For those who know me, its no surprise that I LOVE Paris. I will find any excuse to visit that city. I could write pages and pages of things to do in Paris, but this post is based on my most recent trip in May. At the bottom I also include two short runs for my runner friends. What you will not find is a first timers guide (museums and monuments). If you need any ideas for that type of excursion, shoot me an email!
Breakfast- Paris is not a breakfast city, but it is a trend on the rise which is great for me because breakfast might be my favorite meal of the day.
- Holy Belly- 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix
- Good drip coffee and a good selection of egg dishes, even a breakfast burrito, which is pretty rare in Europe. Also maybe not recommended, but this one looked solid. Note: They open at 8 AM, and the wait gets pretty long pretty quickly on weekends so get there early or prepare to wait 1 hour +.
- Honor- 54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
- Only open on weekdays, this amazing coffee truck is tucked inside a courtyard surrounded by high end designer shops near the Palais Vendome.
- Buvette-28 Rue Henry Monnier
- The original, they have one in NYC and Tokyo as well. Get the steamed eggs there are three different styles including one vegetarian and you wont be disappointed.
- Frenchie Bar A Vin -6 Rue du Nil
- The little sister of famed Frenchie has become my favorite spot in Paris over the last few trips. They offer a seasonal menu which is innovative and laid back. They also have a great organic wine selection.
- Le Relais de L’Entrecote- 20 Rue Saint-Benoît
- Two words: Steak. Frites. THATS ALL. ( I guess four words!). This place is full of the French attitude most Americans complain about. They will ignore you until you eat ALL your food and they give you fourth servings of frites. Also they only serve steak frites in case you couldn’t guess. My kind of place.
- Huitrerie Régis 3 Rue de Montfaucon
- Oysters and Rose, what more could you ask for? This place had some of the best oysters we had in Paris, located in the cool St Germain district. They offer a fixed menu which includes 12 oysters, wine, coffee and desert for around 32 Euro. Also good for solo dinning.
Favorite Tourist thing to do:
- Champs De Mars: Lounging on the Champs De Mars with a bag full of snacks, a bottle of wine and a good book is heaven on earth!
- Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine: On our last trip we enjoyed a bottle of Rose at this fun outdoor bar barge. Great people watching and located central to quite a few tourist sites.
There is nothing better to me than a morning run in Paris before the city wakes up. I have two routes mapped below, the first taking you to the Tour Eiffel from the hotel I usually stay at, and the second is along the finish of the Paris Marathon. It will take you through a park with running trails if city running isn’t your thing.