July 3, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
It wouldn’t be difficult to write a lengthy novel on reasons to fall in love with Paris. One of the city’s greatest traits is the way it opens up and allows you to discover what’s to love about it on your own. Surprisingly smaller than you might expect, it’s easy to navigate on foot, and very efficient in terms of public transport. Each of the 20 arrondissements spiraling out like an escargot from the center blend seamlessly into one another but with their own distinct character. For Parisians and travelers alike, the neighborhoods you choose are telling of your style and interests. The traditional west is upscale and caters to fine tastes, while the emerging east can be gritty but budding with some of the city’s leading culture.
Parisians are not as rude as has been said, and most days the city fully justifies being regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. It’s known as a place for lovers, but The HUNT Paris writer Haleigh Walsworth begs to differ. Paris is for any bon vivant traveling in good company or on their own. Those who wander with their eyes wide open, enjoy every last bite, drink every last drop and love with all their hearts.
9am: Work up an appetite bright and early with a scenic walk starting in the Tuileries, just past the Louvre, and ending up at Claus for a delicious breakfast.
7pm: Make your way west towards The Eiffel Tower to see the sun set from the Champs de Mars and the twinkling lights of this iconic landmark.
8pm: Enjoy a tasty dinner prepared by a Michelin-starred chef at brasserie Faust on the banks of the river. Stick around afterwards for some music and dancing in the tunnel.
11pm: If you fancy staying out, pop back across to the Right Bank for a swanky nightcap at Le Magnifique.
1pm: Pop into Le Loir dans La Théière for a snack or light lunch before heading slightly east to Bastille and La Promenade Plantée for a scenic, refreshing walk.
3pm: Stop by Marché d’Aligre to sample some produce, people watch and pick up some gourmet groceries to take home.
5pm: Follow the Rue Charonne and check out its shops on the way up to Square Gardette where you can quaff good wine and have a game of pétanque at Les Niçois.
7pm: Wander over to the nearby Le Servan and tuck into its lovely modern French cuisine.
9pm: Migrate to the 10th arrondissement to start a bit of bar hopping with drinks and some old-school arcade games at Le Fantôme.
About The HUNT Paris Writer: Haleigh Walsworth is a writer and photographer who moved to Paris on a whim. A bit of a romantic, she thought it would be the perfect place to live. Now a true Francophile, she feels more at home in the French capital than in her native California. Most of her time is spent producing lifestyle content for French fashion and beauty houses. When not at work in Paris or abroad, you can find her at home drinking lots of tea and writing short stories.
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