I’m excited to share with you highlights from our week in Paris from July 2015. We spent the majority of our time wandering the streets, eating delicious meals, rotating rosé and espresso, and taking in the beauty that covers every inch of the city. I highly recommend these places below, and plan to visit them again someday in the future. One week just wasn’t long enough, but it was by far the most magical trip I’ve ever experienced. A few photos…
This neighborhood was on my radar for quite some time. We booked our Airbnb right in the heart of it all, and it was SUCH a great decision. We were a block away from one of my favorite streets where we spent a lot of our time. I highly highly recommend using Airbnb in Paris — it was so fun to feel like a local on our quaint little street – so accessible to everything we wanted to check out. Not to mention, the herringbone hardwood and quintessential Parisian windows felt like we were living in a Pinterest world.
Café de Flore
Our first stop when we arrived bright in early one morning was to Cafe de Flore. An infamous cafe where Hemmingway used to sit for hours writing, and people watching – was exactly what we wanted upon arrival. We had coffee and red wine (my kind of brunch), a cheese plate, and watched the world go by. This is one of the most famous cafe’s in Paris, so think it’s a great spot for that reason alone — it was definitely an experience that kicked off our trip perfectly. (Instagram shot here)
A friend of ours recommended we check out this street in Paris (Rue Montorgueil), and we loved it. Similar to Saint Germain – it was bustling and beautiful. A pizza sign called our names, and we sat front row to people watch while we sipped delicious rosé on that warm Parisian day, and indulged in a margarita pizza. I highly recommend this spot. (Instagram shot here)
I saw a lovely Instagrammer I follow post about this spot and was intrigued by it’s delicious looking coffee and amazing branding (always gets me). We ended up going here twice because 1) they offer take away coffee, which isn’t common in Europe and 2) very good Cafe con leche 3) it sat alongside a beautiful park and palace that was so lovely to walk around with our coffees, soak up some sun, and snap some frame-worthy pics. 🙂 (Instagram shot here and here)
This open front wine bar is located in a little alley in the streets of Saint Germain. The bar welcomes you with beautifully lit interiors, and as soon as we saw the wine pouring we stepped right in and made ourselves comfortable. We discovered that it had just recently opened. The owners also own a local bakery, cheese shop, and winery! So needless to say, I’d like to trade lives with them / everything was fabulous.
Il Gelato del Marchese
We were actually en route to another gelato spot when passing by this adorable place. The impeccable decor (drenched in whites, ivories, gold, and light gray hues), attention to every detail, and delicious flavors stopped us dead in our tracks and we paid an extra 5 Euros to sit there and enjoy our ice cream (haha — Matt loved this.) I got pistachio (a theme during our trip/always). You must make a trip. (Instagram shot here, here, and here)
Our favorite meal of the trip. We got all dressed up, went to Le Hibou (see below) for a bottle of rosé beforehand, and walked our way over to the Ralph Lauren restaurant. It was superb. The food, service, ambiance was beyond words — we enjoyed every minute. We got the crisp chicken (which was a special) with lemon, and a delicious side salad, the veggie burger (still dreaming of this), french fries, sautéed spinach, and one of the best red wines (Saint Emilion) we had on our trip. This is a must while in Paris.
This cafe was an easy favorite. The setting itself is worth spending time in. We went here before dinner and ordered the Pink Flamingo Rosé — (good choice Matty!) and enjoyed a 75-degree evening. I wanted to come back here before we left, but we ended up not having time. I feel like if I lived in Saint Germain, this would be my local spot. (Instagram shot here) Also, it’s right across the street from Il Gelato del Marchese – a great date night combo!
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