The Best of the Best of Paris

Posted on 27. May, 2014 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France

The City of Lights has been the object of many, many dreams and reveries over the last century, and even though there are many other vibrant cities in the world to visit, few can boast having Paris’ glamour and joie de vivre.

But a city that offers so many different options, and that’s been written about so many times by just about everyone and anyone – how to pick the bad apples from the basket?  Ask a local, that’s how. After living in France for two years now, I’ve explored Paris’ every nook and corner, and favorited the best of what the city has to offer.

Best Bakery

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That’s an easy one for me – I simply adore the nameless bakery on the corners of Rue de Rennes and Rue de Mézières, close to Montparnasse. They have, hands down, the singlehandedly best croque-monsieur on the planet (and a lovely façade too). Perfect to take-away and eat in the nearby Jardin du Luxembourg.

Best Macarons

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Well it would be hard to not stir controversy here, right? Everyone has their own favourite. But I will have to be bold and predictable and say La Durée. To me, it just doesn’t get better than this. One would think that over 100 years of experience in baking these delicious little treats would make them the experts on the topic, and I really believe they are.

Best Bistro

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Saint-Régis, on Ile Saint-Louis. It is a bit pricey, but such fantastic location – hello, right next to Notre-Dame and la Seine! – and history have a price. Whether you opt to sit outside under the warm lights or indoors, away from the hustle, your experience at Saint-Régis will be an unforgettable one. Make sure to order the Madame burger – the best one in Paris!

Best Neighbourhood

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Saint-Germain, or Le Marais? Grand Boulevards or Sorbonne? In my case, Montmartre always was and always will be the best neighbourhood to kill a few hours in Paris. Between the art studios, the quirky shops, the terraces and the gorgeous albeit slightly hilly streets, it just doesn’t get better than this. Montmartre has this mystique about it that’s very hard to resist, and judging by the amount of people flocking there every day, I’d say I’m not the only one to be in love.

Best Free Attraction

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When compared to London, Paris doesn’t do very well in terms of free things to do. But do not fret! If you plan your visit accordingly, you may be able to get into the world’s most famous museum for free – the Louvre is free for everyone every first Sunday of the month. If you are lucky enough to be there on that day, wandering around the Pyramid is completely free and, let’s be honest, very iconic.

Best View

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Some would argue that the steps of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur has the best view, others will say the Eiffel Tower. For me, it will always be the top of Arc du Triomphe. For just a few euros, you can access a completely unique vantage point on what is certainly one of the busiest roundabouts in Europe, and admire the view over all Paris, including La Défense, the Eiffel Tower and the Montmartre Hill. Your calves won’t be too happy with the climb up, but your eyes will be forever thankful!

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9 Responses to “The Best of the Best of Paris”

  1. Terri Fogarty

    29. May, 2014

    Always nice to get another person’s take on the best of Paris. (my favorite city in the world!)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      09. Jun, 2014

      Everyone has its own set of favorite things about Paris but these are mine. There are SO many places to see though, it was hard to pick just a handful!

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  2. Ursula Maxwell-Lewis

    29. May, 2014

    Enjoyed the post - and ALWAYS in love with Paris. A city that never disappoints. Hmm…time for un café express et croissant :)

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  3. Caroline

    06. Jun, 2014

    Those are some awesome prices for croissants … and I bet they’re WAY better than anything you can find back here in Canada!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      09. Jun, 2014

      They don’t even compare! The closest I can get here in Canada to getting croissants this good is to go to a bakery run by a French expat!

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  4. Helen Dickerson

    08. Jun, 2014

    I always love to eat whenever I visit Paris. Best bakery and view is a great combo!

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  5. Marcia @ CuracaoVacation

    25. Jun, 2014

    Good article. My mouth drools over those croissants. French culture is amazing. One of the cities you need to visit in your life!

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  6. Mark

    27. Jun, 2014

    Great article and great city: Paris!! I love it
    congrats from Venice!
    Mark

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