Talking about a city that has been talked about so much, writing from the one that the best ones have written, was not easy at all. Travelers know it before they arrive, the photos of the Eiffel tower paper rooms of the most recondite places in the world. Paris is a party. The most romantic city in the world. The witness of history, the muse of painters, the inspiration of poets, the dream home of writers, the cradle of cinema and fashion. The city of light, of freedom, of human rights. The “influencer”. The revolutionary constant and continuous. And to say all that is enough to say: it’s Paris.
For this reason, I have decided to prepare a guide of places I love, but that are not usually in the guides and which serve both those who go for the first time and those who visit it frequently.
- Saint James Hotel: Located where formerly the first field of Aerostatic Balloons was in Paris, the hotel is flooded with that magic. Surrounded by gardens in the middle of the city, it is unique. With only 49 rooms of which 2 are villas, the hotel offers everything: Spa, gym, a library with 12000 books inside which the magnificent bar also operates. It is worth mentioning that his spectacular restaurant is a Michelin Star winner.
- Royal Monceau: With 149 rooms, this super luxury hotel never disappoints. It would be necessary to be very demanding to find a defect, both the decoration, the location and the attention are extraordinary. But what sets this hotel apart from other luxury hotels in Paris is its personality. It is a hotel where art is breathed, the rooms are decorated with illustrations of famous artists, letters of historical personages, old documents, books and in each there is a guitar for the use of the guests. They have replaced the traditional souvenir shop, for a bookstore with a wonderful selection of books on cinema, art, history, fashion, etc. And to culminate, the hotel has a cinema where daily classic and contemporary films are projected, which can be enjoyed with a glass of champagne.
- The Hoxton: The ultra-modern Hoxton chain recently opened its hotel in Paris. Of 172 rooms, it is already famous, being the “coolest” hotel in Paris. The building where it is located dates from the 18th century and incorporates original elements such as the spectacular spiral staircases, which contrasts and harmonizes with the contemporary decoration. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The rooms have funny names that hint at their sizes like: ShoeBox, Cozy, Roomie and Biggy. A mandatory stop is Jaques, the hotel’s Moroccan-style bar
- L’Hotel: Located in the area of Saint Germain des Pres and at the foot of the Latin Quarter, this historic hotel that hosted Oscar Wilde until his death, has been redecorated maintaining its Art Deco style and its immense collection of antiques.
The most memorable thing about the hotel is the cocktail bar and its wonderful garden on the terrace. Also worth visiting in the basement is the beautiful pool with Turkish bath, which is exclusive for hotel guests.
- Merci: Visiting this store is a unique experience, it is ideal to spend a couple of hours and go around all its corners in search of small treasures and leave some time to have a coffee in one of its two cafes.
- Canal Saint Martin: This street is interesting to visit, in it they buy the premises and you will find French shops such as Maje and Sandro.
- Officcine Universelle Buly: This perfumery that exists since 1803 is surely one of the best places to buy gifts and special souvenirs of the city.
- L’Appartement Sezane: This charming shop that took the world by surprise since its inaguration in 2013, originates in Paris, where you will find clothing designed with clean lines and made with high quality at affordable prices.
- Shakespeare and Company: Known for being the most famous bookstore in the world, when you visit it you will understand the irresistibility of its charm. Founded by the American George Whitman, lover of books who when moving to Paris, after World War II noticed that he had bought so many that he would need a place to keep them. So he founded Shakespeare and Co., where he started selling and lending used and new books mostly in English. He also dedicated a room to host free writers who came to Paris in search of luck. For this reason the place became the center of the literary life of the city and a mandatory stop for the intellectuals of the time.
- Les Puces of Saint Ouen: For lovers of antiques and vintage items, this is the earthly paradise, as it is the largest antique market in the world. The ideal is to visit it on the weekends mornings when the market is at its best. In the surroundings it is very easy to sit down to have lunch in any of the typical Parisian cafes and watch people go by.
- So We Are: This boutique located in the Rue de Charonne, is the ideal place to find unique pieces of fashion and accessories.
Restaurants y Cafes
- L’Avenue, Hotel Costes and Societé: The three belong to the same group of restauranteurs, so the menu is very similar. L’Avenue is located on the famous Rue de Montaigne, making it ideal for lunch if you are shopping in this area. In the 3 of them it is advisable to make reservations.
- Pink Mama: This wonderful Italian restaurant is to everyone’s taste, the food is delicious and the view of Paris unbeatable.
- Septime: It is the most laureate restaurant of the moment. Getting reservations is very difficult, you have to do it with much anticipation, but if you consider that you have an exquisite palate, the experience warrants it.
- Boulangerie Boris Lume: Hailed as the best bakery, pastry shop in Montmartre. If you plan to go to this famous neighborhood, remember his name.
- Le Comptoir General: Delicious French bistro, with a modern twist.
- Chez Denise: This small restaurant, is the place where the Chefs of Paris eat. Needless to say more.
- 13 A Bakers Dozen: This small bakery owned by an American baker, is ideal to satisfy sweet cravings in Paris.
- Café Oberkampf: This vibrant cafeteria offers brunch every day until 3pm, among its most popular dishes are: avocado toast with pomegranate seeds and hailloumi.
- La Cafeotheque: This cozy cafeteria has a very special vibe. Those who arrive feel that they have discovered a secret place. In addition to having a very rich and varied menu, they have coffee beans for sale. Tip: try the Matcha Cheesecake.
- Pierre Hermes Macarons: Although Laduree is more famous, the best macarons in France are prepared by Pierre Hermes. It has locations throughout the city and even one inside the Galeries Lafayette department store.
In a city with so many museums it is impossible to visit them in one visit. And while the Louvre is a mandatory stop for all those who go to Paris, there are very interesting and lesser known museums such as:
- Centre Pompidou: The spectacular building where it is located was designed by Renzo Piano. It is the ideal museum for lovers of modern art.
- Musee de Orsay: This old train station, turned into a museum in 1984, begins where the Louvre collection ends (year 1848) and ends where the modern art of Pompidou (year 1914) begins, that is to say that its 1500 works are 60 years of works ranging from Realism and Pointillism to Impressionists and Post Impressionists.
- Grand Palais y Petite Palais: Both museums have a collection of varied and wonderful permanent art, as well as temporary exhibitions. When visiting Paris it is advisable to check your billboard.
- Musee de Arts de Metiers: It is the oldest science museum in Europe. It was founded in 1794, in which you will find everything from the implements used by Pascal to the Lumiere brothers cinematograph.
- Musee Jaquemart André: This small private museum located in an old mansion, contains the works of property Edouard André and his wife, who used much of their fortune to acquire works by Rembrandt, Carpaccio, Tiepollo and others