Paris is only an hour train from Brussels (where I grew up), so I’ve been to Paris quite a few times. I swear I’m not bragging, it really is just that easy to get there. But no matter how many times I’ve been or showed someone around, when I step foot in Paris it always feels like the first time – without failure. There is something so magical about the city. Every street is has a hidden corner, an indie store, a secret garden to discover. Last few times I’ve been, it felt incredibly rushed, and somewhat stressful tbh. Trying to jam as much into one day as humanly possible. The opposite of what life in Paris is suppose to feel like – a certain je ne sais quoi, a sense of calmness, enjoying every delicious moment life has to offer. And that was my goal while I was there. We had great plans to go from neighborhood to neighborhood but in the end we never left the historic Montmartre – there was no need to. We wanted to live like Parisians for a few days so why would we go to Eiffel Tower? Obviously if it’s your first time in Paris, go explore, you need to see all of its beauty but just remember that you will NEVER know the city fully – there will always, always be something left for you to explore. So go to that cheese store down below your airbnb, walk with a baguette in your french woven basket, get a few bottles of rosé and go sit your ass down in a park somewhere. Watch how the french live and you will be inspired to bring a little piece of that attitude home with ya! If you’re in Montmartre, go to these places:
1. Hotel Particulier – a secret garden boutique hotel. the bar is unbelievable – it feels like this exclusive place that only a few people know about. everyone there was French, nuff said.
2. Hotel Terrass – rooftop drinks & food with a direct view of the Eiffel Tower, what more could you ask for?
3. Place Des Abbesses – super charming, you will feel like you’re sooo in Paris. Great place to sit at a cafe and people watch.
4. Hotel Amour – starting to see a theme here? I guess secret courtyards with fancy cocktails is my jam?
5. Sacre Coeur – this is the main tourist attraction in Montmartre but it is breathtaking and a must do if you’re in the area. You will not get better views of the city.
6. Place du Tertre – there are few places in Montmartre that will feel more touristy than here. It is a trap, so don’t get your face drawn. Overpriced and terrible. But there is an incredible vibe there if you don’t do all that. We sat at a cafe, people watched and it was so so zen, french zen obviously. So do yourself a favor, draw a picture of yourself while drinking more rosé, it’ll save you $100 euro and look the exact same.