Paris tips

Paris is full of wonderful places to explore. We will not bore you with all the normal suggestions from guidebooks – We are sure you will find your way up the Eiffel Tour and to the Mona Lisa. Of the traditional sites we particularly enjoy Musee d’Orsay – stunning building with great light and the Jardin du Luxembourg. The Jardin du Luxembourg is great for walking around in the day time, but also keep an eye out for evening concerts. I once attended a great outdoor opera there. A wonderful way to see Paris is by foot with a walking tour. Check out Paris walks for almost daily walks around Montmartre, the Left bank, the Marais..

If you are a foodie like us don’t miss out on the food markets. The closest one to us is on Rue Lepic. One of our favorites is on Boulevard Richard Lenoir on Thursdays and Saturdays (metro Bastille). Lucky you if you are our guest in mid- October! That is when the annual wine harvest festival takes place at the little Paris vineyard located a few blocks from our house.

A couple of experiences that stand out for us are having a picnic on Pont des Arts in the evening (and pouring water through the cracks on tourist boats : ) - optional). Don’t forget to take the plastic wine glasses (Also handy for sundowners on the steps of the Sacre Coeur). Another favorite experience is wandering into the Cour Carré (at the Louvre) after sunset. Musicians often practice there and the feeling is magical.

Foodwise our favorite café is La Loire Dans La Théière on Rue des Rosiers in the Marais; a quirky little spot with stunning tarts and cakes. Au Relais just downstairs is great for a cup of coffee or a drink in the evening. The owner is really friendly and the atmosphere is worth soaking up. Francouer just down the stairs on Caulaincourt makes great steaks. There is an award winning patisserie on 63 Rue Caulaincourt called Arnaud Larher. Paris is of course famous for fancy restaurants. We are both foodies, but are not huge fans of restaurants where you can’t breathe and end up spending hundreds of euros per head. One fine dining experience that we really enjoyed was Il Vino on the left bank. Owned by the world’s best sommelier, their menu is focused around wines and part of the fun is guessing the varietal and the food that they will serve with it.  One finedining experience that you can enjoy on a small budget is L'avant Comptoir (metro Odeon) which serves up small samplings of Yves Camdebore's Basque cuisine at 5 € per treat. You will need to stand up as there are no seats. A great site for food tips is parisbymouth.com.