Lindsey Tramuta writes one of our favorite Paris lifestyle blogs, Lost in Cheeseland (be forewarned: before you click, make sure you have some free time — this blog will suck you in!). Here, she shares her top picks for the perfect spring girl’s getaway in the City of Light.
After a long season ensconced in blankets, boots and button-up jackets, a springtime getaway to Paris with the ladies is the perfect cure for cabin fever. If you’re the kind of girls who prefer shopping, eating and discovering over museum hopping, then this Paris getaway is for you.
Bouquinistes: these green, Seine-side booksellers are a Paris institution and worth the stop. Pick up second-hand French books, vintage fashion magazines, collectibles and potential treasures.
Merci: no girls-only trip to Paris would be complete without a stop at Merci, the philanthropic 3-level concept store and café which mixes design, vintage finds and designer brands.
L’Oeuf: nestled the heart of the ever-popular South Pigalle neighborhood of the 9th arrondissement is an adorable boutique filled with dainty jewelry, trendy accessories and urban streetwear.
Pain et Chocolat: start the day off right with a hearty breakfast from the most charming, older couple on the left bank. Warm scones, eggs and cappuccino await!
Falafel on rue des Rosiers: break for lunch with Falafel on the rue des Rosiers. If you can suppress the urge to indulge immediately, take your sandwiches to the Place des Vosges for Parisian people-watching surrounded by beautiful architecture.
Candelaria: after hours of shopping at Merci, be sure to make a stop at this taqueria and clandestine Mexican cocktail lounge for an early evening apéro. Don’t be surprised if you find yourselves staying for tacos and tostadas!
Pierre Hermé: Ladurée’s stiffest competitor boasts more than superior macarons. Don’t miss the cornucopia of chocolates and, my absolute favorite, the Ispahan Croissant – lightly glazed, dusted with dried raspberry and filled with a rose-flavored almond cream. Heaven does exist!
Eiffel Tower: we would be remiss not to include Lady Eiffel in a list of places to see in Paris! Approach the tower from the Champ de Mars park and take in all its splendor and beauty. Buy tickets in advance to go up to the top of the tower and take group shots with a stellar backdrop.
Luxembourg Gardens: spring blooms, lush grass and hundreds of iconic garden chairs to soak in the sunshine — spending hours in Luxembourg Gardens, a stone’s throw from the Pantheon, is highly recommended!
Opéra Garnier: an exquisite, architectural chef d’œuvre, the city of light’s opera house is a sight to see even without staying for a show. Elaborate foyers, golden fixtures and a grand staircase that reflect the grandeur of the late 19th century can all be explored during a tour of the opera.
The city by boat: there’s nothing more frustrating than being short on time and not getting to see all that you hoped. A boat cruise on the Seine is the perfect solution. Pick up a day or night tour at Pont Neuf (bridge) and score priceless views of some of the city’s most beautiful wonders.
Nuxe Spa: if the French are experts at anything (aside from food) it’s taking care of themselves – often with a full-body massage. Pamper yourselves at the luxurious Nuxe spa on rue Montorgueil with a massage, facial, or body wrap after a long day of walking the city.
Culture of Color: want to look your best before a night of dinner and dancing in Paris? Don’t forget your nails! Revive them for only 5€ at this express nail bar in the rue Montorgueil neighborhood, just around the corner from Nuxe.
La Mosquée de Paris (Great Mosque of Paris): this isn’t just the largest mosque in France, it’s also home to a beautiful salon de thé and hammam that welcomes visitors and locals alike all year round. Cleanse, relax and gossip with your girlfriends in an exquisite marble steam room and opt for a massage to end the day right.