Oasis Insiders: Alexia’s Guide to Paris

things to do in paris

things to do in paris

It’s tempting to be a perpetual tourist no matter how many times you’ve been to Paris; even locals are still drawn to visit The Louvre on a repeat basis. But in our opinion, the perfect visit to The City of Lights requires a balance of well-known blockbuster sites along with a few local favorites that are devoid of tourists. We’ve asked Alexia, our resident Parisian & newest destination Launch Manager to put together an itinerary of her favorite things to do in Paris, for locals and travelers alike. 

| Essential Stops |

“A private river cruise on the Seine is a must do and so romantic withParis at night. I would avoid the touristy areas and recommend experiencing a private Riva Boat; why not enjoy a cheese and wine tasting aboard while you’re at it?”

things to do in paris

“This is really cliché but I love the Eiffel Tower, I used to walk by every day for the past 3 years and it never ceases to impress me. I love the film Midnight in Paris which really reflects the Paris I love and that special magic that city has.”

things to do in paris

| Breakfast to Brunch |

“Start the day off with a nice breakfast at Café de Flores, one of the oldest and most prestigious coffee houses in Paris, and go for a walk in the district by the River Seine. And then maybe stop into some nice, small shops to bring home some souvenirs.
 For a brisk lunch, I would suggest Chez Benoît, Alain Ducasse’s quintessential bistro.”

things to do in paris

“Also, an amazing restaurant to discover is Paul Chêne. The staff is so welcoming and the cuisine is just amazing. Definitely a can’t-miss restaurant to experience traditional French cuisine such as the Pan-fried Foie Gras with the Paul Chêne Orange Cognac Liquor or the chicken Farmer Marcel Pagnol.”

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If you come to Paris and are fan of wine, then you can’t miss Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels which has eclectic yet elegant décor with a piano in one corner and a semi-private area in the back to spend time with friends.”

things to do in paris

| Shopping
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“When it comes to shopping, I am pretty sure Colette will satisfy; the store brings you avant-garde items from fashion, design, beauty… Your friends will be jealous if you buy the last trendy pair of sneakers.”

things to do in paris

| Dinner |

“I definitely love a casual dinner in a great restaurant, which Paris is full of. Café Stern is one of my favorites. Located in Passage des Panoramas, it used to be an engraver’s atelier. Revamped by Philippe Starck, it’s now a casual place with a great atmosphere. They revisit Italian classics in an original way. Try their pjzza or the Cèpes Risotto.”

things to do in paris

| Urban Escapes |

“If I ever need to take a step back and escape the big city crowds, I’ll make my way to Café du Musée de la Vie Romantique in the 9th, to enjoy a lemonade in the quiet, green ambience or I’ll go to Parc Montsouris.”

things to do in paris

| Me Time |

“Being well pampered is one of the things I enjoy the most. I have so many favorites places; it’s really difficult to choose just one, especially in Paris. For facials, the Guerlain Spa is amazing… otherwise Spa Nuxe Montorgueil is the place to recover from a long night.”

things to do in paris

| Dinner |

“My favorite Michelin Starred restaurant is L’Epicure, as I would love to have Chef Frechon at home every day … And for sure I would recommend the stuffed macaroni with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras, garnished with aged Parmesan cheese.”
things to do in paris

| Cocktails |

“You can’t miss cocktails at The Georges, as the view is one of the most amazing of Paris.”

things to do in paris

| Sunday Mornings |

“Generally on Sunday I prepare waffles or Apple Beignets when I am home but if not, then definitively the brunch at Chez Casimir is one of the best in town. The atmosphere is casual; the food is homemade with fresh ingredients. It’s just a better way to start the day.”

things to do in paris

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