Heather’s Top 5 Things To Do In Paris
Paris has been like a second home to me for the past two years with my first business, Myrtle et Olive Floral & Events, expanding into destination projects. I’m already missing popping into patisserie after patisserie, wondering through Saint Germain, stumbling upon beautiful doors and floral-filled balconies. I can’t wait to delight in la vie en rose again and today I’d like to share with you my top 5 things to do in Paris.
# 1: Dine at La Perouse
I was lucky enough to have dined at La Perouse three times and I was introduced to this amazing, one of the oldest restaurants in Paris dating back to 1766, by our dear friend Joy Proctor. Engage with their staff and they will share with you all the history and stories of this restaurant within the hidden stairways, private salons, and dining rooms. And not to mention, the chef evokes the La Perouse spirit to date with a tasty French gastronomic cuisine. My favorites are their Pan Roasted Cod with Jerusalem Artichoke Puree (I’ve never had something as heavenly), their Le Fois Gras with Lemon, finishing with The La Perouse Soufflé of 124 years. This restaurant offers a true Parisian experience and it will not disappoint!
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# 2: Shuck Fresh Oysters at Huîtrerie Régis
Huîtrerie Régis is a tiny, 20-seat jewel box that is the center of the oyster heaven. It is located in the 6th arrondissement with a devoted expatriate and local clientele. It is also our first stop every single time we visit Paris and is my husband’s absolute favorite place to be. If you love oyster, run here now! There is virtually nothing else other than oysters on the menu, but they really don’t need anything else when they are this good! Plump Speciales de Clair into your mouth and you will experience the freshness of the ocean!
# 3: Wander Through Marché aux Fleurs
In the heart of the city, on Île de la Cité, you’ll find Marché aux Fleurs – a flower lover’s paradise. The flower culture is huge in France and this small but charming flower market has attracted avid gardeners and tourist since 1830. I remember visiting on Sunday and it was also a birds market. It’s the most perfect afternoon activity for a slow chic traveller like moi.
# 4: High Tea at Ladurée Flagship Store
It was on my bucket list to high tea at Ladurée’s flagship store on Champs-Elysées. Ladurée Champs Elysées was created in 1997 and decorated with the same atmosphere of Ladurée Royale. It was a surprise to me that their savoury dishes were just as good as their sweets. Their creamy Caviar Scrambled Eggs and Blue Lobster Salad were unexpectedly good! If you are planning to visit, remember to make a reservation and state the specific room you want to dine in. Their absolutely stunning private rooms include Salon Mathilde, Salon Castiglione, Salon Paéva, Salon Bibliothèque and Salon Chocolaterie. My favourite room is Salon Castiglione decorated with a Napoléon III style in a gold, robin egg palette with a wonderful view of the Champs Elysées Avenue.
# 5: Treasure Hunting at Les Puces Flea Market
Les Puces flea market is brimming with vintage and antique treasures. It is so easy to get to now that Paris offers Uber service. Before you head over, make sure you check the market hours and plan to get there early because it gets very crowded after lunch. Stroll through Marché Vernaison, 99 rue des Rosiers, and Marché Antica for anything from antique furniture to texture and antique toys. I love spending time in the market looking for vintage French lace and embroidered ribbons for my next bouquet or styling projects!
There you go! I hope you will enjoy your next trip to paris with these tips xo And don’t forget to share your experience with us @larkandives!