What to do in Paris – A Weekend Guide

what to do in Paris on a weekend

So, you’ve landed, now… what to do in Paris? This was my first stay in the city and with a mere 10 days to explore, this list is far from a final list of the *musts*. You will notice that I kept off many of the traditional large tourist attractions. While I saw the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Sacre-Coeur, and Notre Dame, these places are listed in thousands of guide books and travel blogs. While some of the places I mention are famous, I wanted to share what I discovered when I wasn’t using guide books.

Just a note on the food in Paris… you might assume that ALL food in Paris will be amazing, that ALL croissants will be life changing. This isn’t true. I had disappointing and even bad meals, coffee that forced me the first several days to hunt down a Starbucks for something drinkable, and a croissant that I couldn’t finish… until I found these places.

Cafe Lomi is Paris’ 18th arrondissement is one part craft roaster and cafe, one part retail boutique, and one part educational space, training coffee professionals all over France on the complexities of the bean. Their coffee is perhaps the best in Paris at the moment.

While your trip may not center around food, you may not be “into” food even, please believe me when I tell you that any trip is infinitely better when the food and coffee makes you close your eyes and smile.

Le Petit Josselin makes the most perfect buckwheat flour crepes, ready for any sweet or savory addition.

Whether you are looking to splurge on designer fashion or hunt through antiques and absurdities at tiny shops and lesser known flea markets, Paris is pure shopping heaven.

Paris is filled with eccentricities and L’object qui Parle is certainly both eccentric and delightful. A carefully curated collection of oddities for sale, worth a visit!

Paris was the first stop of my journey and because I was suffering from exhaustive jet lag for most of my time there, I was unable to explore a lot of the early morning markets around the city. Therefore, this guide for what to do in Paris will see an update once I circle back to France in the Autumn. Until then, please take a look at my picks below for what to do in Paris when you only have a weekend! Where to shop in Paris, where to eat in Paris, and what to do in Paris!

My favorite bistro in Montparnasse easily is Lili et Riton. The female chef’s tasty spin on French bistro classics combined with the lively, yet laid back atmosphere, makes this a must visit!

AND If you stop into Lili et Riton, tell the owner and his wife Coco that I send my love!


WHAT TO DO IN PARIS
– Weekend Edition –


To Eat


Restaurants

La Degustation
gourmet delicatessen & wine bar

93 rue Lepic
75018 Paris
+ 33 1 46 06 25 20
Hours: 12PM – 3PM / 6PM – 12AM M-F + 12PM – 12AM Sa/Su

Lili et Riton
bistro

64 rue du Montparnasse
75014 Paris
+ 33 1 43 20 93 52
Hours: 7AM – 1:30AM

Le Petit Josselin
creperie

59 rue du Montparnasse
75014 Paris, France
+ 33 1 43 22 91 81
Hours: 12PM – 3PM / 7PM – 11PM M-Sa

Coffee

Le Cafe Lomi
coffee shop, boutique, and education space

3 rue Marcadet
75018 Paris
+ 33 9 80 39 56 24
Hours: 10AM – 7PM

Shakespeare and Company Cafe
coffee shop and bookstore

37 rue de la Bûcherie
75005 Paris
+ 33 1 43 25 40 93
Hours: 9:30AM – 7PM M-F + until 8PM Sa/Su

Cassiopee Cafe
coffee shop

21 rue Custine
75018 Paris
+ 33 9 81 98 19 10
Hours: 8AM – 6PM M-F + 10AM – 6PM Sa/Su

Boulangeries

Pain Poilane
boulangerie – the croissants and punitions!

8 rue du Cherche-Midi
75006 Paris
+ 33 1 45 48 42 59
Hours: 7AM – 8:30PM M-Sa

Au Levain d’Antan
boulangerie – the almond croissants, mini baguettes, and simple sandwiches

6 rue des Abbesses
75018 Paris
+ 33 1 42 64 97 83
Hours: 7AM – 8PM M-F

Le Grenier A Pain
boulangerie – the baguettes

33 bis Rue Saint-Amand
75015 Paris
+ 33 1 45 33 01 85
Hours: 7:30AM – 8:30PM M-Sa + 8AM – 8PM Su 
(closed W)

Pastry & Sweets

La Grande Epicerie Paris
full market with boulangerie & patisserie 

38 rue de Sevres
75007 Paris
+ 33 1 44 39 81 00
Hours: 8:30AM – 9PM M-Sa + 10AM – 8PM Su

Arnaud Larher
macarons and chocolates

93 rue de Seine
75006 Paris
+ 33 1 43 29 38 15
Hours: 2:30PM – 7:30PM Tu + 10AM – 7:30PM W/Th + 10AM – 8PM F/Sa + 10AM – 7PM Su (Closed M)

La Maison du Chocolate
go for the chocolate!

19 rue de Sevres
75006 Paris
+ 33 1 45 44 20 40
Hours: 10AM – 8PM M-Sa 

Kosak Chocolate
carefully curated selection of the best chocolate made around the world 

106 rue Caulaincourt
75018 Paris
+ 33 9 80 73 35 60
Hours: 11AM – 8PM Tu-Su 

To Shop


New Clothing & Jewelry

Aude & Chloe
womens’ clothing

88 rue de Rennes
75006 Paris
+33 1 45 44 86 85
Hours: 3PM – 7PM M + 10:30AM – 7PM T-Sa (closed Su) 

L’atelier Scandinave
womens’ clothing

80 rue de Rennes
75006 Paris
+ 33 1 43 35 12 55
Hours: 12PM – 7PM M + 11AM – 7PM T-Sa (closed Su) 

Cesaree
high end statement jewelry

11 rue du Dragon
75006 Paris
+ 33 1 45 48 86 86
Hours: 10:30AM – 7PM M-Sa (closed Su) 

Vintage & Antiques

Chinemachine Vintage
vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories

100 rue des Martyrs
75018 Paris
+ 33 1 80 50 27 66
Hours: 1PM – 8PM Su + 12PM – 8PM M-Sa

Atomes
vintage clothing and decor

65 rue du Montparnasse
75014 Paris
+ 33 1 43 22 70 13
Hours: 11AM – 7PM T-Sa (closed Su/M) 

L’objet Qui Parle
the most delightful antiquities and absurdities

86 rue des Martyrs
75018 Paris
+ 33 6 09 67 05 30
Hours: 1PM – 7:30PM M-Sa (closed Su)

Decor

Petit Pan
textile based home goods

10 rue Yvonne le Tac
75018 Paris
+ 33 9 84 33 86 82
Hours: 10:30AM – 1PM / 2PM – 7:30PM Su-M + 10:30PM – 7:30PM T-Sa

Cocoboheme
quirky home goods

38 rue Myrha
75018 Paris
+ 33 1 42 64 59 87
Hours: 2PM – 7PM M-Sa (closed Su)

Storie
home goods & jewelry

20 rue Delambre
75014 Paris
+ 33 1 83 56 01 98
Hours: 3PM – 8PM M + 11AM – 8PM T-Sa (closed Su)

Books

Shakespeare and Company
new and rare books with adjacent cafe

37 rue de la Bucherie
75005 Paris
+ 33 1 43 25 40 93
Hours: 10AM – 11PM

To Do


Art Markets

Le Marche de la Creation Paris Montparnasse
year – round open air artists market

Bd Edgar Quinet
75014 Paris
Hours: 10AM – 7PM (Su only)

two of the artists that showcase at Le Marce de la Creation
Ona Maati
ceramist Sylvie Barbara
4 impasse Savry
92700 Colombes
+ 33 6 61 64 07 32
Patrick Perrin
+ 33 6 63 56 02 82
Little Big Galerie
contemporary photographic gallery

45 rue Lepic
75018 Paris
+ 33 1 42 52 81 25
Hours: 2:30PM – 7:30PM T-Su (closed M)

Flea Market

Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves
smaller flea market in south Paris that is less crowded

18 Avenue Georges Lafenestre
75014 Paris
Hours: 7AM – 1PM S/Su

Bird Market

Le Marché aux Oiseaux
exotic bird market and pet supplies

Place Louis Lépine and Quai de la Corse
75004 paris
Hours: 8AM to 7PM (Su only)

Cemetery

Montparnasse Cemetery
resting place of Serge Gainsbourg, Jean Seberg, Man Ray, and others

3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet
75014 paris
+ 33 1 44 10 86 50
Montparnasse Cemetery Map

*Hours:
6/11 – 15/3 8AM – 5:30PM M-F + 8:30AM – 5:30PM Sa + 9AM to 5:30PM Su & Bank Holidays
16/3 – 5/11 open until 6PM
*There are no admissions 15 min before closing time.

 

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