Paris, the City Of Light, has been my home away from home for about a half of a year now. Learning the ins and outs of this romantic city has been a joy of mine in these past few months. I’ve started collecting my favorite coffee shops, hidden locations to see its world famous sites far from the crowds, and boutiques and cafes with unique beauty all their own. Today, I’m sharing my Instagrammable Guide to Paris with you all!
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Grand Pigalle Hotel
Pigalle is sort of like the Brooklyn of Paris. It’s stacked with street art, bustling bars and a lively night life scene. Plus, it’s within walking distance to Notre Dame Cathedral and Arc de Triomphe. The Grand Pigalle’s design is a perfect combination of classic French architecture and Brisih design. I love it’s quirky details – from the pineapple shaped door knockers, metallic wall papers and martini-patterned carpets. The Grand Pigalle also has some of the best views of Montemartre, making it the perfect place to start your days of photo adventure from!
Hotel Bachaumont is centrally located in the chicest area of Paris, in my opinion! Sentier is filled with endless restaurants, shops and is super close to the Louvre and my favorite pedestrian only rue – Rue Montorgueil. Art deco lovers will absolutely love this space!
It honestly doesn’t get more Instagrammable than this hotel! The Hoxton’s spiral staircase, vintage vibes and perfect mash up of old and new has made this hotel one of the most picturesque in Paris!
Eat / Drink
Right down the street from Grand Pigalle Hotel is one of the most picturesque restaurants from the Big Mamma Group. Every corner and detail is photo worthy! And the food is just as good as the aesthetic!
20bis Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris, France
Au Rocher de Cancale
Closely situated near the Hotel Bachaumont is another one of my favorite cafes in Paris! I could easily spend hours working here (in between snapping ‘grams every second).
78 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France
Le Train Bleu
Who knew that this breathtakingly gorgeous restaurant was tucked away in the Gare de Lyon train station?! Le Train Blue has a pricey menu, but it has a super friendly staff. If you don’t plan on staying for lunch or dinner, at least take a peak inside the next time you’re waiting for your train at Gare de Lyon!
For the chic fashionistas, this coffee shop is a staple in Paris and is within walking distance from Hotel Bachaumont! Right in the heart of one of the most picturesque parks in the city, Palais-Royal.
Books, coffee, vintage vibes, a carefully curated department store and a red vintage Fiat that greets you at the entrance. This place couldn’t be more Instagrammable if it tried. Merci cafe is located in the Marais, another trendy and totally beautiful neighborhood of Paris.
111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris France
This might be the most Instagrammed cafe in Paris – and for good reason! The design here is so adorable and cool at the same time… and it’s also a great place for coffee and brunch!
54 Rue de Saintonge, 75003, Paris, France
Cafe de Flore
This iconic cafe is a must when visiting the St. Germain area. So many beautiful details to see!
172 boulevard Saint-Germain 75006 Paris France
I love this super colorful basketball court in Pigalle, right down the street from Grand Pigalle Hotel. Watch locals and spectors alike hang out in this unexpected colorful corner of Paris.
One of my favorite rues in Paris, this pedestrian street is lined with restaurants, cafés, bakeries, cheese, flower shops and more. You can easily spend an entire afternoon walking and window shopping down this street, taking in the picturesque store fronts.
Le Mur des Je t’aime
This translates to “The Wall Of Love” in English. This work of art is a must see for couples visiting Paris. See the wall covered in “I love you’s” 311 times in 250 languages. It’s a touching reminder of how beautiful love is.
29 Avenue Rapp
For the Art Nouveau fans out there, this door is as good as it gets!
La Maison Rose
This infamously pink chateaux is worth the hike! I love the surrounding neighborhood alleyways and overgrown ivy!
This is the epitome of Paris charming visitors. This cobblestoned back alley is so Instagrammable, it’s insane! Hidden in the 12th arrondissement, this “secret” alley is colorful and features shutters and quaint details unlike the opulent French architecture Paris is known for.
Coulée verte René-Dumont
Paris has their own version of New York City’s famous Highline in Bercy and the linear elevated park just as s beautiful as NYC’s. This part is super peaceful with tons of greenery, Paris street views and art along its 4.5 km walk.
1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris, France
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
You’re probably wondering why a mall is on our list… but hear us out! The Galeries Lafayette is not only stunning on the inside, with its stained glass ceiling, but what most people miss is their rooftop view on the 7th floor with spectacular views! It’s a great place to snap sunset photos and avoid the long line that you’d be waiting in if you went up to the top of the uber touristy Arc de Triomphe.
40 boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris
The Abbey Bookshop
Hidden in a little alleyway in the Latin Quarter, walk through the maze of books and be greeted by the friendliest owner from Canada.
29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris, France
View of Eiffel Tower from Paris Métro Line 6
Prepare for the shot one station before approaching the Passy – Bir-Hakeim station to catch a unique frame of the Eiffel Tower through the Paris Metro windows.
Paris is already such a beautiful city, but I hope these hidden gems add another layer of charm to your visit in The City Of Light!
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