I knew that I wanted to spend some time alone in Paris this summer. Don’t get me wrong – Paris is amazing with other people. It’s one of the most romantic cities, after all! But, that’s partially the allure of going solo. Although I am an outgoing person, I consider myself to be an introvert. Spending quality reflective time is really important to me – and a necessity. Getting to do that in as incredible of a city as Paris has always been so appealing to me.
The opportunity to do just that arose this summer as I was heading to France a week before Matt. I spent the time walking about the city, sitting on lovely patios enjoying wine, and realizing that as much as I love being in the city by myself, I have grown to prefer it with others. It’s funny how things change as you get older.
Paris is one of my favorite places. It is steeped with history, but always presents new and interesting things to do / see / eat / drink. I love the intersection of old and new. While I have my favorite go-to’s (see my Paris guide here), I wanted to bridge out and try a few new things this summer. Here are a few places I came across that I’d recommend:
Au Passage – Brooklyn meets Paris at this hip restaurant. Make reservations unless you want to sit at the bar, which can be delightful, though cramped. The menu changes daily and is super fresh. Au Passage features inventive takes on some more traditional, comfort foods.
Ladurée – I’ve long enjoyed Ladurée macarons, but had never visited the tea house, until this summer. Although you pay quite a bit more to sit and enjoy, it’s so worth it. Delicious teas (quite the extensive menu), an impressive macaron menu and more desserts than your stomach can handle. There are several Ladurees in Paris. I personally love the Ladurée Bonaparte tea house.
Le Petit Cler – A true Parisian bistro, Le Petit Cler sits on one of my favorite shopping streets, Rue Cler. I love to sit outside and get a front row seat to people passing by on the street. The salads are delicious!
As always, packing a picnic and wandering the city are the best. It’s hard to go wrong in Paris. If you’ve been before, I’d love to know your favorite places. Do tell!