We had the most magical time in Paris a few weeks ago. From the iconic sites, to the food and shopping, it is hard not to fall (deeply) in love with Paris.

I had visited the "city of lights" before back in college while I studied abroad in Madrid, but it was great to come back (more than 15 years later) and experience the city with my husband. We did not arrive with a jam-packed itinerary but rather had a short list of things we wanted to do and some great recommendations from the ladies of Capitol and Hampden. It also helped being on the heels of Paris Fashion Week with no shortage of "saved posts" in my Instagram files of places to go, eat, and shop.

Travel Notes

Stay

  • Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris: Our experience at the Royal Monceau was top-notch! We decided on this hotel at the recommendation of our travel agent (if you ever need someone to help with travel, I have the BEST contact!), and we could not have been happier with our decision to stay here. We enjoyed the amenities and luxuries of a true five-star hotel without it feeling too "stuffy". We were in walking distance to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, cafes and restaurants, and a short taxi ride from things on our list to see. The spa (and my facial) were amazing too. Our room's soaker tub and the morning's fresh chocolate crossiants had me wanting to (send for the boys) extend our stay!

 

The amazing spa.

Sweater / Skirt (Poole Shop, Charlotte)

Elevator selfies for the win.

Eat

  • Balagan: One of our favorite meals in Paris. It is a cozy spot with amazing service and food by two of the "most famous Israeli chefs". If you are lucky enough to get a dinner reservation (thank you to the Royal Monceau concierge!), it is a must try.
  • 116 Pages: We tasted some of the freshest tuna tartare here (melt in your mouth tuna). Everything was delicious and I am still dreaming about the creamy matcha and black sesame ice creams.

 

The beautiful space at Daroco.

  • Daroco: If you have not hit your carb limit with crepes and crossiants, stop here for a pizza! The space is stunning.
  • Breizh Café: Trade in your traditional crepe for this organic buckwheat version. You will not be disappointed.
  • Café Méricourt: This brunch spot was worth the 20+ minute Uber ride (and subsequent 30 minute wait).  Use the time to try and narrow down what you will order because everything sounds (and is) delicious.

 

Shop

  • Merci Paris: This lovely shop has something for everyone! It has both women and men's fashion, home decor, linens, beauty, paper, and more. It is worth a visit! We caught the Tartan exhibit (see picture above), which I loved. Around the corner are some additional shops to see like Bonton, a chic boutique for kids.

 

  • Le Bon Marché: This Paris department store offers a magical (think the Disney of high-end department stores) shopping experience - with every brand, designer handbag, beauty product imaginable under one roof. It's slightly overwhelming but an experience nonetheless.

 

Images taken and edited on my iPhone.