Adrienne Young
Adrienne Young

Travel Guide: Paris, France

Trotting along Parisian cobblestone streets, I filled a playlist full of old Jazz songs and pretended my life was set in 1920's Paris rather than 2010's Paris. Ridiculous I know, but I so badly wanted to embody the carefree age where jazz, revolutionary fashion ( a la Coco Chanel), and debauchery reigned supreme, rather than tourist lined streets with selfie sticks. To recreate this do the following: compile a badass jazz playlist, gorge on every pastry you pass by in the name of research, and slowly take your time through these locations.

 

The Louvre 

Whoever said don't judge a book by its cover never met the Louvre. Majestic even in all of its exterior glory, the iconic glass pyramid shape has graced one a many Instagram and fashion blog feeds-- in addition to, of course, housing some of the most treasured and historically impactful pieces of art in the world. If you're going to submit to a Paris tourist cliché, let this be at the top of your list. 


75001 Paris, France
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The Boot Café

Situated in le Marais, this cafe can be easily missed if you're not looking closely. What is easily Paris's tiniest cafe, is also its best kept secret of meeting the best people in the city. Expect a cute and minimalistic interior and a no frills menu-- just the normal coffee centric drink menu and some pastries. I challenge you to sit there for a few hours and talk to everyone; the stories you'll get will be absolutely priceless. (I personally befriended a couple from Nashville--a writer and a comic book artist--, a man who hosts Safari tours in Kenya a few months out of the year and spend the rest of his time in France, and our barista who is an Australian actor who lived in 10 different cities over the past 2 years.)

19 Rue du Pont aux Choux
75003 Paris, France
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Palais de Tokyo

The Palais de Tokyo is a beautiful contemporary-art museum with interesting exhibits year round. Much unlike the Louvre, you won't find this place swarming with tourists. Expect the pieces to be weird, exhilarating, questionable, silly, creepy, or any combination of the above. 

13 Avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris, France
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Coutume Café

Serving locals and tourists alike, Coutume Café is another gem in the Parisian cafe community. In addition to a great coffee menu, their breakfast and lunch menus will give you reasons to stay much  longer than you had planned on. My advice? Get there early for a latte and banana pancakes, secure a spot closer to the front of the shop, and people-watch the Parisians all day long. 

47 Rue de Babylone
75007 Paris, France
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Featuring a shot I took of my dear friend, Jinna of Grease & Glamour (Instagram)

Featuring a shot I took of my dear friend, Jinna of Grease & Glamour (Instagram)

Jardin du MusÉe Rodin

No Paris trip is complete without a stroll through one of the gorgeous gardens scattered throughout the city. While the Luxembourg Gardens and Tuileries gardens are both wildly popular choices, one of my quieter favorites is the garden hidden behind the Museé Rodin with sculptures, tree-lined pathways, and small inlets to sit and rest.

79 Rue de Varenne
75007 Paris, France
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Featuring my dear friend Kelly Purkey (Website, Instagram)

Featuring my dear friend Kelly Purkey (Website, Instagram)

Merci Merci

Merci Merci is a used book cafe/cinema cafe serving charcuterie/ clothing store/ home interior store. I know, right? So feel free to buy a latte, read a used book off a wall of books, have lunch, shop for clothes, and buy a new chair all at the same well-designed gorgeous place. Multitasking at its finest. 

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris, France
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Ten Belles

It was tough choosing a favorite coffeeshop in the area surrounding Canal Saint Martin. There are tons of great choices all with beautiful spaces and people, as well as excellent coffee. Ten Belles is my favorite for a few reasons- the diverse clientele, the beautiful lighting, the buzz of coffee being made, and the quirky red and yellow stools. 

10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles
75010 Paris, France
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