5. The Bistrot Paul Bert
Next up on our list of top ten ways to spend time in Paris we have something for the taste buds. We take you to Le Bistrot Paul Bert that serves classic French fare with a gourmet twist in a bustling. You people are going to guaranteed going to love the high energy charged atmosphere. The place is perhaps the most visited by all the Parisian foodies. And we are sure that you guys will be delighted to know that along with serving classics like goldenpomme frites and côte de boeuf, you can also opt for something more demure more decadent like a superb sole meunière, or more rarified dishes, like duck and roasted pear and we assure you that it is going to make you crave. We haven’t mentioned the best prat yet, the fact that the food is polite on your wallet. Can something get any better?
4. La Derniere Goutte
A convivial wine shop if there ever was one, Cuban-American owner Juan Sanchez and his staff of knowledgeable wine lovers at La Dernière Goutte host a popular tasting every Saturday from 11:30 am until closing. A favourite neighbourhood cave of wine-loving expats and Parisians alike, all the wines on offer—mostly natural or biodynamic—are meticulously hand-picked from small producers in every region of France. By the time you leave you’ll know something more about wine, and you may even have met a new lifelong friend.
3. Window Shopping on Rue Saint Honore’
If designer shopping and elite French brand names set your heart all aflutter, get thee to the rue Saint-Honoré. The favourite haunt of fashionistas the world over, here you’ll rub elbows with everyone from Japanese DJs to Saudi Princesses. Whether it’s the ultra-hip (Colette, Damir Doma, Comme des Garçons), French status labels (Goyard, Hermès, Chanel), or something a bit less pricey but every bit as stylish as the big boys (Zara, & Other Stories) you’re sure to find it here. Beginning at the Palais Royal and ending at the Elysée Palace, it’s an afternoon prowl to satisfy the most indefatigable shopper.
2. The Paris Legend – Deyrolle
A cabinet of curiosities par excellence, the superb taxidermist Deyrolle has been charming and educating Parisians since 1831. But the word “taxidermist” falls short in describing the wonder of this beloved boutique. More like an enchanted forest, with tigers, bears, and a gigantic giraffe lounging peacefully before cases brimming with birds, insects, butterflies, animals, shells, corals and reconstructed skeletons. Drawers hold every imaginable insect and butterfly to create your own box or peruse examples of the many botanical, entomological, and zoological posters that have graced the walls of French classrooms for 150 years.
1. The View – Eiffel Tower
Crowded though it may be, the Eiffel Tower is still Paris’s most beloved monument, but there’s much more here than a just spectacular view: ice-skating in winter, a treasure hunt for kids, special exhibitions, and fun gift boutiques. With world-famous restaurateur Alain Ducasse at the helm of the tower’s eateries, there’s even more reason to visit. Enjoy a glass of champagne at the top of the tower, lunch at the new 58 Tour Eiffel on the first floor, or an elegant dinner at Le Jules Verne. There are also two well-priced cafés with healthy salads and sandwiches.