Life in Paris

Le Louvre Paris

Salut travellers,

We are moving to Paris in a couple of days and will be living there for the next nine months!

Having only spent a few hours in Paris yet, I’ve only seen very little of the city so far (although Moritz has been to Paris several times). During the next couple of months we hope to explore the city more and more, also from a less touristic site. We will therefore start a weekly “personal diary” here on traveluxblog covering our Parisien life, interesting sites and little insider tips.

To start this sequence I would like to ask you to share your favourite things and secret spots in Paris with us.

What are the must-sees in Paris? Where did you enjoy the best view of the city? What was your favourite café? Have you explored the city by bike as well?

Looking forward to hearing about your experiences in Paris!

A bientôt, 

Anna et Moritz

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15 Comments on “Life in Paris

  1. Like all major cities, you need to walk around Paris. Whenever I visit, I try to stay in a different quartier and just walk all around it, going up and down the roads looking for great neighbourhood restaurants, bars, hotels, food shops, markets, galleries, book shops and so on. For me, that’s half the fun. I’ve already visited all the tourist spots but keep returning to a handful such as the Musee d’Orsay and Le Marais. I’m sure you’ll have a fabulous time over the next 9 months and look forward to reading all about it.

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    • I agree, just walking around is the nicest way of exploring a new city! We’ll definitely check out Le Marais and Musee d’Orsay. Any particular restaurants or food shops you could recommend? 🙂

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  2. Have the most wonderful nine months! I just started compiling a series of blog posts about my Paris faves (gathered over different periods of time in the city), and will continue to do so over the next few weeks, in case you’re interested! A few quick recommendations for now: A L’Etoile d’Or for a most magical, heart-warming candy shop experience (it’s like traveling to your childhood, but also traveling through the artisanal history of French chocolates and candies), Musée Gustave Moreau (one of my favorite, smaller museums), Septime (for a fancy, but worth it contemporary dining experience), Pho Mui (Vietnamese food, because you can’t live on French food forever), King Falafel (for falafel, in the wonderful Marais). Also, everyone visits the Notre Dame, but the best part is climbing up the towers right around sunset, for the wonderful view. If you have any particular types of places/things you’re looking for, I’d be so happy to share any info I have 🙂

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    • thank you very much for your comment! I’m looking forward to reading your Paris posts! Your suggestions sound great, we must try out the Vietnamese food very soon 🙂 Notre Dame sounds lovely…haven’t made it there yet, but we’ll try to do this on one of the less busier days during the week 🙂 Do you have any recommendations for what to do around the 7th or 6th arrondissement? That’s where I’ll mostly be spending my time because of university so might be nice to head somewhere for a lunch break 🙂

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      • There are so many great things in the 6th and 7th! I’d often study/eat sandwiches at Cosi in Saint Germain(much better than the chain Cosi’s that are around, it might be the original location, I’m not sure), for chocolates and kouignettes check out Georges Larnicol, I love going to Au Petit Suisse for a quick croque madame and salad (right next to the jardin du luxembourg). For a nice bakery with wonderful croissants and pain au chocolats, you can try Julien (on rue Notre dame des champs). Further in the 7th (closer to the Eiffel tower) there are some great places as well for lunch and pastries/desserts (Les Cocottes, Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Lemoine). You could also head to Bon Marché and their Grande Epicerie de Paris (it’s pricey, but they have a ton of ready-made foods, as well as baked goods that are perfect for lunch or dinner). This might be technically in the 5th (near the pantheon) but I enjoyed the salads at Comptoir du Panthéon. Also Poîlane bakery is in the 6th, they also have a casual open sandwich place next door (LA Cuisine de Bar). That’s just a snippet, so let me know if you’d like more specific recommendations catered to your tastes! 🙂 Bon appétit! Also, if you’re a student, I sincerely hope you take advantage of the SNCF student annual pass! Saves so much money.

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      • wow so many places! Thank you for your recommendations! I will have to start checking them out soon. Are any of those places offering some quiet space to sit down and study a bit as well? The library is just way too crowded to do that haha. I don’t have the SNCF pass, but am planning on getting the TGV Max ticket for some trips during the weekend 🙂

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      • Oh my god I totally understand about the libraries… I visited so many and was so frustrated by them (and the (non)borrowing policies at most of them..ugh). Anyway! I’m not totally sure I have recommendations for study spaces except Cosi, and that wasn’t entirely quiet either.. The cafés right outside the Sorbonne buildings aren’t particularly great, but they do contain many students/profs working… or at least they did when I was there! My suggestion would be to scope out a few cafés that you like in general, and go on off times, if possible. Also, it depends on your field of study, but if you just need to read/study something that wouldn’t require spreading out, I’d recommend picking a large-ish museum you like and finding a secluded bench! I don’t think they’d bother you and it’s so nice to study around art! I’ll let you know if I think of more specific places! 🙂

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  3. My favourite coffee shop is Cuillier – I think there’s several but I love the one near Sacre Coeur. And I also love the fancy Café Angelina inside the Louvre but it’s so expensive!

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