My Top 10 Must-do’s When Visiting Paris!

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I’m not sure if it’s obvious by our instagram posts lately, but we LOVE Paris! I’ve managed to visit three times in the last year, and can’t wait to head there for the fourth in March. It really is an incredibly beautiful city with so much to explore and discover. Whilst there’s the obvious touristy things to do like heading up the Eiffel Tower or a boat trip down the River Seine, I thought I’d post my 10 must-do’s to show that there’s so much more to do that doesn’t involve a lot of crowds whilst you’re in Paris!

  1. Take a stroll around Montmartre
    Montmartre is without a doubt my favourite area of Paris. Although it’s often full of tourists during the day, there are ways you can get away from the crowds and experience Paris just as you’d seen in the movies! There’s a small local vineyard, plently of little hidden parks and winding roads and Place du Tertre, a square at the top of the hill full of restruants and artists. I’ve ate here a few times, in each of the restraunts and loved them! There’s also of course, the Sacré-Coeur which is a definite tourist stop for photos and there are often locals performing on the stair case of an evening. When I went there were two guys peforming a fire and light show which was incredible!
  2. Check out the Vintage Shops
    There are so many amazing vintage shops in Paris, I came across a few little boutiques in Montmatre that sold vintage Chanel bags and I had to force myself away! I’d also highly reccomend having a look in Tim Bargeot on Rue de Turbigo, it’s a really retro store and sell all sorts of vintage looking/styled clothes. I loved everything in there when I visited!
  3. Walk up the Arc de Triomphe or the Sacre Coeur
    Although it’s pretty much a must-do to visit the Eiffel Tower when in Paris, I prefer heading up either the Arc de Triomphe or the Sacre Coeur. After a lot of climbing (at least 200 steps up for each of them), you get the most incredible views of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in shot! At the top of Arc de Triomphe you get amazing views of the Champs-Élysées, but I’d say the Sacre Coeur is by far my favourite! It’s so much quieter and because it’s so high up, you see ALL of Paris. No matter how many times I Paris, I always love to do this!
  4. Find a little cafe in Montmartre and people watch
    Montmartre is full of amazing little cafes with amazing food that won’t break the bank! One of my favourite things to do is just to relax in the sun and taking a moment to take it all in. There’s always so much going on, I love watching the artists in the little square called Place du Tertre.
  5. Put a padlock somewhere hidden
    An obvious, yet a must do I think! Sadly, because of all the padlocks the Ponts Des Arts collapsed and has been boarded up so no more can be placed on there. Instead, me and my boyfriend put one somewhere hidden near somewhere we really loved. Ours is currently (hopefully), padlocked on the gate in Montmartre just opposite the view of the Eiffel Tower. I think this is a good idea because it’s so nice when you re-visit that place and find your lock still there.
  6. Have an evening picnic on the banks of the River Seine
    Cheap and easy! and it gets you away from a lot of the tourist crowds. Of an evening the banks of the river are often packed full with locals and local students, and I think it’s a great way to enjoy Paris just as it’s locals do. We sometimes just bought a baguette, some cheese and either a bottle of wine or some juice and relaxed of an evening. It’s really lovely and peacful watching all of the boats go past, and if you stay long enough in the summer months, you may even catch the Eiffel Tower sparkling!
  7. Discover the Latin Quarter
    One of my favourite areas of Paris! We didn’t really get to visit this area during our first trip, but from now on I make sure to stop by here almost every day.
  8. Visit Canal Saint-Martin
  9. Visit Père Lachaise Cemetary
    Although some of you may find it weird that I’m suggesting you go visit a cemetary during your holiday, there really is something so peacful about Père Lachaise. Here you’ll also find the graves Frech artists, musicians, composers and artists. Along with the graves of Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.
  10. Have a stroll round and buy a sandwich from Marché des Enfants Rouges
    A market full of amazing local produce, the sandwich I bought from the stall at Marché des Enfants Rouges is by far the best sandwich I’ve EVER tasted! I constantly find myself craving them all the time.

 

Thanks for reading! Leave us a comment with the thing you love/would love to do the most in Paris!

 

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Closet confidential tag!

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1. What is the oldest item in your wardrobe/closet?
The oldest item in my closet is probably my Fred Perry Hopman trainers! I bought them in 2013 and they’re still the comfiest shoes I’ve ever worn!

2. What is the newest item?
My Kurt Geiger bag, treated myself to a little Christmas splurge 🙊

3. What is the most expensive item?
My most expensive item is a tie between my Michael Kors coat that is incredibly warm and is well worth the splurge in winter and my navy lace Karen Millen dress that I bought for a wedding last year.

4. What is the most affordable/cheapest item (that you use a lot)?
Primark turtlenecks! Only £6 and I wear them almost every day for work!

5. What was the biggest bargain?
The skirt I bought for graduation! I struggled to find the perfect outfit that would look great but also be appropriate for my graduation so I took a look in New Look and saw a skirt that was £20 on the website but I wanted to try it on before I committed, turns out it was in the sale for £2! I was amazed and ended up with a lovely outfit that cost under £50! 

6. What was the biggest waste of money?
In all honesty, probably the Karen Millen dress! As beautiful as it is, I’ve only worn it once and it’s definitely not worth the price I paid… However, I may change my mind if I find more reasons to wear it!!

7. What are your 3 favourite items right now?
My Kurt Geiger bag, a lovely pinky beige coat I got from new look in the sale and my mulberry purse

8. What is the most outrageous/colourful item in your closet (that you absolutely love)?
I have this bright yellow dress and I mean BRIGHT yellow and I absolutely adore it but I never have the guts to wear it unless I’m on holiday with a tan! 

9. What is your favourite piece that you’ve gotten as a gift?
Definitely my blush pink Mulberry purse from my lovely boyfriend this Christmas, I’m completely in love and it’s my first ever item from Mulberry. 

10. What is the most comfortable item?
Probably the Primark turtlenecks. Can’t go wrong!

11. What is the most uncomfortable item (but you would take the pain because you love it)?
My distinguishing rose Ted Baker heels, I bought them for graduation and I just love them. (Even if I didn’t last the day in them 🙈  )

12. Where do you shop the most at?
Probably ASOS, it has pretty much everything there and I don’t get much chance to go shopping so it’s the first place I head to when I want new clothes! 

I tag anyone reading this! I’m so nosey and I love to find out what people have bought and what their favourite things are to wear!

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