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The Ultimate Paris To-do List

An endless list of things to do in Paris curated by my very organised friend and edited by moi




Restaurants:


Casual:


- Cafe Marley (in the louvre - same owner as Costes)

- Liza (Lebanese - really cute - next to galleries vivienne)

- Beaucoup (Le marais - French)

- Season (brunch in Le marais) (healthy but super good)

- Cafe oberkampf (brunch)

- Cafe mericourt (brunch)

- Buvette Gastrothèque (French - same as New York - brunch)

- Merci (organic fresh restaurant downstairs)

- Cafe Philip (French cafe in Le Marais)

- Big Love (cute Italian restaurant - try truffle pasta and tiramisu)

- Marcello (Italian lunch/brunch)

- Cuisine de bar (tartine bar)

- La bocca Della verita (Italian)

- L'improbable


Upscale:


- Hotel Costes (dinner - ask for a table outside) (French)

- Manko (dinner - cabaret right next to the restaurant) (Peruvian)

- Monsieur Bleu (in the palais de Tokyo - amazing Eiffel Tower view - seafood restaurant outdoor)

- Pershing hall (dinner - gastronomic + bar)

- Yeeels (dinner - Italian - fun atmosphere : turns into a club at 12)

- Kinugawa (dinner - amazing Japanese)

- Miss Ko (Japanese fusion - late dinner - design by Starck - good music - food is ok)

- Ralph's (lunch/brunch - outdoors) (Ralph Lauren restaurant)

- L'Avenue (lunch/brunch French - ask for a table on the terrace)

- Derrière (Dinner - really cool concept speakeasy restaurant - French food in an apartment - explore rooms - cool vibe - same group at sketch London)

- Loulou's (Italian) (outdoor terrace at the louvre) (Eiffel Tower view) (amazing location on a sunny evening - new restaurant of monsieur bleu)

- Orient extreme (Japanese - lunch or dinner)

- Daroco trattoria (really cool Italian restaurant and bar - galleries vivienne)

- Shirvan (Iranian fusion)

- Benedict (brunch)

- Matignon



Drinks:


- Faust (during the day/evening - drink by the seine)

- Le perchoir (rooftop bar - sunset)

- Monsieur mouche (rooftop bar)

- Hotel de crillon (evening drinks)

- Monsieur bleu (outdoor evening drinks - Eiffel Tower view)



Eiffel Tower view drinks:


- Maison Blanche rooftop (drinks)

- Cafe de l'homme

- Le Georges

- Shangri la rooftop

- Peninsula rooftop

- Monsieur bleu

- hotel Raphael rooftop

- les ombres



Cute cafes:


- Les deux maggots

- Merci used book cafe (Le marais)

- Paperboy (Le marais)

- Ob la di (le marais)

- Fringe (Le marais - photography + cafe)

- Season (Le marais)

- Cafe oberkampf (try apricot and almond butter tartine)

- Cafe mericourt (famous for its shakshuka)

- Claus (near the louvre)

- Wild and the moon (le Marais - vegan/healthy/raw)

- Coutume cafe (+ Jardin Luxembourg - Medici fountain)

- Oatmeal paris

- Marlette

- Braun notes

- Passager cafe (+ rue de la crème)

- Cafe kitsuné (palais royal - buren columns)

- Boot cafe

- Matamata

- Cafe crème (Le marais)

- Fragments

- Season market

- Marcelle (near the louvre)

- Peonies (flower store + cafe)

- Bol porridge bar

- Steel cafe (bike shop and cafe)

- Strada cafe

- Foundation coffee (Le marais)

-YSL Caffe



Brunch:


- Season

- Paperboy

- Cafe oberkampf

- Cafe mericourt

- Judy cantine qualitarienne



Parisian vibe:


- Chez julien (from gossip girl)

- Plaza athené hotel

- Hotel de crillon (drinks/tea - table in the courtyard)

- Hotel George V four seasons Paris (courtyard)

- La reserve Paris

- The peninsula rooftop

- The shangri la rooftop

- The mandarin oriental

- Cafe de flore (traditional Parisian cafe)

- Buvette gastrothèque

- Ladurée

- Carette (Parisian macaron store + cafe)

- Brasserie D'auteuil

- Restaurant du palais royale

- Terrasse de l'opera garnier

- Le Voltigeur (coffee with words)



Sweet stuff:


- Laduree ( best macarons )

-Pierre Herme

- Angelina

- Pauls ( they do incredible sandwiches also)

-Bo & Me ( boulangerie - try their rasberry stuffed croissants !)





Traditional French food (local):


- Les deux abeilles (try the tarte aux tomates)

- Le relais de l'entrecote

- Brasserie Lipp



Vegan:


- Judy's cantine qualitarienne

- Wild and the Moon

- Abattoir Vegetal

- Cafe Pinson

- Otium

- Guignette D'angèle

- Maison Bon

- Primeur



Nightlife:


- Titty twister (super fun - best night is Sunday)

- Bagatelle (dinner + clubbing)

- Cartel (Mexican theme)

- Manko (dinner +cabaret)

- Chalet des iles (the whole island is a nightclub) - different music in different areas (chill vibe)

- Raspoutine (a bit older crowd)

- L'Arc nightclub

- Wanderlust ( fun afrobeat / r&b club)

- Moulin Rouge ( Cabaret)



Concept stores:


- merci (+ used book cafe) (amazing)

- the broken arm (+ cafe)

- empreinte (+ cafe by season)

- archive 18-20

- bio bazaar

- shakespeare & co ( bookstore )



Cool things to do:


- Floating at Le Centre de Flotasion

- Rent scooter on rue de rivoli at night

- Canal st. Martin at night (sit by the river - get a drink)

- Trocadero (sunrise behind the Eiffel Tower + coffee at carette (opens at 7 am in trocadero square) - don't go at sunset - too crowded)

- Galleries vivienne (art galleries + cafes)

- Shakespeare and company bookstore (+ cafe)

- Buren columns palais royal (+ shopping) (play pétanque in the palais royal - cafe kitsuné)

- Le marais (evening drinks and shopping)

- Fondation Louis Vuitton

- Square du vert gallant (sit by the seine at sunset)

- Rent city bikes at night

- Watch a ballet/opera at the palais garnier

- Go to a jazz club

- Wall of "I love you's" montmartre (+ walk around montmartre - view of city from sacré coeur)

- Yoga under the Eiffel Tower (check dates)

- Open air cinema festival

- Boat ride on the seine at night

- Day trip to Versailles (especially during water show)

- Day trip to Giverny (monet's waterlily garden - amazing)

- Walk through rue cremieux

- La promenade plantée (highline of Paris) - Sacré coeur and louvre at night

- Rue denoyez (street art)

- Pigalle basketball court

- Le lavo/matiks art urbain

- Wine tasting at Cave de Louvres

- Philharmonie de Paris



Sightseeing:


Museums:


- Le Louvre (+ cafe Marley)

- Musée d'Orsay (old train station converted into museum + pictures with clock)

- Musée de l'Orangerie (monet's waterlilies immersive installation) (go to giverny monet gardens before)

- Palais de Tokyo (+ dinner at monsieur blue)

- Grand palais (Rodin exhibition)

- Centre Pompidou (modern art + le Georges)

- Musée Marmottan

- Musée des arts decoratifs (Dior exhibition)

- Musée d'arts modernes

- Fondation Louis Vuitton


Palaces:


- Versailles (+ Alain ducasse restaurant ore) (Angelina hot chocolate)

- Palais Garnier

- Bibliotheque national de France



Churches:


- Saint Chapelle (amazing)

- Norte dame de Paris

- Sacre Coeur Montmartre

- The Pantheon

- Eglise St. Suplice

- Norte Dame D'Amiens

- Chartres


Gardens:


- Jardin de Luxembourg (Medici fountain)

- Jardins de Claude Monet (Giverny)

- Jardin Tuileries (now amusement park - go at night)

-Parc de buttes cheaumont



Fine dining:


Alain ducasse - plaza athenée

Laurent Paris

Pershing hall


Best hot chocolate:


- Angelina



Best ice cream:


Berthilon - Ile St. Louis

Amorino - le Marais



Best sunset spot:


- square du vert gallant

- bridge between musée d'orsay and musée de l'orangerie

- cafe de l'homme

- le perchoir

- quai de la tournelle (banks of seine behind the notre dame)

- Le flow (next to pont alexandre)

- Trocadero


Shopping:


- Le bon marché

- Le Marais

- Rue des saint pères

- Saint Germain (around Ralph's)

- Galleries Lafayette/Printemps

- Colette

- Les Champs Elysees

- Avenue Montaigne ($$$)



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