November 15, 2012

Paris Favorites

Notre Dame, Paris

We spent last New Year's in Paris. Paris in winter and decorated for the holidays is so enchanting - I am convinced it's even more gorgeous and festive decked out in lights, with music in the streets, and when populated mostly with locals in chic winter outfits.

With only a few days in Paris this time, we arrived with a plan to hit up some new restaurants and new and favorite sights. Weeks, months, years could be spent there with still only experiencing a sliver of what it has to offer. Below are some things to do, places to eat, and hotels to stay.

The ideas below are in addition to the obvious famous sights, all wholly worthwhile.

Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature

Marie Antoinette's farm cottages at Versailles

Musee Picasso
Galeries Lafayette

Reservations are typically a must.
  • Au Passage - Casual, hip spot in the Marais with a great prix-fixe menus
  • Verjus - American couple behind Hidden Kitchen's first permanent venture in Paris
  • Septime - Beautiful modern French
  • Cinq-Mars - Hearty bistro near the Musee d'Orsay
  • Sola - Fancy, modern Japanese cuisine near Notre Dame
  • Le Chateaubriand - Very trendy modern bistro with excellent prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus
  • Vivant - Little wine bar and bistro in the 1st  
  • Macaroons at Pierre Herme - I prefer Pierre Herme to Lauderee becuase I think the macaroons are more airy and light, they they have more unique, edgy seasonal flavors, like foie gras, which was silky and earthy and uber decadent. 
  • Crepes at Rue Cler  - I am partial to banana-nutella or lemon and sugar! 
  • Spring - Lovely option right in the heart of the 1st
Macaroon from Pierre Herme

Au Passage, Paris

I am a big fan of renting an apartment for stays of three nights or more. Below are some hotel and vacation rental ideas. I think the ideal neighborhood in which to stay is the Marias and the area to its north.


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