11 Things To Add To Your Paris Bucket List
Valentine's Day might be over, but that doesn't mean the romance has to cease. And what's more romantic than Paris? As you spend your workdays dreaming of love and getaways, we've put together a Paris bucket list for when you do take the plunge and take off—hopefully with someone to share this amazing trip with.
See the Eiffel Tower from Place du Trocadéro
The Place du Trocadéro has one of the best views to the essential Paris to-do, the Eiffel Tower. If you’re taking the metro, skip the usual Bir-Hakeim stop and get off at Trocadéro station instead. While it’s slightly further away, you get the perfect view of la Tour Eiffel in all its glory—it’s also the best spot for your insta-worthy Eiffel snaps! Enjoy a freshly made crepe from one of the vendors in the area as you marvel at one of the most breathtaking sites in the world. And, if you’re still up for the climb—as you will be, surely—the tower is just a 15 minute walk away.
Enjoy a Rose-Scented Croissant at Pierre Hermé
Pierre Hermé might be famous for their legendary macarons, but their lesser-known Ispahan Croissant is just as worthy of love. Afluff with buttery-rich texture, the croissant is filled with a sweet and refreshing raspberry-lychee compote and brushed with a light glaze of rose-scented almond paste. Sprinkled over with pink rose petals, the pastry is an unmissable delicacy, only found in the Pierre Hermé branch at Saint-Germain-des-Prés. To enjoy your croissant in full, get it as a takeaway early in the morning and walk a short five minutes to indulge at the scenic Tuileries Garden.
Dip into the local art scene at 59 Rivoli
Of course, when in Paris, museums such as the Louvre are a must. However, the local art scene thrives on the smaller independent galleries scattered across the city. An example of such a gallery is the 59 Rivoli. Occupying a once deserted building on one of Paris’s busiest shopping streets, 59 Rivoli is an eye-catching flash of creativity amongst rows of retail. With ever-changing front walls that sport anything from balloons and streamers to a sculpted face, it is difficult to walk past the gallery without taking a second glance. Meanwhile inside, walls and floors are covered in artwork, text and sketches. Every floor has rooms occupied by artists and as residencies come and go, the building you visit today would be vastly different in a few months' time.
Sip some hot chocolate from Angelina
Just steps away from the Louvre sits Angelina, a beautiful belle époque salon known for exquisitely mouth-watering desserts. We highly recommend trying the Mont Blanc and the Chocolat Chaud Africain. The latter, a true specialty, is a decadent drink of almost pure melted chocolate. The sweet, velvety elixir is so thick and full of joy, you'll need to drink it with a spoon like soup.
Catch a musical at the Théâtre
A night out at the theatre adds the perfect touch to any trip in Paris. Grand, yet also very intimate, the theatre is ideal for enjoying striking musical performances while feeling connected with the passionate performers.
Stroll through the romantic Parc des Buttes Chaumant
Arguably the most romantic public park in Europe, Parc des Buttes Chaumont is like a fantasy world in itself, with mysterious caves, incredible waterfalls and a temple-crowned cliff overlooking a spectacular lake. With an exotic selection of flora and birds, a walk through this park provides an idyllic escape from the city’s hustle and bustle and a perfect bit of magic to your Paris itinerary.
See a Monet
You can’t go all the way to Paris, then pack up and leave without seeing a Monet. It’s an unspoken law— Monet is a must. And Musée de l'Orangerie has the best. An art gallery featuring beautiful work by impressionist and post-impressionist artists, the museum is the permanent home of eight Nymphéas murals from Monet’s renowned Water Lilies collection. Massive and breathtakingly beautiful, the murals stretch along oval walls, immersing you in the world of Money's passionate brush strokes.
People-watch over a cup of coffee at the pristine Café de Flore
One of Paris’s oldest cafes, Café de Flore was once the ultimate place to be for A-listers of the past—everyone from celebs to high-profile writers and philosophers. To this day, it still remains a key location for films about Paris, as well as a popular hang-out spot for modern-day celebrities and socialites. Sit back with your cup of coffee and watch the world go by in a chair Pablo Picasso could have sat on regularly in the past.
Take a day trip out to the Palace of Versailles
Only a little further out than your regular metro stop, the Palace of Versailles is worth every bit of the trip. It's the perfect sprinkle of high-end allure that you should have on your to-do list. With impressive décor, staircases that practically spell out grandeur and a forest of a backyard, this is the place for your envy-inducing insta-shots. Keep an eye out for their Hall of Mirrors, a breathtaking room filled with chandeliers and nearly 400 large mirrors adorned on arched walls.
Shop at Le Bon Marche
We all know Bangkok’s shopping mall scene is hard to beat, but here’s one to watch out for. Le Bon Marche is Paris’s oldest yet fanciest department store. Come here to stay up to date with what trendiest Parisians are wearing. If your suitcases are already full, then at least come to get your snap of the iconic and highly instagrammable escalators.
Visit a hidden bar
Paris is home to many cool hidden bars, tucked away in small alleys, behind fridges in pizzerias—essentially where you least expect them to be. One of the coolest amongst the speakeasies is Lavomatic, a bar hidden behind washing machines. Walking up to the storefront, you would think you were at any old Laundromat, but pull on one washing machine's handle and you’ll find that it’s a door leading to a small flight of stairs that’ll take you to the hip Lavomatic bar. The place is small but chic, with bean bags and comfy couches instead of chairs, and even a table that comes with a swing set. Try one of the unique signature cocktails and enjoy the night in one of the city's best hidden gems.