This is the second part of my Paris City guide to help you make the most of your weekend in the French capital and return home with some memorable experiences! I will guide you through the iconic and a bit more touristy – but still real – Paris. This is a mix of culture, unpretentious food, slow coffee and some world-famous architectural marvels that leave no room for understatement!
On day one I walked you through the hip and bohemian neighbourhood of Canal Saint-Martin, which is really loved by Parisians themselves, you should adventure on a different path on your second day in Paris, on a more touristy but incredibly charming route. Like you probably guessed by now, the best way to move around in the city is by Metro and walking. We usually walk for hours because we just love it. A walk along the Seine really has something special to it.
For a breathtaking view over the city and the Eiffel Towel, your first stop should be Arc de Triomphe (metro Charles de Gaulle Etoile). It is generally not as crowded as the Eiffel Tower, especially in the morning, and it offers a pretty impressive view over the city. You guessed: this is exactly where the photo on top of the post was taken! From here, you can walk along the Seine, towards the next destination: a cool café located in the Finnish Institute in Paris for a cup of coffee and a bite. It is a lovely walk, through the romantic little streets of Saint Germain, filled with art galleries, patisseries and fancy shops. If you’re not much of a walker, hop in the metro and step out at Cluny-Sorbonne, which is right next to the café.
Coutume Insitutti ( 60 Rue des Écoles, 75005, Paris) is by far one of my favourite spots in the city. You can also get there pretty easy from city center (metro Saint-michel – Notre-Dame) and make your way towards it for breakfast or brunch to start the day on a good vibe. Everything in the menu is tasty, especially the desserts. And did I mention all the staff speaks perfect English? After that you can check out the interesting book shops around, for some food for the spirit as well! Sorbonne is just around the corner, after all.
For lunch, try one of the stir-fried Thai noodle dishes served at Monthaï, a very unpretentious but very good street food restaurant, which we actually discovered by coincidence on a rainy afternoon, but I’m very glad we did!