I recently went on a bit of a last minute trip to Paris with a couple of friends for my birthday. We stayed in an Airbnb apartment in Le Marais which meant it was really easy to get around everywhere as we were right in the centre. We’d all been to Paris before but wanted to explore the city a bit more. We bought a 3 day metro ticket for around 25 euros – definitely worth doing as it saves so much on travel. We also found that taxis at the airport or Ubers were a lot cheaper than pre-booking a transfer!
Before we went we did some research on the best patisseries, cafes and bars and one of the places on our list was Eggs & Co. We went here for brunch on the morning we arrived. It’s a funny little building with the kitchen on the bottom floor and a steep set of stairs up to the restaurant level, the ceilings are very low and it’s cosy to say the least but this all adds to the charm of the place. The food was delish and I would definitely go back here. They even have complimentary sweet jars to take from on your way out, a touch my sweet tooth definitely appreciates!
We had planned to visit Cafe de Flore as it’s another spot we found recommended by everyone who’s been, however it is definitely on the more expensive side and as we had just been to Eggs & Co we decided to give it a miss.
As we’ve all been to Paris before we’ve seen a lot of the typical tourist-y sights, so we just chose a few to do over the weekend. First on our site-seeing list was the Sacre Coeur, this is probably one of the best views of Paris from the ground and if you walk on behind it you’ll find a little square called ‘Place du Tertre‘. We wandered down and were met by rows of painters, restaurants and the smell of crepes and Nutella (all time fave).
Going at the end of October we thought it was going to be around the same temperatures as the UK so despite the capsule wardrobe ( hand luggage only) I took thick jumpers and a coat. This was my outfit for the first day, I’m living in this Zara knit now the temperatures have dropped here in the UK but it left me baking after walking around for an hour in Paris! I wore it with a split sleeve white top, again from Zara and some slim fit mum jeans from ASOS.
While we’d all been up the Eiffel tower before we had never watched the light show. It starts at 8pm every evening and lasts around 10 minutes. There are plenty of restaurants and bars with a great view to watch this from but we chose to walk to Bir Hakeim bridge as we’d heard it has the perfect clear view- and it didn’t disappoint.
Most restaurants have the tables and chairs all facing outwards towards the street which is great for people watching. It’s safe to say our entire trip revolved around eating pastries and drinking wine – no regrets!
Our first evening ended in a restaurant bar which we found round the corner from our apartment called Marais Chic. We’d eaten crepes and pastries so didn’t opt for a full meal but the food we did have (french fries, mozzarella bites and onion soup) was really good- I would definitely pay it another visit!
Watch this space for a post on the rest of the trip!