We stayed in the St Georges quarter, a stone throw away and bedroom window view from the famous Moulin Rouge. Pose outside for a quick snap, but the main street full of sex shops can be avoided in a hop skip and a step towards the Sacré-Cœur. With streets full of quaint french buildings and cobbled streets, you’ll find boutiques for everything, including those all expected Parisian vintage shops. The streets are full of authentic restaurants, and of course that all essential Irish Bar! Whether you’re the healthy Brit abroad, juice shops are on most corners, or you're looking for a weekend escape with your head in several glasses of french wine, this quarter of paris has streets full of those essential non-tourist jaunts for watching the world go by whilst sipping on your favourite tipple.
Walk a little further and a 100-or-so steps upwards (there’s a cable car for those less able) and you’ll reach the Sacré-Cœur, the second highest point after the Eiffel Tower where you have the most incredible view over Paris. Once you’ve managed to peel yourself away from the comfort of the green, green grass and views to forget your troubles to, head behind the Church for streets full of portrait artists and painters, before finding somewhere quaint for your next hit of coffee/ wine.
Walk a little further and a 100-or-so steps upwards (there’s a cable car for those less able) and you’ll reach the Sacré-Cœur, the second highest point after the Eiffel Tower, where you have the most incredible view over Paris. Once you’ve managed to peel yourself away from the comfort of the green, green grass and views to forget your troubles to, head behind the Church for streets full of portrait artists and painters, before finding somewhere quaint for your next hit of coffee/ wine.
An American in Paris? Far from, this restaurant is the birth child of Ralph Lauren, with one in New York and one in Paris. Set in the Saint Germain Quarter of Paris, it’s 10ft mantle piece in the middle of the room, tartan plate chargers and old-french waiter attire makes for a pleasant lunch time treat. Dare rock up in your comfiest Nike Roche’s, but you may get turned away. Instead, put on your best day time cap and dress for the occasion. After all you are in gaye Parié.
Lunch consisted of salmon with seasonal vegetables, a side of gluten free bread, a glass full of Chablis and immaculate service with a smile. The food was delicious, the wine was french and the coffee was strong. At the end of your meal you’re treated to a bowl of their famous homemade popcorn, a deliciously sickly concoction of caramel and peanuts, a sweetener to the €36 you’ve just paid for your burger.
If you’re quite the foodie, then spend one of your evenings in the Marais quarter which has everything from hip-raw-food restaurants to classic french bistro’s and Michelin starred jaunts.
What would a trip to Paris be without a stroll down the Champs-Élysées. Visiting at this time of year, means the nights draw in earlier and showcase all of the pretty lights and scenes Paris has to offer whilst making the most of the shops. All of this, between indulging on macaron’s from Ladurée and Crepe’s from the copious amounts of carts wondering the Parisian Streets. Spend the afternoon wondering around the likes of The Lourve with a coffee stop at Café Kitsuné for a cup of Paris’ trendiest and most Instagrammed coffee. If you’re in search of a little more romance, burn off the sweet macarons and take a hefty stroll over to the Effiel Tower, enjoying more wine and coffee on your way.
Tip - Never take a taxi from the train station, as what you’re led to believe is a €50 taxi ride, is only €8-10 when booking through the taxi app, Uber.
Tip - I was visiting with a friend Dan, who pretty much knows his was around the French Capital, but do your research before you go as there's some incredible museums, sights and restaurants to be uncovered.
Three Days in Paris featured in The Journal, March 2017