AWCA members are an adventurous bunch! Many of us are frequent and enthusiastic travelers, so this series aims to share travel tips each month. Each recommendation below comes from the real-life experiences of people you know and trust. These are their words! Do you have suggestions for our members? Please fill out our short survey.

This month's destination is Paris!

Lodging:

Restaurants:

  • Le Chalet des Iles, Lac Inférieur 16eme -- Fun and lovely restaurant and bar on an island in the middle of the Bois de Bolougne. You need to take a (free) ferry across the water to enjoy a glass of wine on the waterfront or an elegant dinner in the restaurant. Perfect for summer!
  • Derrière, 69 Rue des Gravilliers, 3eme Paris -- super cool, hipster restaurant and bar with a hidden room behind a wardrobe and exquisite food. By the owners of Sketch in London.
  • Chez Janou, 2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 3eme Paris -- classic, charming French Bistro with warm service in the Marais.
  • Le P'tit Troquet, 28 Rue de l'Exposition, 7eme Paris -- tiny, adorable bistro with a creative, seasonal prix fixe menu close to Les Invalides on the left bank.
  • Candelaria, 52 Rue de Saintonge, 3eme -- Tiny authentic, high-quality taco joint with a rotating seasonal menu - always including one vegetarian option - and a frozen margarita machine. Most of the young, hip customers walk straight through the front of the house through an unmarked service door into the giant hidden speakeasy bar behind, but I prefer to sit on a stool eating all the delicious tacos!
  • Looking for vegetarian or vegan options in Paris? There are plenty! One member has built a Google Map with vegetarian/vegan friendly places to eat in Paris.
  • Le Café Marly
  • Fontaine de Mars
  • Café Marche
  • Le Castiglione

Activities:

  • Musee Marmottan Monet and Jardin du Ranelagh in the 16eme
  • Brunch at HolyBelly, street art and walking along Canal Saint Martin in the super hip 11eme
  • Exploring “Chinatown,” which is actually mostly Vietnamese, and getting amazing Banh Mi at Mekong, 135 Rue de Tolbiac, 13eme
  • Shopping for gorgeous groceries and eating oysters and champagne on the street in the middle of Aligre Market, Rue d'Aligre et, Place d'Aligre, 12eme
  • The steampunk Christmas festival at the incomparable Musée des Arts Forains, 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 12eme
  • People watch
  • Go to museums
  • Take day trip to Claude Monet’s house in Giverny (seconded! It's especially beautiful when the gardens are in bloom)
  • Boat on the Seine
  • Day trip to Champagne region

Bonus Tips:

  • It's a great city to wander around and wonder at the beauty. Get distracted by side streets, peer into windows. Stop for an espresso and a snack when the mood strikes. Enjoy yourself!
  • Check out the Paris recommendations on David Lebovitz's blog - be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom!

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Next month we'll be sharing tips for Utrecht! Please help fellow AWCAers by sharing your experiences in our our very short survey.