HOW TO SPEND A DAY IN PARIS WITH @CLAIREMOSTFebruary 23, 2018
Parisian Claire Most tells us how to spend a day in Paris.
As a Parisian, what are your top recommendations of where to go, eat and explore for one day in Paris?
One day spent in Paris would be a day of eating and walking! There are so many things to do and see in Paris, so it’s difficult to name just a few places, but I will try to guide you through the best spots.
I would recommend starting early in the morning with a quick stroll around Pigalle. As you can see from the pictures, there’s no one in the streets at this time, so it’s a great way to experience the city as this area is usually bustling with tourists and Parisians.
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Admire the architecture, wander through the streets and browse the stunning displays at famous French department store, Galleries Lafayette. Then, after a relaxing early morning stroll, take some time for a café stop at Le Depot Legal.
I love this place, it’s typically French and opens for brunch, lunch and drinks. Situated in the 2nd Arrondissement, the café can be found in a beautiful building which is part of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art. There’s so much to choose from and the dishes and pastries are as delicious as they are stunning. Just a scroll through their Instagram feed @depotlegal is enough to make you hungry!
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Next, I would suggest going to the Comedie Francaise. Despite being one of the oldest theatres in the world, it has maintained its original décor beautifully and is the only state theatre to have its own troupe of magnificent actors. After you’ve marvelled at the beauty of this wonderful Parisian landmark, I’d suggest taking a stroll to the Palais Garnier Opera House. It truly is a gorgeous building and an absolute must-see if you’re in Paris.
After a blissful morning of culture, make your way to the 11th Arrondissement and take a stroll around. Spend some valuable time soaking up the energy of the city.
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Once you’ve worked up an appetite, I would recommend changing neighbourhood to stop for brunch at Paperbo (great street food). It is my most favourite brunch spot in Paris. The food is amazing, and the waiters are really nice! Everything on the menu is amazing but my personal favourites are the eggs benedict and the pain perdu.
After grabbing brunch, you should definitely take a wander across to Le Marais and spend some time browsing all of the cute shops on offer in the area. I would also recommend going to the Galerie Perrotin on Rue de Turanne, as they always have the most wonderful exhibitions! They’re currently showing Josh Sperling’s ‘Chasing Rainbows’, which is on until 24th February, alongside Johan Creten’s solo show ‘Sunrise/ Sunset’, which is showing until 10th March.
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After an afternoon bursting with culture, take the time to stop for some le goute – a 4pm snack that’s very popular here in France. I’d recommend going to Season to try out their amazing pancakes – they’re just so fluffy and delicious! The decor also comes complete with trendy white tiled walls, elegantly woven chairs and illuminated neon signs that really elevate the feel of the place.
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For dinner in the evening, I would go back to Pigalle at the Depanneu. Again, the food is delightful and the array of music they play is really cool. Then afterwards, why not treat yourself to an evening drink at l’Hotel Amour. The cocktails are so delicious and the classic neon ‘AMOUR’ sign makes for the perfect Instagram post. And for a night of partying afterwards, check out Le Carmen, Le Rouge or l’Hotel Bourbon. Et voila!
What are your top tips for visiting Paris?
If it isn’t raining, try to walk! Don’t be afraid to just get lost in the city.
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And finally, what is Parisian style to you?
I would definitely say effortless. There are a lot of different styles but in each, you find this effortless feeling. Red lip but no mascara, a blazer but boyfriend jeans, very messy hair but big designer sunglasses. That’s what La Parisienne is all about, not over doing it but still giving a basic outfit that something extra that takes it to the next level.