diary | tiny paris guide

May 25, 2011

Because some of you have asked, here’s a list of the places / monuments you must go to in your visit to Paris.
I’m probably gonna mention a lot of places that you already have in mind, but it’s to make sure I don’t skip any important ;)

Monuments & Squares

  • ARC DE TRIOMPHE Ⓜ Charles de Gaulle – Étoile
    {Try to go in the night and enter to go to the top, it’s a different view from the one of the Eiffel Tower and you can see the star… I’ll be doing it one of these days}
  • TOUR EIFFEL    RER Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel
  • PLACE VENDÔME Ⓜ Tuileries
    {It’s beautiful for pictures, it’s a nice place that has the Colonne d’Austerlitz in the center. It’s filled with jewelries and the Ritz where Coco Chanel lived!}
  • GALÉRIES DU PALAIS ROYAL Ⓜ Palais Royal
    {I love it! it’s nice to walk, it has a bunch of really nice boutiques and in the middle a beautiful garden with a fountain} 
  • PLACE DE LA CONCORDE Ⓜ Concorde
    {There you find the Fountaines de la Concorde and the Obélique} 
  • PLACE DU TERTRE Ⓜ Abbesses {yes the métro shown in Amélie!}
    {It’s the little square behind the Sacré Coeur, there’s a bunch of artists, and souvenir stores, it’s really nice}
  • PLACE DE LA BASTILLE Ⓜ Bastille
    {To me it’s not that pretty, but I guess it’s a place everyone expects you to go to lol} 
  • PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE Ⓜ Temple
    {It has a huge statue in the middle… I don’t really know the history behind it} 

Parks & Gardens

  • PARC DU CHAMP DE MARS Ⓜ La Tour-Maubourg / RER Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel {It’s the one in front of the Eiffel Tower, sure you won’t miss it}
  • JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG Ⓜ Saint Placide / RER Luxembourg
    {The Gardens are amazingThere’s the Palais du Luxembourg / Musée du Luxembourg} 
  • JARDIN DES TUILERIES Ⓜ Tuileries
    {It’s a must, and one of my personal favorites… specially on fashion week where you can see like a street style runway … cuz of course I’m not invited to the actual ones :P} 
  • JARDIN DES PLANTES Ⓜ Place Monge
    {It’s huge! they have the Museum National d’Histoire Naturel, botanical gardens and a little sort of zoo… you even enter and don’t feel in the city anymore… it’s a really non-paris-like plan actually} 
  • PLACE DES VOSGES Ⓜ Chemin Vert
    {It’s a gorgeous square; a garden surrounded by a beautiful building. There’s the house of Victor Hugo too} 
  • PARC ANDRÉ CITRÖEN Ⓜ Balard
    {Almost no one knows it, because it’s in an arrondissement that lacks touristic places. It has greenhouses, dancing fountains and a hot air balloon to have a panoramic view of the city}
  • PARC DES BUTTES CHAUMONT Ⓜ Buttes Chaumont
    {It’s on a hill, so you can make picnics and have an amazing view at the same time} 

Museums Buildings & others

  • LA TOUR MONTPARNASSE Ⓜ Montparnasse – Bienvenue
    {It has and even higher view than the Eiffel Tower, but yes it’s not as romantic lol}
  • PALAIS DE TOKYO Ⓜ Alma Marceau
    {There’s the Musée d’Art Moderne… in the front you can find a bunch of kids on skateboards and tiny bicycles, it’s like their place. Plus behind it there’s one of the fanciest neighborhoods so it’s beautiful} 
  • BASILIQUE DU SACRÉ COEUR Ⓜ Anvers
    {It’s a basic too, the view is amazing and the vibe of the neighborhood is unique} 
  • CATHÉDRAL DE NOTRE DAME Ⓜ Cité
    {Quasimodo lived there! :D} 
  • CENTRE POMPIDOU Ⓜ Rambuteau
    {Make sure to walk around in the area, it’s really fun} 
  • MUSÉE DU LOUVRE Ⓜ Palais Royal
    {Everyone knows what to find here}
  • MUSÉE D’ORSAY   RER Musée d’Orsay
    {Beautiful art, bunches of art actually}
  • LE GRAND PALAIS Ⓜ Franklin D Roosevelt
    {Try to check the website to know about their temporary expositions}
  • LE PETIT PALAIS Ⓜ Franklin D Roosevelt
    {Temp expos too}
  • OPÉRA Ⓜ Opéra
  • BOURSE Ⓜ Bourse
  • PANTHEÓN  RER Luxembourg
  • MOULIN ROUGE Ⓜ Blanche Sarl
    {Go in the night for the night pics, during the day it’s not as amazing}
  • HOTEL DE VILLE Ⓜ Hotel de Ville
  • BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE Ⓜ Bourse
    {Beautiful place}
  • INVALIDES Ⓜ Invalides
    {Beautiful building, plus you can relax in the esplanade
  • GALERIES LAFAYETTE Ⓜ Chaussée d’Antin / La Fayette

Bridges, Streets & Neighborhoods

  • PONT ALEXANDRE III Ⓜ Invalides
    {It’s the most beautiful bridge, and if you’re like me, you’ll love it for pictures} 
  • PONT DE BIR-HAKEIM Ⓜ Bir Hakeim
    {If you liked the movie Inception then you’ll probably want to visit the bridge that appears in the movie… this is it} 
  • AVENUE MONTAIGNE Ⓜ Franklin D Roosevelt
    {It’s a street with some of the best boutiques} 
  • LE MARAIS Ⓜ Hotel de Ville / Saint-Paul / Chemin Vert
    {This district is perfect for shopping, you never know what you will find} 
  • PONT DE L’ARCHEVÊCHÉ Ⓜ Maubert Mulutalité
    {It’s where tons of people have put padlocks to swear eternal love/friendship/etc} 
  • CANAL ST. MARTIN Ⓜ Louis Blanc
    {Another famous thanks to Amélie} 
  • RUE VIEILLE DU TEMPLE ⓂFilles du Calvaire
    {It’s one of the most famous in the Marais, it’s a tight street with a bunch of commerces, the ambience is great and there’s an accessories store that I love named L’amour en Cage}

Eat & Drink

  • CAFÉ DE FLORE Ⓜ Saint-Germain-des-Prés
    {It’s in Saint Germain des Près, and well it’s the typical famous café everyone wants to go to} 
  • LADURÉE Ⓜ Concorde
    {It’s a basic, expect long lines of tourists. The one in Champs Élysées is the biggest one but the one in Rue Royale is the original} 
  • ANGELINA Ⓜ Tuileries
    {On Rue de Rivoli. Their hot chocolates are really famous} 
  • CARETTE Ⓜ Trocadéro
    {In Trocadéro. Their pastries are really amazing, they are not as famous as Ladurée or Piere Hermé but they are amazing} 
  • CC 142 Ⓜ Charles Michels
    {It’s a Créperie, but it’s a restaurant, they have a wide range of salty and sweet crèpes and they are delicious… the vibe of the restaurant is awesome 
  • BERTHILLON Ⓜ Pont Marie
    {They are famous for their sorbets, and you can find their products in various brasséries around Paris but it’s better if you go to their actual Salon de Thé. Expect huge lines too} 
  • CAFÉ DES DEUX MOULINS Ⓜ Blanch Sarl
    {It’s the one from the movie of Amélie, so yes expect a loooot of people} 
  • DELI-CIEUX Ⓜ Havre – Caumartin
    {It’s on the roof of Printemps, the view is spectacular} 

I’m not an expert and I’m giving some ideas only, even I would like a fresh perspective to think of more plans… if I rememeber anything else I’ll update this post… I hope it helps… for now my brain is toast and I can think no more ^^

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