We caught up with fashion, lifestyle and beauty blogger Louisa Grace to hear all about her recent trip to Paris…
“I have visited Paris a few times before, however always in the colder months, so it was such a treat to visit the fashion capital of the world in all its summer glory! The ambience is transformed and awakened by the warm weather and the streets are filled with flowers and quaint spirited street cafes; perfect to sit with a cappuccino in hand and watch the Parisian style stroll by.
There are so many cafes the choice is endless. One I would highly recommend is Café de la Comédie, if you’re not so savvy at reading a French menu and looking for good food at a great price. This is set near the beautiful Louvre and the gorgeous jardin du Palais-Royal where you can walk through the beautiful pillars and soak up the Parisian sun.
I loved finding some real secret treasures whilst walking the streets of Paris and soaking up the hustle and bustle. If you want to avoid crowds in the tourist hot spots I would avoid visiting from late morning and afternoon and go either early morning or for the evening to really experience the beauty of the surroundings and landmarks peacefully.
To truly see the Eiffel Tower I would recommend heading to Place du Trocadéro early for breakfast with lovely cafes a stones throw away. If you’re feeling adventurous, bring a blanket for a picnic and take a light stroll through the Trocadéro gardens. It has a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower (with no tourist crowds).
If you were looking for a taste of luxury whilst visiting this beautiful city, I would treat yourself and book afternoon tea at the ever-popular The Peninsula Paris hotel, right next to the Arc de Triomphe. Have luxurious servings of tea, cake and savouries situated in the most decadent surroundings, then if you can squeeze in anything else, head up to the L’Oiseau Blanc rooftop where you enjoy a cocktail with a view of the Eiffel Tower.
If you’re after the best shopping streets head over to Place Vendôme and walk through the square with designer delights such as Dior, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. This is my favourite place to shop as it has a wide range of boutiques and well-known brands to meet everyone’s taste. If you’re after a sweet treat, then you can’t miss a trip to Ladurée, right around the corner from the Place Vendôme.
The best location to stay is near a metro station with Line 1. This offers a direct and simple route to any of the main places to visit. I stayed in the area of Pont de Neuilly, which is a great location for restaurants and shopping. There is also a range of beautiful florists and right around the corner is a typical Parisian street market which is great to potter around if you’re after a chilled-out Sunday.
If you fancy taking a drive to see the sights Uber is just as common in Paris as in London. These are often are cheaper than expected, which is a God-send if your shopped off you’re feet or have heavy luggage.”
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