Top 5 Things for Women to Do in Paris

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

Paris's seductive charms are legendary and for good reason. Inviting sidewalk cafes, gleaming boutiques, world-class museums, and a fabled restaurant scene make Paris the runway model of cities—beautiful, fashionable, confident, and inspiring envy at every turn. Here are our Top 5 things for women to do in Paris.

  • Number 1

    When we think of Paris we think of art and the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay are the most celebrated museums. But if you want to take your time and enjoy the artwork and not be crowded, elbow to elbow check out some of Paris’s smaller museums that are more intimate. These museums contain equally important and beautiful art—and are often more pleasant since they are less crowded. You'll find Monet's famous Nymphéas (water lily) murals in the Musée de l'Orangerie, at the far end of the Tuileries Gardens. The Musée Marmottanis home to the world's largest collection of Monets. And the Musée Rodin, housed in a luminous villa with a lovely garden, is one of the most romantic places in all of Paris. Not in the mood for an art lesson? There are plenty of museums in Paris that focus on lighter and frothier fare, including fashion, wine, and money. For a list of museums click here.
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    Are you a fashionista? For shopping and ambiance, look to Paris's covered passages. Dating back to the 19th century, these were the city's first malls, and beneath their vaulted ceilings of glass and wrought iron, you'll find more unusual wares: French designers, but also antique book dealers, art galleries, quirky toy shops, and more. There are around 20 of them in the vicinity of the Grands Boulevards. To learn about each passage click here
  • Number 3

    When you think of Paris one of the first thing that pops in your head is the Eiffel Tower. Which is visited by over 6.8 million people each year, leading to long lines to purchase a ticket, long lines for the car-elevator, and when you think you are finally able to look out the Eiffel Tower there is another long line. An infinitely more civilized approach to the whole Eiffel Tower business is to book a table at Les Ombres, the rooftop restaurant of the Musée du Quai Branly. The restaurant's glass latticework ceiling makes the most of its tall neighbor by enabling diners to feast their eyes on the Eiffel Tower in its gorgeous entirety while dining on French classics such as foie gras, oysters, and grilled steak. The view is most magical at night when the tower glows ethereally and bursts into manic sparkling every hour.
  • Number 4

    Paris is a foodie's paradise, being home to 66 Michelin-starred chefs for you to taste from, which comes at a sky-high price to eat at one of their fine dining establishments. There is an alternative to eating at a fine dining establishment where you can still enjoy the tasting of a Michelin-starred chef without breaking the bank. Several Michelin-starred chefs have abandoned the rigid confines of haute-cuisine restaurants to open convivial bistros that serve outstanding yet simpler meals. Yves Camdeborde's pioneering Le Comptoir du Relais, in the sixth arrondissement, is so popular that it can be hard to get a table (normally book months in advance). If you can't get in at dinner, try arriving for lunch chocolates, Paris.jpg(reservations are not accepted, so it's first come, first serve). For a list of Michelin-starred chefs in Paris click here.
  • Number 5

    Are you a chocolate lover? Then you and Paris are a match made in heaven. Paris is tops for its sheer abundance of venerable and upstart master chocolatiers who create boundary-breaking flavors. Master chocolatier, Christian Constant’s boutique and adjacent salon de chocolat are must-visit destinations for exquisite chocolates and patisserie. Located just off the Luxembourg Gardens and close to shopping, you will find his large selection of chocolate masterpieces. Make it a lunch stop and enjoy Constant’s salon and enjoy gourmet salads, sandwiches, and a hot plat du jour. For a list of Paris’s master chocolatiers and where to find them click here.


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