Parisian Days - Travel Guide3:50 PM
Hey y'all! I've been traveling a lot and thought that it'd be a nice addition to the blog if I start putting up guides to the different cities/countries that I go to.
Last month, I spent a few days in Paris for my birthday as a stop over before heading to Asia. We flew AirFrance from New York direct to Paris in a nonstop which took ~7 hours which after taking a direct 16 hour flight to South Africa the month before, seems pretty damn quick haha.
1. Download the Trip Advisor app and then download the map of the city you are visiting. If you don't have service or wifi it'll be really helpful to have a map of the city and be able to look up where you want to go. It also keeps track of your location to help you get where you want to go.
1. The Westin Paris – Vendôme - We ended up staying there which was super convenient. The location was perfect for all of the luxury shopping nearby. Within a few blocks away, there was a Gucci, Chanel, Hermes, YSL, etc..pretty much everything you can name you will find. It was also close to both of my favorite macaron shops (Laduree, Pierre Herme). However, I found that the hotel was a bit older than I had liked, and that the bath tub was a bit small and high up (I don't consider myself really short, but it was difficult to get in the bathtub). We did however get a suite, and it had a small balcony with a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower and Ferris Wheel which was nice.
2. Four Seasons Hotel George V - Just off the Champs-Elysées, it's definitely a more expensive option but we went to the restaurant Le Cinq and was enamored.
3. Plaza Athénée and Mandarin Oriental - Also at pretty prime locations, both are also expensive options but from what I've seen, have one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower.
1. Flottes - A brewpub nearby, I loved it for lunch. We ordered a glass of champagne each, with a french onion soup, escargot, foie gras, and ceviche to share. Everything was pretty good, and the atmosphere was super cute.
2. L'Arôme - This was actually a recommendation from our concierge, but let me tell you how amazing it was. We opted for the Menu Carte Blanche with the wine pairing, which gives the chef the power to give you whatever he thinks is good. They gave us these breadsticks with an amazing crab dip to start, followed by a corn curry with marscapone amuse bouche, a beautifully cooked bonito, scallops with watercrest, sea bass with shrimp and red wine sauce, truffle with chicken (one of my favorite dishes of the trip), a plate of cheese selections, some kind passionfruit ice cream served on top of dry ice, finished off with a cherry pistachio tartlet and chocolate tart. I was incredibly impressed by the wine tasting and how well it was paired with each course.
3. Le Persil Fleur - We had originally wanted to go to another restaurant but it closed earlier than expected. We jumped onto trip advisor and chose this quaint little restaurant, and boy was I surprised by how much I loved it. We ordered a crab and avocado tartare for an appetizer, and then the duck and lamb for entrees which were equally as good (although I'd recommend the duck over the lamb if you had to choose). We were a bit full to order dessert but they gave us these caramel crisps (shaped as potato chips) that I wish I could bring a bag back with me.
1. Pierre Herme - As a New Yorker, I've been dying to try Pierre Herme, and I actually loved it. It's probably on my favorite macaron list on par with Lette. They had less macaron options than Laduree but their shell was softer, and their ganache was thicker. They also had more interesting options during the time I went (holiday season), with macarons that had foie gras or truffle in them--definitely more savory than the typical macaron I'm used to.
2. Laduree - Laduree is everywhere in Paris. My favorite part was the Laduree cafe they had close to where I stayed. I loved going in the mornings to grab a cup of cappuccino (which they make with some foam and chocolate), and a croissant or eggs before starting my day. Their macarons are also good, but since I can get them any time I want in New York, it wasn't a huge pull for me.
1. Eiffel Tower - I wish i could say that I went but it was on strike the entire week we were there..but it was beautiful seeing it from the Gardens still and taking photos of it from different areas
2. Arc de Triumphe - I went to take photos and honestly it was a bit scary because you're standing in the middle of the intersection trying to take a cute photo in front of the Arc hoping that you get a photo without trucks in the background, at the same time trying to avoid getting hit by cars
3. The Louvre - If you love museum or art or history, you would love the Louvre. Apparently you can spend a year there and not be able to see it all. It's also home to the Mona Lisa which all tourists hover in front for a photo..haha yes I was one of them.
4. Champs-Élysées - A whole lot of shopping. It has a good mix of mid-tiered brands and luxury brands for you to shop plus a 7 floor Louis Vuitton flagship store for all of you who love LV!
5. Palais Garnier - Super pretty opera house