Our Web Writer EMILY’s Top 5 Places in Paris
August 05, 2015
Emily joined the Parisianist family this summer as our resident journalist with a classy British accent. As a student majoring in French language and culture at Cambridge, she has found herself in Paris quite often over the years. (It’s only a 3-hour train ride from London after all). As someone mesmerized by the beauty of Paris, while also maintaining a student budget, here are the 5 places that Emily loves most in Paris.
"Paris is beautiful, it truly is. My first visit was packed with as much sightseeing as possible: the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, etc. Yet it was not until my later visits that I started to discover the hidden treasures of Paris and places I truly connected with. As a student majoring in the French language and culture in England, I have often come to the city. It’s just a 3 hour train ride away from London! But no matter how often I come, there are 5 places I always enjoy. Here they are..."
I love to follow in the footsteps of Hemingway in the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain and stroll down the Seine River checking out the riverside book vendors. And many antique treasures can be found here! I personally enjoy the old posters or postcards being sold on the side of the Seine river, as they have some classic Parisian themed prints and photographs within a student budget.
The rest of the area is full of book stores selling both French and English books: ‘Shakespeare & Company’ is not to be missed, ’San Francisco’ is another hidden gem, and, if comic books are your thing, then check out ‘Album.’ For theater lovers ‘Le Coupe Papier’ is a must!
Just like many visitors, I visited the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay and thought I had seen it all. I was wrong. There are countless museums and galleries housing timeless works which are equally inspiring. And the great thing is, they are not overcrowded.
One of my personal favorites is l’Orangerie – a small museum with spacious curved walls upon which some of Monet’s famous ‘Nymphéas’ are hung. Take a seat at the center of the circular rooms and let your eyes feast on the beautiful colors of Monet’s pallet. Truly captivating!
Just like in every city, there are good and bad vintage shops. However, I have come across mostly good ones in Paris. The ones I seem to find myself going back to the most are ‘Episode’, ‘Chine Machine’ and ‘Vintage Désir’.
The first one, near metro Etienne Marcel, has a huge range of clothing and accessories. The other 2 are both in Montmartre: ‘Chine Machine’ is slightly bigger, but I’d say ‘Vintage Désir’ is cheaper. The latter is great if you’re looking for that perfect knitted jumper in winter.
It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed by the crowds in Paris. Originally coming from somewhere that is semi-rural, I really appreciate the parks and beautiful quiet corners of Paris! Among its many picturesque parks, my favorite would be the Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden).
Central and easy to get to, it is also very big. So even on busy days, you’re sure to find some peace and quiet. What I enjoy the most is reading in the sun and sketching the sculptures in the park.
Another favorite park of mine is the Parc de la Turlure just behind the Sacré-Coeur, the perfect escape from the busy hill…
Cour St Emilion
For an evening out with friends I recommend the modern and chic area between Bibliothèque François Mitterrand and Cour Saint Emilion (east of Paris). A friend of mine and I had a lovely dinner at Bercy Village – so many restaurants to choose from!
We then headed to the bars along the Seine on the other side of the river, chilling and drinking rosé in the buzzing atmosphere. The boat bars along the quay are a unique sight! It’s a great summer spot. And may I suggest, if you are in the area during the day, have a picnic in the Parc de Bercy.