It’s hard not to fall for the beauty and charm of this iconic city, which has been a magnet for artists, lovers and foodies alike for generations – simply put, Paris is always a good idea. 


STAY at the the Hotel Oratio (formerly the Hotel Agora Saint Germain) in the Latin Quarter, an adorable boutique hotel in an equally as adorable neighborhood with lots of cafes, restaurants and shops that feels a world away from heavy tourist traffic yet is a stone’s throw from the Seine and Notre Dame.

DO look into the Paris Museum Pass, which covers admission to most major museums and monuments and allows you to skip the line (a tremendous value, especially for first-time visitors), and purchase your Eiffel Tower tickets in advance to save even more time.

EAT at Relais de l’Entrecôte for a truly memorable experience of “all you should eat” (and then some) steak frite, indulge in street food like baguette sandwiches and Nutella crêpes from sidewalk carts and make at least one of your meals a picnic in the park (Luxembourg Gardens is my favorite spot) by assembling bread, wine, cheese, fruit and pastries from neighborhood shops and markets.

DISCOVER the City of Light at night when all of its buildings and bridges are beautifully floodlit, making for a romantic backdrop for an after-dinner stroll.

Read more in my Guide to Visiting Paris.


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Visiting the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris

Mont Saint-Michel Daytrip from Paris

Visiting the Cité de l’Architecture Museum in Paris

5 Interesting Facts About the Paris Opera

EATS: Paris – Vol. 2

Visiting Claude Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny

Sketching Workshop in Paris

Making Macarons in Paris

Macaron Madness

Visiting the Rodin Museum

Left Bank Paris in 6 Hours

EATS: Paris – Vol. 1

Crossing the English Channel on the Eurostar

Navigating Europe’s Big-City Christmas Markets and Festivities

Paris Museums 101

Paris on the Cheap