The first time I fell in love, I was seven years old. I had discovered the beauty of Paris and was simply mesmerized by it. Back then, I was determined to be a painter. Trying to capture beauty in my work was something I wished I could do but never could because the concept was unknown to me.
My parents divorced in 2000, when I was six. To help my mother during this time, my uncle invited us to Paris, France, for a week in the summer. On our first day, we walked down Champs-Élysées, visited the Musée du Louvre and the Sacré-Cœur. I understood what the concept of beauty meant. At that young age, Paris had won my heart. Every time I return, it always sweeps me off my feet.
For years, I dreamed of living in Paris. At age 19 my dream became a reality, and I loved every second of it. During the six months I lived in Paris, I searched the city from north to south and east to west, for the perfect places to eat, relax, and have fun.
Even though most people might disagree, Parisians are always incredibly nice to me. They welcome me into their city with open arms, smiles, and kindness, helping me find my way around. When I’m in Paris, I feel as though I belong there; it is truly my home away from home.
After spending long days visiting the most famous museums and top spots, I’ve come to know this city quite well. I know it so well now that I can easily lose myself in its streets and discover new and exciting places every time I go. You could dedicate a lifetime to discovering Paris, and still, it wouldn’t be enough time to really know this city.
In addition to its endless beauty and charm, Paris has the most amazing cuisine. Regardless of your budget or location in the city, the city offers endless possibilities for great dining. I’ve chosen my favorite restaurants in Paris to recommend for your next visit.
Le Relais de l´Entrocȏte
This restaurant is my favorite, and it’s worth the visit. The excellent meat with the delicious secret sauce, and the perfectly cooked French fires are simple delightful. For dessert, try the profiteroles au chocolat or créme brulée. You won´t regret visiting this adorable place.
Le Relais de l’Entrocȏte has three locations: Saint Benoît in Saint Germain des Près, Marbeuf in Champs-Élysées, and Montparnasse. Avoid going to the Champs-Élysées location because it is often busy. Try to arrive early because it tends to have quite a wait.
My great grandmother used to bring my mother to this little cozy restaurant when she was a child. The soufflés vary in shape and size with the most innovative ingredients. All savory and sweet soufflés are a must.
Le Petit Lutetia
This French bistro has a variety of food, he staff is lovely, and just about anything on the menu will be simply amazing. It is a perfect place to relax, enjoy the food, and submerge yourself in the Parisian lifestyle.
After a long day of sightseeing, go to the Huîtrerie Régis—one of the most restaurants in the world. Start with an order of oysters and a glass of wine. Then, order a plate of cheeses, bread, and butter. Finish off your meal with their homemade apple pie that will have you asking for a second piece. With only 5 – 6 tables in all, this restaurant offers a quaint and friendly atmosphere.
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
According to my research, Chef Joël Robuchon has the most Michelin stars in the world. Even though his restaurant is quite pricy, the food is delightful. The fish carpaccio and the lamb chops will make your world go around. It is a great place to go if you have the budget.
Le Grand Café Capucines
This restaurant offers typical French cuisine.
This restaurant is the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth or have dessert. The macaron is delicious, the pastries are the best, and the cakes are amazing. After you receive your order, take it with you, and enjoy it while sitting at a park.