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City Guide: Paris

As some of you may know, I studied abroad in Paris, France in the fall of 2015. It was such a cool experience, which you can read more about here. A friend of mine went on a Eurotrip recently and I made her a little list of places to go while she was in Paris. After making the list, I decided to turn it into a little city guide to share with others visiting or studying in Paris. Paris is such a magical place to me and I hold so much love in my heart for that city. I was only there for three months though, so I am in no way an expert. This list could be totally touristy for all I know, but these are places I liked to go and would recommend to others traveling to the City of Light. Enjoy!


The banks of the Seine River.

C’est Cool.

Generally Cool Areas-dubbed so by moi

Latin Quarter 

  • Sites include: Markets of Rue Mouffetard, La Sorbonne, & The Pantheon
  • You can get here from a few different metro stops
  • In the heart of the student district so food and shopping is a whole lot cheaper

Cluny- La Sorbonne

  • Part of the student district
  • One of my favorite neighborhoods
  • McDonalds here comes in clutch

Le Marais

  • Cool, winding streets that you can explore for days

Place de la Contrescarpe

  • Student area with really cool, tiny shops
  • Cheap
  • It’s a little roundabout surrounded by all of these streets with cheap shopping and food

6th & 7th Arrondissement

  • Where I lived while I studied in Paris
  • Upper-class, less touristy area
  • Sites include: Jardin de Luxembourg

Seine River

  • Cliché Parisian thing: sit on the banks with a bottle of wine

Looking up at the Eiffel Tower.

 J’aime manger tout le pain.

Food-you’ve gotta eat

Boulangerie Secco

  • This one is a chain so there are a few
  • Good prices and Pain au Chocolat is amazing
  • Address: 101 Rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris, France

Chocolat Foucher

  • Chocolate shop/tea salon
  • Hot chocolate is really good and rich
  • A little more expensive
  • Address: 134 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France


  • Really popular & expensive chain
  • Famous for macaroons & tea
  • TEA IS HEAVENLY & so worth the price
  • Address: 21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France


  • Also a chain bakery/sandwich shop
  • They are everywhere
  • Have a really good apple pastry, Chaussons aux Pommes
  • Address: 63 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France

Le Crocodile

  • Bar in the student district
  • Really popular with young Parisians
  • Wide variety of drinks
  • Each drink comes with a gummy crocodile
  • Address: 6 Rue Royer-Collard, 75005 Paris, France

Les Cafe des Chats

  • Cat cafe- I never went because I don’t like cats, but would be a neat place to stop by if you’re a friend of felines.
  • Addresses: 16 Rue Michel le Comte, 75003 Paris, France or 9 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris, France

Cafe de L’industrie

  • Amazing dinners
  • You must try the duck
  •  Address: 16 Rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris, France

Cars parked along a Parisian sidewalk.

C’est très chic.

Shopping-pour perfectionner votre mode 

Rue de Rennes

  • Big brands
  • Long street full of stores

Rue de Rivoli

  • So many stores
  • Near the Louvre
  • A lot of European brands that you can’t find in the States


  • Perfume shop on the street I lived
  • If you want real French perfume this is the place to go
  • Address: 8 Rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris, France


  • Kind of touristy, but it’s one of the major sites to see
  • Lots of big name brands are here
  • The Abercrombie & Fitch stores is inside a literal mansion; it’s quite an experience

Arc de Triomphe at rush hour.

Danser dans la rue.

Clubs-get your groove on


  • On the Champs Elysees
  • Good music
  • Students get in free on certain nights
  • Address: 2 bis Avenue Foch, 75116 Paris, France

Le Mix

  • Less crowded
  • Students get in free on certain nights
  • Address: 24 Rue de l’Arrivée, 75015 Paris, France
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The view from the Arc de Triomphe.


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