Bonjour Paris – 3 days in the city of lights
Paris is one of those cities you can never get enough of! In September last year I went there for the fourth time on a mini get away from my yearly stay in Copenhagen. I bought the tickets as a birthday present for my boyfriend Tim, who visited 'the city of lights' for the very first time. When in Paris I always stay in my favourite area, Le Marais. It’s such a charming and historical part of the city with beautiful buildings, green gardens, the best shopping and authentic Parisian cafes everywhere.
We had 3 days in Paris, and ended up spending most of the time wandering around the small streets pretending to be Parisian, relaxing in the parks and enjoying a glass (or a couple...) of Rosé at one of the bars I've mentioned below.
My close friend (and constant source of travel inspiration) Kathrine recommended I visit a cozy little coffee bar named Fragments. And it didn’t disappoint. They make seriously good coffee and serve delicious homemade sandwiches and sweet treats. We loved the place so much that we ended up coming back every day for our daily dose of caffeine.
Take a stroll down Rue Vieille du Temple and you'll find all of the renowned French fashion flagship stores such as APC, Sandro, Maje, Isabel Marant just to name a few. It’s really hard not to be tempted!
It was my first time visiting Merci on this trip and I was quite impressed! At Merci there's something for everyone - whether you are after beautiful furniture, designer clothes, cool jewellery brands, new kitchen tools or minimalist office supplies, Merci has got you covered. Within the 3 level concept store you'll find a mix of local and international brands like Aesop, Alexander Wang, Rains, James Perse and Hay. Merci also houses two good cafés that are worth checking out.
Buy a fresh baguette and jamon from the local market Marché Des Enfants Rouge and head down to Place de Vosges in Le Marais. This beautiful park is a perfect place for a picnic or a short break from a day of shopping.
For an afternoon tea and irresistible baked goodies head over to Rose Bakery. If you have to choose only one cake (why would you?) I recommend trying their best-selling and to-die-for carrot cake.
Jump on and off the Batobus sightseeing boats on the River Seinen and experience the great historical buildings and tourist attractions (Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe) from the waterside. It's the perfect way to tick off all the main tourist attractions in only a few hours (note: we only jumped of once to get a quick view of the Lurve). The boat trip takes about 2 hours if you stay onboard from start to finish, and a day pass costs 17 euros.
Watch the sunset over Paris from 7th floor at the vibrant Le Perchoir rooftop bar. There's something very New York-esque about this place. Maybe it's the atmosphere, the height, and the fact that it feels like a Friday on a Tuesday night? The bar serves modern Parisian style late night snacks but if you're after a proper meal, there's a restaurant just one floor down.
Just next to hotel Emile in Le Marais you’ll find Café La Favorite, a down to earth place for enjoying an afternoon Aperol Spritz. Another little bar I really like, is Café la Perle, a charming bar and bistro, filled with fashionable locals. It's always a good spot for people watching while sipping a cold glass of Rosé.
We stayed 2 nights at the petite boutique Hotel Emile in the heart of Le Marais. This hotel has stylish rooms, a simple breakfast with all the staples covered (including croissants of course), and the location doesn’t get much better. You basically have all the best cafes and shops right outside your doorstep which makes it a very convenient base to discover the city.
We caught a flight from Copenhagen to Paris with Norwegian Air for just $120/600 DKR return.