As summer was winding down I had the opportunity to visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities — Paris. Paris delights it’s visitors with scenic views, cavernous art galleries and some of the finest cuisine that you will ever taste. I’ve been to Paris on business in the past, but this time was different. On this last trip to Paris I was able to really enjoy myself and take in everything that the city of lights has to offer.
I started my first morning in Paris with a breakfast buffet near Montmartre. Normally I do my best to avoid high calorie foods but it would have been a total waste to not gorge myself on the delicious buttery croissants, cheeses and hot chocolates served that morning. After eating my fill I climbed my way up the winding hills of Montmartre. This is the lovely neighborhood that Amélie was filmed, and it is just as beautiful in real life. As I strolled I came across numerous little shops offering interior items, paper products and knick knacks. Monmartre is also the home of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
Over the next several days I got a chance to wander along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, view the city from the Eiffel Tower and take in the beauty of Norte Dame. These historic sites are amazing, but what is truly wonderful about Paris is its distinctive neighborhoods and districts that each offer their own unique take on the city.
One of my favorites is Le Marais. Le Marais and the surrounding area is packed with art galleries, cafes, vintage clothing and zakka shops galore. I could spend days here rummaging through the shops and wasting away my afternoons sipping espresso.
Nearby you will find the Centre Pompidou, which is home to the Musée National d’Art Moderne. With its postmodern architecture the Centre Pompidou stands out against the backdrop of Paris. I spent hours in the museum but it still wasn’t enough. Even if you don’t enter the centre there is a lot to see in the surrounding area. The open space outside if full of sculptures, murals and variety of street performers.
Here are some pictures and shop recommendations gathered from my trip:
Merci concept store
Bonton super cute kid’s concept store
WOWO kid’s boutique
La Boule Rouge wholesale gift wrapping supply shop
Fleux interior shop
La Chaise Longue lifestyle shop
Home Autour Du Monde clothes and decorative objects store