48H in Paris: What to do?
On my way back to Mallorca I stopped by Paris for 48h. There are so many things to do in the city of lights, but with only 2 days, I had to choose carefully and narrow it down to the essentials! So what does a French girl do in Paris in 48h? Follow me!
Morning: Breakfast and food shopping Rue Mouffetard
Wake up early and hit the market Rue Mouffetard (with grandma!). Sit in one of those cute typical French cafés. Ask for the winning formula: Café + Croissant and indulge in some "people-watching". Then stroll up and down that street for smelly and tasty cheese, freshly roasted organic chicken and delicious bread and pastries! You can pretty much trust any merchant on that street to have quality (and pricey) products. You basically can't go wrong! It's my to-go place for easy French food pick-up!
Afternoon: Fancy exhibition at Le Grand Palais and luxury tea break
Being in Paris means I have a moral duty of getting a reasonable dose of arts and culture. Too much is boring though, as I prefer to be out there in the city. However, I suggest you look online for the latest exhibitions and choose one that you are interested in. This time I went to see an exotic jewelry exhibition, from Mughals to Maharajahs, in collaboration with Cartier, at Le Grand Palais, which is close to Champs Elysées. I was there for an hour (not too long, not too short). The museum itself is a beautiful piece of architecture and you can decide to linger on at its café or in its gardens. But I'm on a schedule here...so I decided to go out and hit the luxurious Avenue Montaigne (just a 5 min. walk away). This is your spot if you're a Prada, Gucci and Gabbana type of person! I started early, and so I was hungry! I decided to go check out the Plaza Athénée Hotel. It has just undergone a renovation, and I heard it was worth having a look. It was a beautiful day and so I found my spot at the terrasse, for iced tea and pastry!
After a lovely tea break, I went back home and got ready for dinner with family!
Morning: Nails and Bubba-T in Chinatown
Yes, Paris has its own Chinatown! For a cheap, fast and quality nail experience, go to Le Petit Saigon (115 Avenue d'Ivry, Metro station Tolbiac). It is by far the best manicure I've gotten in Paris. Get there early! Or you will have to wait! (it opens at 10 am). On your way out, grab a bubble tea, at Buba Tea Coffee (right outside the nail salon, 103 avenue d’Ivry) and take a stroll through Chinatown. Don't forget to check out the Korean Pop stores (44 Avenue d’Ivry-Centre commercial Olympiades).
Afternoon: Lunch at Le Bon Marché, shopping, and more food!
All this walking makes you hungry! I suggest Italian at Primo Piano (inside Le Bon Marché, next to the bookstore section) for a quick and tasty lunch. I had the grilled Gambas, they were delicious!
As soon as you are finished licking your fingers, take a digestive walk around this gigantic department store! Everything you want is in there! Send your man to Balthazar, the Men's section. When you are done shopping, walk down Rue du Bac until you find a café "Le Bac à Glaces". Depending on the season, have delicious homemade ice creams (officially the best in town!) or a warm Nutella crêpe!
After this well-deserved shopping break, get back up Rue du Bac, and on the right-hand sidewalk, get into the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse for a bit of a spiritual inspiration. I always go to this Chapelle when I'm in the area as this place is known for granting your wishes. Get one of those little medals on your way out and have it blessed by one of the sisters. The Virgin Mary reportedly visited one of the sisters in 1830 and asked her to design a medallion, which would bring "great graces" to whom will wear it. The medal was immediately commissioned by the French Church.
After that, check out La Grande Épicerie (across Le Bon Marché) and luxuriate in the world of French food! Visit the amazing wine cellar (lower floor) and other collection of spirits. This is your last and best chance to stuff your bag with some French goodies!!!
Your time is up! Leaving from Orly Airport?
I love leaving from Orly Airport! Not only it's the closest to the city, but it hosts a variety of French cafés and brands, giving you the LAST LAST chance to stock up on some goodies! If you have time, I suggest having one last lunch at Ladurée, and taking some macarons to go. Ladurée macarons ARE THE BEST! I kid you not! Don't try to go anywhere else! Plus, they make great little gifts to hand out! My favourite flavor? ROSE!!!
That's it! Phewwww...it was short indeed but I packed as much as I could in 48H. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it gave you some inspiration for your next trip to Paris. There are other places I love to go to in Paris, but I'm afraid I will have to write about those next time! Until then, a bientôt!