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I was in Paris almost nine years ago with my family. I remember loving it then; my first trip to Europe felt big. The food culture, how late people stay out, the manicured parks, the endless amount of things to do and eat and see. I knew I would be back. The cityis romantic in all ways "romantic" can be interpreted - whatever you are passionate about, whatever lights a fire in you, gets fed here. If you have been, that may make sense to you, and if you hope or plan to go, it is a place worth soaking in. I am in love with traveling for the sake of experiencing the spirit of different countries and cities. The fiestiness of the French, the frequency with which Italians yell and use their hands, the gusto the Spaniards have towards just being "out." You miss those things if you are always moving. Sit. Watch. Allow them, everyone else in the world, to change your own anthem.

We filled our days doing our share of watching and moving. I had more recommendations than we had time. I want to include a few travel posts here to mention places we enjoyed. It was so helpful to have Heidiand David's lists along with some recommendations from friends and readers. You can wander and find good food, but in a city well traveled, I appreciated being pointed in the right direction. We were in town for six days, one of which we were zombies from not sleeping on the plane and grabbed simple salad and sandwich things at the grocery store so we could just get settled and go to bed early. So, let's say five. Breakfasts were always at the hotel, something light. We stayed at Hotel Design Sorbonne the first few nights and La Belle Juliette the latter half (we adored this hotel). The room was beautiful, a little more space than an average Paris hotel room, the staff was helpful, and the bed was super comfortable. I worked at a luxury hotel for a few years and I notice details because of that experience, this hotel does a lot of things right. We ate a lot of good food, but where we stayed made this leg of the trip even better.

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// PARIS FOOD //

L' As du Falafel: Hugh's last meal on earth would be a very specific schwarma from a little spot in Berlin that he can no longer remember the name of. He found this new spot on yelp (which I later realized was on every rec list I had). It is in the Marais area on a street with a handful of other falafel shops. It's a street food situation, ordering at the window and eating your sandwich off the sidewalk. I had the falafel pita and if you are in Paris, you must eat this. Its reputation is completely worth the praise. They have printed on the front door "recommended by Lenny Kravitz"...and who needs Yelp reviews when you have that?

Laduree: The service was a bit snippy, but for perfect macarons, I can overlook it. The pistachio was my favorite. We also split the chocolate and salted caramel ones in half and swapped halves to make a fabulous combo. If you are near the Canal, grab bread from Du Pain et Des Idees. The pastry will look intriguing, but go for the bread. We wanted to try a few other pastry shops but ran out of time and room in the bellies.

Rose Bakery: You may have heard of their book. The casual spot is perfect for lunch. The menu changes frequently and there were a lot of vegetarian options. I ordered the composed bowl of all of their salads and it was lovely. Reminded me that I need to make Muhummara.

Nanashi: Similar to Rose Bakery in theory with the small portions, changing deli salads and vegetables. Perfect when you want something a bit lighter and great to take-away the little boxes for a park picnic.

Breizh Cafe: This was my favorite meal but I don't qualify that by food alone. It was a warm, Sunday evening and all the doors were open. There were people out everywhere and the restaurant was bustling. We found out we like dry, hard ciders, which is what everyone drinks here. They have galettes and crepes which are filled with just the perfect amount of fillings. Mine had spring vegetables, gruyere, a runny egg and I dumped a green salad on top. So delicious. I'm going to try to recreate this simple spring meal at home.

Telescope: You can get coffee all over the place but you have to keep an eye out for "coffee shops" as we know them. This was a good find. There is a great list of other coffee shops for coffee lovers over on Lingered Upon.

Les Enfants Perdus: There is something intriguing about ordering and not really knowing what you'll get. A refreshing contrast to home. We stopped in for lunch and the kind waiter tried his best to translate, which gave us at least the focus of the dish, and we just made an educated guess. I had a lovely dish of braised whole leeks, poached eggs, greens and a chunky shallot vinaigrette, and Hugh had roast chicken with risotto. The ambiance was sweet and they have a great little shop across the way with specialty kitchen items.

Le Burgundry: We were treated to a tasting menu dinner here by the hotel. They have a Michelin star and the food has the whole molecular gastronomy feel to it. We had this delcious dessert with a sea salt shortbread, ganache and a caramely tuile. This place is for someone feeling very fancy.

Verjus Bar a Vin: Ok maybe this ties for favorite meal because the food was incredible. We ate at the wine bar and did a bunch of small plates and tried a few different wines. The combination of flavors and textures were perfect so I'm glad we were able to try a lot of different things. It is owned by an American couple and the servers were super friendly and nice. They have a full restaurant upstairs, but I liked the little cave bar.

Maime Gateaux: We weren't recommended this stop, but we noticed it was always packed so gave it a try. Perfect for a light lunch or a tea + treat break. I didn't try one as we were there for coffee and treats, but the tarte/quiche deal that seemed popular looked delcious.

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// ETC. //

Walk down Rue Mouffetard - a street for the food lover. Lots of fromageries, boulangeries, charcuterie and produce stands. Pack a picnic and head to the Luxembourg Gardens. A little larger and so charming on a sunny day, Jardin Tuileries which is right beside the Louvre and across from the d'Orsay. If that isn't already too much museum for you, the L'Orangerie is located in the West corner of the garden.

We really liked Le Marais area in general, lots of shops, artists on the street and a young spirit going on. We were staying in St. Germain which is pretty central, making it super easy to get places. Then when we wanted less bustle, we'd roam Montmarte. Airbnb has short descriptions of each area that I found helpful. I think we hit every arrondissement and it was neat to see how much can change in the scope of a city. What a mesmerizing place.

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Our accomodations were hosted by the Hotels Paris Rive Gauche. It was a pleasure. All opinions are my own.

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Reader Comments (69)

Sara! This makes me ache to go to Paris. Thank you for all the amazing tips...I may use them sooner rather than later since my 11 year old daughter is begging for me to take her this summer.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWinnie

Oh my gosh, so lovely. It sounds wonderful!
And, as always, the photography is BREATHTAKING. Hugh rocks.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichaela

This is fantastic info, I'll be saving the post in hopes of a future trip to Paris! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. I'm off to Venice and Lisbon next week and seeing anything about travel is just amping up my excitement.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

so, so beautifully captured. the words and images sing together.

and, pistachio is my favourite too.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertara

Amazing pics! I went to Paris once probably six year ago and would love to go back and explore again. That hotel looks amazing.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I've only spent a grand total of three days in Paris, but I loved it. I'll definitely take this list on my next trip, even if it's just an imaginary one.

What amazing photos. I've been to London and it was such an eye-opening experience.I was only 18 and it was the first time I'd been abroad without a parent. What a fantastic experience! We almost made it to Paris, but ran out of time.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

How awesome! I hit up a couple of places that you did too. Here is Part 1 of my Paris travels and food adventures, if you're interested. :)

http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/2013/04/paris-part-1-april-in-paris.html

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane @ Vintage Zest

gorgeous photos and words. i went to paris on my honeymoon two years ago right around the same time you went. there's something about traveling that ignites everything good within you - it's a jumpstart to the soul. i'm thrilled you made a list. i'll keep it on hand as the husband and i plan on going again. xo

I lived in Paris for 6 months last year and fell in love with the city too- You visited some of my favourite places: food-wise nanashi, rose bakery and l'aus du falafel. Nothing better than wandering around the Marais (I think you meant le Marais not the Marsais..) on a Sunday, browsing the shops, soaking up the atmosphere and stopping for a giant falafel sandwich! I adore Paris's parks too..and the art..! Le Musée d'Orsay and l'Orangerie are also favourites. Glad you loved it. London next time!

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Oh, you captured just how I feel about Paris. "Whatever lights a fire in you gets fed here." Yes and yes!

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I should be commenting on the food and witty reviews and photos, of course, but I'd just like to take a moment to say those white and blue pants are TRES MAGNIFIQUE. Love ya, lady. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKels

What a delightful post reminded me so much of my time in Paris Thank you

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny

I'm gonna bookmark this post! I'm planning a trip to Paris and this will definitely help me in my quest to eat my way through the city :)

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily B

wow, stunning photos! i fell in love with Paris during my brief visit there in college.. it is magical.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Lane

Such lovely atmospheric photos! I just got back from Paris too. Love the city. You can see my blog post/some photos here http://thelittlekicks.com/blog/2013/04/16/a-weekend-in-paris/ :)

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

THANK YOU! We are going to Paris in July, and this is exactly the kind of list I've been looking for. Ahhh I can't wait.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTia Stockton

Your pics are awesome ! I live in Paris and I love your pic of Montmartre, I never see it that beautiful. I've never been ro Nanashi but everybody talks about it. I've been planning to eat there for so long ! Hope you had a great time.
P.S thank you for your blog, it's always perfect

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarion

Thank you!! My husband and I are going to Paris for the first time in July and on my to do list this week is finding a hotel or apartments to stay at while we are there. It looks like you had an amazing time. I can't wait to visit all of these great places!!! YAY

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Cohen

I love all things Paris and I could almost imagine myself there with this post, thank you! My husband and I were lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving in Paris recently and we had Thanksgiving dinner at Breizh Cafe and it was heaven. Looks like you had an amazing time!

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Oh my, lovely. I also must point out that I love those blue and white pants.
My husband and I are determined to get to Paris for our 15th wedding anniversary (5 years from now), so I am taking notes of all your favorite places. Can't wait. :)

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah

One of my favorite cities in the world. Beautiful photos. <3

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSunaina

great pictures and info. Your last picture and taking about your accommodation .....?

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaty

oooohhh! been waiting for this post!! welcome home & MERCI for the great info and pics :):)

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Beautiful! I am going to Italy this summer, and I am so looking forward to a good European week! :)

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErin

What absolutely stunning photos - Hugh is a bit of a genius isn't he? :-) I love Paris but haven't been in years which is silly considering how close it is. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf

Swoon. These photos are truly beautiful. This makes me want to start planning another trip!

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

A gorgeous post. You're making me ache with the travel bug... Beautiful shots and fabulous descriptions.

Where did you get this AWESOME pants??

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

gorgeous beautiful amazing wonderful photos and stories!!
those kumquats! (i think?)
and that eiffel tower sky...

when i was at laduree they actually totally ignored me standing in line! and so i waited almost 45 min for the best macarons of my life (it was worth it)

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermackenzie

How beautiful!!! What a lovely captured moment of Paris.. I"m happy to say I've been to many of these places and can attest to their beauty and deliciousness.. So happy you enjoyed such a well deserved trip.. Thank you for sharing!

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

These words and photographs beat any Paris travel guide I've ever pored over. So beautiful. Thank-you for all of the recommendations.

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

I fell in love with this story of yours about Paris as I'm in love with Paris as well and completely understand what you're saying in the first paragraph. Being a photographer, a foodie and a traveler as well you're blog is so up my alley and you've inspiring me to pursue my passions even more. I just had to buy your book too.

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAgnes Borowik

I like the sleeping french man, I adore your freaking outrageous pants, and I looove the feel of the coffee photo that says "hey we are in Paris and its a rainy day so we are escaping into a cafe to sip coffee and people watch." Unless it wasn't a rainy day. But that photo totally feels like a rainy day!

Keep doin' what you're doing, you definitely got my vote Sara!

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLana Pribic

Absolutely beautiful post. My husband and I are planning a trip to London in September and are contemplating extending our stay and traveling to Paris for a few days. This list will certainly come in handy. And super huge congratulations on the Saveur nomination: your partnership really inspires me...

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJade Sheldon

Nanashi, Breizh, Rose Bakery, L'As du Falafel, La Duree, and Verjus?

You did an IMPECCABLE job at finding these places. Paris by Mouth? Another place to go, is Bob's, a stop away from Republique, and one of the few Vegetarian, healthy whole food restaurants in Paris. Fresh menu, changes daily, awesome food, GET THE COOKIES.

Again, yum yum! Hope you loved every minute!

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B

oh my gosh. i can't even take how beautiful these photos are. every other one, i took in a quick breath.

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterashley e

What a beautiful post about Paris. There seems to be no city more documented and archived by travelers, but your post made me feel like I was back there in a tiny apartment with rooftop views. Thanks. :)

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRandle

Sara, Thank you, thank you, thank you.....I'm actually on my way to Paris in 1 month. I will follow your lead for some great meals. I adore your book, thank you for your energy. Cheri

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheri

Dreamy post. I wish I was back there!

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterthecitygourmand

Wow. Awesome write up! I used to live in a small suburban town just outside of Versailles and seem to manage to make it back to Paris almost every summer :) I felt like you did such a fantastic job capturing the city in words and photos!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercamille

Oh wow! I am getting married in May and will have 3 days of my honeymoon in Paris. You have really given me a flavor of what to expect and where to eat! Who needs a guide book for eateries when I’ve got your post to reference. Thank you, and love the pictures.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Breathtaking photos! Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this little glimpse of Paris with us. :)

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRow

Your photographs are so beautiful, you've made me feel like I just returned from a trip to Paris! :) Love your site...so much!

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Sara, I am so so so happy for you guys that you enjoyed Paris. It is my favorite city on earth. The past few times I have been there I have either been rushed or have had my kids with me, so I haven't had the time to investigate the places I have wanted to eat. But does it matter? Of course not. A family trip to L'as du Felafel made me incredibly happy, even if we left behind too many places to count. The fact that Graham said, over and over again, "That was SO good!" for hours after we ate it, was the best. Anyway, I loved reading this and imagining you guys there.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Mesmerizing is just the right word. I only have two more months in the city and your post is already making me miss it. I'm sitting in a café in Montmartre as I write this and I can't agree more about the personalities of the various neighborhoods -- it's amazing how you can walk five minutes and find yourself in a completely different vibe.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane, A Broad

Absolutely stunning photos!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

I'm temporarily living in Paris and Montmartre is my favorite place to wander as well. I love that it really feels like "old" Paris, and you can really get lost there... it's just magical.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Aaaah Paris! So wonderful & romantic. Thank you for the recommendations! Congratulations on your Saveur win Sara!!! Woot woot! :) :)

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYumi

And now, I want to go to Paris and reveal in all it's beauty and bounty! Love reading about your adventures, recommendation and perspective :)

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKiran @ KiranTarun.com

Shut the front door!!! These images and story are amazing!!!! And the fact that your stay was sponsored is sooo amazingly great! What a blessing!!!! More coming your way! Have fun and write more beautiful words!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercynthia

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