That’s why I prepared a Paris travel guide for 1 day with my favorite places.
Check out my paris travel guide and put the following places on your bucket list!
When we were visiting Paris, exactly one month ago, we only had one full day to explore Paris. That’s why we would like to visit first the center of Paris. The place where the city began and where you’ll find layers of history, traditions, culture mixt with modern and trendy things. The district Le Marais is one of the oldest area in Paris. The cobbled backstreets are a beautiful place and we really enjoyed how pop up old teahouses, Parisian cafes, shared the same cobblestone streets with vintage clothing stores, designer stores and falafel snack bars, jewish manufactories and gourmet restaurants.
The Seine is near by and in 10 minutes walk you will find some historically known monuments like Notre-Dame.
Here is my Paris travel guide with my favorite places to inspire your first visit in Paris.
Starting with a ymmy brunch at Le Loir dans la Théière. A funky and colorful tea house and restaurant in Le Marais. When we came in welcomed us some good vibes. The place looks like a big vintage living room of lost and found items, walls plastered with old Parisian theatre posters. A good can of tea with a delicious self-made quiche and a sweet peach rosemary cake was the perfect start into a exiting day.
After this fantastic food-boost we continued the same street (Rue des Rosiers) and not far away the first Vintage Clothing Store, called Vintage Désir, crossed our way. The sign outside may be misleading (it reads Coiffeur, Hairdresser) but this cute boutique in Le Marais is actually one of the area’s most renowned vintage clothing stores. A dusty smell seemingly trails customers around the ever-so-slightly chaotic shop, which is a real Aladdin’s cave of treasures, overflowing with dresses, skirts, checked shirts, denim jackets, coats, trousers and leather jackets, as well as an eclectic range of accessories. There’s plenty of choice here, and most of the stock is remarkably cheap (5€-25€). I chose a jacket, sweater and a bandana for a unique 80s style without a big credit card bill. If we had had more time, I simply would have been able to spend a few wonderful hours and rummage through the racks, rails, baskets and piles of clothes, accessories and knick-knacks.
Unfortunately it was raining quite a lot on this day but we bring an umbrella and sometimes the sun even came out between the rain showers. Despite the rain, the streets of the Le Marais district are really cool and you can discover a lot of street arts which invite you to stop at every corner to take some pics.
When the next rain came we gladly past an old tea shop. I didn’t know that France had a big history of tea trade. But the shop Mariage Fréres The Français, which has not only a Salon to test all their tea blends but also an old museum of the Parisian history of tea, proved me wrong.
If you should enter this store, which is a really old house, you gonna feel as if you were entering Hogwarts, the famous collage of witchcraft and wizardry of Harry Potter. Maybe you can imagine it well by the photos. The tea is not the cheapest one but has very good quality and the taste is excellent. So I bought 2 blends.
After the big rain shower we decided to risk the 10 minutes walk from the tea store to the Seine, although it didn’t look very inviting. But we were rewarded by a nice view to the cathedral Notre-Dame. Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth district of of Paris. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. Dani my boyfriend, who is photographer, had to take some shots and actually the moody sky had a great mystical influence to these photos, which fits perfectly to the medieval history of Notre Dame.
In the early evening it seemed that the bad weather moved away and finally after our visit at Notre Dame, we had some blue sky and the sun came out. That’s why our next stop should be the Eiffel Tower. But I really wanted to do a picnic with good white wine, cheese, grapes and fresh baguette. So on the way to the Eiffel Tower we bought in one of the typical bakeries, cheese shops and fruit stores something what we would like to try. It’s really classic to do a picnic at the Eiffel Tower and important to wait until gets dark to watch the tower light up! The Trocadéro is one of the best places for seeing the Iron Lady. But to avoid the crowds, the Avenue de Camoens or at night at the shore of the Seine are right places to have a romantic view. We went to every place.
Back in the neighborhood Montmartre, which is next to the the neighborhood we stayed, I still remember that we would rather got on to the famous night life place Moulin Rouge instead to go home and go up the stairs that never seemed to end. Because it was the 5th floor with no elevator. Moulin Rouge wasn’t so far away, so we walked through the street of Montmartre.
Indeed, Moulin Rouge was the perfect ending for this exiting day. We had so much fun and we never felt insecure in this city.
I love the sound and smell of Paris. The colorful houses and high rising buildings make the place to a wonderful surrounding. I know in the beginning Paris can be overwhelming, and when we arrived it was for us, too. But after this weekend I really would love to come back. I still miss our wonderful small apartment, which we booked at Airbnb, it was a small refuge for us.
As you see, in this Paris travel guide, I have populated all my favorite places with the corresponding Google Maps link, I hope it will help you. For us it was very helpful, to work with Google Maps, that’s why I did it in my Paris travel guide, too.
With these tips, links and pics in mind, I hope you gonna spend a fantastic holiday in the city of love. ENJOY THE TIME!!!
Looking forward to hear from you.