While staying with Jetset Times Founder and CEO, Wendy, I got to experience Paris like a local. Here is everything we saw.
During the second leg of my trip, I got to stay with Jetset Times Founder and CEO, Wendy. With Wendy showing me around, I got to experience Paris like a local. It was definitely the highlight of my trip. Thank you Wendy! Here is everything we saw:
Season: Season is a great place to go for brunch. It is a cute cafe that has a French take on American dishes such as avocado toast, acai bowls, and pancakes. All of their food is very fresh and artfully plated. Additionally, the decor is very cool and definitely Instagram worthy. It won’t disappoint!
Pink Mamma: Pink Mamma is a great place for dinner. The stunning decor makes you feel like you are in an outdoor garden. You have to check out the top floor; it is gorgeous. Pink Mamma serves great Italian food. If you like truffles, you cannot miss their truffle pizza or pasta. Unfortunately, they do not take reservations. However, this restaurant is definitely worth the wait.
Laudrée: You have to eat macarons while in Paris. They have a great assortment of flavors. I tried the chocolate, caramel, lemon, and raspberry; the lemon was my favorite!
La Mangerie du Marais: La Mangerie is one of the most happening bars and Wendy is a regular here. They serve great tapas food so it’s a fun place to go with friends and share many dishes. Their drinks are top notch and they give you amazing fruit infused shots on the house while waiting for your table. Make sure to make a reservation beforehand as it gets very crowded.
La Creperie rit du Clown: Eating a crepe is a must in Paris. La Creperie rit du Clown is a casual, cozy cafe with many great crepes and also the option to pick your own ingredients. In typical Parisian fashion, we ordered a savory and then a sweet crepe.
Du Pain et des Idées: For a quick breakfast or snack, you have to stop at this boulangerie for flakey, buttery pastries. You must try the famous pistachio and chocolate escargot. It is the best pastry I’ve had in my life.
Le Petit Cambodge: If you are feeling in the mood for some Vietnamese food, then go to this cute and casual restaurant. The food is very authentic; you have to try the Bo Bun!
Mme Shawn: Mme Shawn is a cozy, neighborhood restaurant serving authentic Thai food. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is great.
Louvre: The Louvre is the largest art museum in the world. In fact, the whole museum would take 3 days in order to see the entire thing. This museum is also the most visited museum in the world, so buy tickets beforehand. Of course you have to see the Mona Lisa. After visiting the museum, stop by Café Marly and grab a drink outside overlooking the pyramid for some great people watching.
Tuileries Garden: Located right near the Louvre are the Tuileries Garden. It is such a pleasant place to wander under the trees, read by the fountain, and enjoy a street crepe.
Champs-Élysees: This is the most famous street in Paris where you can find great shopping and delicious restaurants. It is a great place to people watch! The main Laudrée store is located on this street.
Arc de Triomphe: The Arc de Triomphe was built to honor those who fought for France in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Underneath the arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Every evening, the flame is lit on the tomb to honor the Unknown Soldier. Pay a small fee to climb to the top of the arc. The views of the city from the top are unlike any other.
Notre Dame Cathedral: This famous cathedral was built in the 12th century. The impressive Gothic architecture is one of a kind with beautiful stained glass windows. You can go inside the cathedral for free. There is typically a long line, but it moves quickly.
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore: Located near the Notre Dame Cathedral is a charming bookstore. From the outside, it looks tiny. But once you step inside, you will see two stories of books lined from floor to ceiling.
Luxembourg Garden: Before the French Revolution, the Luxembourg Gardens were only open to royalty. Now, they serve as a great place to relax by the water fountain, read a book, or picnic. Many locals take their morning jog around these gardens and children love to sail their boats in the fountain.
Eiffel Tower: Of course, you have to see the Eiffel Tower. It was built from 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. Originally, many Parisians criticized its design. Today, it is the most-visited paid monument in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris. The first two floors have restaurants you can dine in. On the top floor is the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union. During the day, take a picnic to the grassy areas around the tower to admire its architecture. Also, make sure to watch the tower twinkle at night. The twinkling happens every hour on the hour beginning after sunset. The best place to watch the Eiffel tower light up is from the Place du Trocadero.
The Palace of Versailles: This is where the Kings of France resided from Louis XIV in 1682 until the French Revolution. You have to take the train from Paris to Versailles to get there, but the stunning palace and gardens are definitely worth it. The lines are huge, so make sure to buy a skip the line pass beforehand so you don’t end up spending hours waiting in line.
Sacre Coeur: The Sacre Coeur Basilica is located in the Montmartre neighborhood. It is free to see its breathtaking architecture. From the basilica, you can see also see fantastic views of Paris. Right next to the basilica is an outdoor market serving gourmet delicacies.
Musee d’Orsay: This Impressionist art museum, which was once a railroad station, is incredible. It displays artwork from Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Van Gogh.
The River Seine: This famous river is a great place to watch the sunset with drinks and friends. It is so peaceful and is a great place to people watch.
Galerie Lafayette: Galerie Lafayette is a massive, upscale mall with many French and American designers. The building itself is gorgeous. Make sure to check out the terrace that overlooks the Opera.