dinner at the Gourmet Food Hall of Lafayette Gourmet.  I ordered the Risotto with Black Melanosporum Truffle at the L’atelier Maison de la Truffe, but I switched half way in with Sander for his Tagliatelles with Black Truffle Melanosporum, he always choses something I love as well. It was so yummy.

There is so much to see and to do, you really can’t go wrong. But having a plan beforehand is always a good idea. We had a great time and I loved celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary with the love of my life in the city of LOVE.

Where to stay:

Hôtel Le Monna Lisa Champs Elysée
97 Rue la Boétie, 75008 Paris, France 
price:€€€

Where to eat:

Ladurée Paris Champs Elysées
75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
price:€€

Paul
78-84 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
price:€

Le Bar à Huîtres – Saint-Germain
33 Rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris, France
price:€€

Le Bon Marché
24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France
price:€

Le George at Four Seasons Hotel George V
31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
price:€€€€

Gourmet Food Hall of Lafayette Gourmet
35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
price:€€

Where to go:

Louvre
Arc the Triomphe
Monmarte with the Sacre Couer
Notre Dame
Jardin du Luxembourg
Eiffel tower
Chateau de Versailles