“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
I wouldn’t surprise anyone if I say that Paris is a dream destination for many. How many times have you dreamed of going to Paris, walking down the famous avenues des Champs Elysées, visiting the Louvre Museum (to take a picture with one of its pyramids as if you hold it in your hands), exploring the Palace of Versailles with its mazelike garden and climbing the top of the Eiffel Tower? These are certainly the first places you’re thinking to discover once you’re in the capital of fashion and love. But Paris is not only about haute couture and Eiffel Tower. There are some cozy places where you could escape from reality, savoring each little moment. So, I’ve made a list of my personal must-see Paris corners and ready to share it with you!
A. Lacroix Pâtissier
11 Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris
Cute little coffeehouse, situated in the heart of Paris next to the famous, beautiful and timeless Notre Dame de Paris.
Honestly, I’ve been living in Paris for 3 years and this coffeehouse is the first one in the city that proposes good coffee. Numerous, delicious French patisserie, which look more like a piece of art, would leave no one indifferent! This is a perfect place for those who look for a cozy and dreamy atmosphere.
Bellevilloise – Bar Ephemeral
88 Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
Quite an unusual place in the eastern part of Paris. True to say, it’s not so easy to find it at first. Indeed, you could pass by the entry without noticing it. Unlike many Parisian brasseries and restaurants, this place has no glowing signs. But once you are in, you understand that the bar is worth visiting it. Belleviloise is an open-air bar which proposes – aside from alcohol and soft drinks – some entertainment such as ping-pong or even badminton. Lawn chairs, lounges and sofas create a perfect relaxed and cozy atmosphere. And don’t worry if it rains, there is a ‘closed or sheltered version’ of the bar on the other side of the street (19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris). The place offers a cozy café-zone, a nice terrace, a loft-zone where many conferences, concerts, exhibitions and even debates take place and a club-zone.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris
If you’re tired of the city’s noises and are looking for some peace, and what is more important, you’d prefer to stay around the city or close to it, there is an ideal solution for you, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont! A public park situated in northeastern Paris is an excellent destination for picnics, sport, meditation and yoga. The giant plants make you feel as if you are in a fairytale. And the best part of it is a high cliff with a fantastic view on the city!
These are my favourite places in Paris.0