My Paris travel guide – what to do, where to eat and the most importantly, where to take the best pictures.
We were travelling with our friend Camilla who had a home in Paris and also spoke french, which helped tremendously. We couldn’t be more thankful for all of her and her family’s hospitality. They were just the most amazing hosts and we love them like our own family. By the way, they have the most amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, so jealous!
So getting around Paris is a bit crazy. We pretty much uber’d and walked everywhere. I wasn’t comfortable taking the metro because of what I heard about pick pockets. And it worked because we didn’t get pick pocketed once! Thank goodness for my zip up tote (you totally need one). I do have to mention, how drivers navigate through the streets of Paris is completely unorganized and it feels like I’m back in Hong Kong where there are no laws or enforcement on the road. But the drivers are skilled, I gotta give that to them.
As an instagrammer, I’m going to share with you my favorite locations on where to take the best shots and aesthetic places to eat in Paris. But first, I stayed at a couple of adorable HOTELS that I wanted to share with you. Both hotels were in the Montmartre area which are fairly close to some of Paris’s iconic tourist landmarks like The Louvre, Le Palais Royal and Notre Dame.
My adorable room at HOTEL PARADIS
Breakfast starts at 7:00am and love that it is included in the cost of the hotel room.
My room at HOTEL PANACHE was cute and spacious.
This cute corner doe.
Snuck up some of the breakfast items. Again, the breakfast is included when staying at the hotel.
I know you guys are itching, so I won’t keep you waiting any longer. Let’s begin!
Trocadéro is across the Seine from the iconic EIFFEL TOWER. It’s a popular area to take a picture of the tower.
From Trocadéro, continue to walk across the Pont d’léna bridge so you can take a shot right under the tower.
Walk east to find some small streets that have the tower in the background, like Rue de Monttessuy. (Wearing Kathryn McCarron Cardigan and HM Dress)
This was taken from my friend Camilla’s home. She has a beautiful view of the tower. You won’t be able to visit unfortunately. But we were very fortunate. Thanks Camilla! 🙂 (Wearing Wanderlust + Co rings)
Camilla and I peeking through the gold/silver telescopes on the roof of Printemps Department Store.
Gorgeous details on the Printemps buildings.
Printemps rooftop vibes with my girl Camilla (Both wearing Zara outfits)
Taken from the Blow Dry Bar in one of the Printemps buildings. This was at sunset – one of my fave shots.
About a 13 minute drive from the Eiffel Tower is the Arc de Triomphe. I do not recommend running across to get to the centre, but instead take the stairs leading into the underground tunnel.
It’s 8 euros (adult rate) to take the stairs to the top. Yes, I said stairs, not elevator. =P
Unfortunately, it was quite foggy on our visit. But still beautiful. Not shown in this picture, but you can also see the Eiffel Tower from the Arc.
An 8 minute drive from the Arc de Triomphe, we visited Guerlain on Av. des Champs-Élysées where we were treated to a private tour of their flagship store and Spa/Institute. These marble stairs lead down to their restaurant where you can enjoy coffee/tea and treats.
Their beautiful spa, brimming with gorgeous marble details. You can book a special day with their expert team of professionals where you will receive a consultation before you begin.
The gorgeous waiting area in the Guerlain Spa – I’m in love with those hanging plants.
If you feel like shopping, Av. des Champs-Élysées has many major global brands and stores for your shopping needs plus many stylish cafe’s should your feet become a little too tired. (Wearing Sosken Studios Coat and Chloe Booties)
About a 5 minute drive from Guerlain is the beautiful Pont Alexandre III – a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. Yet another place where you can see the Eiffel Tower from afar.
Love these moments with my babe Camilla (Camilla wearing Page Thirty Leather Jacket and See by Chloe Palazzo Pants, I’m wearing Stella Nova Leather Jacket from Winners, Magali Pascal Dress, and Chloe Boots)
We stopped by Le Meurice Hotel for some champagne and pastry tastings. I love the gorgeous details and characteristics of this beautiful luxury 5 star hotel. You only have to look up! Thank you for inviting me Caroline!
A 6 minute drive from Le Meurice is Palais-Royal. I just love all these striped cylindrical thingy ma-bobs. (Wearing Zara Dress)
Right across the street from Palais-Royal is the infamous Musée du Louvre. I wish we actually went inside, but we were on a tight schedule.
If you’re looking for a pretty backdrop, the Hôtel de Ville is stunning. Happy twirls all around. (Wearing Magali Pascal Dress)
On the corner of the Hotel De Ville square, there’s a pretty little carousel. Adorbs.
Steps away from Hotel De Ville, is Le Peloton Café where you can stop by for an afternoon coffee break. Make sure to order the waffles with a side of Nutella.
The craving is so real right now.
Not far from Le Pelotin cafe, on the way to Notre Dame is this adorable little french restaurant called Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole. Exterior goals.
Walk another couple of minutes and you will hit Notre Dame de Paris. I hear the views from the top are amazing. But unfortunately there was a huge line up to get in. Sooo…
The views from the back garden will have to do!
On our way to Merci Cafe we found Galerie Perrotin, a contemporary art gallery with the prettiest front entrance. (Wearing Asos Dress)
The novelty of Merci Paris is the red Fiat parked in front of all the beautiful greenery in front of their cafe. Merci is a used book cafe where you can also shop cool gifts.
I was a cappuccino kinda girl in Paris. TIP: if you want north american “coffee” make sure to ask for an americano. Paris coffee is like a long shot of espresso. We were shocked when we ordered coffee and it came in a shot glass.
Cafe Oberkampf is a little bit out of the way, but I love how they do brunch right.
I saved The Palace of Versailles for last as it is about 40 minute drive out of the city. But so so so worth it. Purchase your tickets in advance online to avoid the line ups, it’s about 20 euros per person. (Wearing Lulus Dress & Bag)
Princess for a day…
Inside the palace, just before heading out into the gardens, we grabbed a cup of Angelina’s famous hot cocoa. I couldn’t drink too much of it because it was so rich and sweet. But definitely worth trying. The pastries were amazing as well.
Once you get into the gardens, head down the stairs to the left and you’ll stumble upon this gorgeous backdrop. (Camilla wearing For Love & Lemons Dress)
I hope you enjoyed my Paris Travel Guide! Would love to hear your thoughts and if you have any special places in Paris you would like to share. Have a wonderful day lovelies!
Photography by Lawrence Ahn