Recap and travel guide on what to do, where to go, and what to wear in Paris.
Paris has been on my travel list for the longest. And finally, I’m so happy that I got to visit the city for a week. This trip was the first international trip that I’ve taken with Kyle and friends so it was super special to me. Since I’ve returned from my trip, I wanted to share my experience with you.
What To Do
As a first timer in Paris, I really wanted to immerse myself in experiences with what the city had to offer. I wanted to see all the tourist attractions and learn what the locals love to do, eat, and how they lived. Based on my week there, here’s some suggestions and list of what I think you should absolutely do:
- Wake up early, go to cafes, and order orange juice! Most places have orange juice which is freshly squeezed and it tastes amazing.
- Buy an unlimited week metro pass so you can avoid using Uber and save money on transportation. Their public transit is actually really easy to navigate.
- Eat tons of chocolate croissants
- Try out their escargo and steaks
- Buy a ticket to a nearby city (Kyle and I booked a one day round trip to Rome for only $87 per person)
- See all of the tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre, Arc de Triompe, and Versailles.
- Eat macarons from Pierre Hermé
- See the Eiffel Tower at night
- Shop at thrift stores
- Go to Disneyland (the highlight of my trip)
Where To Go
For the things I’ve listed in what to do, here are some of my favorite places that I visited.
Dose (Coffee Dealer)
73 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France
Disneyland in Paris
77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France
This was my first time in Disneyland and it did not disappoint. I really loved it and it was the best part of my trip.
El Nopal Taqueria
5 Rue Duperré, 75009 Paris, France
You know when you’re so hungry and the food looks so delicious that you eat it all before you remember to take a picture? That’s kind of what happened at this Mexican place. The tacos are super good.
Pigalle Basketball Court
Right down the street from El Nopal Taqueria.
69-71 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France
One of the things that I really wanted to buy when I was in Paris is hats! Without berets and Parisian hats, can you really say you’re in Paris? Kilo Shop had tons of hats and for the first time, they fit my head and I didn’t look so weird. This place also has tons of other items like a regular thrift store.
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France (Opera / Bourse)
This is huge shopping center for designer items and it’s super nice inside. You can also find macarons from Pierre Hermé here and go to the rooftop for free.
Rome, Italy for a Day
Before going on my trip, I also asked for recommendations on where to go and a lot of people answered on Instagram. Here’s a list of what locals and people who’ve been to Paris recommendeded:
- Les Marquis de Ladurée
- Boat ride on Seine River
- The Latin Quarter!
- Le Grand Comptoi & Mona Market
- Oh La Di
- Part De Belleville (has a good view of the city)
- Kong Paris
- Mont Saint Michele
- sacré-coeur basilica
- Du Pain Et Des Idees
What to wear
This depends on the time that you’re visiting but when I went, it was raining almost everyday, and cold and windy. So if you’re going during January or the winter, I recommend bringing a heavy coat to stay warm, a scarf, a hoodie, an umbrella, sneakers, and items that you’re fine with getting wet. Below are some of my outfits and the details.
Faux Fur Coat from Vintage Thrift Store
LPA Top 533 from REVOLVE
The Ragged Priest Lennox Trousers
Burgandy Leather Bucket Bag (If you like this bag, I have a discount code “HANG20” for $20 off until 2/14/18)
Lovers + Friends Bliss Top from REVOLVE
American Apparel High Waisted Jeans
Hat from Kilo Shop
Thrifted Mustard Yellow Cardigan
And that’s it of my recap + travel guide!
This is the first time that I’ve actually worked and traveled at the same time so it was hard learning how to juggle. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it helpful in some way! I promise to get better at this.
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