20 Places in Paris: The crème de la crème

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 There are many great things to do in Paris… so many that it is often hard to know where to go and what not to miss. To celebrate the newly released WOW Paris City Guide, we’ve put together our top 20 places to visit in Paris for those in need of a quick point of reference. From Cafe to Bars, Cabaret shows to little known movie cinemas, below you will find a great selection of our top picks.

1. Cafe Pinson

Unique Decor and Healthy, Creative Food

58, rue du Faubourg Poissonniere. 01 45 23 59 42.

2. Le Perchoir

Views from the Rooftops of Paris

14, rue Crespin du Gast, in the 11th Arrondissement. 01 48 06 18 48.

3. Chez Janou

The Timeless Classic for great French food

2, rue Roger Verlomme, in the 3rd Arrondissement. 01 42 72 28 41.

4. Luxembourg Gardens

Greenery that can’t be missed 

6e Arrondissement, 75006 Paris, France.

5. Le Bar 228

Mingling with the ‘inner-circle’

228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France. Phone:+33 1 44 58 10 55.

6. Angelina

Best Hot Chocolate & Fancy sweet treats

226 Rue Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France. Phone:+33 1 42 60 82 00.

7. Colette

Too cool for school concept store

213 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France. Phone:+33 1 55 35 33 90.

8. Hotel Costes Bar

Day & Night See & Be Seen

239-241 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France. Phone:+33 1 42 44 50 00.

9. Crazy Horse

A Cabaret actually worth seeing

12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France. Phone:+33 1 47 23 32 32.

Afternoon Tea London

10. Four Seasons Hotel George V Afternoon Tea

The best afternoon tea in town

31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France Phone:+33 1 49 52 70 00.

11. St Germain des Pres

THE neighbourhood – perfect for people watching

 St Germain des Pres.

12. Le Trianon

‘Old Paris’ Theatre Hall in the 18th

80 Boulevard de Rochechouart, 75018 Paris, France. Phone: +33 1 44 92 78 00.

13. Hotel de Ville

 Ice Skating in Winter

Place de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris, France. Phone: +33 1 42 76 40 40.

14. The Beef Club

For burger enthusiasts

58, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in the 1st Arrondissement. 09 54 37 13 65.

15. Champagne on the River Seine

As French as it gets

River Seine.

16. Germain

A cafe/restaurant for the upperclass hipster

25 Rue de Buci, 75006 Paris, France. Phone:+33 1 43 26 02 93.

17. Café Kitsuné

Really good coffee

51, Galerie de Montpensier, in the 1st Arrondissement. 01 42 60 34 28.

18. Musee Roden

A Museum that doesn’t get enough credit

79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France.

19. Muriel Grateau

Porcelain perfection – boutique store

37 Rue de Beaune, 75007 Paris, France. Phone:+33 1 40 20 42 82.

20. ???

You tell me! Leave a comment below with your all time favourite place in Paris that didn’t make the list.

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    Brittany Stopa
    January 30, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Love this! There’s so much to do in Paris 🙂

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    January 26, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Lovely post! Being a fellow Aussie and having lived on and off in Paris over the years, it looks like there are still some more things for me to do on your list 🙂

    I also wrote a post on the beautiful green spaces in Paris where Parisians go to relax that is virtually unknown to tourists.

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      I just wrote a new post. VERY tongue in cheek humour and very controversial titled “10 Reasons Why Melbourne Is Better Than Paris”
      Because we humans love a bit of competition. It is something that is just built inside of us.


      Because I will later write another blog post insinuating the complete opposite, “10 Reasons Why Paris Is Better Than Melbourne”

      Because I am diplomatic 😉

    Amy Parker
    January 25, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Great information. I’ll be visiting Paris again this spring and bringing my daughter for her 1st trip to Paris. Cant wait, and this information will be very useful.

    January 9, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Allé de Cygnes! you can take a beautiful walk specially in autumn!

    December 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm


    Best place to have a carefree picnic with a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower.

    …. and without (or less) aggressive vendors.

    If ever got the chance to go back to Paris, will try this recommended list. Thanks!

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    December 2, 2014 at 2:56 am

    The flea markets. I find the best stuff there.

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    Alana and Kyra
    December 2, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I guess I need to go to Paris again!

    December 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I haven’t been to Paris, but I am obsessed and dying to go. I heard Laduree has the best macarons. Have you been? I thought that might of been on the list!

    Huge fan of WOW xx

      January 26, 2015 at 7:59 am

      The general consensus of Parisians and French people is ‘Pierre Hermé’ having the superior macarons although Ladurée is the one, which gets the most attention outside of France.

      The story is that Pierré Hermé worked under Ladurée but then became more successful in Europe himself than his teacher!

      Ladurée is famous for its beautiful belle epoche stores on the Champs Élysées whereas Pierre Hermé is known for its delicious range and inventive creations such as the Ispahan. I tried the baba not long ago. Lychee infused mini cake with raspberries. I could have died. Also has a large macaron version with cream and fresh raspberries wedged between.

      It is amazing.

    Marcello Marchioli
    December 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I thought you would definitely include Ladurée? I struggled to find good coffee around Paris. Maybe I didn’t venture far enough from the main tourist sites, maybe I didn’t try hard enough. But next time I’ll find the best coffee, sounds like you found some good ones.

    Marcello Marchioli
    December 1, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I thought you would definitely include Ladurée? I struggled to find good coffee around Paris. Maybe I didn’t venture far enough from the main tourist sites, maybe I didn’t try hard enough. But next time I’ll find the best coffee, sounds like you found some good ones.

    November 30, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Café de Flore, in Boulevard St. Germain, where Sartre used to go and have abricot licour. It’s a really nice and beautiful place, had the best coffee there. Love your blog. 😉

    November 29, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    montmartre 🙂

    November 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Ahhh, Paris! I will definitely use this as a guide when I visit. 🙂

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    November 29, 2014 at 5:33 am

    20: I still desperately want to visit the Louvre. I have no idea why, but I know some feeling lightens up inside me when I think about it. When it comes to traveling through life, follow your bliss though!

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    My Traveling Troop
    November 29, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Great list! It makes me want to jet over to Paris as soon as possible and try some of the places you recommended!

    Colette, Hotel Costes, and the Rodin Museum were definite highlights during my last visit to Paris! I also enjoyed nibbling and sipping my way down the Rue Cler, a market street near the Eiffel Tower. Cheese, baguettes, cured meats, wine, pastries, sea food … You won’t regret a walk down the Rue Cler!

    November 29, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Yayy I’ll keep this in mind for our december Paris trip! I’d add Laduree to the list, it’s a little bit mainstream but for a reason! The place is beautiful (gorgeous actually) , located at a great spot (by Champs Elysées) and their macarones plus other delights are absolutely delicious! Other than food places I’d say that also Monmarte is definitely a must!

    November 29, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I love Paris! The restaurant at the Eiffel Tower is my favorite spot!

    November 29, 2014 at 12:02 am

    It’s well known how expensive Paris can get for the traveler, so it’s nice to have a jumping off list with places to see and visit.

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    Christine King
    November 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    One day, yes, one day I will get to Paris. I hope you have an amazing time there. Very jealous indeed.

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    November 28, 2014 at 8:01 am

    We went to Paris last weekend and stayed just by the Luxembourg Gardens. We had beautiful weather so we bought pastries from Gerard Mulot and ate people watching in the park. Perfect morning. Can also recommend their macarons!

    November 28, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Such a good list! Unfortunately I went a long time ago to Paris, so I don’t remember any particular place to add. But I’ll keep in mind yours next time I’ll go back!

    November 28, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Laduree for hot chocolate, Brasserie Balzar for dinner!

    Marie @ Marie Away
    November 28, 2014 at 2:25 am

    I’ll have to keep this list in mind for my romantic Paris adventure. Champagne on the River Seine sounds like a dream 🙂

    November 27, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Those macaroons look amazing!

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    Sarah Newnham
    November 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Some great suggestions, makes me want to hop on a train across the Channel ! Check me out at

    Shernae Kerber
    November 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    The most amazing thing to do in Paris is to picnic on the Pont des Arts or Canal Saint Martin during the warmer evenings. Bring a sheet to sit on and some supplies from the nearest Monop’ (not forgetting the wine!).

    November 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I absolutely loved Hotel Costes. Went there for dinner as recommended by our concierge. We definitely felt like we were in on the hippest poshest spot in town! And the food was fab. Great list! Cant wait to go back!

    The slow pace
    November 27, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I really love a very nice bistro in Place de la Madeleine called París London. It has the most amazing brunch and burgers! All in a very French atmosphere, though. I love to go there and then stroll around all the gourmet shops in the area! I’m a foodie, what can I say?

    November 27, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    liked this little list… will be good for the next visit to Paris 🙂

    November 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    One of my favourite place in Paris is “Musée Jacquemart-André” (158 Boulevard Haussmann, in the 8th arrondissement).
    It was created from the private home of some wealthy bourgeois to display the art they collected during their lives. The architecture of the museum is amazing especially the “Honour Staircase”. And I’d definitely recommend the Jacquemart-André cafe if you want to taste the best pâtisseries of Paris or have a brunch!

    November 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I absolutely agree with Cementey Pere Lachaise…but you will LOVE the place if you visit it with the guide Mr.Beyern(look for it in L’officiel de le Spectacle). Although small, it’s worth going to the Marche des Enfants Rouges au nord du Marais and eating there an authentic and tasteful couscous. Not to be missed, the atmosphere at Louvre by night, when you can walk almost alone and listen to the saxophonist. What about the street markets??? And Rue des Rosiers? Rue Montorgueil? And the parks??? There’s so much in París to live…. Have a superb day!!!

    November 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I absolutely agre with Cementry Pere Lachaise….but you will LOVE the place if you visit it with the guide Mr. Beyern (look for him in L’officiel de le Spectacle). Although small, it’s worth going to the Marche des fants Rouges, au nord du Marais and eating there an authentic and tasteful couscous. Not to be missed, the atmosphere at Louvre at night, when you can walk almost alone and listen to the saxophonist. What about the Street markets??? And Rue des Rosiers? Rue Montorgueil? And the parks?? There’s so much in Paris to live… Have a great day!!!

    November 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    My favourite thing to do is FOOD!! Pierre Hermes for green tea macarons, Aux Merveilleux de Fred for little meringue balls of heavenly goodness. Street crepes, yummmm. I could just eat my way through Paris 🙂

    November 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Great suggestions, can’t wait to try them out on my next Paris trip!

    November 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    This may sound a bit morbid, but I would recommend the Père Lachaise Cemetery. It is actually quite pretty and offers some of the most stunning resting places for many notable figures in music and literature. It would be nice to go there during the fall season to see the changing leaves. Also, if you get to the top of the cemetery near the centre, you can get a bird’s eye view looking over the city. The surrounding neighborhood of Gambetta is quite interesting as well.

    November 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

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    November 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Wow!! Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    Samantha Elisabeth
    November 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    It’s probably obvious, but the view from Montemarte is just too perfect.

    November 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    This is such a wonderful idea! I love it! You should continue doing this for other places 🙂

    Rae Morgan
    November 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for the info! i can add these cool places to my paris itenerary!

    Tina & Adriano
    November 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

    We are going there in a few days so your tips are really helpful. We would love to see cabaret and we are definitely going on the river cruise. Can’t wait! Great post!

    November 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

    So many places in Paris and I’ve only been once. Honestly just like wondering the streets then discovering something new.

    November 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Montmartre area! Especially the views from the Sacre Coeur! Stunning! Make sure to check it out at night to see Paris come alive!

    November 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Great post as always. Paris is one of my favourite places that I regularly visit.. Don’t miss out the great museums as Musée d’Orsay and Louvre. A slightly scary but very special place is Père-Lachaise, the cemetery where Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde amongst others are buried.

    My ever growing list of what to do in Paris:

    November 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for this list! In the summer I am going to Paris, so I really can use this list

    Sarah Elizabeth
    November 27, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Ahh we’re back to Paris for the 6th time in 2015 and haven’t done half of these things! Thanks for these suggestions, we’ll be making a note of our top picks! GIPD xx

    November 27, 2014 at 7:40 am

    So many places to check out the next time I’m in Paris, so jealous of you right now, would love to be strolling along the streets of Paris.
    Have a great time.

    xx Cheyenne

    Alejandra Mera
    November 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I’ll refer to this list when I visit Paris (whenever that may be). It’s not on my list of top travel destinations but will definitely have to check it out at some point 😀 Thanks Brooke for the info!



    November 27, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Ladurée <3

    Leah of The Mochilera Diaries
    November 27, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Bookmarked! Fabulous post, that afternoon tea looks especially delightful. I can’t WAIT for Paris.

    November 27, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Thanks for these! I love Paris!

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    Alissa L
    November 27, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Great suggestions!! Will have to write them down for 2015 😉 I am so bad at remembering names, I usually just get lost in the streets and find little places to spend my time in… will have to start writing them down next time I’m there!

    21 year old backpacker currently an expat in NZ

    Georgie Grant
    November 27, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I went to my first Burlesque Cabaret the other week – ‘La Nouvelle Seine’ truly epic, lighthearted burlesque. Definitely worth going to – It’s not often you can go to a cabaret on a barge opposite the Notre Dame!! Adore your blog Brooke, such a fan xxxx

    November 27, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I’d definitely add the Cafe Suedois in the Marais district. No better place to sit outside and enjoy a hot chocolate 🙂

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    November 27, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Getting lost in the beautiful cobble stoned streets of Montmartre would definitely make it on my list as well 🙂

    November 27, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve never been to Paris and now I’m adding this on mu list 🙂

    Clipping Path Outsource
    November 27, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I think that’s all to do in Paris. Have there? 🙂
    Thank you for the information.