Paris, our first European city experience, and a pretty good one at that! On this trip, Micah & I did the opposite of what we normally do, doing local things, and instead stuck around the touristy areas. Since we don’t speak French it was a lot easier and more enjoyable to be in areas of the city that were used to speaking English for visitors.
With that said, here’s a few of our favorite must see’s on one’s first Paris trip! (:
PLACES TO SEE
We aren’t huge fans of touristy places, but here are some things worth seeing:
Eiffel Tower – duh, right?! It’s always a cool feeling when you’ve seen photos of something your entire life and you FINALLY see it for real!
Musée d’Orsay – once a railway station is now a beautiful museum where you can experience beautiful sculptures, painting, and other famous works of art. It was unreal experiencing the work of artists like Van Gogh and Monet up close.
Notre Dame Cathedral – we didn’t go inside, but just seeing it from the outside was breathtaking!
Montmartre – one of Paris’s most charming & quirky neighborhoods to wander through. We walked through this neighborhood on our last day in Paris and loved all the lovely photo spots!
Louvre Museum – among the most famous museums, this place is huge! be prepared to get lost in amazing artwork for days, possibly weeks, if you brave the inside of this place.
Strada Café – right down the street from our AirBnB, and made multiple visits to this great coffee spot!
Cafe Kitsune – after getting lost twice trying to find this place, we finally found it! It’s a cute little coffee shop but given the size, it’s best to get it to go and enjoy a nice sit in the Palais Royal Garden (:
La Compagnie du Café – we accidentally came across this one, but it was by far our favorite! The baristas were so nice and the coffee was delicious!
Café Marlette – not far from the Moulin Rouge, this was a nice spot to grab a coffee & a snack!
To be honest, I’m not sure everywhere we ate, but these two spots are worth a visit!
Buvette – with only a French menu we had a guess at what we were ordering but even though we weren’t sure it still turned out delicious, thankfully!
Frenchie To Go – I had an AMAZING hot dog at this place! definitely eat here at least once!
Undoubtedly an amazing & beautiful city, but I’m not going to lie we had some anxiety during our visit here. We were able to pick up on greetings and basic phrases, but not speaking French made it difficult to fully enjoy everything Paris had to offer. We do look forward to going back when we can better understand & speak the language!
As always, thank you for reading! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or recommendations for our next trip! (: