A visit to the City of Lights

A homemade life Paris Visit

Planning a visit to the City of Lights? Well, if you want to enjoy a true Parisian weekend and see other sightings besides the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame (although I still think you cannot miss these places while in Paris), I made a list of cosy coffee places, pretty hidden gems and some lovely dinner places that I hope you might enjoy on your trip to Paris!

  • La Carette is the best patisserie for the most tasty macarons served on pretty porcelain crockery. It’s the perfect place to unwind for a little bit and have some French pastries that you cannot miss while visiting Paris! Here’s the address: 25 Places des Vosges.
  • Le Village Royal is one of the chicest and refined places in Paris. Enjoy some luxury shopping or sightseeing in this timeless royal village. The most magnificent entrance is through the majestic porch of rue Royale, between Place de la Madeleine and Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Stop by for some coffee or tea at Le Village, a cosy place with lots of Parisian charm, nestled in the heart of Paris. Here’s the address: 25 rue Royale.
  • Café Pouchkine is one of those Parisian cafés that brings you pure bliss (and some very tasty macarons, chocolate cake and typical French éclairs). Bon appétit! Here’s the address:  64 Boulevard Haussmann.
  • Le Marais is quite similar to the West Village in Manhattan with its small streets, cosy bakeries, lovely places to have dinner and lots of hidden gems. If you’re planning to visit Le Marais, you cannot miss Place des Vosges, a place that is considered by many to be the most incredible built square in Paris and I quite agree with them.
  • Maison Ladurée Bonaparte is still the most magnificent Parisian tea room I’ve come across in Paris (although I have to admit La Carette is a close second). Visit Ladurée Bonaparte and have French toast and some tea like the Parisiennes do! Here’s the address: 21 rue Bonaparte.
  • Le Caveau du Palais is located in the first district of Paris on the incredible Place Dauphine – the justice palace is right around the corner! This cosy place is very Parisian and the best place to enjoy the French traditional cuisine. Think les six escargots de Bourgogne as an appetizer and crème brûlée à la vanille Bourbon for dessert. Life doesn’t get any better than this! Here’s the address: 17-19 place Dauphine.
  • Angelina is a place of romance, elegance and indulgence. The moment this tearoom opened, it became the place to be among the Parisian aristocracy (even Coco Chanel visited Angelina for some tea and pastries!). Enjoy the Mont-Blanc, a pastry that combines meringue, light whipped cream and chestnut paste vermicelli. Yum! Here’s the address: 226 rue Rivoli.



  1. Elenor says:

    Thank you for these tips! I’m going to Paris in February and these places look great! Beautiful photos! xxx Elenor

  2. Claire says:

    I LOVE La Carette, great place for lunch! xxx Claire

  3. Lauren says:

    Lovely writing! And amazing tips too! X Lauren

  4. Lenta says:

    Hi Monika! Wat heb je een onwijs leuk blog!! My compliments 🙂 Ik ga binnenkort (met nieuwjaar) naar Parijs dus je tips komen als geroepen. En ik zie nog veel meer blogs staan over Parijs dus ik ga nog even door met lezen! Liefs Lenta

    • Monika says:

      Hee Lenta, dank je wel! Dit is zo leuk om te lezen! 😀 Wat leuk dat je naar Parijs gaat, het is echt zo mooi deze tijd van het jaar! Hoop dat mijn tips je een beetje helpen haha! Geniet ervan in Parijs! xxxx

  5. Alice says:

    Super leuke blog! en leuke tips, ik wil heel graag naar Parijs volgend jaar en wil dan zeker de macarons van laduree proeven! Liefs, Alice

    • Monika says:

      Dank je wel! Ik hoop voor je dat je volgend jaar de beste macarons van Parijs kan proeven! Fijne dag! xx Monika

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