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#frompariswithlove – 5 things to do in Paris

#frompariswithlove – 5 things to do in Paris

I have to admit, as smitten as I am with Paris, we started out on a bad note about 12 years ago. I still remember the Summer. I think I was 14 or 15 and did a mini-exchange. A neighbor of ours knew someone in the city and I was supposed to brush up my French a bit before going back to school. The problem was: The family only spoke French and my French was terrible – and still is. Communication was close to none, as you can imagine. Especially after my host-sister threw up in the middle of Galleries Lafayette and ran away to leave me standing in the fancy shopping mall trying to explain the situation to the sales lady. Turned out that she had food poisoning and couldn’t show me around the next few days. I still remember how lonely I felt and the whole time all I wanted was someone I was close to, to share the experience with. Seeing Notre Dame, the Louvre or the Eiffel Tour without anybody by your side is only half as fun. At least to me.
(Edit: funny enough, it seems I already mentioned my first Paris encounter here on the blog before.)

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Luckily, however, I decided to give Paris another chance a few years back and in the mean time I’ve visited the city at least 5 or 6 times. Each time, I understand more and more why it is such a special city that everyone seems to love. Myself included. Out of all the trips to Paris, the short visit earlier this week was my favorite for sure! It is no secret that Kathi and I are pretty good travel buddies, and to have someone that loves all the same things to explore the city with, was exactly what I wish I had had back then. That’s why I wanted to share 5 things to do in Paris aside from the obvious musts with you today.

#frompariswithlove: 5 things to do in paris | Bikinis & Passports

#frompariswithlove: 5 things to do in paris | Bikinis & Passports

  • Breakfast or lunch (make it brunch!) at SEASON. This café was recommended to us by Leonie and it didn’t disappoint one bit. Aside from the picture perfect interior and display of food, the menu is super tasty and has a lot of amazing dishes to offer, including my favorite poached eggs on avocado! I especially loved the more quiet upstairs with marble tables and mint green sofas.

#frompariswithlove: 5 things to do in paris | Bikinis & Passports

#frompariswithlove: 5 things to do in paris | Bikinis & Passports

  • Explore Le Marais! After all of the typical sightseeing is done, be sure to head to quarters like Saint Germain (Kathi’s favorite) or Le Marais (my favorite), just to walk the streets, have coffee or do a bit of shopping. In Le Marais, you’ll find Isabel Marant, Anine Bing and the likes ♥

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  • Speaking of Le Marais, you should definitely stop by Ob-La-Di, the cutest coffee shop ever. Beautiful white and blue tiles, paired with an even more beautiful cappuccino are the perfect pick-me-up after walking around the city all day. By the way, their granola with berries also happens to be super yummy!

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  1. Buy a Diptyque candle. As a true candle lover, the French brand is a constant must-have on our coffee table. My all-time favorite scent is “cannelle”, which unfortunately is only sold at original Diptyque boutiques and not at other stores that carry the brand. Meaning: not in Austria since we don’t have a Diptyque boutique. Instead of souvenirs, I like to bring home a candle or two for myself from the counter at Galleries Lafayette.

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  • Airport necessities in Paris are two things for me: Macarons and a baguette sandwich from Paul. Luckily you can get both at Charles De Gaulle, which will spare you the long wait at their Champs Elysees stores. Of course the original big Ladurée store & café in the city is a must at least once, but if you’ve already done that, there’s no need to spend a fortune on a club sandwich when you can get all the pretty macarons at the airport right before heading home.

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What are your favorite things to do in Paris? I’d love to know for my next trip to the city of love!

15 Comments

  • 5 years ago

    Wunderbare Eindrücke, Paris ist einfach traumhaft!
    Liebe Grüße
    Alnis

  • 5 years ago

    Ich vermisse diese Stadt zu sehr! Und ja, man sollte sich definitiv einige Stunden Zeit nehmen, um im Marais einzutauchen – es lauern so viele tolle Sachen! Mein Favorit ist dort der Sandro Outlet 🙂 Da finde ich in der Regel immer etwas!
    Liebe Grüße, Andrea von The Luster Edition

  • 5 years ago

    I love Marais. The atmosphere is just perfect there with a certain “je ne sais quoi”.
    Btw that experience with your host family sounds awful. I can only imagine how it felt to be left all alone
    xx A // http://awayandtogether.com

  • Lyn
    5 years ago

    I love this post!
    I’ve only been to Paris once, already 8years ago, so I don’t really have recommendations..
    What I do know is that next time I’m in Paris I’ll definitely go to Ladurée and Anine Bing 🙂 (we have a store here in Belgium in Antwerp but I want to visit each store haha, big fan over here!) and have a picnic with view on the Eifeltower and probably strolling around and perhaps get lost in the tiny streets. I really think that the first time is so different from the next times, which is pretty normal if you think about it. Aaaah you have me dreaming of Paris, Vicky!
    Oh and I want to hang a lock of my boyfriend and I, cliché I know but I love it <3
    xox Lyn

  • Marie
    5 years ago

    Sorry, aber hast du auch Jeans ohne Löcher?

    • 5 years ago

      Meine 86jährige Oma fragt mich das auch immer. Naturklimaanlage ftw, würd ich sagen 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Oh wie cool dass du alles festgehalten hast – ich muss unbedingt in das Season Restaurant – schaut so lecker aus & kurzen gehen immer da hast du vollkommen recht 🙂
    xx marie
    http://www.highheelsandsnapbacks.at

  • […] kennenzulernen. Wer wissen will, was wir so alles in zwei Tagen gemacht haben, besucht am besten Vicky’s Blog – sie hat das schon ganz schön zusammengefasst! Von mir gibt’s hier dafür das Visual […]

  • 5 years ago

    Vicky du siehst einfach immer super aus!

  • 5 years ago

    Das sind wirklich tolle Tipps und es hört sich nach einem traumhaften Aufenthalt in Paris an!

    Liebe Grüße
    Cherifa
    http://www.curlsallover.com

  • 5 years ago

    Wunderschöne Impressionen. Meine letzte Paris Reise liegt leider schon ein bisschen zurück 🙁 Aber ich habe es mir für diesen Sommer ganz fest vorgenommen 🙂
    Liebe Grüße, Fiona

  • carrie_fr
    5 years ago

    Hallo Vicky und Kathi ,
    vielen Dank für die tollen Bilder und den Post über Paris. Bin in 10 Tagen auch in Paris und freue mich umso mehr auf die Reise.

    Liebe Grüße
    Carrie

  • 5 years ago

    Ach das sieht einfach traumhaft aus!
    Ich will unbedingt wieder hin – schon allein um tolle Fotos zu machen 🙂
    xx Ronja
    http://www.sothisiswhat.com
    { CREATE THE LIFE YOU LOVE }

  • Christina
    5 years ago

    Die Bilder sehen super aus! In 2 Wochen bin ich selber auch in Paris und kann es kaum abwarten! 🙂

  • […] By now, SEASON Paris has become a real favorite (especially on Instagram during Fashion Week) and Ob-La-Di is great for a quick coffee or breakfast. Both were our go-tos in Le Marais last year in Paris, but […]

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