As requested, I am publishing a short & edited list of a few of my favorite places to stay, see, and eat in Paris. Having been to Paris quite a few times over the past five years, I have acquired quite a list, but wanted to keep this post focused on the handful of places I love most – and why! If you have any other questions feel free to email me or comment below!

STAY // where to sleep

When traveling internationally, I tend to gravitate more towards newer boutique hotels with updated interiors. If I am staying for an extended period of time, I always use One Fine Stay, which can be a more economical option if you are staying 4+ nights!

Hotel Grands Boulevards – This boutique hotel is set back from the busy le boulevard Poissonniere in the center of the bourgeois districts. While the building itself dates back to the French Revolution, the interiors are more modern and colorful – think beautiful emerald greens with splashes of pink velvet. There are only 50 rooms and the property has an extremely intimate feel. Highlights include the interior courtyard restaurant with its retractable roof, and the neighboring, and more private and dimly lit cocktail bar. Side note: I found this hotel through Mr & Mrs Smith, one of my favorite hotel resources! 

The Hoxton – The Paris outpost of the popular London and Amsterdam hotel chain is another great choice. The Hoxton has more of a community feel with a constant flow of hosted events from cinema, art installations, and pop-up shops. The hotel itself is a bit larger and the lobby is spacious and always an equal blend of hotel guest and locals. The lively restaurant Rivié, includes a main brasserie, courtyard spaces, and a popular circular bar.

One Fine Stay – Another option is renting an apartment and your best bet in Paris is One Fine Stay. This white-glove service will have you feeling like a local in no time. The company visits and vets each property, painstakingly prepares each home, and offers 24/7 service for anything that you may need. They greet you and open the home for you to ensure everything is perfect, and also provide you with an iphone (and data plan) already set with tons of local recommendations via their app. For longer stays (typically short stays are not available on the site), I can’t recommend them highly enough!


EAT // where to chow down

Le Mary Celeste – I love this little nautical themed restaurant in Le Marais and I make sure to go every time I am in Paris. The small plates menu changes so frequently with interesting combinations and a heavier than normal focus on fresh vegetables and sauces. The deviled eggs are to die for and I am not even a deviled egg gal!

Frenchie To Go – This is the breakfast/coffee shop outpost of the wildly popular Frenchie restaurant. Frenchie is lovely, but a 5 course meal, which sometimes isn’t the option I am looking for when traveling. Frenchie To Go solves that problem with fantastic breakfast offerings. The Frenchie wine bar, Bar À Vins, located right across the street, is another great spot for dinner and features slightly smaller portions that are a la carte versus the original Frenchie, and no reservations are required!

Bambou – If you are looking for a break from French fare, the Thai inspired Bambou is a really fun place to dine. The interiors alone are worth the visit. The restaurant is housed in an old textile workshop and features numerous dining areas with differing themes including a terrace, billiards room, and old smoking room. Good curry for sure, but better ambience.

East Mamma – This Italian trattoria is part of the popular Big Mamma group. What can I say, sometimes I just feel like a good old fashioned neapolitan pizza and glass of wine! The pasta here is also fantastic and is all made by hand. This spot can get quite crowded so I would recommend going early in order to get a table as the wait can be up to 3.5 hours at times!

Palace Caveau – This cute restaurant sits in Place Dauphine, a public park in the shadows of Notre-Dame. I always feel like this little park should be much more crowded than it is. The Palace Caveau restaurant features stone walls and exposed beams and is a bit of a throw back in time. A perfect spot for a glass of wine and cheese plate prior to your walk back home to either side of the Seine.

Sherry Butt – I’ve had a few fun nights at this cozy craft cocktail bar! The drink menu changes seasonally and is quite inventive. The space is not big, so better to go with a smaller crowd in tow.

Atlantic Pacific Blog, Blair Eadie // Plaid in Paris

SEE // what is not to miss

Musée d’Orsay – This museum is located in a gorgeously renovated Belle Époque train station. The stunning collection of Impressionist and Postimpressionist paintings spans three floors. If possible, I love visiting on Thursday evenings as the museum is open later at night and is much less crowded!

Musée Picasso – This museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Picasso materials, from paintings and sculptures to drawings and documents. It is worth finding your way to the buildings courtyard and gardens as they are often overlooked by many of the visitors.

The Centre Pompidou – With its exposed pipes and ducts and primary colors, this building is one of the most recognizable sights in Paris. The museum within holds the largest collection on modern art in all of Europe. You’ll also have amazing views of the city riding up the escalators!

  • BeingIsabella

    I especially like this guide to Paris because it’s different and provides recommendations that people will probably end up doing and can do time and time again. Of course the first time you go to Paris you should see the famous sights like Le Notre Dame and Le Louvre, however, I think exploring the city by simple strolling down the streets is very much disregarded. The Musée d’Orsay is another place that is often forgotten about. In all honesty, I much prefer the impressionistic art that is featured here than the huge selection at the Louvre. All these hotels look great and I’m definitely going to pull this guide out again when I’m planning another trip to Paris! xx

    • Blair

      I’m glad you liked it! Of course, see all the main attractions too, I just didn’t think those were necessary to cover! XO BEE

  • Ray Amaari

    Amazing photos.

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  • Kathrin

    I’ve spent two weeks in Paris but didn’t make it to any of the sights you mentioned. There really is so much to do there.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    • Blair

      There is SO MUCH to do – that’s part of what makes it great! XO BEE

  • YZ Chan

    Thanks for the guide! I’m going to Paris soon, so it’s really useful. 🙂

  • Mireia

    Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth!

    Mireia from TGL

    • Blair

      I totally agree! XO BEE

  • Simplement Lui

    Paris is a must to visit … during summer it’s best in August 😉

  • Fortune Dushey

    Musee d’Orsay and Musee Picasso are my favorites too!
    The boutique hotel looks charming!

    • Blair

      It is so pretty! XO BEE

  • Rach

    I’m so excited for this guide! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Blair

      Of course! XO BEE

  • Neeltje | Thoughts in Style

    Ah, I love this! I will be in Paris at the end of July so these recommendations will come in handy. X

  • Jae

    Saving this guide! I hope I can visit Paris sometime in the near future.

  • Monika

    Beautiful photos! 🙂

  • Tabitha

    Great post and amazing guide! One day I’ll make it to Paris, and I’ll be sure to use your guide.


  • Jandrew

    Thanks for this great list . Since I love your “taste” , I think I’ll these selections .
    Thanks Blair
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  • Jessica

    Sounds so wonderful! Lovely photos!

  • Arianna

    Love these photos! Paris looks absolutely gorgeous! It’s on my bucket list to go. ☺️

  • Alex

    I think if you are going to Paris you should definitely go to the Opéra Garnier it is an amazing place ! Plus I have read that they now offer a visit in an escape game format it sounds so cool !

  • West Brothers

    My lord, what a stunner! Love the article, wish I was back in Paris

    • Carie Pytynia Webb

      Fantastic! Leaving tomorrow for Paris (just in time for the crowds still celebrating the World Cup 😅😳) and staying in the Marais, & although I have been there many times before, it’s SOO nice to have recommendations from someone who really trusts either the eatery’s OR accomodations! Merci! 💖👍

  • Taste of France

    I also enjoy Hotel Costes and Café Marly, which both have good food, gorgeous déco and some of the best people-watching in Paris.

  • Cathrine

    Thank you for a great article. May I ask what arrondissement you would suggest? I like cafes and a community feel.

  • jill

    The first image on this post – where is that? Thanks for the great blog!

  • Natalie Redman

    So pretty! I loved Paris.

  • Natalie

    A great guide. I loved Paris!

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