I’ve just returned from my two week extravaganza trip in Paris. My girlfriend and I packed our bags together - she picked the clothes, and I picked our makeup - and we set off to Paris.
Two girls in a city as large as Paris could be either an amazing adventure or a complete disaster. We were in the former group, and had the best time of our lives. Our trick? Go easy. Instead of trying to see everything and everyone, we did our research before we went there, and tried to stick to a general plan - where to eat, for example - and relied on our friends there to take us out.
Here’s where we had the most fun!
Must-try restaurants in Paris
Food is sacrosanct to me. It is one of the rare few joys in my life. I treat it with the same reverence the British treat butter, and Lana Del Rey treats her substance abuse: with the utmost love and respect.
There’s a lot of hard work involved in getting the best plate of food in Paris. So let’s get to it.
This gem of a restaurant is breathtaking. It’s located at the Palais de Tokyo - the “it” spot in Paris. You’re going there to see and be seen, so dress accordingly. All the rich kids and #lifestyle fanatics are going to be there, dying for the chance to snap a chic pic of their food. The food is delicious, but you’re mostly going to be people-watching. There’s a view of the Eiffel Tower, too.
Brace yourself. Bistros are coming. While there’s one and a million of them in Paris, Les Antiquaires has the perfect steak. I’ve eaten a lot of meat, and this one, mixed with delicious tartare sauce, is by far my favorite. There’s good food in huge portions, all at reasonable prices. Seriously, the tartare is the best thing here. Lunch is your best bet here, and finish off your meal with wine. Then pack up, and briskly walk to Musée d’Orsay which is just a few minutes away. Then stare at art, and feel the parisian #lifestyle take over.
Must-see museums in Paris
You can’t go to Paris and just skip the Louvre. Don’t be that person. Go to Louvre and expect to spend about 6 hours there and see a lot of great works. Read up on them before you enter otherwise you’ll be just another speck in the crowd, being there for the sake of being there.
If you don’t feel like reading up, go to the The Musée d'Orsay. It’s way better than the Louvre, at least for us. And that’s because there’s not an infinite smorgarsboard of artworks. There’s a close-cut selection of artworks by Delacroix, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Monet, Van Gogh, and others. It used to be an old train station but was retrofitted into arguably the most gorgeous museum in Paris.
I know this is a long stretch, and Provence isn’t really that near Paris… but. BUT! You have to go see the lavender fields in Provence. There’s not a macaron in the world that can replace the tranquil smell of purple flowers that stretch as far as the eye can see. Seriously, if you can book an excursion for a couple of days, buy the train ticket immediately and go to Provence. Expect lots of excellent wine, views, nature, chocolate, and bring your iPhone or next-best-camera with you. There’s even a cruise in France that takes you from Paris to Burgundy (by motor coach) and then to Provence (by boat). Book that ticket. Thank me later.
Cineffable is a feminist festival in Paris, held from 28 October to 1 November. This is a must seefestival because of their excellent selection of little-known but exceptional short films, documentaries, and, well, regular films that have anything and everything to do with feminism. Well worth the visit.
That’s it! As far as nightlife goes, our friends in Paris took us out to a bunch of places, but they all felt more of the same to us. I guess we’re more ‘food&wine’ gals than ‘dance&wine’.
We had the best time in Paris, and hopefully, you will too!
Roxana is a Sydney based travel enthusiast with a passion for writing. She loves fashion and has an eye for anything visually appealing and aesthetical. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. You can find her articles on HighStyleLife and StyleByAsia. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.