I was recently planning a trip away for my birthday and I thought to myself, what can I do in Paris that doesn’t involve hoards of tourists and overpriced basic (bad) food?
So I did some research and put together a short guide for an unforgettable weekend in the city of love.
Paris is famous for its fashion, culture, rich cuisine, fine wines and cheese (mmm… cheese). When you go travelling, you’re likely to feel more adventurous and if you’re smart, you’ll try the local spots. It’s all part of the experience right?
There are literally thousands of hot spots in Paris, so how do you chose a handful for your weekend? My top 5 things to do are:
- Try a small wine bar
- Dine at a beautiful restaurant
- Drink coffee and eat fresh pastries at a local cafe
- Enjoy some retail therapy
- Immerse yourself in a world of art
The Wine Bar – Perfect for a casual evening of sharing dishes and trying different wine. I recommend Frenchie Bar a Vins. While the restaurant Frenchie is almost impossible to get into, you can enjoy the chef’s culinary delights in this gorgeous wine bar right across the street. The bar and plates my be small but the atmosphere and flavours are huge – think pasta, cheeses, meats, fish and vegetables with delicious sauces, all beautifully presented. If you’re like me then you wont be able to turn down the mouth watering Tagliolini (ribbon pasta) with Black truffle & Parmesan. Why not try some of the different wines they have in their selection as there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
The Restaurants – If its fine dining, ambience and amazing wine you’re looking for then be sure to check out Mumi. Mumi can be described as a fusion restaurant, taking inspiration from around the world and they support sustainably produced agricultural products.
Their Ethos: “Our culinary journey started long before the restaurant opened in the Spring of 2017. After more than a decade of travelling the world pursuing knowledge working, coming in touch with different cultures and cuisines, different terroir, it came the time that all of these experiences had to be put together. At MUMI our basest motivation is the desire to create a space of comfort and familiarity, a place in which by doing what we love will allow our guests to establish new memories for themselves”
Thibault Passinge Owner / Sommelier and Romain Le Cordroch Chef.
Our lunch here was really special. The restaurant is beautifully set out, the service was great and the food was incredible – some dishes were too pretty to eat! I’ve stolen some photos from their instagram @restaurantmumi to give you an idea of the level this place is at…
The Local cafe – Give Starbucks a miss and order a coffee in a French cafe “Un café s’il vous plait” and if you’re feeling indulgent, I highly recommend fresh pastries from local bakeries. We went to Marcelle and had the best pain au chocolat I have ever had in my life! The bakery next door apparently makes pastries for the Prime Minister – if its good enough for him, then its good enough for you!
Shopping – While Champs-Élysées is well-known for being one of the most glamorous shopping areas in the world, I personally prefer Rue Saint-Honoré. This is THE street for luxury and high end shopping. Whether you are there to make a special purchase (hello credit card) or if you want to wander and take some time to appreciate the history of the area, you will definitely be impressed.
If you’re anything
Entertainment– You must visit the Digital Art Museum or in French it is called L’Atellier des Lumieres. In the 11th arrondissement you will find this Culture Space that showcases an immersive art display of Van Gogh, Dreamed Japan and Thomas Vanz from floor to ceiling. Perfectly combined with jazz and classical music, this show will capture you and take you on a journey like no other art museum – an experience like no other!
Have you been to Paris recently? What are your favourite spots? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it’s given you some new ideas!
Until the next post, Fi xx