Countdown to Paris

Paris Travel PlansHave you ever wished for something so hard that, once it happens, you can’t believe it’s real? That’s how I feel about my upcoming trip to Paris. In just over a month I’ll check off the most anticipated destination on my travel to-do list. The only problem? I have no clue where to eat.

That’s right. I have zero restaurant reservations. Not one pastry shop has been researched. And last minute panic mode is starting to set in. For all the Paris dreaming I’ve been doing over the years, very little thought has gone into what I’ll actually see, do and eat while I’m there.

Planning for Paris
Here’s where you can help. I need your Paris recommendations! Did you have the world’s greatest croissant in Le Marias? A mouthwatering pasta dish in Saint Germain? If so, I need to know about it.  Give me your list of wine bars, pastry shops, fine dining…I want it all!

Paris Travel Plans
My travel companions (Shannon and Rachael) and I will be staying in Les Marias so any suggestions in or around that neighborhood are welcomed. They’re Paris first-timers, like me. And they’re looking to me to provide the Paris food recs so help a girl out, please and thank you!

Oh, and be sure to follow all the Paris fun on Instagram. I just might break the world record for most croissants consumed in one trip.

15 thoughts on “Countdown to Paris

  1. Ron

    Been there twice and I don’t think you can find a “bad” place to eat. I will admit we are budget travelers and all the hype about 100 euro meals can be avoided. Every neighborhood had great cafe’s and delis where you can get great makings for a picnic on the banks of the Seine.

    1. Shanley Cox Post author

      Hi Avery! My question to you: Why would anyone NOT want to go to Paris if presented with the opportunity? I know Paris has a terrific culinary scene – in addition to beautiful art, architecture and history. For me, that’s all I need to know to book a trip.

  2. Markie

    Hi Shanley!

    My husband and I are heading to Paris next month too! I’ve done a lot of research and a couple dessert places we will go to are Laduree for macarons, Angelina for hot chocolate, and Bertihillon! For bars, I found le Ritz bar, Lavinias, and Willies wine bar. A couple options for restaurants are Le train blue, l’atelier Joel robuchon. In Le marais, there is le Foote en l’ile which is a cafe and then l’ambroisie which I’ve heard is fabulous, but expensive.

    I’ve been reading Caroline O’Connell’s book, Every Woman’s Guide to Romance in Paris, and it would be perfect for you to pick up and read on the plane!

    Hope you have a blast!

    1. Shanley Cox Post author

      This list is terrific! Thank you so much Markie – I’m adding all of these spots to my list. 🙂

  3. Michelle Crenshaw

    Hi Shanley, I can only recommend one quick thing on Paris, as I was only able to spend the day there when I went to London for a week we took the train over for the day. I cannot provide food facts, as I didn’t get to eat anywhere fun, that’s a long horribly boring story, LOL! But, I can suggest this, take one of the double decker bus tours of the city once while you are there. They are relatively inexpensive, I think we paid roughly around $45 USD for the entire city trip. You have a 24 hour pass, you can get off and on at varying locations around the city, and therefore, as you see a place you’d like to hop off and try out a table side cafe or something you can get off, and check it out, Then, when you’re done you can hop back on the same bus tour line, all for the same one time price. Much cheaper and easier than a cab, and you get to tour the whole great city! Oh, and they have headsets for those who don’t speak French, because there is a tour guide that tells all about the city as you travel around. We were able to get off at the Eiffel Tower and I photographed my niece for her senior photos there. It was a terrific trip! I really cannot say enough great things about it, and if you’re able sit up top for viewing and photographing, it’s remarkable! I got a terrific shot of the love locks bridge just a few months before part of it collapsed. 🙁 Also, not sure how long you are staying, but if you have the time and money to do the train between Paris and London round trip it’s a neat trip! And, for a single day is around $300 and totally worth it! (we left at like 4am, and came back at around 10pm) trip is 2 hours and 17 minutes long each way. We of course did it in reverse, but might be worth looking into heading over to London for the day to check it out as well. And, if you go there…check out the White Swan for food and a pint, and don’t forget to ride the Eye! 😉 I hope you have a fantastic trip! Cannot wait to see the photos!

  4. COURTIN Bruno

    Hello Shanley,
    I happen to have a very good friend in KCMO who read your blog and let me know of your intention to explore the Parisian gastronomic scene.
    I am a Parisian for more than 40 years and work as a travel journalist, I am not an expert in gastronomy but I know my classics and I have my secret places.
    If you need some councelling and introduction, send me a message, I’d love to contribute to your discoveries for the sake of my beloved KansasCityians

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  5. Colleen

    Hi Shanley!

    Paris is the most beautiful city in the world – you are going to love it.

    My recommendations would be Candelaria – It’s a Mexican Tacqueria and has been voted one of the World’s Best 50 Bars and it is incredible (link here:

    For cocktails – go to Little Red Door ( It’s really unique and beautiful. I won’t give too much away about it in case you decide to go!

    If you want an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower as you eat, go to Chez Francis ( the food is lovely but you really go for the view.Afterwards, go for drinks along the Seine. This restaurant is a walk down the Champs Elysee and then walk over to Pont Alexandre III bridge to find a cool little boat to have some wine on and watch the sun set and the Eiffel Tower light up – it’s magical…

    My final recommendation which is honestly Paris’s best kept secret is TERRASSE HOTEL in Montmarte… we randomly found it as we were literally looking up walking around Montmarte and saw these yellow umbrellas.. we found the building the umbrellas were on and went up to find an incredible roof top bar with wine and tapas. The view… oh the view… it is STUNNING. We stayed for hours until the Eiffel Tower lit up and I can honestly say it was one of the best nights of my life.

    Have the best time!

    Bon Voyage!

  6. Ledru

    La Baron Rouge and Chez Habibi wine bars and il Modigliani if you are in the mood for Italian food. They are all in the 12th arrondissement.


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