Oh Paris, how we love you! We’d move here in a heartbeat if we could. This is a city with so much for everyone to enjoy, and something gorgeous waiting around every corner to delight and surprise. It was tough, but we’ve come up with our fab four ‘must sees’ for a weekend in Paris, and the good news is that none of them will break the bank. This is a city heady with rich culture and perfect splendor, from the fashion of those chic Parisians going about their daily errands to the countless galleries, parks, shops, cafes and monuments all around. Bon Voyage!
Tea and Macarons at La Duree
Where London has Fortnum and Mason, Paris has La Duree. It would be remiss of us to send you to Paris without pointing you in the direction of our absolute favorite tea shop EVER. Found on a corner of the famous Champs-Elysee, La Duree is the definitive Parisian tea room, with delicious macarons, millefeuilles and sweet tartes on offer all day every day. Don’t forgot to stock up on a few tasty presents on the way out – the packaging alone is almost good enough to eat!
Le Dejeuner in Montmartre
The village on the hill was once a vibrant home to artists and poets, vagabonds and courtesans. You’ve all seen Moulin Rouge, right? Today, its tightly packed houses, windmill, restaurants and shops lead tourists up, up, up along the winding streets towards the majestic white domes of Sacre-Coeur. The views from this iconic monument are stupendous, no matter what the weather’s doing. It might be totally touristy but it’s still a terribly romantic area of Paris, full of pavement cafes packed with cosy tables serving wonderful French fare. Take a seat, order a coffee and a croque monsieur or some petits fours… and watch the world go by. Bon appetit, Sloanies!
Shopping in Les Passages Couverts
They don’t make them like this anymore! These glass-roofed shopping arcades in the area of the Grand Boulevards date from the 18th and 19th centuries and they’re some of the first shopping malls of Europe. It’s all wonderfully eclectic in here: second-hand bookshops, atmospheric little tea-rooms, the odd gallery, and lots of cavernous shops selling everything from old stamps to vintage furniture and handmade perfumes. Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeau are home to the fun Musée Grévin waxwork museum.
Located some thirty miles outside central Paris, all the magic of Disney can be done in a day from your hotel in the city – or you can stay in the resort or closer by if you prefer. Rude not to, we say! Check out the popular daily character parade and stay for the fireworks and light show at 11pm, before boarding your train back to Paris. Download the Disneyland Paris app to your iPhone for accurate waiting times on all rides. Parfait!
We haven’t even covered the Eiffel Tower sparkling away at nightfall, the epic Louvre (home to the Mona Lisa) or the romantic Pont des Arts with all its padlocks fastened to it. Whether it’s a chic little patisserie tucked away in the heart of St Germain or a vintage boutique in the Marais district, it’s time to share l’amour with your fellow prepsters. Drop us a comment below or tweet us @SloaneRanger. Merci!