It’s official. I am in love with Paris.
I had visited Paris last when I was 11 years old, and now, 10 years later, I am 21! My dad and I took the train to Paris from London, which is crazy because it goes under the channel. The ride was so short, and we arrived to our hotel, the Hilton Paris Opera, in the evening. When we got there, I was so excited to see that the hotel was gorgeous, and a perfect location. They had even left a sweet note for me in the room, some wine, and a mug! The small things 🙂 We only really had a day to explore Paris, which would be hard, so we wanted a genuine Parisian dinner before the next day. The hotel recommended a restaurant right across the street called Mollard, which I thought was fabulous. Another wonderful thing the hotel did was give us a voucher for free champagne, which is a really great little touch.
Mollard is modern but feels very old in the best way possible- the interior is stunning and has pink, turquoise, and gold accents that put you in another century. Both the hotel and restaurant were antique and made the European experience even better. Although I was incredibly skeptical, my dad encouraged me to try the escargot. I did, but did not love it. It was not as awful as I had expected, but I would probably not try it again. The apple tart, however, is the dessert I would definitely recommend to visitors. Real apple slices with a scoop of ice cream on top were perfection.
We went to sleep after dinner, and the hotel provided lavender scented sleep spray which actually was very effective! We accidentally slept in, so we quickly got up to go to the Montmarte district and see the Sacre Couere, a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica. Although the basilica was beautiful, my favorite part was the view of the city. From here, you can see an amazing landscape of Paris. Next, we went to lunch at L’Avenue, which I really liked. It was in the Champs-Elysees area close to the Eiffel tower, and is a place that makes you feel VIP. The vibe of the restaurant was very stylish and the food was excellent.
The Eiffel tower, as obvious as it is, is such a cool thing to see. Our mistake was standing in line to buy tickets to get onto the elevator- it was too late for us the day of, but I 100% suggest buying them online the day before. Even though the weather was freezing, there was still quite a line. But, the view was worth it. The city is so beautiful from above. After the Eiffel, we had our taxi driver drive us through the Arc De Triomphe, which was so exciting to see! Bad experience though- the taxi driver tried to rip us off. Travel tip**: never forget to make sure their meter is running! We did not look, and so he tried asking for triple what it should have cost. Last, we went to the Louvre. Unfortunately, we only had about an hour, when the Louvre deserves a few hours. I would definitely recommend going with time on your hands. The art is beautiful and it takes time. We had dinner at Hotel Costes, which was also really cool. You need reservations, and the restaurant has a DJ and dimmed lights. It feels almost like a club, but not at all overwhelming. The food was delicious.
That concluded our trip! Make sure to book Hilton next time you go, and check out the places I mentioned! Comment below your fav things to do in Paris!