PARIS for Two , 40 tips
“She liked to be in Paris, favourable city to lovers, where the taxi chauffeurs never interrupted a kiss …” Anais Nin
Each reunion is like the first time; discovery and excitement.
I never get tired of Paris; there is always a new neighbourhood to find, a new spot to relax, a new graffiti to admire … and then there is the Seine, this river of stories to tell, that transports us to another century.
I unplug from reality.
The sounds of Paris … the movement of Pigale and its mills, the clicks of cameras that shoot in front of the Moulin Rouge, the “bateaux” sailing down the river, the subway musicians, the sights of tourists sitting on the steps of Montmartre and voices of vendors carrying miniature flashing Eiffel Towers.
The colours of Paris, pink (like life there), the green lawns, the grey roofs, the lake in Tuileries Garden and the multi-coloured shops like Pylones.
And of course, the smell of “Nutella Crepes”; that addiction.
Here I give you 44 tips for Paris for two (Other than the Eiffel Tower):
Nice places to stay, cool bars to have a drink, live music, good food and gardens to hold hands and Kiss.
Roaming in Paris
- Le mur des “ Je t’aime”
A meeting point where love comes together in every language. “I love you” written 1000 times in more than 300 languages. The Wall is built on a surface of 40m2.
- Canal Saint Martin
Built in 1825, it links the Bassin de la Villette to the Seine 25 mt bellow. Canal Saint Martin has 2 swing bridges and mysterious vaulted tunnels. The romantic atmosphere of its banks lined with century-old chestnut makes this Canal is an ideal place for strolling.
- Petit Palais
- Musée Rodin
- Coulée verte( green course) orPromenade plantée (tree-lined walkway) is an elevated linear park built on top of an old railway in the 12th arrondissement. It was inaugurated in 1993 and was featured in the movie “Before Sunset” with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
- Vineyards of Montmartre
These Vineyards were planted in 1933 by the will of representatives of Old Montmartre and the Free Commune. This is the only vinous brotherhood of Paris attached to a Parisian vineyard.
- Place des Vosges
Located in the Marais district, this is the oldest planned square in Paris and one of the finest. Perfect spot for a brake and a picnic.
- Palais Garnier
In this beautiful Palace anything can happen, sometimes you can dance tango or listen to the piano buskers playing or simply to sit on the stairs and watch the world go by.
- Centre Georges Pompidou
A public reading library with the biggest visitor capacity and the National Museum of Modern Art. Built with an easily modifiable layout using steel and glass. Colours have been used to decorate the structure, using a “code” defined by the architects: blue for air conditioning; yellow for electricity; green for water; red for people (escalators and lifts), as a symbol of the Centre Pompidou’s multidisciplinary nature.
- Champs de Mars
This extended green field was once used as a filming location in the JamesBond film A View to a Kill.
- Trocadero Gardens
Formerly the garden of the old Palais du Trocadéro, experience the view from the Hill at sunrise 😉
- Cathedral de Notre Dame
The Cathedral hosts night events, audio visual shows projected on a screen of tulle, of over 100 square meters hanging in the nave. The entrance is free.
- One Night at the Basilica du Sacré Coeur
The Sacred Heart Basilica in Montmartre is a Sanctuary of Eucharistic Adoration. At night you can sleep in a dormitory or bedroom. You choose the time you want to pray during the night and get a personal pass at reception between 8.30 pm and 9.45 pm. Without it you may not spend the night in the Basilica. Contribution to costs will be requested in the region of 6€ per person (dormitory), 4 euros if you bring a sleeping bag, 16€ per person (single room) for one night. A French continental breakfast (4€) is served from 7.30 am to 8.30 am (except Monday).
- Musée d’ Orsay
Apart from impressionism floor which I have previously talked about (here), there’s one thing I always go to whenever I am there: The café Campana, a dream ambiance that pays tribute to glassmakers and Art Nouveau.
- Jardin des Tuilleries
Food and Drinks
- Au Pichet du Tertre
Nutella crepe. That’s all you need to know about this place.
- Mamma Shelter Restaurant
For lunch, dinner, drinks or brunch + a rooftop terrace, this place is one of a kind!
One of the best meals of my life…(sigh)
- Chez h’anna
Falafel time. Love this street!
- Le Pure Café
Best brunch ever!
- Café de L’ Industrie
I love this place! To try les escargots…
- Boutique Pralus Paris Cler
- La Cidrerie du Marais
A glass of cider and a filled crepe.
- Aux Gourmandises d’Aragon
The perfect start of the day in one of those tasty typical bakeries.
- Marché de Turenne
The place to shop for a picnic in Place des Vosges.
- Pink Flamingo
A Pizza and a Pink balloon. Order the pizza you wish, they give a pink balloon, you can go away and sit by the canal, but take the balloon with you and they’ll find you when the Pizza is ready.
- Le comptoir general
An art museum/movie screening, exhibitions, conferences, themed attractions, a record label and a radio, shops (record shop, second hand store, library, toy shop), events, workshops, shootings dedicated to ghetto culture. All the benefits are reinvested into financing more artistic sustainable projects. Get in, have a drink, join the club.
- Petit Bain
Petit Bain is a concert hall, a restaurant, a social enterprise, a place accessible to people with reduced mobility as well as deaf, a space to gardening, dancing, learning, meeting…a place that does business differently.
- Point Ephémere
If you love colour you’ll love these accessories to make you smile in daily life.
- Pop-Up Store Bensimon
- Galleries Lafayette
Apart from the shopping, the view from the rooftop is lovely 🙂
- Shakespeare and Company
So much more than a book shop…
You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.
Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book
- Cine Cité les Halles
Fancy a movie? This cinema shows movies in English.
To sleep, think or be naughty
- Mama Shelter Hostel
- Hotel Bastille de Launay
- The Five Hotel
- Hotel de Nesle Paris
- Hotel El Dorado