Travel Notes: Paris

A guide to Paris in August

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.

Smiths bakery3

Smiths Bakery inside


Smiths Bakery stylish girl

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!

L'avante comptoir

Le Comptoir


Bagettes in the Park

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.

Palais galliera

Molly Lanvin

No doubt there are so many beloved places in Paris. Tell me yours in the comments, so I can bookmark them for next time!

10 thoughts on “Travel Notes: Paris”

  1. Sandra Zaninovich

    Although it’s been a decade since I’ve been to Paris, I think I’d still love that charming little restaurant I recommended to you last time, behind Notre Dame, Aux Vieux Paris D’Arcole. And one thing that never gets old is the stunning stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle, which is the most beautiful I’ve seen in the world. I also love visiting the Conciergerie which is next door, where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned. It’s amazing to see history come to life with the recreation of her cell. Antonia Fraser’s biography of her was one of the best historical bios I’ve ever read, and made me feel like a (breathless) fly on the wall of Versailles, she writes with such immediacy and intimacy. And of course there’s always the timeless Berthillon ice cream. And lastly I have to say the best crepes I’ve ever had are actually not in Paris but London, at a little but very beloved stand in Hampstead. So if you’re a crepe fan, check it out next time! And if I ever get back to Paris, I’m printing this out and taking it with me!!!! Thank you Moleficent!!!

  2. Thank you so much for this blog. We are traveling to Paris the first week in September. Hoping everyone will have returned from their holiday. I am looking forward to trying your restaurant recommendations! Do you ever include what to pack in your travel notes?


  3. Stacy Guthrie

    Thank you. I ordered a pair of Superga sneakers thanks to you! Appreciate your quick response. Birthday is Paris sounds fun!

  4. Stacy Guthrie

    Yes I need to order those too. Have you worn the leather superga or only canvas?

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