If a European sojourn is your honeymoon dream, then a few days in Paris should definitely be on the agenda. From grand boulevards to intimate cobbled stone streets, Michelin star meals to casual crepe stands, and luxe fashion houses to street art stalls, Paris offers an exquisite mix of history, style, food, architecture and culture.
Although you could easily while away weeks, if not months, in this trés chic locale, a few days in this beloved city will provide just enough Parisian panache to satisfy your French wanderlust (at least for now).
Adèle and Jules
Tucked away in a quiet side street, Hotel Adèle and Jules is a boutique establishment brimming with Parisian style. Decorated with lush colour palettes, luxe linen and quality fixtures, no detail has been overlooked in this gorgeous compilation of rooms and suites.
Some rooms include balconies and bathtubs and each comes with fluffy bathrobes and bath and body products from renowned French perfumery Fragonard – divine! Start your day with breakfast in bed (omelettes and croissants obligatory) and enjoy gazing out the French windows to the city scenery beyond – perfect!
Take your love by the hand and wander the streets of Paris to really soak up the city vibes, while ticking off your must-sees, from the Eiffel Tower and Sacré Coeur, to Notre Dame, the Seine and the Louvre – then select a couple of museums for a more in-depth visit. Aside from the Louvre, a couple of other fascinating options are the Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin.
Once a thriving train station, this go-to destination is now a spectacular gallery space set across several floors. Showcasing a tantalising array of pieces, comprising predominantly sculptures and paintings, the building is also a work of art in itself! Don’t miss the larger-than-life clocks in the main hall and on the fifth floor, and be sure to stop by the second and fifth floor to see select paintings by Monet and Van Gogh.
Set among stunning manicured gardens and a beautifully restored mansion house, the Musée Rodin is a must-see for any art lover. Enjoy strolling around the gorgeous grounds with your love and contemplate the artist’s famous sculpture The Thinker, within an idyllic rose garden setting.
Evening Show – Crazy Horse
After dinner, venture to the heart of the city’s golden triangle to catch a performance at the world-famous venue, Le Crazy Horse Paris. Offering an intoxicating mix of cabaret, dance, art and burlesque, this heritage venue has been an integral part of Parisian culture for more than 65 years. The current Crazy Horse production entitled ‘Totally Crazy’ is a special anniversary show and is a dynamic celebration of Crazy Girl history, interweaving new numbers with the company’s classic choreography.
If you have already had the pleasure of sampling one of Ladurée’s signature macarons, then you may be delighted to know this pastel pretty establishment also serves up a delicious French breakfast. Pop into the Printemps café to dine on French toast with rose fragranced cream and fresh, flaky croissants, before a big day of shopping and sightseeing.
Lunch: Le Restaurant
Discuss your favourite French Impressionists’ works over rabbit terrine and oven baked cheese at Musee d’Orsay’s glamorous dining hall, simply entitled ‘Le Restaurant’. A voluminous space with chandeliers, ceiling friezes, gilded plasterwork and designer seating, this is a worthwhile detour during your museum visit. Originally part of the former train station’s hotel, the restaurant serves up modern French cuisine and offers floor to ceiling views of the city.
Indulge in French champagne and sunset views of the Eiffel Tower at the iconic Georges Restaurant, perched on the top floor of the Centre Pompidou building. Serving up a fusion of French and Asian influenced cuisine in a vast, uber modern space, Georges is a can’t-miss dining destination. Time your visit for sunset and opt for the truffle infused mushroom ravioli for an unforgettable dining experience.
If browsing through stores teaming with gleaming caviar tins, avant-garde chocolates or fishbowls filled with golden honey sounds like a dreamy afternoon, then take the metro to Madeleine – a must-visit neighbourhood for any gourmand. Stock up on truffled delights at Maison de la Truffe, from freshly shaved truffle by the gram (if you dare!) to infused oils, salts and chocolates – this is a Parisian paradise for any truffle lover.
Next, take your honey to Maison Alexandre Stern – a gorgeous boutique offering up intriguing pollen-produced elixirs from around the world. You can sample them in store and mix and match to create your own perfectly curated selection.
Finally, stop by mustard pros Maille to stock up on the perennial French condiment du jour. Here you can sample in-store, browse the extensive mustard selections and create your own take-home combinations. From liquor-spiked varieties to fruity infusions, you’re bound to find a concoction that takes your fancy.
Galeries Lafayette and Printemps
No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to some of the city’s glamorous department stores – the perfect place to pick up a few new honeymoon pieces! Here you will find haute-couture to high street, all within a stunning sartorial setting. Even if shopping is not on your to-do list – it’s worth stopping by Galeries Lafayette to see its spectacular glass dome – truly beautiful!
All images by Anika Reynolds.
Ms Polka Dot says: With this roundup of fabulous food, places to visit in Paris and things to experience, how can you not want to jump on a plane right now and visit this city that offers so much to tingle the senses?