Paris in August
Since returning from Paris, I have been asked by so many friends for a list of my recommendations—where to stay, what to do, and most importantly where to eat. For some reason I keep finding myself traveling to Paris in August, when so much is closed due to everyone being on vacation. Below is a list of options if you too find yourself there in August, but I stand by these choices anytime of year.
1. The Smiths Bakery – This was recommended to me by my friend Jenn and we loved it! It’s a darling little bakery/cafe where you can sit outside and watch the stylish people go by while indulging in a delicious latte & pastry.
2. l’avante comptoir – This quickly became our favorite lunch spot in St. Germaine, as it has the most amazing baguettes that you order to go (‘comptoir’ means casual or counter). The best little secret is their hidden wine bar in the back, where they serve tapas while you stand and drink wine. As a note, we did eat next door at le comptoir one night for dinner and though it’s on many travel lists, we didn’t love it.
3. Luxembourg Gardens – Once you have baguette in hand, You can walk just a few blocks for a little picnic, which we did more than once. the setting is absolutely spectacular and there is plenty of seating.
4. Spring – If you are looking for a more formal dining experience, we adored Spring. You can read more about our experience here. If you want to try something new, chef Daniel Rose just opened his new 29 seat eatery La Bourse et La Vie, which is a classic French bistro. Let me know how it is if you go!
5. The Peninsula Paris – We had drinks on the rooftop with perfect views of the Eiffel Tour. Though we didn’t stay here, it is 5 star luxury at its best.
6. Hotel Bachaumont – a beautiful new boutique hotel with an incredible restaurant located in the 2nd Arrondissemont.
7. The Beef Club – The best steaks we’ve ever eaten! It has a laid back vibe with amazing food all around. You can sit indoors or out.
8. Palais Galliera – This is one of my favorite museums, as it is where the fashion exhibits are held. We saw Jeanne Lanvin, which closed at the end of August, but you can find a list of upcoming events here. I highly recommend buying your tickets online to any museum in advance of your travels.
No doubt there are so many beloved places in Paris. Tell me yours in the comments, so I can bookmark them for next time!