Paris, truly, captured my heart. I’m so happy it was the first European city I met because it was pure magic. I couldn’t believe the emotions that swept over me upon arrival and walking down those beautiful ivy-covered streets. It was even better than I could have imagined. Isn’t that the best feeling? To be surrounded by such beauty and history– completely mesmerized and taken back by it all. I could wax poetic on our short but sweet week for hours.
These photos bring back so much happiness, so I’m excited to share with you some of our highlights! We spent the majority of the time wandering, eating, drinking, and taking in the beauty that covers every inch of the city. I wanted to share our favorites in case you’re planning a trip soon because everything we did that week was amazing.
Café de Flore
Our first stop when we arrived bright in early one morning was to Cafe de Flore. A cafe where Hemmingway used to sit for hours writing, and people watching – was exactly what we wanted upon arrival. We had coffee and red wine (my kind of brunch), a cheese plate, and watched the world go by. This is one of the most famous cafes in Paris, so think it’s a great spot for that reason alone — it was definitely an experience that kicked off our trip perfectly.
This neighborhood was on my radar for quite some time. “The Marina” of Paris had my attention (clean, lots going on, shops, cafe’s, etc.), so we booked our Airbnb right in the heart of it all, and it was SUCH a good decision. We were a block away from one of my favorite streets where we spent a lot of our time. I highly highly recommend using Airbnb in Paris — it was so fun to feel like a local on our quaint little street – so accessible to everything we wanted to check out.
A friend of ours recommended we check out this street in Paris (Rue Montorgueil), and we loved it. Similar to Saint Germain – it was bustling and beautiful. A pizza sign called our names, and we sat front row to people watch while we sipped delicious rosé on that warm Parisian day, and indulged in a margarita pizza. I absolutely recommend this spot.
We ended up going here twice because 1) they offer take away coffee, which isn’t common and 2) very good Cafe con leche 3) it sat alongside a beautiful park and palace that was so lovely to walk around with our coffees, soak up some sun, and snap some frame-worthy pics.
This open front wine bar is located in a little alley in the streets of Saint Germain. The bar welcomes you with beautifully lit interiors, and as soon as we saw the wine pouring we stepped right in and made ourselves comfortable. We discovered that it was a couple of months old, and a sister to a bakery, cheese shop, and winery! They have the right idea. We really enjoyed our time here, and the wine was delicious.
Il Gelato del Marchese
We were actually en route to another gelato spot when passing by this adorable place. The impeccable decor (drenched in whites, ivories, gold, and light gray hues), attention to every detail, and delicious-sounding flavors stopped us dead in our tracks and we paid an extra 5 Euros to sit there and enjoy our ice cream (lol Matt loved this.) I got pistachio (a theme during our trip/always) so good, must try. I seriously wanted to move in.
Our favorite meal of the trip. We got all dressed up, went to Le Hibou (see below) for a bottle of rosé beforehand, and walked our way over to the Ralph Lauren restaurant. It was superb. The food, service, ambiance was beyond words — we enjoyed every minute. We got the crisp chicken (which was a special) with lemon, and a delicious side salad, the veggie burger (still dreaming of this), french fries, sautéed spinach, and one of the best red wines (Saint Emilion) we had on our trip.
This cafe was so cute! The setting itself is worth spending time in. We went here before dinner and ordered the Pink Flamingo Rosé and enjoyed a 75-degree warm evening. I wanted to come back here before we left, but we ended up not having time. I feel like if I lived in Saint Germain, this would be my local spot.
Take me back!