Guide to Paris

Hi!  Off to Paris soon?!  I wish I was going back.. but I’m so happy I was able to make this post-college trip happen.  I feel like so many people are traveling/studying abroad and Paris is a MUST SEE!  With that being said, I decided to write this post to help you guys figure out where to go, where to eat, and what to bring with you to one of the most beautiful places in the world 🙂  Check out my Paris Travel Diary for a sneak peek of our trip!

What to do:

Eiffel Tower (DUH)

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I know I know.. this is a given but I feel like I had to add it!  Although it is very touristy, the Eiffel Tower truly lives up to its high expectations.  You can climb up to the top of it and get an amazing view of Paris and it’s not even that expensive!  One of the best parts about this city is at night time when the tower sparkles for the first 5 minutes of every hour.  I’m not one to use words like magical but let me tell ya, it was MAGICAL.  It can’t even explain it- just so breathtaking!

Notre-Dame

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When in Paris.. of course you have to at least visit the outside of this gorgeous cathedral.  European monuments really seem like a fairy tale!  It also can make for a cute photo opp 😉

Place de la Concorde

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Riding this ferris wheel was a blast!!  We got a birds eye view from the heart of Paris and it was so surreal.  It was around 12 Euros each but definitely worth it.  We even met an American from Boston in our ferris wheel cart, lol!

The Louvre

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Another tourist trap but you have to add it to your “must see” list!  You can go inside the museum and see the Mona Lisa if you want or just hang in the gorgeous outside area like we did! There are benches all around this beautiful space and lots of picture worthy spots.

Jardin du Palais-Royal

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This royal garden is totally an Insta-worthy spot!!  You can hang in this open area to eat, chat and whatever else you fancy.

Where to Eat

The Jewish Quarter

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If you’re a falafel lover (like me) you will LOVE this area.  There are very popular and famous falafel restaurants on every corner!  Not to mention how stinking cute this area is with its cobble stone streets and adorable shops.

Try a baguette!

There are fancy restaurants literally on every corner in Paris as well as casual cafes so naturally you’ll probably find yourself at either of those at some point!  However.. I also suggest going to the grocery store to try an authentic French baguette for just 55 cents!  The french are known for their breads so I think it’s good to try some out 🙂

Tips:

Pack Converters

We use different voltages in the US so you have to buy a cell phone and laptop converter!  Also, if you want to bring a straightener or curling iron you’ll need an even heavier duty one.

Bring Euros

Don’t forget to convert your cash!  You can wait to do it when you’re in Europe but it will be a lot less stressful to have some handy already just incase of an emergency.  Or if you’re lucky and can use your debit card without a fee then you’re in the clear!

You Can Drink the Water

The water in Paris is perfectly safe to drink!  I suggest bringing a reusable water bottle to keep filling up so you don’t waste money on bottles of water and of course, it’s better for the environment 🙂

Stay at an AirBnb!

AirBnb’s are truly the way to go!  They’re the most affordable way to travel and always so convenient!  You can book it for right in the city center so you have easy access to transportation and all of the main attractions.

Comment below and let me know below your fav spots in Paris or where you’d like to visit!

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