We woke up on Sunday to another glorious day. It was crisp and we had to wrap up warm, but the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in sight.
First on the agenda was finding something to eat en route to the Sacré-Cœur. We stumbled across Pain Pain on Rue des Martyrs and it looked and smelt so inviting we had to pop in. They had the most gorgeous selection of breads, cakes and other baked goodness as well as some yummy juices. I decided on a cheese-filled flaky pastry, the name of which I can’t for the life of me remember, but it was GOOD. I also picked up a green juice because, y’know, balance.
After this much needed energy boost to walk up the rest of the hill to the Sacré-Cœur, we made it to the top and the views were just incredible. The cathedral itself is beautiful, especially when it is sat against such a bright blue sky, but the views up there are also something else. Paris from the sky on a cold crisp day may be one of my all time favourites to take in (and I couldn’t help myself from taking a fair few snaps too)!
Next, we wanted to tick the Eiffel Tower off the sightseeing list so we hopped on the Metro and made our way there. Now I’ve been to the Eiffel Tower a few times but on such a gorgeous day it looked exactly how you imagine it to. We found a bench to sit on in one of the surrounding parks and spent ages chatting in the sun with the definition of Paris towering over us. I always remember this area being horribly busy and touristy (as you’d expect) but we’d managed to find a lovely piece of calm here to enjoy the views.
The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring some of the shops, we grabbed galettes back in the Christmas markets and also walked up to see the Arc de Triomphe, before heading back to our hotel to change and get ready for the night ahead (with a glass of fizz of course)!
We had researched some of Paris’ best bars before arriving and had two on the list that we wanted to try. First up, our favourite, Little Red Door. We walked straight past it at first so keep your eyes peeled, but I’m so glad we found it in the end. It’s fairly small but we managed to get a seat up on the mezzanine, which was full of velvet chairs and candles, giving the space a real glowy, cosy, speak-easy feel. You choose your drinks from the menu – a picture book – by picking the illustration which most calls out to you and so when your drinks arrive they’re a total surprise. We had two cocktails each in here, all different, and we loved them all. Don’t worry if you’d feel more comfortable knowing exactly what drinks you’re ordering, there are pull out sections in the menu which tell you but it adds to the experience if you don’t look!
Next we popped into Candelaria which you get to by walking through a Mexican taqueria. Again, this place is candle-lit and cosy, although more industrial than LRD, and their drinks were super yum. If you’re after a bit more of a lively atmosphere then give this one a go. The taqueria was also really busy, so although we didn’t try anything, it’s a good sign that their food offering is spot on too.
After a few cocktails we were a little bit tipsy and pretty damn hungry so we decided to grab pizzas at Pink Flamingo. The decor was retro and cool and the pizzas were really yummy, with some different flavour choices – I’d definitely recommend if you’re in the area!
Our Eurostar was due to leave on Monday afternoon (sad face) so we didn’t get too much time on Monday for exploring. Instead, we made brunch our priority, obvs. After checking out of our hotel we walked to Holybelly. They don’t take reservations here but we got lucky and managed to bag the last available table without a wait. They liken themselves to a Melbourne café and having recently travelled to Melbourne, I loved the idea of this – those guys know how to nail brunch! We both ordered eggs and sides but the menu here has loads of yummy and relatively healthy options, plus it’s affordable – win win! The decor is cool, the staff lovely and food was delicious. Definitely check this place out if you’re after a chilled out brunch, it’s fab.
And that was the end of Paris. We had THE dreamiest time and Paris definitely cemented itself on my list of favourite cities. I’d love to visit again for a bit longer next time and maybe when it’s warmer, so we can make the most of all the pretty outdoor spaces.
What are your favourite things to do in Paris? Where should I be eating and drinking next time? Your Parisian recommendations are ALWAYS very welcome!