Paris will always be one of my favourite cities, and every time I visit, I love discovering new hidden treasures, cute little cafes and areas to explore. With that in mind, I thought it was time to collate a little list of places based on my trip back in March. I felt very lucky to get to spend my birthday there, eat some pretty amazing food, and fit in a little bit of bday shopping. I hope you enjoy!
A very Insta friendly whole in the wall in Le Marais. Pull up a chair at the marble counter and order their famed vegan banana bread or a deliscous bowl of granola with an almond milk latte.
54 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
Another tucked away gem in Marais, Season combines perfectly styled interiors with a fresh and health menu. The gluten free tartines topped with banana and almond butter or ricotta and berries are a must try, as are the matcha and acai bowls.
1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003 Paris
Used Book Cafe
Pop in to this delightful cafe at the front of Merci in Le Marais. My personal favourite is toast soldiers with a boiled egg and strong cup of coffee. Make sure you leave time for a quick spot of shopping too!
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris
Museums & Galleries
A must-visit for its collection of modern art and unique architectural exterior. It was a little chilly on the day we visit recently, but the views from the outside areas are pretty magical.
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
A Paris icon housing the famed Mona Lisa amongst other significant modern and classic art. It also happens to be the worlds largest museum - be sure to get there early to avoid a long line and make sure you stroll around the Jardin des Tuileries afterwards.
Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris
A stunning collection housed in an old private mansion dedicated to the works of sculptor Auguste Rodin. The grounds are absolutely stunning so make sure you have your camera handy.
79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
I always love to pop into their Marais location for a mixed plate of their salads of the day and a refreshing juice or smoothie. Just to try resist a slice of cake afterwards!
30 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris
This was my pick for a birthday brunch, but they serve breakfast and lunch here as well. The breakfasts sets come with a variety of options (pastries & bread followed by your choice of eggs or muesli with juice and a coffee and then usually a sweet treat to finish), and it's a cosy, charming place to enjoy a meal.
14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris
If you're craving Aussie-esque fare, pop in here for a dreamy toasted cheese sandwich or classic avo on toast.
3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011 Paris
A trip to Paris wouldn't be complete without a stop by the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to also stroll around Invalides to take in the neoclassical architecture and then over to Champs-Elysée which prides itself on being one of the worlds most beautiful avenues.
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
Whether it's a scenic boat tour or a simple stroll, I love spending time between the two banks. Grab a crepe and a coffee from a local vendor and sit by the water on a sunny afternoon.
So beautiful, it deserved its own post. Read all about it here.
8 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris
Le Petit Marché
One of my favourite bistros that I discovered on my first trip to Paris. This time my husband and I went for a casual dinner on my birthday so I could have my favourite steak frites (followed by molten chocolate cake!). This place is a cute Japanese / French fusion so be sure to try their tuna dishes.
9 Rue de Béarn, 75003 Paris
I'm not going to lie, getting a reservation here was near impossible, however I have to say, in the end it was worth the several phone calls! A gorgeous tiny restaurant run by a husband and wife couple in Montmartre, the food, service and charming decor are all exquisite.
62 Rue d'Orsel, 75018 Paris
An abolsute classic, and one of my favourite meals in Paris. Order a plate of cous cous, grilled meats and tagine to share. So good!
47 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Photos by Rohan Peterson, collage & handwriting by me