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Arc de Triomphe / Champs-Élysées / Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

You know what they say, a bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else. In this article we’re covering all the hot spots you’ll want to see for a quick trip to the Ville des Lumières


First and foremost, it goes without saying that the Eiffel tower should definitely be on the top of your list. Even if you have just 20 minutes in Paris the Eiffel tower is a must. You can look at pictures of it online but nothing beats seeing it in person! On our recent 2-week trip, we found ourselves there nearly every other day. It really is that beautiful and you always find yourself going back to see it just one last time. 
*Photography tip: head over to the Arc de Triomphe to get stunning views of the city from above. You’ll be hard pressed to find another panoramic view of Paris quite like this. Dotted along the skyline you’ll get a birds eye view of famous monuments like Sacre-Coeur, Pompidou, Louvre, Champs-Elysees, and of course La tour Eiffel.
Arc de Triomphe


After checking out the Arc, settle down for a nice lunch break in a cozy corner nearby. Our suggestion:
Le Monte Carlo – 118 Rue La Boétie 75008 Paris
Situated on a quiet street off the Champs-Elysée, you’ll find this cute restaurant bustling with locals and the perfect spot for lunch. The menu offers French classics sourced from local produce. I opted for the steak with homemade Béarnaise.
Le Monte Carlo Paris
Le Monte Carlo Paris steak


After you’re all full and ready to go, get ready for a shopping spree. One of my favorite things to do in Paris (and in general) is to shop. Between the inviting boutiques around seemingly every corner and countless luxury brands you‘ll be spoiled for choice. That’s the beauty of Paris, there’s a little something for everyone. Head to the Champs-Elysées and Galeries Lafayette Haussmann for some high-end shopping. (Or simply window shopping because the galeries decor is simply stunning.) I bought some cute pieces from Top Shop but as my suitcase is infinitely small *sigh* I  should be more disciplined.


Now that you’ve got an outfit picked out for a night out in Paris, it’s time for dinner and drinks in the 7th arrondissement.

For a quintessential Parisian outdoor dining experience book a reservation for:
Le Central Paris – 40 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris, France
We recommend ordering a steak or a steamy bowl of french onion soup. Pair your dinner with a tall red glass of wine.
If you’re looking to spend less check out:
Ricci’s – 73, Avenue Bosquet 75007 Paris
You know when you are too exhausted from the day to get ready and just want to chow down on something you know you‘ll like? Ricci‘s is a great place for that! Choose from mouth watering pasta, burrata, charcuterie, pizzas cooked to perfection in a traditional oven, or all of the above! Everything is homemade, right down to the pizza sauce and dough so you can’t go wrong. I ordered the Mullberry and will likely be back for seconds soon!
Top the evening off with drinks at:
L’Eclair – 32 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris, France
The most perfect little cocktail bar in a great location!
leclair paris
Have you ever been to Paris? If so, what are your favorite shops and restaurants? If not, where are some of the places you would like to visit? Let us know in the comments below s’il vous plait.
Bon appetit and happy shopping ❤️

An American living and working in Dusseldorf, Germany. If you couldn't tell already, I spend most of my free time cooking, travelling or writing about either of the two. Thanks for stopping by!

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