below: where to run/where to eat/what to do
There is a LOT to see in Paris and there are a million websites out there with better recommendations than mine, but if you ask me…
Downloaded a lot of run-maps from the Great Runs website. I can’t recommend it enough…! There are a LOT of runs there. Also, it’s easy to run in Paris, there are lots of places to run but I wanted to have options… so I’d recommend downloading mapmyrun, adding the runs and follow the app, or just go run wherever your heart tells you to go and when you’re tired just map your way back. I put some of the most centric or fun runs in this document -> Paris Running -so I had something to look at night when I was planning.
Running in Paris is pretty easy. The Seine is always there and you can run alongside it. There are some cobblestones in the bottom sometimes, but the top is fine. There are a few water fountains but not as many as I am used to. There were a ton of bathrooms though… I run to the Jardin des Plants and Jardin de Luxembourg but make sure you check their opening times. I also wanted my husband to see the Grande Arche de la Defense, so we just run there. We ended hopping on the metro back, which was super easy, and it was our first time on the train!
What to eat… or Where to eat, really. Just eat everything.
Loved Carette, for their macaroons, their escargot, all the french food. There are three, the one is Place de Vosges is the cutest I think.
Au Pied du Cochon. Get all the food. This is the best french onion soup in Paris. The bone marrow was amazing. The escargot so good too
If you need an “urgent” snack Pauls are everywhere cause it’s like their Starbucks but all their baked goods were amazing to me. There are also Amorino in lots of places (their chocolate sorbet is quite good, but you can get that in NY…).
Go to the Ile Saint-Louis for Berthillon ice cream. It’s insane.
Macaroons: my favorites one are the ones at Carette (please try the rose one, you’ll die), but Pierre Herme was quite ok.
Angelina was adorable for coffee/brunch. The hot chocolate is their specialty.
Musee D’Orsay has a lovely restaurant (not the Cafe Campana or the Cafe de l’Opera), amazing.
But pretty much everywhere was amazing. I obviously ate in a bunch more places but I feel like they are particularly as good as pretty much everything there is!
What to do
oh there’s so much to do… SO MUCH.
I have this doc I created -> Paris to do before I went with ALL THE INFO. And I added my comments in pink in there for you. They are listed as in Things to do (that you need tickets for), things to see (like, you walk by), and where to walk around (like a neighborhood to stroll through) and day trips from Paris. The doc has TONS of info, like hours of operation, prices, etc.
But, below, I am going to organize it differently, so you can prioritize by order of urgency. Go to the doc for the info on each.
- The Obvious Must Dos:
- Musée du Louvre
- Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)
- Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur) and walk around Montmartre, an authentic village in the heart of Paris
- Le Marais, an amazing LGBT/Jewish neighborhood with lots of history
- Musée d’Orsay (not for everyone but I love it)
- Musée Rodin (not for everyone but I love it)
- Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann (rooftop observation deck)
- Place des Vosges
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg)
- Arc de Triomphe
- If you’re into it/If you have a lot of time:
- Les Invalides
- Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck
- The Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck
- Louis Vuitton Foundation
- Saint Sulpice
- Jardin des plants
- Place de la Concorde
- Place Vendôme
- Centre Pompidou
- Latin Quarter
- Day trips
- Mont St Michel
- Giverny (to see the Money gardens, this would be my top choice obviously)