Paris is such a popular destination, and when you based here you’re used to people visiting or connecting you with friends of friends that will be in town looking for the best things to do and see. Instead of sending the same copy and pasted email I have sent so many times. I really try to cater to what my visitors want to see and do.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of putting my trip planning skills to work to host one of my really good friends from University who now lives in Germany for his 30th birthday. The trip was planned in collaboration with his wife who is from Venezuela, who threw in a surprise to have his brother who is currently living in St. Petersburg, Russia meet us in Paris as well. With so much excitement to show everyone around, and a little bit of pressure to make sure my friend had the best 30th birthday I did my best to put together a pretty cool weekend itinerary.
Despite the weather being cold, I got the stamp of approval that everyone had a really awesome weekend. So I couldn’t be happier, mission accomplished! If you are in need of some trip inspiration for your next trip to Paris here is a rundown of everything we did this weekend.
Just a little background:
Nick and Esther– American/ Venezuelan couple living in German (had been to Paris before)
Tom– American living and working in Russia (Paris first timer)
Trip expectations: Seeing Paris from an insiders perspective, eating good food, going to a market seeing some cool art, and some of the main sites.
Accommodation: Airbnb near Canal St. Martin Neighborhood (Centrally located, near Gare de l’est Train station where they took the train to and from Germany)
Dropped of their bags and headed straight out to Comptoir General for drinks at eclectic bar along Canal St. Martin with African/Caribbean vibes…
Friday (1st full day)
Breakfast at Holybelly , must do when in Paris.
Then they headed to the Pavillon de l’Arsenal Urban Planning Museum (free entry and interesting place to learn about architecture and planning of Paris)
In the afternoon, Eiffel tower followed by lunch at Les Ombres restaurant inside of Musée de Quai Branly (a bit pricey but the food is good, however there aren’t a lot of vegetarian options)
Followed by a trip to Centre Pompidu. Tip: Once you finish visiting the museum, end off your visit with drinks at their rooftop bar/restaurant called Georges.
Notre Dame and the Seine River by night
Escaped the cold with a quick stop in Shakespeare and Company English book store..
Drinks and Dinner at a Corsican Restaurant near Notre Dame (don’t remember the name)
Then we headed to Moulin Rouge for more drinks then we called it a night…
Saturday (Day 2)
Started the morning off with a walk through the Barbès Rochechouart Marché (lively outdoor market Saturday morning, gives a glimpse into another side of Paris)
Petit- Déjeuner chez moi-A highlight of travels is seeing how people live in the cities you visits. So I had them over to see my Parisian (tiny) apartment and made them a yummy breakfast spread with my favorite French Pastries and things they brought over from the market.
Strolled around the little quaint streets of Montmartre with a visit of Sacre Coeur
Visted La Recyclerie (really cool spot with a restaurant, bar, urban garden and many more things)
Checked out Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, huge vintage antique market where you can spend the day rummaging around looking for cool finds
Rest (don’t factor too much time for rest for a weekend trip, we took an hour to drop things off and change before going back out)
Dinner at La Bouillon Chartier– one of Paris’ oldest Brasseries dating back to 1896 and the best thing about this place is the ambience and the affordable prices.
Drinks at Black Super Market Pop-up bar
Then we headed to a nice cocktail bar called Gallina in time to toast to the birthday boys 30th bday. We suggest trying the Dark and Stormy and Jamaican Smooth cocktail they were really good and pretty well priced for Paris (9€)
Last but not least we ended the night off by bar hopping in the Oberkampf neighboorhood.
Sunday (last day)
Slept in to recover from a late night out
BRUNCH at Lulu la Nantaise – Crêperie before it was time for them to catch their train and flights back to Germany and Russia …
As you see we managed to fit in a lot of things even though it was cold!
If you are planning a trip to Paris, and want suggestions on things to do, or assistance planning your trip with an insider’s point of view, don’t hesitate to contact me!