Since we lived in Paris twenty years ago and have gone back every year since (we love it!), there is not a lot of pressure to run around to see and do everything. This year, we just had two days there on our way to Greece. Here are my two perfect days in Paris that involve walking and enjoying the sites, checking out my favorite home stores and eating French food.
Accommodations in the Center of Town
This was our first time staying at the boutique hotel Le Clef Louvre in the First Arrondissement. We had a junior suite that came with a little modern kitchen (which we really didn’t use). It was charming.
You can see here that it’s not far from the Marais…always a fun place to explore. In fact, the first day I put in my earphones and listened to music while walking through the Palais Royale and Garden to a couple of destinations on the Right Bank.
My husband, Howard had his own ideas (as in NOT looking at home décor shops–fine by me) but we met for lunch.
Home Décor Shopping on The Right Bank
Merci is a home concept store where the exhibits are always changing. I can always pick up a little gift or two here.
Is another fun store…actually “stores” as they have a few shops next to each other.
This is a kitchen supply place where we have purchased several things like porcelain bowls and cutlery that we use every day at home.
Fine French Dining Splurge at Le Grand Véfour
We loved it. But a friend of mine direct messaged me on Instagram that they had a less than stellar experience. Our food and service were excellent. We would recommend it for a special occasion. I asked about the delicious salted and unsalted kinds of butter that they served on the table in a silver container. It’s sold in the Beillevaire cheese shops. It’s amazing. I remembered reading about it on David Liebowitz Paris Food blog.
The second day in Paris our children arrived from the U.S. (I call our kids Alie and Tommy–but they go by Alexandra and Thomas at work). We decided to walk over to the Île de la Cité to check on Notre Dame cathedral after the devastating fire.
Notre-Dame de Paris
You can’t get very close to look at it, but it was gratifying to see what we could.
Howard and Tommy had a cold beer at a sidewalk café (always fun to do…and people watch),
while Alexandra and I went…
Home Décor Shopping on The Left Bank
I used to shop here when we lived here and always came away with great ideas.
Fun French vibe..used to be mostly whites and ivory shades and now they have color.
Steak-Frites at Le Relais de L’Entrecote
There are a few of these reliable, well-priced restaurants in Paris. We went to the one on the left bank this day since it was close by. No reservations. There was no line to get in when they opened for lunch.
It’s a little out of town in St. Cloud, but we have fond memories of going here when we lived in Paris (like after Tommy’s First Communion or when friends came to visit). It’s still good and has been redecorated! And Uber can take you there.