As promised, I thought I’d complete my picture sharing from last week’s Paris trip by listing some of my favorite spots/places to visit/things to eat in the city (sorry for the delay! LOTS of computer problems today – boo!).

Paris will forever hold the most special place in my heart as it’s one of those places where getting lost is a glorious expectation and indulging in pleasure is applauded. It’s often been hard for me to put into words what an outstanding and inspiring place it is and how much this city has changed my life and shaped who I’ve become. There are new surprises around every corner and it’s a city that never gets old. I hope you get a chance to visit a few of these fun spots on your own trip someday, or at the very least enjoyed our picture diary!

Happy Weekend Friends!

Jenn’s Paris (aka The Best City in all the World) Guide :

Favorite Arrondissements : 3rd and 4th. The Marais is by far the best neighborhood – best cafes, boutiques and all around GORGEOUS place to stroll. Do NOT miss this area of Paris if you visit.

Favorite Stops to Hop Off the Metro : Line 11 at Hotel De Ville | Line 1 at St Paul | Line 2 at Blanche (walk north from metro stop).

Cute Spot for Baguette Sandwich : Joli Deli - 1 Rue Borda, Metro Temple.

Best Dinner Spots : Frenchie - 6 Rue Du Nil, Metro Sentier. | Rendez Vous des Amis - 10 rue Ste Croix la Bretonnerie, Metro Hotel De Ville. | Les Enfants Perdus - 9 Rue des Récollets, Metro Jacques Bonsergent

**Not to Be Missed : The neighborhood of Montmartre, a Berthillon ice cream cone on Ill Saint-Louis, Merci for an endless shopping experience, Shakespeare and Company for a good English read, a stroll through Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise (Metro Pere Lachaise), a glass of wine at any of the cafes in Saint Germain des Pres, a picnic with fresh market finds along the Seine, shopping on any street in Le Marais, a quiet moment in Jardin du Palais Royal with the one you love.

Caffeine Fix : Telescope - 5 Rue Villedo, Metro Pyramides | Coutume - 47 Rue de Babylone, Metro Saint-Francois-Xavier | Ten Belles - Rue de la Grange aux Belles, Metro Jacques Bonsergent | Merci - 11 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Metro Bastille.

Must See Museums : Musee d’Orsay - 5 Quai Anatole, Metro Assemblee Nationale or RER Musee d’Orsay. | Musee de l’Orangerie - Jardin Tuileries, Metro Concorde | Centre Pompidou - Place Georges-Pompidou, Metro Rambuteau.

Most Jaw-Dropping Tourist Hangs : Notre Dame | outside The Louvre | La Tour de Eiffel | atop the Arc de Triomphe.

Best Crepe in the City : Marche des Enfants Rouges - 39 Rue de Bretagne, Metro Arts et Metiers. There is a guy in the covered market who whips up the most authentic crepe I’ve EVER seen – butter and all!

Favorite Bridges : Pont Saint-Louis – I love that there is always a musician playing and it’s usually pretty peaceful | Pont de l’Alma – prettiest and most breathtaking view of Eiffel Tower | Pont Alexandre III – gorgeous in one word.

Favorite Way to See Paris : On Velib bicycle. Can subscribe for bike check out x 7 days for only 8 euros! Bike rentals are 30 mins each and are unlimited throughout the day. Best deal in town!

Best Place for a Chocolate Chaud (actually a bowl of hot chocolate!) : L’Ebouillante - 6 Rue des Barres, Metro Port Marie.

Prettiest View : Right under the Sacre Coeur (Metro Anvers) or on top of the Galeries Lafayette (Metro Chausee d’Antin La Fayette).

Loveliest Food Markets : Marche Bastille - Boulevard Richard Lenoir, Metro Bastille | Rue Montorgueil – Metro Etienne Marcel | Marche des Enfants Rouges – 39 Rue de Bretagne, Metro Arts et Metiers | Marche Biologique Raspail – Boulevard Raspail. Be sure to get to the markets early in the morning for the best selection. Also, not all markets are open 7 days a week – make sure to check schedule before visiting.

Perfect Parks for a Long Stroll :Jardin des Tuileries- Metro Palais Royal | Jardin du Luxembourg – Metro Butte  | Parc des Buttes Chaumont - Metro Buttes Chaumont (new one I found thanks to Anna).

photography : jenn elliott blake.

 

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8 Comments

03.May.2013

It warms my heart to hear/see your favorite places – reminds me why I appreciate and love being here.

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03.May.2013

I am sooooo jealous! What a phenomenal trip, and I have enjoyed the pictures and your commentary so much. Your living a dream, and I am (just a mule!) Kidding! :-)

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03.May.2013

Perfect perfect.

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04.May.2013

Going to Paris in 8 days for about 3 days. Thank you so much for the ideas! So excited to go to such a beautiful city while we are in Europe!

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jenn

Yay!! I hope you have the best time Georgia!! Keep me updated on if you get a chance to visit any of my suggested spots! Always love hearing other people’s experiences with that GORGEOUS place! Bon voyage!

04.May.2013

Thanks for the great recommendations and sharing such a beautiful photo diary this week! I’m headed to Paris tomorrow for a one week vacation with my husband and I’ll definitely be consulting these posts. We went 6 months ago and had more of a “check things off the list” mindset and didn’t spend enough time walking around and being lost and exploring and having no agenda. I’m looking forward to doing it a little differently this time and just soaking it in.

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Jenn – just had to follow up. My husband and I arrived at our hotel in Paris around noon today and after taking a long walk we went over to Joli deli for baguette sandwiches. Your recommendation was spot on and the place was even better than I anticipated. Really good! Thanks!

jenn

Kara!!! That’s AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing! It’s such a thrill to hear that my tips and suggestions for Paris were helpful on your own trip! Enjoy your time…Paris is such a dream right?!?! Cheers!