Bonjour! In the interest of giving you all the latest advice…this is a completely updated post with some new things that we just experienced for Two Perfect Days In Paris!
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. Recently, we had some time there in between my husband’s business trip. 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.
Finding Your Way With The MAP App On Your Iphone
It can eat up your data…but it’s so easy! Just put in your destination and it will give you walking directions and even which buses and or metro trains (and directions) to take. We always start with a packet (carnet) of ten bus/metro tickets.
Get your steps in (always wear comfortable walking shoes–the French have really embrassed Le Sneaker) by walking through the Palais Royal and Garden on the Right Bank.
This is another beautiful courtyard spot with a garden and covered walkways.
Check out this darling spot off the Place des Vosges, Le Pavillon de La Reine. We had a drink in the cozy bar and talked about staying here on our next trip.
If you have the time (or it’s raining, like it was when we were here), it’s always fun to explore…
You can’t really see everything at once so we always make priorities and stay for two or three hours. Book your tickets online, like we did to avoid the lines.
Don’t forget to look up!
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. I bought some more of our flatware…some spoons and forks.
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 some color.
This was new to me at 101 Rue du Bac 101, 75007 (walk all around Rue du Bac, by the way, you will love it). They have colorful products made from Sunbrella-type fabric.
My husband always wants to check out the gorgeous food products on display here next to Le Bon Marché.
New Shopping on the Right Bank is:
It’s like a condensed version of the main department store. Expensive but fun to explore.
Fine French Dining Splurge at Le Grand Véfour
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 eating here on the river 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.
Cozy French Fare at Le Comptoir de Petits Champs
If you are near the Louvre this is a charming spot with good food. We just found it using The Fork app (which you can make most of your dining reservations through).
This is a fun place to stop for lunch if you are in the Marais.
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And those were our Two Perfect Days In Paris. Au revoir!