Coucou tout le monde! Today I decided that I’d like to share with you all my favourite places to go and visit whilst in Paris. Some of them are off the beaten track, and most of them are free or cost very little to enjoy, so are great if you want a real, yet cost effective, experience of the city. So, without further ado, the list!
• Petit Palais - Opposite the slightly more glorified Grand Palais, the Museum of Beautiful Art is an under appreciated gold mine. The aesthetic throughout is pastel, with the ceilings painted in gold leaf and angels. The statues and paintings there are some of my favourites, and inside the centre of the Palais is a tiny oasis where you can get an inexpensive coffee and Caesar salad from the on-site café and enjoy the atmosphere. Entry is free unless you want to attend a specific exhibit.
• Bois de Vincennes - a public park on the outskirts of the city, this is one of my favourite parks to explore. It has two islands in the centre of the lake with peacocks, swans and other exciting birds. Boats are rented out in the summer, and there’s even a Buddhist temple on site that sometimes allows visitors. The zoo is right next door, as is the Museum of Immigration.
• La Marais - Whilst not technically a specific location, this entire arrondisement is a haven of cool and quirky shops. It’s got a heavy Jewish population, as well as a thriving LGBT scene. It’s home of the Notre Dame, a cat café, Amorino ice cream, and some of the best falafel shops in the city.
• Rue Crémieux - This residential street is extremely aesthetic, and is where I had my favourite photo shoot taken. All of the houses are painted in bright colours, with murals adorning the walls. However, some houses have signs requesting you don’t photograph them, so please be mindful of the residents.
• Pont Neuf - Whilst not as glamorous as Pont Alexandre III, Pont Neuf is great in its own right. Despite its name, it is actually the oldest bridge in Paris, and is a perfect place to have a picnic with your friends in summer.
• Opéra Garnier - Whilst I’ve never been to an actual show here (tickets for the ballet tend to be at a starting price of 100 €), the Opéra allows you to visit for 11 €. It’s decadent inside, and reminds me of a condensed version of Versailles. Plus, it’s fun to pretend you’re BoBo from time to time.
I’ll update the list as I go, but for now I hope you like these spots.