Paris

My daily muse of inspiration. After a handful of visits, discover the haunts I highly recommend you check out on your next visit to the City of Light.

59 RdS Bakery
Bakeries are everywhere, but baguette baking is a serious business. This bakery has won the award for the best baguette. Stop in and see exactly what a quality French baguette should taste like.

59 rue de Saintonge, Paris, France

À la Mère de Famille (chocolate shop)
Located on Rue Cler, do stop in here, and delight in their magic with pralines, and all things chocolate. Be sure to bring some home, as they do not ship to the states.

35 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris, France

A. Simon
Another quality cooking supply store to pick up metal mixing bowls, a baker's must-haves, knives, cutting boards and all of the little details.

48 Rue Montmartre, Paris, France

Adèle and Jules Hotel
Wonderful concierge service in both French and English, rooms with the classic Juliet balcony available (just remember to request) located in the bustling 9th arr. but tucked away off any busy streets.

2 Cité Rougemont, 75009 Paris, France

Angelina's
The famed tea house that Coco Chanel frequented, sip the decadent chocolat chaud and nibble on a macaroon.

226 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France

Brasserie Bellanger
Painted a delightful fresh green hue, you will not walk past this corner brasserie and miss it. And you shouldn't! :) It offers fresh, delicious French food with superb service. Their water pitchers are full of whimsy as well.

140 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, France

Café Lignac
Located in the 7th arrondissement, a petite café from French chef Cyril Lignac. Make reservations (as there are only 3-4 tables on the first floor), and be sure to explore their plat du jour.

139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France

Dammann Frères Thé
With a plethora of tea varietals, Dammann Frères was established in 1692, and now one of my favorite French tea companies. With many shops throughout the city, click on the link to find one closest to your accommodations (they ship internationally).
E. Dehillerin
A cook and baker's dream is to shop at E. Dehillerin. Knowing Julia Child and Ina Garten have shopped there as well, doesn't hurt. Oodles of cooper, skillets and all the tools you will want to bring home.

18-20 Rue Coquillière, Paris, France

Eurostar, Gare du Nord, Paris
As both a Francophile and Anglophile, knowing how to easily travel between France and Britain is a must, and Eurostar is my transport of choice. Located at the Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris, these trains are on the second level (up the escalator).

18 Rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris, France

G7 Cabs
G7 Cabs are the taxi I often hail while walking about the city. They are seemingly everywhere and offer nice, clean cars at fair rates.
Gabrielle Geppert
Hermés, Chanel, Dior. It's here and it's far more affordable. A dream of a designer consignment boutique.

31 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France

Haven in Paris
A luxury Parisian vacation rental that makes you feel at home. With a personal concierge to welcome you and be at your call of need if you have a question, all rentals are pristine and ideally located.
Hotel Monge
A boutique hotel located in the fifth away from the tourist bustle, but in close proximity to everything you want. And the reason I chose it was that it is one block from Les Jardins des Plantes.

55 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France

Hotel Particulier Montmartre
A beautiful boutique hotel tucked up in a private part of a Montmartre neighborhood. A wonderful place to arrive after a long day of international travel. Check out my spotlight post in the French-Inspired archives.

Pavillon D, 23 Avenue Junot, Paris, France

Jacques Genin Chocolates
A gourmet chocolate shop where the chocolate is displayed like jewelry.

27 rue de varenne, Paris, France

La Grand Épicerie
Your gourmet grocery on the left bank. Located below the Bon Marché. Two dreams in one!

38, rue de Sèvres, Paris, France

La Maison d'Isabelle
Winner of Paris' Best Croissants in 2018. Enough said! Beautiful, endless layers of buttery goodness and just blocks away from Shakespeare & Co., located right on Saint-Germaine boulevard.

47ter Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris, France

La Mascotte
A scrumptious seafood fine dining restaurant in Montmartre. From the sole, to the oysters, to the dessert, all was scrumptious on my last night in Paris in 2018.

52 Rue des Abbesses, Paris, France

Ladurée
Cloud-like macaroons, visit any of the three locations to spoil your sweet tooth.

18 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris, France

Le Grand Colbert
Fantastic service! You'll remember this restaurant from the movie "Something’s Gotta to Give".

2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France

Le Notre Pâtisserie
Located at the end of Rue Cler (just around the corner, so technically not on Rue Cler), the artistry of desserts and buttery croissants are worth a visit.

7 Rue Amélie, 75007 Paris, France

Lou Lou's Friendly Diner
Located on the bustling Saint-Germaine Boulevard just blocks away from Cafe Flore but without the tourist hype. Delicious classic fare and friendly service. Not to be confused with Lou Lou's on Rue Rivoli.

90 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris, France

Maison Lohézic (aka Éspirit Gourmand)
Tasting four different boulangeries' croissants in the 7th, it was the croissants and baguette from Lohézic that were my favorite. And their accolades support my tastebuds' preference. :)

43 Av. de Saxe, 75007 Paris, France

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
France's largest flea market. Open Saturday-Monday, discover treasures for your sanctuary and delight in the variety. Decor details, dinnerware, furniture, clothing, linens and more. Visit my guide of 11 Helpful Tips for VIsiting and Shopping.

138/140 rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, Paris, France

Musée de l'Orangerie
The grand expansive paintings by Claude Monet, as displayed to his design in two oval rooms with gentle natural light streaming from above. Find it on the SW corner of the Jardin des Tuilieries, near the west entrance.

Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France

Palais Royale
A favorite must-see spot. Boutiques, a quiet, cozy garden, restaurants and those black and white cylinders.

8 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France

Paris by Mouth
Tour the City of Light according to your palate's favorite foods. Taste and walk. Learn and listen in your own language.
Paris Perfect Vacation Rentals
Thoroughly enjoying my stay in their Saint Julien apt in the 7th in 2022, Paris Perfect welcomes guests into thoughtfully decorated, designed and ideally located rentals. Read my detailed post of my stay on the blog.

25 Pl. Dauphine, 75001 Paris, France

Pierre Hermé
Amazing macarons and other pastries. Step inside and dare to dream.

18 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France

Poilâne
The famed sourdough rounds, melt in your mouth chocolate croissants and “punishment” cookies.

38 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris, France

Rose Bakery
Located in Montmartre along one of my favorite streets on the right bank, Rose Bakery offers seasonal, light and fresh fare that is healthy as it is tasty.

46 Rue des Martyrs, Paris, France

Rue Cler
Located in the 7th arrondissement, just blocks away from La Tour de Eiffel, be sure to visit the fromagerie that is a local favorite (with a line to boot on Sunday mornings), St. James clothing store, choose a café to dine and just enjoy exploring.

Rue Cler75007 Paris, France

Sébastien Gaudard Patisserie
A dream of a patisserie in Montmartre. Referred by a Parisian friend, I stepped in and was in sweet bliss. Not only was the food artistically beautiful and delicious, the decor in light French blue made it feel extra special.

22 Rue des Martyrs, Paris, France

Shakespeare & Co. bookshop
A bustling iconic bookshop located along the Seine and full of English language books of all genres. No photos can be taken in the shop which will enable you to hone in on that perfect book you're looking for.

37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

Telescope Cafe
Find it behind the Palais Royale, and look for a all of the wooden owls adorning the decor. A truly local haunt that knows how to brew a cup of jo.

5 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris, France

The French Bastards Boulangerie
Having opened in 2019, three French men have taken their love of French food, some inspiration from American sweet favorites (e.g. the cinnamon roll) and make scrumptious sweet treats and breads.

61 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France

Victor Cabs
For ease of transport from the airport, train stations or from location to location in Paris, I have depended upon Victor Cabs. You can schedule many days ahead of time, and they arrive promptly at the scheduled time.
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