Paris: the city of love and pain au chocolates. It is definitely not a city you can explore in only a few days. But whether you are planning an extensive stay in Paris or simply stopping over for a day or two, Paris has something for everyone.
I can’t talk about Paris without talking about the wonderful, amazing, delicious food that you can find. Parisan cuisine is without a doubt one of my favorites. A common breakfast in Paris is a pastry and a coffee, and while pain au chocolate and croissants are to die for, I would definitely recommend grabbing a chausson aux pommes. And of course, there are always crepes. The best ones come from the street vendors, but many cafes sell them as well. They set this Grand Marnier crepe on fire!
Also, as cliché as it may sound, try escargot. It’s just garlicky, buttery goodness.
And of course, a trip to Paris is not complete without a sampling of Crème Brûlée. This is my favorite food, EVER. I literally melted into a puddle of happiness the moment this was put in front of me. And of course, don’t forget a glass of wine with dinner.
Places to Visit
Everyone needs to see the Eiffel Tower at least once in their life. It’s grand and beautiful all lit up at night.
Notre Dame is the better known of the major churches in Paris, but the Basilique du Sacré-Cour is worth a visit as well.
For any fellow book lovers, across the Seine from Notre Dame is Shakespeare and Company. Grab a “Lucky Dip” secret book!
The Louvre is one of the biggest collections of art in the world and can definitely take up a whole day of Paris sightseeing, but if you have the time to spare stop by and make your way through at least one of the wings.
Paris is too big of a city to walk on your own two feet, but the metro is incredibly reliable and, ignoring the absence of You Are Here markers, not too difficult to figure out and navigate. For 14 Euros you can buy a book of 10 one-way metro tickets from the information desks, rather than purchasing an all day pass.
Paris, you were wonderful and amazing and I can’t wait to return!
Kerrie Beke is starting her Senior year in London, finishing up her Public Relations degree. You can find the California native wrapped up in a burgundy scarf, sipping tea, and wandering into too many bookstores. When her nose is not in a book, you’ll find her exploring the local food markets and cobbled London streets. You can follow Kerrie’s adventures on Instagram where she documents the moments that make her smile.