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Photo of colorful French Macarons Colorful French Macarons

Macarons, croissants and chocolate éclairs: if you have a sweet tooth, Paris is definitely the right place for you! The city features hundreds – maybe even thousands – of wonderful pastry shops. These pâtisseries offer the most exquisite selections of tarts, cakes, pastries and more. It’s important to know the difference between a bakery and a pastry shop: while bakers in bakeries only make bread, pastry chefs in pastry shops specialize in pastries and sweets. You’ll find that most pastry shops in Paris have certain areas of expertise, and are often known for a specific type of pastry. It’s not uncommon for Parisians to visit one pastry shop to get a box of macarons, and then travel across the city to buy their éclairs at another place!

In this article, we’ll give you our top 10 pastry shops in Paris. Keep in mind the list is not definitive as there are so many amazing pâtisseries in town. However, all the shops listed here do have one or more specialties that really make them stand out. The following are some of our absolute favorites in the city of Paris. Enjoy!

1. Pierre Hermé

Picture of macarons in the pastry shop Pierre Hermé in Paris The Parisian pastry shop Pierre Hermé is famous for its delicious macarons

Pierre Hermé is the perfect first pastry shop to try in Paris. It’s got two very French and very delicious specialties that you just have to try during a visit to the city: the macaron and the croissant Ispahan. Pierre Hermé became famous for his delicious macarons: sweet meringues with crunchy outsides and delectable creamy fillings. Try the pistachio, violet, or chocolate. The croissant Ispahan has a topping of rose and glaze, which adds just a pinch of inventiveness to the traditional pastry. Pierre Hermé was once called the ‘Picasso of pastry’, and it’s easy to see why! There are several locations of the brand in Paris, but the best known is probably the Rue Bonaparte flagship store in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This store often has a line out the door, but the pastries are definitely worth standing in line for! Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of the 7th Arrondissement and Eiffel Tower in Paris View of the Eiffel Tower and 7th Arrondissement of Paris

It’s a sight that will stick with you for the rest of your life: the first time you lay eyes on the magnificent Eiffel Tower rising above the rooftops of Paris. First-time visitors to the City of Lights often head to the 7th arrondissement as soon as they arrive, as this is where the Champ de Mars and the Tour Eiffel can be found. It’s a shame that some of these visitors don’t take the time to also explore the neighborhood itself, as it is one of the most beautiful areas in Paris! The 7th arrondissement is an ancient and affluent neighborhood that boasts some of the best museums in town, as well as architecture that will absolutely take your breath away.

In this article, we’ll explore the 7th arrondissement in Paris and show you what it’s like to live here as a local!

The 7th arondissement is famous for its tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and Hôtel des Invalides, as well as for its many amazing museums, such as the Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin. However, it’s also a very popular residential neighborhood in Paris. Not only because many of the apartments in the 7th Arrondissement provide splendid views of the Eiffel Tower, like this beautiful 1-bedroom rental in Invalides, but also because the area is simply one of the best residential neighborhoods in Paris. Still associated with the French nobility and upper class, this central Paris neighborhood is fittingly shaped like a diamond. It’s bordered in the north by the Seine River, to the southwest by the Avenue de Suffren, and to the southeast by the Rue de Sèvres. It’s very well connected to the other arrondissements of Paris by the Metro lines 6, 8, 10, 12 and 13, and by the RER C. This means it both provides a fantastic base to explore the city during a holiday and an ideally located home for a longer stay in Paris. Welcome to the 7th arondissement! Read the entire story here…»

 

Panorama of the 6th Arrondissement in Paris View of the 6th Arrondissement in Paris

Most visitors in Paris want to experience a bit of everything while staying in the City of Lights: a taste of the bohemian lifestyle, the best Parisian cafes, art galleries, museums, parks and more. Lucky for them, it just so happens that the 6th Arrondissement in Paris offers all of these things! It’s the epitome of life in Paris: home to famous cafes such as the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, the 6th Arrondissement comprises part of the bustling Latin Quarter. It’s also the intellectual center of the city, with its world famous universities and seat of the Senate in the beautiful Luxembourg Palace, right next to the public park Jardin du Luxembourg. The 6th Arrondissement is one of the most sought after residential neighborhoods in Paris. In this article we’ll show you what living in the 6th Arrondissement looks like!

Welcome to the 6th Arrondissement of Paris

The 6th Arrondissement of Paris includes some of the most famous areas in the city: The Latin Quarter in the northeastern part of the arrondissement, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in the area around the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Odéon area around the Odéon Theatre, the Notre-Dame-des-Champs area around the metro station of the same name, and the Luxembourg area around the Jardin du Luxembourg. Discover what it’s like to walk the streets of the 6th Arrondissement in our Latin Quarter video tour. The 6th Arrondissement is roughly bordered by the River Seine in the north, the Boulevard Saint-Michel in the east, the Boulevard du Montparnasse in the south, and the Rue de Sèvres and Rue des Saint Pères in the west. The neighborhood is easily accessible with the metro, as the 4, 10, 12 and RER B lines run right through it. Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of the Eiffel Tower and a Christmas market. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra. A Christmas market near the Eiffel Tower in Paris during Holiday Season. Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra.

Paris is beautiful at any time of the year, but there’s something extra special about visiting the City of Lights during Holiday Season! From mid-November until mid-January, Paris becomes a magical place filled with sparkling lights, outdoor ice-skating rinks and Christmas markets. Furthermore, there’s Christmas shopping at the Galeries Lafayette and an Enchanted Christmas at Disneyland Paris!

In this article, we’ve categorized our favorite holiday season activities, so you can easily create your own travel itinerary for your visit to Paris in the fall or winter of 2013!

Paris Market and Fairs

Paris is known for its many amazing food and antique markets throughout the year. However, come Holiday Season the city steps it up a notch with the Parisian Christmas markets! These amazing outdoor markets feature anything from Christmas gifts to seasonal culinary delights, and can be found all over the city. The following are some of our favorites.

  • The Champs Elysées Christmas Market is the largest Christmas market in Paris. It runs from the Place de la Concorde all the way up to the Champs Elysées roundabout. From November 15th to January 5th, you can enjoy mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and more on one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Of course, this is also a great place to get some serious Christmas shopping done. Have a look at Visit the Champs Elysées in Paris for more information about the shops. Read the entire story here…»
 

A holiday in Paris doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, if you do a little bit of research you’ll be able to see much of the City of Lights for free! To save you some time we compiled a list of our top 10 free things to see and do in Paris. From visiting free museums to discovering the Eiffel Tower up close without paying a dime, we’ve got you covered!

1. Discover Free Museums in Paris

Picture of the Louvre Museum in Paris You can visit the Louvre and other museums in Paris for free every 1st Sunday of the month

Fancy seeing the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay for free? You can visit all major museums in Paris for free on the 1st Sunday of each month! Understandably it can get quite crowded in the most popular museums of Paris on this day, so try to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. You can also choose to visit one of the slightly less famous (but still absolutely fantastic) museums in Paris such as the Musée des Arts et Métiers or Musée Rodin.

Are you a citizen of the European Union and under 25 years old? We have good news for you! You can visit all the museums in Paris free of charge. This applies to all major and small museums and even big attractions such as the Palace of Versailles. Do remember to bring proof of documentation such as a passport or identification card or you’ll have to pay! Read the entire story here…»

 

Famous for the Champs Elysées, the Galeries Lafayette and more, Paris is one of the best destinations for a shopping holiday in Europe. There’s something to find for everyone: from high-end boutiques to fantastic flea markets.

In this article we’ll introduce you to the world of shopping in Paris, and show you our top 5 shopping spots in the city. We categorized them so you can quickly find the type of shop you’re interested in. Enjoy some heavy window-shopping!

1. Paris’ Famous Shopping streets

Picture of Rue de Rivoli in Paris The famous shopping street Rue de Rivoli in Paris

We start off the list with some of the world- renowned shopping streets of Paris. Along these streets you’ll find everything from large department stores to small French boutiques.

  • The Rue de Rivoli is one of these famous streets that seem to offer everything. The Rue de Rivoli starts at the Place de la Concorde and runs east towards the Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church. Between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, the Rue de Rivoli houses many tourist-friendly stores to purchase souvenirs. East from the Louvre, there are many national and international chain stores, such as Zara, H&M, Yves Rocher, Gap, Mango, the Body Shop and more. Read the entire story here…»
 

View of the Champs Elysées in Paris The Champs Elysées in Paris

“La plus belle avenue du monde” or “the most beautiful avenue in the world”. This is how the Champs Elysées is known among the French. While not everyone may agree, the Champs Elysées is certainly one of the most beautiful and well-known streets of Paris. Starting at the Place de la Concorde on the right bank of the River Seine in the 8th Arrondissement, the Champs Elysées runs west towards the Place Charles de Gaulle and Arc de Triomphe. It is part of the Axe Historique, a line of landmarks that extends west from the city center of Paris.

Le Notre, the landscape architect of King Louis XV, built the Champs Elysées in 1667. The avenue was named after the Elysian Fields from Greek Mythology. During the Second Empire of Napoleon III the Champs Elysées was turned into a playground for the rich and famous, as luxurious restaurants and theaters lined the avenue. Nowadays, the avenue is still known for its fantastic theaters, cinemas and cafes. Furthermore, it has become one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.

In this article we’ll introduce you to the great avenue that is the Champs Elysées. We’ll show you some of the best places to shop, where you can find nice cafes and restaurants, and what museums and landmarks (such as the Arc de Triomphe) you can find in the area! Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of a typical street in the heart of Le Marais Typical street in the heart of Le Marais

People coming to Paris, whether they’re tourists, students, interns or professionals, all ask the same first question: where should I stay? Paris has so many fantastic neighborhoods that it can become hard to pick one. This is why we chose to highlight one of our favorite areas in Paris: Le Marais. The Marais is an amazing neighborhood that brings together the old and the modern. Its ancient winding cobblestoned streets are filled with fun boutiques, great cafes, amazing galleries and so much more. The community also embraces beautiful architecture, making it a delight to stay in the Marais during your time in Paris. Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in summer The Eiffel Tower in Paris in summertime

Paris in the summertime is picturesque: Parisians and tourists alike enjoy great food on café terraces, picnic in parks filled with flowers, and watch children play in fountains all over the city. Here, there’s something new to see or do every day! In this article we’ll list some of our favorite summer events in Paris, and show you how you can make the most of a holiday in Paris for the summer of 2013. Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of France’s Palace of Versailles The grand Palace of Versailles in France

The splendor of the Château de Versailles, or Palace of Versailles, is known throughout the world. Once the home of French kings and queens, nowadays the Palace of Versailles and its marvelous gardens are open to visitors. If you’re staying in Paris, the Palace of Versailles and the city of Versailles make a great day trip. Versailles is located just 17 kilometers (10,5 miles) southwest from the city center of Paris. The easiest way to get to the Palace of Versailles is to take the RER C train to the “Versailles Rive Gauche – Château de Versailles” station, which is a short walk away from the castle.

In this article we’ll tell you something about the history of Versailles, and also give you some visitor tips to make the most of your visit to the Palace and City of Versailles! Read the entire story here…»