While macarons, baguette and champagne are a pretty big deal in Paris, the French capital has a lot more to offer than luxurious brands and sophistication. Besides Luis Vuitton & Ladurée, there's a whole different side to the cliché parts of the city - a vibrant, urban lifestyle full of glorious hidden places, fun people and even things to discover for free. In today's travel post, I wanna take you on a journey to Paris, which is not only the 'city of love', but also of art, freedom and a hunger for life. A city full of spirit, that no terrorist attack will ever manage to break, no matter how inhumane and fatal.
When I first visited Paris a couple of years ago, of course, all the touristy sightseeing spots were on my list. I also had the pleasure of being invited to the French Open by Lacoste and spent a high class weekend in the city. Needless to say, that I got quite engaged in all the indulgence back then. This time around, though, Paris felt so much more appealing to me - so real - and offered a completely new insight in a multicultural, modern yet historical, exciting place to explore, dream and live. I am no expert at all, hence I'm gonna list you my favourite spots below, since my good friend E. has been living in Paris for some years now and there's truly no better way of finding out about insider tipps than following a local's footsteps.
Places to go:
Musée Carnavalet (16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris) - Beautiful small museum (free entry) with an enchanted garden, French history and Marie Antoinette's relicts
Amazing Food & Drinks:
L'as Du Fallafel (32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris) - Best fallafel sandwich I ever had, also said to be the very best in town; celebs like Lenny Kravitz usually grab food there
Le Papacionu (7 Rue Cadet, 75009 Paris) - Incredible Corsican Pizza (to die for!!)
Le People's Drugstore (78 rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris) - A super cool, shabby/hipster beer bar with fancy sorts (I liked the champagne one best!) at low prices, near Pigalle
Brioche Dorée (literally at any corner, like Mc D., Starbucks,.. you name it) - My favourite tartelettes and daily treats (whoops..)! Try chocolate banana and raspberry vanilla.
Free'P'Star Vintage Shop (20 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris) - very cheap, well sorted vintage clothing; perfect for treasure hunters
Printemps (102 Rue de Provence, 75009 Paris) - famous shopping mall with amazing food halls, luxurious brands and super cute baking/stationery areas (Miss Etoile etc.)
Tipp: L'as Du Fallafel, Musée Carnavalet & Free'P'Star are in walking distance (about 10-15 mins) and centered in one very lovely neighborhood! There's loads of other (vintage) stores in that area as well (hello embroidered silk jacket!) and a very charming, calm hidden park, where you can enjoy your sandwich outdoors!