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Trip List by mrwatson

My very favorite things to do in Paris on a long weekend.

Apr 14, 2006  Have time, have money? Will go to Paris :)
4.0 of 5 stars based on 31 votes

The very best places to go, things to see and what to eat in the best of all possible places - Paris.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Paris
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Repeat visitors, Theater
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with teenagers
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Hotel d'Aubusson
    Hotel d'Aubusson, Paris, Ile-de-France
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    Avg price: $547

    My favorite spot to stay in Paris. Small hotel smack in the middle of the 6th arrondissement. Charming folks behind the desk, decent English spoken if that's important (the owner is English) and a lovely bar for a glass of champagne at the end of a hard day....Cafe Laurent (but the bartender's name is Flavio) also offers jazz most nights. Rooms are decent sized for Paris and they offer Hermes toiletries and big, comfy terrycloth bathrobes.

  • 2. Cafe Buci - Snotty waiters, warm croissants.
    http://www.le-buci.com/rubriques/decouverte/decouverte.aspx

    Just around the corner from the Hotel d'Aubusson. Typical Parisian cafe but with the ambience of the rue de Buci street market. Snotty waiters, warm croissants.

  • 3. Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) - Just don't sit on the grass!
    Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Take a stroll through the garden before lunch. Sail the boats, sit on the benches to feel the sun on your face, take your kids to the carrousel. Grab a newspaper (Herald Tribune?) and enjoy the park. Just don't sit on the grass.

  • 4. Cafe Les Editeurs
    http://www.lesediteurs.fr/

    Hip cafe just up the street from the Hotel D'Aubusson - stop here for lunch when you've shaken off your jet lag. They have a wonderful roast chicken and a great club sandwich.

  • 5. Bon Marche department store - Gustave Eiffel's other creation
    http://www.lebonmarche.fr/anglais/indexbis.htm

    Yes, you can shop here (and they have a fantastic selection of Longchamp handbags and the MaxMara picks are superb) but you should also go to view the incredible domed iron celing designed by Gustave Eiffel. Bon Marche also has several spots for a quick coffee.

  • 6. Cafe de Flore - better than the Deux Magots
    Cafe de Flore, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Pop in for an apertif after shopping. Less tourist than the Deux Magots.

  • 7. Les Bouquinistes for dinner
    http://www.guysavoy.com/

    A 'bargain bistro" offshoot of the famous Guy Savoy. Delicious meals although the dining room can be overrun by Americans.

  • 8. Pont-Neuf
    Pont-Neuf, Paris, Ile-de-France

    A stroll across the bridge at night to catch the lights of the Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame and the boats.

  • 9. Bateaux Mouches
    Bateaux Mouches, Paris, Ile-de-France

    No trip to Paris is complete without a ride on the Bateaux Mouches (or any of its competitors - in fact I tend to prefer the Ponts Vedettes the best).

  • 10. Musee Jacquemart-Andre
    Musee Jacquemart-Andre, Paris, Ile-de-France

    A great little museum with a restaurant serving lunch and brunch.

  • 11. Cafe Marly at the Louvre
    http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home_flash.jsp

    A wonderful cafe located in the (I believe) Trocadero wing of the Louvre.

  • 12. Sewers of Paris (Les Egouts de Paris)
    Sewers of Paris (Les Egouts de Paris), Paris, Ile-de-France

    Yes they do smell ( a bit ) but it's a fascinating tour behind the scenes of how water etc. move through Paris.

  • 13. Museum of the Arab World (Institut du Monde Arabe)
    Museum of the Arab World (Institut du Monde Arabe), Paris, Ile-de-France

    Come for the view on the top floor - incredible view out over Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame etc. Have a coffee at the cafe and unwind for hours.

  • 14. Relais de Bois de Boulogne: A wonderful restaurant for Sunday lunch in the Bois de Boulogne
    http://www.relais-bois-de-boulogne.fr/index2.html

    You'll need to dig a bit to find out how to get here (I walked with friends from the 16th) and you'll need to "ferry" across the small river but it is lovely on a sunny Sunday.

  • 15. Comedie-Francaise (Theatre Francais)
    Comedie-Francaise (Theatre Francais), Paris, Ile-de-France

    Often hosts musicals that run subtitles if you're concerned about rapid funny french.

  • 16. Le Point Virgule
    Le Point Virgule, Paris, Ile-de-France

    And if your french is better... watch comedy at the Point Virgule.

  • 17. Pariscope magazine
    http://www.pariscope.com/

    Bad link (sorry) - but this is my hands down favorite magazine with listings of things to do in Paris. Has a guide to current (and upcoming) movies, shows, events, museum opening hours etc. EXTREMELY HANDY