Paris is a very green city with many wonderful places to wander, have lunch, eat an ice cream, relax next to a pond or bring the children to a playground.
Our favourite gardens are the Jardins des Tuileries (1 Arrondissement), the Jardins du Luxembourg (6th Arrondissement), the Jardins des plantes (5th Arrondissement near Gare d’Austerlitz) and the Jardins de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne (16th Arrondissement).
The Tuileries gardens are very central and perfect if you are visiting the Louvre or are around Place de la Concorde. You can find some shade in the André Le Notre famous bosquets. This year one celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of the well-known French gardener. In the gardens you can enjoy many of Aristide Maillol’s statues.
Here are a few addresses which are centrally located:
Ladurée has wonderful macarons, cakes, pastries and sorbets. Located on 16 & 18 Rue Royale, 21 rue Bonapartre and 75 avenue des Champs-Elysées.
La curée Gourmande: biscuits, candies, calissons, caramels and chocolates. You can also buy wonderful boxes which remind you of the olden days and may you think of vacations. Located on 194 rue de Rivoli and 5 other locations.
Chez Paul: offers wonderful breads, cakes, viennoiseries, sandwiches and quiche lorraines. Started in 1889! Grom: delicious Italian ice-creams. Located on 81 rue de Seine.
Café Marly: coffee place with views of the Pyramid of Louvre. Chic but expensive. Located on 93 Rue de Rivoli.
Le Saut du Loup: great place for lunch with salads, meat and dessert. You will have a view of the Eiffel Tower! Located 107 rue de Rivoli.
If you wander pass Notre Dame behind the square you will get to a bridge called the Pont de l’Archevéché or locks bridge. Both sides of the bridge are covered up with love padlocks. It is very recent that lovers come and put locks on this bridge.
Visit the catacombs or the underground ossuary. Located in the avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy – Opened from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Are you looking for an antique book or something unusual? Then try the bouquinistes, who are booksellers around the left and right banks of the Seine.
Visit the Eiffel Tower, the most visited site in France. Located on the Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France (7th Arrondissement)
Take a boat tour on the Seine River. It takes about one hour. You have the choice between the bateaux bus (hop on & off) and the bateaux mouches where you can have lunch and dinner.
Take a stroll from the Arc de Triumph to Place de la Concorde. Take some time on the Champs Elysées at night. Admire the Egyptian Obelisk and the fountains at La Concorde.
Opened from July 20th until August 18th from 9:00 a.m. to midnight daily. Located from the Louvre to Pont de Sully and on the Bassin de la Villette. It is a wonderful place to relax, sunbath, play boules, ride a boat or listen to a free concert.
Paris Plage has been going every Summer since 2002.
Cathedral Notre Dame (4th Arrondissement): the Gothic cathedral celebrates its 850 anniversary this year. Located in the Ile de la Cité. The long queue is worth the wait.
Sainte Chapelle: a jewel in Paris! It is a medieval royal chapel with amazing rose windows, stain glasses and ceilings. Located on 4 boulevard du Palais (4th Arrondissement).
Basilica of Sacred Heart: Roman Catholic church finished in 1919. Located on the Butte of Montmartre.