Eating and drinking
There are cafes on virtually every street corner in Paris and you’ll find that most offer a petit dejeuner of sorts. Cafe Dunkerque is situated in the Pigalle area of Paris on a quiet street, which is perfect for people watching.
Their petit dejeuner offer includes a hot drink, fresh juice, a croissant or tartine and a boiled egg and soldiers (with a slightly more French title), all for 11 euros.
Address: 1 Avenue Trudaine
If you need a rest from pounding the streets, touring the sights or just fancy something sweet, then head to one of Angelina’s cafes. Cafe is massive understatement for the elegance that greets you when walking into one of their locations.
The desserts on offer are works of art and look just as amazing as they taste. But beware, they are fairly rich, so try not to let your greed get the better of you.
If you’re not in the mood for cake, Angelina is famous for its hot chocolate, which consists of three types of African cocoa and is so thick it could almost be classed as a dessert itself.
Address: Various locations
Pain, Vin, Fromages
As the name suggests, this place is all about bread, cheese and wine, it truly is a cheese-lovers paradise!
If you’re in the mood for something warming, there’s a multitude of raclettes and fondues to choose from, with the option to add various meats on the side.
If you’re feeling more adventurous (and hungry), they have a selection of cheese plates from every corner of France, which will help you broaden your cheese horizons in no time. Each of the plates comes with six generous portions of cheese, so you can easily share one between two.
The red, white and rose wine lists are extensive and come by the glass, pitcher or bottle, so whether you’re planning on a low key evening, or one that’s slightly less easy to remember the next morning, you’ll definitely get what you’re after.
Address: 3, Rue Geoffroy-Angevin
One thing guaranteed to make a sunny day in Paris even better, is drinking wine from a roof terrace, with one of the best views of the city. Terrass Hotel offers the chance to check all of these boxes in one location and all while rocking on your swing chair.
Despite the chicness of the venue and 180 views of Paris, the drinks are very reasonably prices, with bottles of wine starting from 24 euros.
A word of warning, the terrace gets busy very quickly (for obvious reasons) and preference is given to hotel guests, so it’s best to get there earlier than later
Address: 12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre
With a twist
Chateau de Versailles
Although it has stood about 30 minutes outside of Paris for over 300 years, I’d say it’s a fair bet that most people who visit the city, don’t venture to the Palace of Versailles. Since the Man in the Iron Mask is one of my all-time favourite films, I thought it was only right that I visit the home of the real Louis XIV.
It’s no surprise that the famed hall of mirrors and the palace gardens lived up to all expectations and in all honesty, exceeded them. With dozens of rooms to explore and countless artworks to admire, you could easily spend the whole day exploring, so make sure you allow enough time to stay as long as you want.
When pre-booking tickets online, you’ll be asked to select a time slot and since you’re guaranteed to queue for at least 30 minutes, make sure you’re generous with your travel timings.
Address: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Cost: 15 euros – Entry to the Palace only, 18 euros – Entry to the Palace, the Palaces of Trianon and the Estate of Marie-Antoinette as well as the temporary exhibitions and the gardens
Les Puces – Clignancourt flea market
There are a number of flea markets across Paris, but Les Puces is by far the most famous. It covers seven hectares and is the largest antique market in the world. It would take you more than a day to explore all of the alleys and stalls that make up Les Puces, but that does mean that there’s an antique for all tastes.
With visitors flocking to the market from all over the world, it can get crowded, so I’d recommend getting there earlier in the day, even if it does meeting grabbing a coffee while you wait for the stallholders to set up, which in itself is an experience.
Opening hours: 9am-6pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday, 11am-5pm Monday