💛⛱ Camps bay. Pre season beach scenes.
If you’re heading to Paris soon, especially over the weekend and feel like getting away from the monuments and crowds, definitely head to La Felicita for drinks and dinner 🍕🍸 - It’s a 4500 sq/m restaurant set an old railway depot, in the 16th arrondissement (a neighbourhood well known for it’s tech start ups and new creative blood in Paris) - Focusing mainly on Italian cuisine, it hosts 5 kitchens, two bars and a beer garden, so there’s plenty of space and options for everyone. The best part is you don’t need to book, just get there early as they do start getting to max capacity and you may have to queue to get in (that’s how you know it’s good right?) - Keep an eye on their page close to your visit to see if there are any cool festivals or musical acts performing 🍝
Standard Parisian breakfast ☕️🥐 - Next up let’s talk food!
Tips for a long weekend in Paris - Shop a little! 🛍 - I decided early on that I didn’t want to spend hours indoors and in queues, and making dylan wait for me to try on clothes 🤦🏼♀️ Never mind carrying around shopping bags when you’re walking around the whole day. - With such a little time it wasn’t a priority but I’m really glad we did get to visit some places on my list! - We went to @merciparis which is such a beautiful concept store, and which we both really enjoyed! It’s a mix of fashion, tech, interiors and beautifully designed products. It’s really hard not to take a few things home from here, because everything is so unique! - We wandered around the rad stores in the 2nd Arrondissement, including @kiliwatch.paris (thanks @theresasparks!) which has a mix of vintage clothes, lots of denim, and new brands, and is where I found a real French beret from the South West of France 👩🏼🎨 There are so many cool shops, cafes and vegan places in this area too! - It was also so nice going back to @andotherstories which was also in the area. - You can easily spend a weekend shopping in Paris if that’s your thing, it really is a destination for fashion and beautiful things, but if you have a short trip it’s okay for it to not be a priority 💁🏼♀️ so you can be outside and absorb the je ne sais quoi of the city!
Tips for a long weekend in Paris - Pick only one* museum or gallery to visit - I love museums, but they take a lot of time and energy. We decided on this trip to only pick one and make peace with it, as the options are literally endless! - We spent a lot of time in the Louvre on our last trip, but one thing I regret not seeing was Monet’s water lilies at the Musée de l'Orangerie - For my birthday my sister gave us combo tickets to go into Musée d'Orsay and l’Orangerie, so we used our entries on separate days and really loved both! - So we kind of broke our rule, but l’Orangerie is very small if you only feel like a short museum experience and the water lily rooms are really wonderful! I could stare at them up close for ages. - Musée d'Orsay is much bigger and more grand but houses so many epic impressionists (I love the Degas ballet dancers!). We didn’t see everything, but picked a few exhibitions we really wanted to see. No regrets, no fomo. You can’t see everything, without tiring yourself out, and with only a weekend you need to keep the energy flowing 🥂 - Tip: Be sure to go to the top floor of the Musée d'Orsay to see the inside of the massive clock, it’s epic!
Tips for a long weekend in Paris 🕶🥐🥂 - Find your local ☕️ - We were lucky enough to be staying a 5 minute walk from the Palais Royal gardens and the beautiful Cafe Kitsune - It really is the most magnificent setting for your morning cuppa, as it was originally part of the palace gardens. It’s a beautiful square, surrounded by grand architecture, manicured gardens (yet not over the top) and in the centre there’s a fountain where individuals and pairs gather on reclining garden chairs, to read, catch up or just soak up some sun. - You get a feeling they’re all carving out some time in their day for some calm - and it’s so quiet! You can’t hear any traffic or loud kids. All you can hear is the sound of the water fountain, the soft sound of footsteps crushing the stoney floor and perhaps a runner passing by. - Through the trees, with subtle branding on their white umbrellas is Cafe Kitsune. I love how understated and stylish it is, almost hidden, but yet buzzing inside with girls making cortados and serving up tiny fox shaped biscuits. It seems like a very popular local spot, and among few places that serve a really great cup of coffee. - It only opens at 10am though, so if you’re an early bird find a local wicker chair cafe, order a Cafe Noisette and a croissant and watch Paris slowly wake up, just the way it likes to! 🥐
I loved the area we stayed in this time around. We stayed in the Palais-Royal area, just a 5 minute walk from gardens and the louvre, and near some great cafes and places to eat. - When we got out at our metro stop the first thing we saw was the opera house and all that gold and grandeur definitely makes your heart stop 😍 - If you have just a long weekend in Paris, I would recommend staying somewhere central. The last thing you want to do is to be spending an hour each day sitting on a train. - I picked our area based on all the things I wanted to do and see, recommendations and other friend’s travel lists, and now that our trip is over I’m going to share my ‘list’ ☺️ of things to do on a long weekend in Paris, in case anyone is planning a trip there soon!
Can I take you inside my weekend in Paris? ❤️ I’ll take you through the streets, the sights... and the secrets. There will be food, there will be art and design and of course there will be romance 🥂
A dreamy weekend spent in Paree ✨
Paris from above 🥐 - I got the best tip to go to the 9th floor of the Printemps department store to see an incredible 180 view of Paris, they also have a summer bar + cute restaurant (@perruche_paris) up there at the moment where you can have a cocktail or a glass of wine, and it’s surprisingly quiet.