On our most recent trip to Budapest, we also had a quick stay in Paris. While we hit up all of our long-standing favorite spots, we also found a handful of new places to explore and we 100% took notes. We’ve rounded up all the shops (so many good shops!), eateries and sights (a.k.a gorgeous museums and palaces), plus a few great places to stay. Read all about our adventures and what is not to be missed in our travel guide below.
This 18th-century hotel includes bespoke chevron wood floors paired with modern, masculine decor. A.k.a it’s gorgeous.
We stayed at Hotel Vernet on our trip, and I can’t recommend it enough. It is a 5-star hotel, yet affordable with insanely good service and amazing bathrooms.
Le Pigalle has a cool, hipster feel and is super music-focused.
I picked up two purses here. Not only are they beautiful quality but super affordable, and ONLY available in France.
This is a non-negotiable stop. Go, just go to this beautiful boutique.
For the stationery and paper goods lovers, pick up loads of great notebooks, cards, and desk accessories in fun, bright colors.
Sift through vinyl at this cool Parisian record store.
This gorgeous shop offers perfumes, fragrances, linen sprays + home products that smell AMAZING.
You’ll find sewing notions like beautiful ribbons and buttons here. French ribbon? Yes, please!
Merci might be one of the most grammed shops in Paris, but it doesn’t stop at that cutie red fiat outside the boutique. Inside you’ll find three stories of fashion and homewares all topped with a glass roof.
A literal green shop filled with artisan florals and the prettiest vases.
Sous le Parasol is excellent for small, affordable gifts to bring home like soaps, perfumes, and candles (our favorite type of gifts).
You’ll find affordable, super chic + very Parisian gifts here.
Shoes, shoes, and more French shoes plus chic clothing and accessories too.
For the bibliophiles and lovers of beautiful coffee table books, spend all your money at this French bookshop.
An iconic English bookstore across the bridge from Notre Dame. Make sure to get your book stamped while you’re there.
These iconic striped shirts will last forever.
this shop has super cool island vibes with the prettiest scents.
A stunning perfumery that prides itself on “soulful fragrances”.
Cafe De Flore is a Paris institution. It was the cool kid’s spot through the 19th + 20th century during the bohemian revolution.
You can find affordable, yummy sandwiches to go just a few blocks from The Louvre.
115 Rue Saint-Denis, 75001 Paris, France
This is the spot for super cheap, DELICIOUS homemade ravioli. But don’t take our word for it, check out the Yelp reviews.
Miznon has the yummiest Isreali food and is totally affordable. Be sure to get the roasted cauliflower.
This eatery is great for big groups. It seats a lot of people, so the wait isn’t too bad.
Go for dinner and stay for the dancing all night.
This gem was around the corner from our hotel and was like THE CHICEST, COOLEST drugstore ever complete with a fancy cafe and full formal dining. Not only that, but the bakery was divine + the bookstore + gifts + gift wrap + chocolates + skincare + + ++ all the things.
This hidden speakeasy is bringing the art deco vibes.
A modern outdoor coffee shop perfect for a pick-me-up with a side of people watching.
You can see Claude Monet’s Water Lilies here.
This famous French garden is the perfect spot for strolling or taking in the sites.
This is a perfect spot for kids. If you rent a boat, they can sail in the fountains.
This 17th-century mansion alone is worthy of seeing, not to mention the art collection.
This museum absolutely can’t be missed. It’s my favorite in Paris.
Located in the old train station, Musée d’Orsay houses the prettiest impressionist collection
This is a non-negotiable. Plan to spend the whole day, and rent a bike to head to Le Petit Trinion (Marie Antoinette’s private cottage) with the kitchen of my dreams.
Claude Monet’s incredible home and gardens are so picturesque.
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