Experience the Siene: The Siene river that intersects the right and left banks of Paris is my favorite part of the city. Walk over the Point Neuf bridge and down one of the many staircases to take in the beautiful sights. I highly suggest hopping on a river boat around sunset at seeing the city of lights by boat Link to my favorite boat company One of our favorite restaurants, a secret locals only Siene side bistro, serves modern french fare and delicious wine Link to my last Paris post with restaurant information.
Pop into a French pharmacy: On every other block you’ll find a large green cross marking a French Pharmacy. These nontoxic jewel boxes are packed full of European union approved products that range from skincare to hair brushes. The EU bans over 3,000 toxic ingredients making France a very safe place to shop for clean beauty. Stock up on sheet masks and sheer mineral sunscreen. If you’re looking for a sheet mask to wear on the plane for dewey skin before you arrive here’s a Link to my favorite travel sheet mask.
Wander the gardens: The beauty of les jardins de Paris is unparalleled. You could and should in my opinion spend an entire day exploring the gardens. These historic, free, beacons of serenity come complete with cafes, toilets, and some of the best people watching on earth. My favorite gardens are the Tuileries garden and the Jardin du Palais Royal. On my 30th birthday we had dinner at LouLou in the Tuileries garden, It was truly one of the best dining experiences of my life. Make a dinner reservation on the terrace a month in advance if you’d like to enjoy a marvelous garden meal. Link to Loulou.
Eat the produce: Ok yes, every baked good in Paris is delicious but the sleeper hit is the French produce! Ever piece of fruit I enjoyed tasted like it was plucked from the heavens. You can find little fruit stands every few blocks in the city with organic juicy produce. Once you find your favorite spot along the Siene or in one of the gardens I suggested, Pack a picnic including some fresh French fruit. If you don’t get at least one piece of cantaloupe, I’ll be disappointed for you.
Discover your own must do: There are a million guides with a million suggestions for what to do in Paris, trust me, I read a lot of them. To be honest some of my favorite experiences came from randomly wandering down streets and discovering my own must do or must see. My suggestion is to stumble 5-6 blocks back from any major thoroughfare to find something authentic and truly your own. Some of my favorite neighborhoods where you can create your own adventure include St. Germain, Le Marais, and the streets around Palace Vendrome.
If you’re utilizing this post to plan your trip to Paris, I hope it helps you create the Pariesienne trip of your dreams. I’m beyond excited for you to experience my favorite city on earth! If you try any of my suggestions I would love to hear about your experience, comment below and let me know:)