On our first day, we went to get breakfast at HolyBelly. I was shocked to see it's so popular. We waited about 20 minutes to get a table and we actually enjoyed our breakfast there. The wait was definitely worth it (we'll have to come earlier next time). After enjoying our delicious petit dejeuner, we went to Notre Dame Cathedral. I'm so thankful that we visited it before the fire tragedy. Sadly, we didn't get the chance to go up and see it from above. Who knows how long the recovery will take.
After being amazed again by the beauty of the cathedral, we went to the Marais neighborhood to check out a few stores. Since my husband has never been to Marais, I wanted to show him where I usually go when I am in Paris. Later, we decided to explore the Montmartre neighborhood. We tried to get a quick bite at La Maison Rose Cafe, but sadly, it was already full. After our unsuccessful attempt at the cafe, we walked to Sacre-Coeur Basilica. It was my second visit there, but it was my first time experiencing the panoramic tour. And it was absolutely delightful to see Paris from such heights. If you are all about panoramic views, I would advise going to Arc de Triumph or Montparnasse Tower Observation Desk. We tried to get lunch in Montmartre neighborhood because the weather was perfect for eating outside and people watching. Nothing was quite what I pictured though, so we skipped on this idea. Then, I came up with the suggestion that we should get lunch at Le Brebant. Le Brebant is a popular destination for picture opportunities. The food wasn't special and I wasn't even happy with the service, but it is certainly Insta-worthy.
After our lunch, we walked over to Passages des Panoramas and Verdeau. This is an ideal way to spend your day if it's too cold outside or it's raining. It has plenty of bars, restaurants, and some shopping. For dinner, we decided to go to the Eiffel tower view and try some famous crepes. It was our second date by the Eiffel tower since 2010. We watched the Eiffel tower light show and ended up going to Atelier des Lumieres to see a Gustav Light Exhibition. It was unspeakably amazing! I felt like I was living in the Gustav pieces. The atmosphere was so magical. If you are planning to take a trip this, make sure to visit Atelier des Lumieres. They have Van Gogh exhibition this year.
Breakfast at HolyBelly 5
Address: 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
La Maison Rose Cafe
Sacre-Coeur Basilica Observation
Lunch at Le Brebant
Address: 32 Boulevard Poissonnière
Passages des Panoramas and Verdeau
Atelier des Lumieres
The next morning, we woke up to explore as much as possible before departing back home. We had to maximize our day until a late night train to Germany. Our morning started at the cutest cafe, Peonies, where we savored a well-apportioned breakfast and enjoyed our coffee. Afterward, we went to a flea market for antique shopping. The kinds of things you see there should honestly be in museums. Sadly, we couldn't buy anything big since we were traveling by train. Anyway, the flea market that we visited was Marche Malassis. I think we spent almost the entire day there. One cool find that I did purchase was a pair of vintage Chanel earrings. After some bargaining, I walked away with a much better deal than what you can buy online. Next time I will be in Paris, I would love to go back, because you can find truly unique pieces.
Later on, we went back to Marais for more shopping. We ended up in some cute stores, where you can find anything you wish. For dinner, we ended up going to Canard & Champagne French restaurant. Definitely stop there if you want to experience French food that is not super expensive. If you still have extra time, I would advise you to visit the Arc de Triomphe, where you can get the best view of the city. Other museums that I wanted to visit for a quite long time are Musee des Arts Decoratifs and the Centre Pompidou. Or if you still want some vintage, second-hand shopping, you can easily spend hours in Marais. I usually stop there every time I am in Paris.
Address: 81 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
Flea Market in Paris
Shopping in Marais
Canard & Champagne
Address: 57 Passage des Panoramas