Paris needs no introduction or explanation of why you should visit. As one of the world's biggest hubs for food, culture, fashion, romanticism, and adventure; Paris is the dream destination for millions of people each year. Among the widely known treasures of Paris are some secret gems hiding in the city. Here are the places we've rounded up to make planning your Paris trip a pleasure.
When To Go
There’s no "wrong time" to visit Paris. During warmer months you’ll have clear skies and ample picnic opportunities, but the crowds can get pretty hefty. However, during colder months you may have some grey skies but there are significantly fewer tourists.
What To Pack
Much of what you pack is dependent on the time of year. However, Parisians dress a bit fancier on a day-to-day basis than Americans, so swap out your leggings and chunky sneakers for a nice sun dress and cute flats.
Thankfully, the flight to Paris is not an awfully long one so you don’t have to worry about packing for a day and a half travel experience. Keep it casual, comfy, and refined in a good pair of jeans, light t-shirt and jacket.
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There are many of the world's most beautiful and extravagant hotels in Paris, so choosing where to stay can be tough.
Our top choice is the Four Seasons Hotel George V, photographed to the left. Wake up to a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral right from your room, need we say more?
Two other favorite Parisian hotels:
The Hotel des Grands Boulevards is the latest from the Experimental Cocktail Group. The hotel is an artfully designed 18th-century townhouse right in the city center.
Le Meurice faces the pristine Tuileries Gardens right in the heart of Paris. As one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, it mixed Louis XV furnishings with modern touches to create a truly memorable experience.
"Où devrions-nous manger ce soir" or "Where should we eat tonight?"
Let's be honest, on a trip to Paris you plan on eating your weight in cheese and bread so where to eat is one of the most important aspects of the trip. If you're looking for a truly unique culinary experience, look no further than Le Train Bleu. Located inside the Gare de Lyon train station, Le Train Bleu is unlike any other in the world with an unforgettable dining experience.
Then take a trip to the Ciel de Paris for a drink. It doesn't get much more Romantic than their champagne bar on top of the Montparnasse Tower.
Now it's time for dessert, and in Paris, that means a crêpe. We're headed to the Breizh Cafe in the trendy Upper Marais district. This cafe has become known for their high quality ingredients and innovative recipes.
From the basics, like Versailles, to the lesser known like the Fondation Louis Vuitton; you'll never run out of things to do and see in Paris. We're not going to go into detail about destinations like the Eiffel Tower, Versailles or the Louvre because you just have to go see them, no explanation needed.
Here are a few places we like to see that are a bit more off the beaten path: The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a stone's throw from the Jardin d’Acclimatation. The Foundation's curated contemporary art collections are exhibited in an architectural feat designed by Frank Gehry.
La Cuisine Paris is a French cooking school in the center of Paris that offers a variety of cooking classes in English, including Croissant Classes, Macaron Classes and a French Cheese Workshop.
Did a trip to Paris really happen if you didn't go to at least two museums? We don't think so. A great one to learn more about the great city you're in is the Musee Carnavalet, which houses the history of Paris in over 600,000 exhibits spread over more than one hundred rooms.