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Fabian and I took a trip to London and Paris last March. When deciding where to go on vacation this year, we (okay, I) thought it would be fun to go back to Paris this summer in time to celebrate two very special anniversaries– our 12th wedding anniversary and the 10th anniversary of La Dolce Vita! Even though we were just in Paris last year, I want to go back because after multiple trips, we have never visited the Marche Aux Puces or ventured to Versailles. With work keeping us both very busy, the thought of going back to a city we have been to before is appealing in that we can take our time to delve a little deeper and explore beyond the major tourist attractions.

I love the little community we have built here at LDV, so who better to turn to than YOU for recommendations for our trip at the end of June. I would love to hear what you consider to be the can’t-miss restaurants, shops, and sights to see! Where should we go?

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  1. I highly recommend Restaurant Mariette. It’s a small/intimate privately owned restaurant located close to Champs de Mars. The husband is the chef and the wife waits on tables. The food is exquisite, very unique. I have been here twice on two separate trips to Paris and I want to go back again. Enjoy!

  2. Dear Paloma.

    The Centre Pompidou is celebrating in 2017 its 40th Anniversary!

    I would also recommend visiting Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny (just one hour away from Paris) and Le Mont Saint Michel (the most visited site in France). And of course, the beaches and eating oysters in Brittany!!

    Wishing you an amazing summer!

  3. go every year and have sometimes gone twice a year.
    Love the left bank and have bought many things and shipped back from the Marche.
    I can go on and on….my most favorite city.

  4. If you want the most amazing, fresh oysters with a beautiful sancerre, I have the place for you:
    Huitrerie Regis, 3, rue de Montfaucon, 75006 Paris.
    Very small, lovely little place on the left bank – little being the key word – go early to get a table or as we did, wait until the lunch rush is over.

    Hope you find the time to do it and enjoy!

  5. We had ONE night in Paris last month before catching flight home next morning. We made reservations at Chez Monsieur, near L’église de la Madeleine for their La blanquette de veau traditionnelle (house specialty). After dinner it was less than 10 min walk to Ritz for drinks in Bar Hemingway. One of the most amazing evenings of my life.

  6. Take a night ride on the Grande Roue at Place de la Concorde. It’s open until midnight; go after 10 and it won’t be busy. You can imagine Paris is just for you. Great views. Afterward, cross the Tuileries to the Louvre and have champagne on the terrace of Café Marly, in view of Renzo Piano’s pyramid. Feel free to wear sunglasses at midnight there; everybody else will.
    Dance the Argentine tango at Quai Tino Rossi, just below the Institut du Monde Arabe. Starts around 9 p.m. on weekends and goes until dawn. Many spectacular (and sometimes professional) dancers.
    Get an awesome massage at the hammam of the Grande Mosquée. Check which days are for women. It’s absolutely gorgeous inside, too. Best massage in my life was there, and believe me I have tried all over the world.

  7. My favorite restaurant is Maison de la Truffe (everything truffles). Simply amazing, if you love truffles like I do!!

  8. I love the Saint James hotel for an upper east side experience (in the 16th). Someone had a field day decorating it. Nearby is Le Stella – a fabulous, classic brasserie. The goop city guide app has stylish recommendations all over the city. Bring a fitbit to admire your daily step count and justify dessert!

    1. I read the GOOP guide over the weekend and found some good tips. Going on a European vacation is my favorite “diet”. You walk all day, eat and drink more than you would at home, and if you’re lucky, come home a few pounds lighter!

  9. My fav thing when my niece and I went was a bike tour around the city with Fat Tire company. Good exercise, safe, and a whole lotta group fun!

  10. Corbusier’s Villa la Roche at 10 square du Docteur Blanche in the 16th is amazing and it’s in a lovely residential neighbourhood. As someone else mentioned the trip to Giverny to see Claude Monets garden is well worth it. The Museum of Decorative Arts next to the Louvre is excellent as well! The Rodin museum is amazing! Have a fabulous trip!!

  11. Have dinner at Le Bonne Excuse on the Left Bank near the Musee d’Orsay: the husband is the chef, the delightful wife runs the floor, and the food is so outstanding that you’ll understand the reason why it ranks #17 on Trip Advisor! If you haven’t experienced the Musee Rodin, visited Goyard on Rue Saint Honore, or climbed to the top of Notre Dame and played amongst the gargoyles, please go!!
    Please consider hiring a private tour guide for Versailles – you’ll be able to skip the long lines, see areas that are off-limit to the majority of visitors, and really hear the history and gossip on the most amazing palace on earth. Don’t miss the gardens, the Petit Trianon, and the Hameau!

    1. All of this sounds so charming, Diane! Is there a company you recommend for Versailles? I am looking into a private tour, but haven’t decided on anyone yet. I agree that private is the way to go! Thank you!

  12. Absolutely the two best restaurants in Paris are at The Peninsula Hotel! Bar none. Amazing.
    For a very special evening, you have to go to Le Rooftop which has fabulous food, and the best views of the Eiffel Tower in the entire city. Extremely romantic and incredible in every way!
    The other surprising restaurant for us was also in the hotel. Typically I’m not a fan of eating at hotels when we travel, and love to explore…..however, of all the restaurants we tried in Paris both of our favorites were at The Peninsula. The second one is called LiLi which is gourmet authentic chinese cantonese cuisine….OMG so delicious! Have a wonderful time Paloma, and can’t wait to hear about your trip!

    1. I couldn’t agree more, Melanie! We stayed at the Peninsula last year and had the most incredible experience there, including the wonderful food at the exquisite restaurants.

  13. “Le Comptoir ” is my favorite restaurant in Saint-Germain neighborhood.Staying at Relais St Germain Hotel next door guarantees you a table and quite charming on its own.

  14. Frenchie restaurant is an amazing experience, must reserve in advance before your trip. If you can’t get in, they have a wonderful wine bar with small plates across the street that is also worth it. Musee Marmottan is my favorite of all the museums. All Monet in an old house. The best of both worlds. And don’t miss a stop in Astier de Villatte’s little shop in the 1st near the Louvre and pick up some of those gorgeous white dishes. Enjoy, Paris is my favorite city in the world and a wonderful place to just wander.