I recently got back from my Spring Break Trip to Paris. With Paris being a beautiful city, I thought that I should create a blog post about a fashionista’s guide to Paris. I will share my experience, tips, and my favorite places to visit in Paris.
– When packing, pack so, you can dress in layers.
– Don’t go to Versailles unless you want to give up a full day to going there.
– Book “skip the line” tours for attractions such as Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Opera Garnier, and the Louvre.
– Hold your bag close to you and don’t keep valuable or important things in your pockets because of pickpockets.
– Beware of scams such as petitions, children coming up to you, and people selling stuff. Just say “Non merci.”
– The Eiffel tower sparkles with lights every first five minutes of the hour.
– Be prepared to wait at the airport for a while in customs, security, and border control.
– Don’t get scared of the police.
– Don’t take the metro at night.
-If you don’t want to take a taxi consider Ubering because it is cheaper.
– Know the basics of French and use it to be polite.
– Try AirBNB for a place to stay especially in Le Marais. This area is close to everything, and you get a full French experience.
MUST GO PLACES
Paris is a huge city with many different neighborhoods, and each is very different. With so many places to go to in Paris, I am going to share a few of my favorites.
Laduree is a macaroon restaurant that is very popular in France, with several locations in Paris. One of the most popular is on Champs Elysees where there is a bit of a wait to enter. It is a bit pricey, but it is highly worth it because this is the place to get the best macaroons in Paris.
– Sacre Couer-
This is the church in Montmartre. It has beautiful architecture and a beautiful view of Paris.
– Opera Garnier-
If you are a fan of musicals, especially Phantom of the Opera, I highly recommend going here. This opera house is the setting for Phantom of the Opera. I also recommend getting a tour of this place because it has an amazing history and is gorgeous inside.
– Galleries Layfette-
This is a giant department store with gorgeous stain glass window ceilings. Here you will find designer brands and more casual brands. With so much to chose from, it can be as overwhelming as IKEA. Not only this, there is a terrace on the roof with a bar and restaurant with another view of Paris that is gorgeous. I recommend going to the toy section to find a good view of Montmartre with Sacre Coeur.
When you are in Paris, the place where Coco Chanel lived and developed her brand, it is essential to go to Chanel. Not just any Chanel, the original Chanel on Rue Cambon. From this store, you can view the stairwell to her second-floor apartment. This store is a perfect place to splurge or just look around.
I highly recommend going to the Louvre. It is a gorgeous museum with over 50 miles of artwork. The best time to go is at night on Wednesday with a tour because it is less crowded. Here you will see the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Liberty Leading the People and more. Not only this but in the upcoming fall, a Louis Vuitton exhibit will be open.
– Sainte Chappelle-
This is located right near Notre Dame. It is a beautiful cathedral filled with stained glass window everywhere. Here you will be blown away by the beauty of this cathedral.
– Notre Dame-
Notre Dame is huge. Although everyone wants inside due to the long line, I climbed to the top. Here you can climb to different levels of Notre Dame. The second is high, the third is to the bells, and the fourth level takes you all the way to the top. Even though you have to walk up 400 steps, it is worth it for the view.
– Trocadero Square-
In my opinion, the best time and place to see the Eiffel tower is late at night and Trocadero Square. At night it is not crowded, and you get a gorgeous view of The Eiffel Tower. It’s the perfect time for pictures.
– Louis Vuitton Foundation-
When we were here this was closed for repairs, but I highly recommend going to see incredible works from Louis Vuitton.