Paris is Always a Good Idea: An Insider’s Guide to The City of Lights

Ultimate Paris Travel Guide

Author: Shay Myrick / Category: Travel / Published: Apr-01-2019

I was laid off in December and while there were many uncertainties at the time, I refused for this circumstance to stand in the way of some good R&R. Once I got the itch to take a trip, I looked at my bank account and searched and for the most affordable flights. I wasn’t stuck on any particular destination but was super pleased to land on Paris. I’m a huge food & beverage industry nerd and couldn’t wait to dive into Parisian culture & lifestyle.

Take a look at my top picks for what to do, eat and see in the City of Lights:

Things to Do In Paris

Stay In Comfort

I couldn’t have asked for better lodging during this trip. Although the travel dates occurred over Valentine’s Day holiday, I waited until the last minute to book and secured price steals for two Airbnbs! I stayed in the Oberkampf and 15th Arrondissement neighborhoods with awesome, attentive hosts. Typically, if I have the time (and funds) I stay in multiple areas when I travel to get a sense of the different local lifestyles.

Eat Well

In order to cut costs, I ate many meals in the Airbnbs and had so much fun picking up fresh bread and fruit to eat for the low. Here are a few of my standout food spots but if you’re also really into snacking, be sure to stop by Breizh Cafe, Pain de Sucre Patisserie, Du Pain et Des Idees, and any neighborhood farmer’s market.

Top Places to Eat in Paris:

Café Louise

Le Bouillon Chartier

Waly-Fay Senegalese Restaurant

Jah Jah by Le Tricycle

Le Petit Dakar

Pink Mama


Pour More Drink

I learned the cocktail scene is very much underground in Paris today. The French are traditionalists and prefer their coveted wine and beers over stronger alcohol therefore, you’ll find a thriving speakeasy-like scene there. Below is a special list of favorite cocktail bars from a local mixologist. I highly recommend Le Comptoir General for a multi-level space that’s covered in ivy and moody lighting with multiple bar options, an outdoor cove, great drinks, and plenty of space to meet and dance.

Top Places to Drink in Paris


Le Syndicat


Copper Bay

Dirty Dick (seriously)

Le Comptoir Général

Play in Paris

During my six-day excursion, I loaded my trip with museum stops, art galleries and bookstores to get a taste of the culture and history. If you want to see major museums I recommend to buy tickets the night or morning of your visit. I hate to add pressure to vacation prep but make sure you have an idea of the opening and closing times of museums to avoid disappointment.  

Where to Go In Paris

Palais de Versailles

Foundation Louis Vuitton

Museé Yves Saint Laurent

Museé d’ Orsay

Palais de Tokyo

Shakespeare & Company

Louvre Museum

Shopping Around

~Long sigh~ I spent too MUCH time looking for *cheap Celine* for whatever reason and didn’t return to the U.S. with an amazing bag BUT, I found some awesomely-curated vintage stores. Each vintage shop has a unique take on the experience and ooze Paris cool. For example, some had color-coded racks or coffee bars inside!

Where to Shop In Paris


Thank God I’m A VIP


Le Coffre

Tilt Vintage

Ding Fring



To see more from the trip, head to my Paris highlight on Instagram and stay tuned for more travel reviews!

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