Paris in the Fall is one of my favorite times to visit. The colors pop against the blues and grays of the Haussmann buildings and the light is golden. Not everyone has the chance to see the city at different times of the year. These are a collection of images from 2013 - 2018. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did capturing them. Prints are available for purchase in the shop here.
November is considered the shoulder season. The tourist season ends at the end of October and there is a bit of a break before crowds pick up in the city for Christmas. I have spent every Fall in Paris since 2013. It is one of my favorite times to visit Paris. This year, I decided to push back my normal visit and I booked a trip for November.
What to expect with the weather:
The days and nights will be crisp. Pack a warmer coat and scarf. You can see my full packing list here. A leather coat was good up until October, but you will need something heavier for November.
Early November, you can have one last warm day (it happened last visit) but you can never be too sure.
You should expect to have a few rainy days during your visit. Pack an umbrella and make backup plans for rainy days.
The light is one of my favorite things about Fall. You will see the most beautiful golden light all around the city through November. Plus, as a bonus, the sunsets are pretty amazing. I don’t see these colors at any other time of the year.
What to do:
Check out one of the many exhibitions in the city. You can visit the regular museums but if you have been to Paris before, here are a few new exhibits to check out.
If you haven’t seen the Van Gogh Lumiere exhibit, I have heard great things from so many readers. I haven’t been all year but it ends on December 31st, so now is my last chance. You can book online in English and the tickets are 29 euros each.
The exhibition runs through January 27. Tickets are 15 euros and you can purchase online.
The exhibition runs through January 20th. The combined ticket is 22.40 euros for the special exhibition and general admission.
Stroll through Luxembourg Gardens and The Tuileries. The colors are still vibrant at the beginning of November.
Activities in the city:
November 11 is Armistice Day. Expect a lot of things to be closed. Bakeries and cafés in the center of the city should be open.
November 20 - December 31st Galleries Lafayette will be opening a skating rink on their rooftop overlooking Paris. This is not to be missed and this is a new ice skating rink in the city. The rink has free access, bring gloves as you will need them. The ice skating rink in front of Hôtel de Ville Required them. The rink is open from 9:30 am - 8:30pm. You can see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night from this view.
November 21 is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is marked by the third Thursday of November with fireworks, music, and festivals.
The Champs-Élysées will light up the street for Christmas on November 21st.
Visit the Christmas windows at the major department stores including Galleries Lafayette. This year’s theme is the Christmas beehive. More details as they are released.
I will be in Paris early November and I was told by a source that works with Galleries Lafayette the tree should be up. I took this photo in 2015
Galleries Lafayette has now installed a walkway so you can walk across the glass dome and get up close and personal with the tree.
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If it is your first time to Paris or you are a repeat visitor, I always recommend Fat Tire Tours as a great way to see the city. They offer a variety of tours that allow you to see the city of Paris through organized tours with English speaking guides, a safe and fun way to explore the city (by bike) and easy to manage group sizes.
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Explore St Germain de Près by bike through île St Louis for a stop at my favorite Berthillon for ice cream, and cross the bridge over to Notre Dame as the sun sets. You will then bike through the Louvre pyramids and across the Pont des Arts to board an hour-long Seine river cruise. Enjoy red wine as you enjoy Paris at night down the Seine. You will finish just in front of the Eiffel Tower and hopefully a little sparkle before returning your bikes back to the Fat Tire office.
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Versailles. I have been several times before by myself and the grounds can be overwhelming if you are walking. This tour also takes you to the market in the center of town which is always fun to explore. You will gather food for lunch and take it to the grounds of Versailles to enjoy. After lunch and bike ride through the grounds, you will be given skip-the-line-access to the Château. The lines can be extremely long and save you so much time to have more to explore in the Château of Versailles.
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When I first arrived in Paris in 2013, there was no such thing as "good coffee" in Paris. It was just starting to change and thank goodness it did. I feel every time I visit Paris, there is a new coffee shop. You will never be at a loss for good coffee with this list. There are almost 30 spots of places all around the city for a really good cup of coffee. This is my way of saying thank you for supporting my coffee and croissant research over the years.
Favorite Spots for Coffee:
Café Kitsuné - the space is small, you can drink inside but I love to do take away and bring it for a walk through Palais Royal. Iced or Hot latte is my go to drink depending on the weather.
Boot Café - My favorite area to stay in Paris is the Marais and Boot has always been a pretty quick walk. They just don't open until 10 am, which I am usually on my second cup by then.
Brasserie Barbès - This was not around when I lived across the street but it is a nice addition to the neighborhood. They offer food as well but I have never tried it, just the coffee.
Cuillier - Try their yogurt it is SO good. But also their coffee is great.
KB Café - The space is small inside but during the warmer months they have a large outdoor terrace with tables and chairs. They do have wifi.
Hardware Societé - If you are looking for a place by Sacre Coeur this is a great option.
Loustic - You can't miss the café sign outside. You are in for good coffee. They have wifi so you can work from here and they do offer food options.
Boot café - The spot is little but it is so good! I love their latte and iced latte.
Caféothèque - the coffee is great and the ambiance is great. I wouldn't recommend it for wifi. I have never had good luck here.
Le Peleton Café - located in the heart of the Marais and is very close walking distance to the Seine. They also run a bike tour company from this location called Bike About Tours.
Ob-la-di - I lived around the corner and didn't go often but this is a hot spot for bloggers and is instagram friendly if that is what you are looking for. They offer food options as well.
Passager - located not far from the famous croissant spot Blé Sucre (it is on my list for one of the best croissants in Paris) They have a much larger space than some of the other spots in the Marais.
Republique of Coffee - the space is a good size and located in the Upper Marais. They also offer food options. Each week, they highlight another coffee roaster so their menu is always changing.
Download and Save the map for your next trip to Paris. Do you have a favorite coffee shop?
If you have been following me for a while, you know I love a good croissant. Coffee and croissants in Paris are my things. I have done a lot of research over the years on croissants, baguettes, and boulangeries while in Paris.
This is my go to list of boulangeries in Paris. In Paris, Parisians always say their favorite croissant or baguette is just around the corner. Parisians will not travel across town just for a good baguette or croissant. It doesn’t make sense when there are boulangeries on every corner. But if you are in Paris for a short amount of time, chances are you will be within close distance to one of my top 5.
Du Pain et Des Idées
This is become instagram famous over the years. A good amount of people have this boulangerie on their must visit list and for a good reason. Their croissants are incredible. But what they are really known for are for their escargot pastry. The traditional flavor is pistachio, but they have around 5 flavors alternating. I prefer the red fruits which is sweeter. They are closed on the weekends so plan accordingly. Also, expect a line at peek times. They just recently started offering coffee. It isn’t the best coffee in the world, but if you are looking for something to wash down your pastry it is available.
Just a tip, to save you when visiting this boulangerie and others. Know your order ahead of time. The line will happen quickly and you don’t want to hold up the line. If you don’t know what you want, just grab what looks good and ask the person behind the counter. They do speak English here and you should trust their suggestions. A visit to the boulangerie shouldn’t break the bank and you will be so happy you tried something new.
If you are in the area, don’t miss the new Miznon for lunch on Canal St Martin. You can stroll or sit on Canal St Martin and people watch or read a book. Also, for lunch or dinner, I love Le Petit Cambodge. I can’t stop thinking about this meal.
My personal favorite boulangerie in Paris is located at 28 Beaumarchais. I discovered it in 2013 and I have been going back ever since. I have heard it has been taken over as a chain of boulangeries in Paris but they still have my favorite baguette so I am not complaining. I have broken a tooth on a baguette so go for the torsadee (twisted baguette) it is softer and not too crunchy which is how I like it. I take everyone here and 9/10 it is hot out of the oven. That is pretty much everything right there. If you had salted butter to it, you are basically in my version of heaven.
In the area, visit the Bastille Market on Thursdays and Sundays. Also, Merci shop is right up the street. You can take your baguette and pastries to Place des Vosges just on the other side of the boulangerie.
If you are in Montmartre, you have to visit Coquelicot. This was a favorite of mine when I lived in the neighborhood. Their pastries and baguettes are so good and this place just brings back so many memories. They offer a brunch which you can dine outside or upstairs on their second floor.
Don’t forget, you can always ask for a demi-baguette and they will cut it in half for you. The average price of a baguette will be around 1 euro/ 1 euro 20 centimes. Make sure to have change on you for this one.
If you are in Montmartre, stroll down Rue des Abbesses and visit a café or the Love Wall just around the corner from the boulangerie. This area has a very different feel from the rest of the city.
Boulangerie Utopie is worth the visit and the line outside, especially on the weekend. Each weekend, they offer a special flavor escargot. Try this and a traditional one. Their croissants and baguettes are amazing too. They have a charcoal baguette which is worth a try. You won’t be disappointed! They close at 8pm so you can grab a baguette on your walk home for dinner.
Blé Sucre was on my list for a while and it did not disappoint. It may be one of my favorite croissants in all of Paris. They sell out so fast, especially on the weekends and they don’t restock. It is worth going on an off day and visiting the neighborhood. Nearby is the Aligre Market which is less touristy than most others.
I know a few things about traveling and packing and it is all through trial and error. It didn’t come naturally, I promise. Every time I forgot something on a trip, I learned a lesson or two and I got better every time. I most recently packed for a trip to Amsterdam in less than an hour in a carry on. Here are a few of my favorite travel accessories that I can’t live without. I hope this post helps when you plan your next trip.
If there is something you can’t live without or have a great travel/packing trip, comment below.
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These make packing so much easier! I like having everything in one spot so I know exactly where it is. If you need to grab socks, tanks, underwear in a pinch. Some of the hotels I have stayed in recently have had very little drawer space. Packing cubes keep things organized.
I typically pack in a carry on, unless I am going on a longer trip. I really LOVE my Away suitcase. I didn’t think it would live up to the hype but it really does.
I prefer to carry a small wallet when traveling for safety. This Cuyana wallet holds a few cards including my credit card and license along with coins for coffee and euros. I keep one card in my wallet and the rest of my cards in the safe at the hotel or back at the apartment. If for some reason, I loose my wallet or get pickpockets, I will always have a backup card for emergencies. You can read more about my safety tips for traveling in this post here.
I have a collection of adapters that I have used for years. I have one that fits my Mac and one that goes on my iPhone charger. It is second nature to switch over once I land and set up my mini office in Paris. This adapter for $10 from Target is an easy solution to charge multiple devices. I would keep this in my suitcase because it is small and inexpensive.
I still love my SLR Canon don’t get me wrong. I can operate it with my eyes closed. But carrying around 4 lenses ( I prefer fixed lenses) can really take a toll on my back. I purchased this FUJI camera last year and I am so happy I did. It is more powerful than my SLR just because the technology is more recent and the files are huge (if you shoot RAW). I love the color and quality of the prints. I have brought it everywhere with me this year from Italy, France, and Australia. I even let Emma (age 6) shoot with it this Summer.
My phone provider in the US is Verizon which offers an International plan of $10 a day. I prefer to switch my SIM to Orange which is $50 for 2 weeks. You can get 10 GB or 20 GB. I honestly have never used the full 10 GB in two weeks and I am always on Google Maps, Instagram, and WhatsApp. It seems to be the most cost effective option if you are staying a week or more. My whole family got them this Summer and it made communication so much easier.
Just switch out your SIM from your iPhone with the SIM from Orange. I used to wait in line at Orange in Paris and you have to bring your passport and it takes forever. Plus, they are closed on Sundays. This is way easier and it takes less than 2 minutes. I always leave a little masking tape on the inside of the envelope for my SIM card so it doesn’t get lost.
My zippered tote from Cuyana is one of my favorite things I own. I use it everyday. I think it is perfect for travel especially if you have the insert which allows me to keep my laptop separate and my wallet, iPhone, passport, and camera all in one spot. The zip top makes it great for safety too.
When it comes to arriving looking like you haven’t flown overnight, I always like to use this Eye Contour Mask from Sisley. I put it under my eyes before flying and it lasts the whole trip. I keep it in my Cuyana bag along with their Sisley Black Rose Mask and my Bioderma face wipes for when I land. I like to freshen up when I land with one of these wipes.
I have had these Cuyana Travel Bags for years and use them on every trip small or big. It comes with two bags and I use the small one for makeup and the larger one for my skincare. You can see where my priorities are ;) These also make the best gift for someone that travels a bunch. They have a men’s and women’s version.
A few years ago, my aunt sent me an oversized cashmere scarf. I always asked to borrow one of hers when we were together. She loves bright colors but she sent me a black one ( my preferred color choice) that I use on almost all international flights. I can’t find the brand she purchase for me but this one is similar.
Paris in the Fall is one of my favorite times to visit the city. My first trip to Paris in the Fall was in 2013 and I have been back every year since. Unlike Paris in the Spring, there isn’t a key week (cherry blossom season) that you absolutely have to visit. The Fall spans from September until November and the weather can be rainy or absolutely beautiful. You have to be prepared for all types of weather.
If you are headed to Paris this Fall, don’t miss my packing guide so you can be prepared. Last Fall, they had an Indian Summer that lasted close to the end of October. I was begging to wear sweaters and boots and it was t-shirt weather. I eventually got my wish at the end of the trip. I don’t think it rained the entire time of my visit which is pretty unusual since rain is a part of Paris just as much as the Eiffel Tower.
Don’t miss Heritage Days September 20 to 22. Take a look inside some of the buildings that are normally closed to the public throughout the year. This special weekend opens the doors to places like Luxembourg Palace and Hôtel de Ville. I went a few years ago and loved it. You really should plan ahead so you can maximize your time. It rained part of the weekend which made it a little difficult but all in all it was a really great experience. For a full list of what is open you can see this link. The Grand Rex would be at the top of my list.
If you love French Impressionist, Visit The Musée D’Orsay for Degas à "L’Opéra (Degas at the Opera) September 24 - January 19th.
Fashion Week is September 23 - October 1. If you want to catch a glimpse at some great people watching, head to Rue St Honoré. You can also spot some great fashion in The Tuileries closer to the Champs Élysée and Place de la Concorde.
Nuit Blanche. The 5th of October. Contemporary artists take over the city from dusk until dawn. You will find huge artworks and light installations all over the city. I have arrived on this day and always surrendered to jet lag. If anyone has an experience with this, please feel free to share with a comment below.
A new exhibition of Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec from October 9 - January 27. I was assigned Toulouse-Lautrec as a project in high school and I have had an interest in this artist ever since. I plan to see this exhibit later this year when I am back in Paris.
This event takes place from October 9 - 13. Expect parades, concerts, and wine tastings. You can find the majority of the celebrations under Sacre Couer. I went back in 2014. It was a lot of fun but the streets were crowded. You will get a glass with your ticket price and you can go to different vendors to taste wine. Food is similar to festival food (sausages and cheeses). I ended up grabbing dinner at a nearby Brasserie with friends in Montmartre.
I got my first leather jacket as a gift which was a BCBG leather jacket. I wore it for years through the transitional seasons in Paris and it eventually ripped. I purchased a new one and it literally has traveled around the world with me. I wear my leather jacket as the weather transitions to Spring but isn’t quite warm enough until Summer hits. Then I will pick it back up as the nights get crisp and Fall begins. I will wear it until I have to surrender to a warmer coat in November.
If you are going to pack one jacket for Paris, a leather jacket is what you need.
For more ideas on what to pack, don’t miss What to Pack for Paris in the Fall
My dream leather jacket. Price is $500 which makes it an investment but it will last for years. This one is from Madewell.
Splurge Options are anywhere from $400-$600.
These are classic styles that will last you for years. If you have the money in your budget, I would go for it.
Budget Friendly Options from $100-$150
Pair with your favorite scarf
For the little ones. Martiene (age 11) wanted to match me so I got her one for her birthday. I sized up so she would grow into it. It made it two years and was reasonably priced. She loved it!
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Watching the sunset in Paris is one of my favorite times of day. I do my best to see as many as possible during each visit. I will rarely schedule plans with friends for dinner until after sunset. I love the glowing light the city is covered in just before the sun sets for the evening. In the Winter, it can be as early as 4pm and in the Summer 10:00pm.
Below are some of my favorite spots in Paris to watch the sunset. Comment below and share your favorite spot!
Pont Alexandre III
On my last night in Paris back in November 2015, I was doing some last minute shopping at Galleries Lafayette. I was all the way downstairs about to leave the store when I got a text from a friend telling me to see the sunset. I ran to the terrace at the top of the store for this stunning view of the sunset and Eiffel Tower.
Place de La Concorde
Le Perchoir BHV
The bar at the top of BHV Le Perchoir has a beautiful view of Paris at sunset and the prices for drinks are reasonable. Just make sure to get there right when the bar opens as there is typically a line to get inside.
Il St Louis
From Palais Royal to Montmartre
To get to the Trocadero to watch the sunset, take the metro. It will let you off right at this spot. There will be a crowd of people, more in the Summer. Just watch your belongings for pickpockets. The view is incredible and worth seeing at least once.
St Germain de Près
This is where I watch the sunset the most in Paris. Just down from Rue Vieille de Temple and across Pont Louis Philippe to île St Louis.
This was taken during my time in Paris in 2013 when I lived just around the corner. The trees were bare so it was a much better view of the Eiffel Tower.
I am writing this post while it is 85 degrees out in Chicago. As people plan for upcoming travel, what to pack for Paris in the Fall has been one of my most requested posts. I hope this post helps planning ahead for Fall travel. I have been to Paris in the Fall every year since 2013 and I love this time of year so much. Paris in the Spring is beautiful, but there is nothing like seeing the leaves and ivy change color around the city.
What to expect in September: The weather can be warm and still feel much like Summer. You can easily go without a coat some days or a light sweater. But always pack layers (at least one scarf) and expect that the weather could be cold and rainy. There is always a chance of rain in Paris even on the sunniest of days.
What to expect in October: The start of October can be mild just like September but towards the end of the month, it can turn quite crisp. I have been stuck many times with a coat that wasn’t warm enough because I was just being stubborn. Carry your warm coat on the plane with you and even if there is only one cold day out of your whole trip, you will be glad you packed it. Last year, it was unseasonably warm October and all I wanted to do was wear sweaters and boots. The weather eventually turned at the end of my trip and I got good use of my Fall clothes.
Feel free to email me or comment below with specific questions on what to pack.
The Gaspard Sweater from Suzanne is a classic that can be worn year round. Layer it with a scarf and jacket on colder days.
This open sweater/blazer is a personal favorite of mine. You can throw a camisole underneath or a lightweight sweater for heavier layering. I own it in the camel color and I wore it on repeat all Fall/Winter last year.
Camisoles and bodysuits make great layering pieces when the temperatures drop. I wear these under all my sweaters to keep warm. Not everyone is a fan of the bodysuit but I loved them as a kid and I am so happy they are back in style.
When it comes to jeans, I would pack one blue wash and a black pair. They are easy to dress up with boots for a night out. I would personally stay away from the style of ripped jeans (knees) it is trendy in the states but I haven’t seen this out in Paris. Save your money.
If you haven’t heard by now, I love my Blondos. They are super comfortable and waterproof. I wear them every Fall and Winter in Paris and can walk miles in them no problem. I have several pairs and they last multiple seasons. I recommend a short pair and a tall pair. I love wearing the over the knee version with jeans and dresses.
Layer up with a scarf. I have made the mistake too many times by not packing one even in Spring. Just bring it on the plane with you. This is also a great way to add a pop of color while keeping warm.
I am a dress girl all the way. I used to have a dress closet in my old apartment. The Leith dress is my favorite dress for comfortability and you can dress it up or down. It is under $50 and great for travel. If you are headed out to dinner or have meetings with clients (as I do) these are some of my favorite choices for Fall.
This post does include affiliate links which helps contribute to my coffee and croissant research. Merci!
It has been a while since I have been to Paris in the Summer. But I will be back this June so I am sharing some ideas on what to pack for the warm weather. Just keep in mind, keep it tasteful when it comes to dressing. Nothing too short or too revealing. A lot of things shut down in August, so if you have plans to visit during this month you will be greeted with empty streets and a more quiet Paris.
Comfortable shoes are SO important. I think the best way to see the city of Paris is on foot and you don’t want to be in pain with blisters or not be able to walk. Parisians don’t really wear heels unless they are going out to dinner and won’t be walking. Cobblestones aren’t the easiest to walk in heels, trust me. If you wear heels or wedges, you might want to switch them out later in the day. I just bought these from Everlane for walking around Europe.
These are my go to shoes for walking the streets of Paris if you are looking for sneakers. Make sure to buy little footies to wear with your shoes so you don’t get blisters.
Rain is going to happen. Make sure to pack an umbrella. A trench coat or raincoat is always a good idea.
Don’t forget sunscreen. My favorite non greasy brand is Super Goop. There are also great French brands if you stop by a pharmacie.
This post does include affiliate links which helps contribute to my coffee and croissant research. Merci.
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmas, and Aunties out there!
The 12 Best Unknown Landmarks in Paris. This is fun to discover a new part of Paris as you explore this list.
Paris Hotels: The 17 Best According to CN Traveler. I knew a lot of these but there were still some new ones on the list I have yet to discover.
The most seven common dreams decoded. Does anyone else have crazy dreams at certain times of the month?
How to Make Parisians Love You (follow these culture rules)
I recently bought one of these suitcases for my trip to Paris and I love it so much. I will be packing in this carry on for Italy and France this Summer.
LOFT just introduced Loft Littles and it is adorable! Match your little one with these adorable Spring fashions.
Paris Bans E-scooters from Sidewalks. I was afraid to try them the last few trips to Paris. Has anyone tried them?
I am ALL about comfy pajamas. These look perfect for Summer.
Thoughts on blogging burnout. This hit home for me. Creativity comes in waves. I have to write down all my ideas when they flood in and then there are times where I am completely stuck which I now know is completely normal.
Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise? I do it every day.
The one Netflix show you should binge watch this weekend. I just started watching and I am hooked. It is only 10 episodes so totally doable in a weekend right?
How Bloggers Make Money, Jess Keys says it better than I could. She is a MUCH more established blogger than me. I don’t have partnership opportunities like she does. Hopefully one day.
I had a facial at Leah Chavie this week which she ended up zapping a lot of my sun damage from previous years right off. Currently, I have what looks like HUGE freckles on my cheeks and nose which should flake off in the next week. I was not careful as a kid at Summer camp and I am paying the price. I had crazy sun spots on my forehead too which is one of the reasons I have bangs now! When it comes to sunscreen, reapply often and I really LOVE SuperGoop. It isn’t greasy at all which is one of the things I hate about sunscreen. Do you have a favorite?
This post does include affiliate links which helps contribute to my coffee and croissant research. Merci!
I recently received an email from a reader for restaurant recommendations for Paris with a daily budget. I thought this would help a good amount of readers figure out a budget and what to expect to spend in Paris so I turned it into a blog post. While the original email was just about meals, I wanted to cover transportation as well as hotels to give more information.
Cost of getting to and from CDG
1. Taxi 55 Euros
2. Train 11. 40 Euros
3. Bus 12.50
4. Uber 55 euros
5. Private Car 75 euros
Meals in Paris
If your breakfast is not included in your room rate at your hotel, I would recommend skipping it. The hotel breakfast can be pricey. Parisian breakfast is typically a tartine (toast) and jam/croissant and a coffee. If you have an apartment, you can easily pick up a baguette for around 1 euro/ 1 euro 50 and butter at your local Monoprix for a few dollars as well as jam. This is the most cost effective. You can also get fresh orange juice at the grocery store for as little as 2 euros. It is my guilty pleasure and the machine juices it right in front of you. At a café, the price will be closer to 5 euros.
Croissants are around 1 euro to 1 euro 30 centime. You want to order a croissant au beurre not ordinaire.
For enjoying a Parisian breakfast on a terrace. The price is around 8 - 13 euros.
If you drink your coffee at the bar versus drinking it at a table, the price is different. It will be around 1 euro - 1 euro 30 centime if you are drinking an expresso at the bar. At a table the cost would be 3 euros. A café crème can be around 2 euros to 2 euros 50 centime at the bar and around 5 euros at a table.
Be on the lookout for a bar menu at Parisian cafés. The prices will be posted where you can see them so you know what to expect.
A craft coffee spot such as Boot Café or Fragments (full list here) will run around 5 euros for take away or if you drink it there. The price will be the same.
Lunch in Paris
Lunch can be a great option to try a restaurant in Paris without breaking the bank. They have set menus which allow you to have an entreé + plat or a plat + dessert for a reduced price. Some restaurants will offer a plat du jour and that is the only special that is offered that day for the special menu. Make sure to ask your server.
This was lunch on a Saturday at a typical French spot in St Paul. Duck and a glass of wine was around 27 euros.
A smoked salmon plate which is plenty of food and a glass of wine at La Favorite in The Marais was under 20 euros.
Budget Friendly Options for Lunch in Paris
Chez Gladines is a favorite with students in Paris are there are several locations now.
L’as du Fallafel in The Marais is a great option for a cheap lunch. Take it to go and eat it at a nearby park.
Breizh Cafe for crêpes or galettes.
Le Progrès on Rue de Bretagne has steak friîtes for around 14 euros.
Miznon has two locations and is a personal favorite. It is an Israeli spot with locations on Canal St Martin and The Marais. Pita sandwiches will run around 10 euros
I recently ate at Petit Cambodge and loved it. Bobun was around 12 euros - 15 euros.
Au Petit Fer à Cheval offers a Plat du Jour for 13 euros and sandwiches for 5.50 euros.
You can also pick up a baguette sandwich at a local Boulangerie for around 5-7 euros and take it to any park if the weather is nice.
I love a good picnic. You can shop at a local Monoprix grocery or pick up a baguette and cheese at a local fromagerie.
L’Avant Comptoir can be an inexpensive lunch option as well.
Croque Monsieur will run you around 7-9 euros and a salad 12 -15 euros. I love the Caesar salad at Marcel.
Specify which type of water you want when you order. Un carafe d’eau will get you table water which is perfectly fine in Paris. If you order bottled water, it can run you around 5 euros. This is when wine cost the same as water.
Wine can cost on average from 5 - 12 euros per glass.
Dinner Plats can average around 18-28 euros per person.
Tasting Menus are on average 68- 80 euros
Some to consider:
Verjus 68 (additional for wine parings)
Frenchie 74 Euros
Septime 80 euros.
I highly recommend getting the Museum Pass if you are planning to visit a few museums in Paris. It will not only save you money but also, time! There are separate lines for museum pass holders which means less waiting. Versailles is a great example of saving time. Preorder yours online ahead of time or you can purchase them in Paris at the Tourists Office on Avenue de l’Opéra.
2 Days 48 Euros
4 Days 62 Euros
6 Days 74 Euros
Budget Friendly Hotels are around 125 - 150 a night. I rounded up 10 Budget Friendly Hotels in this blog post.
4 star hotels are around $200-$400 a night. 5 Star hotels can run around $400-$600 per night depending on the hotel.
A metro ticket is 1.90 euros per ride. You can buy a carnet (10 pack) for 14.90
Is there something I missed? Comment below if you have questions on the cost of additional things in Paris to help you budget your trip.
Palais Royal has always been a personal part of Paris to me. I lived around the corner and would walk through here every morning and every evening. It is a bit hidden from the center of Paris. The black and white columns are now popular on Instagram, but not as many people walk through the actual gardens. The Tuileries are close by and can be packed on a warm day but for some reason Palais Royal is not nearly as crowded. I like it this way and it is probably what gives it the charm that I love so much.
Pass through the columns and you will find the small park with pétanque players, kids running, and people enjoying a picnic.
Grab a cup of coffee at Café Kitsuné and stroll the gardens.