From Place To Space: Paris Travel Tips

27 January 2014 1


Salut from Paris, friends! I am still in the ever inspiring French capital where I visited the Maison & Objet design show yesterday. Today and tomorrow I will be discovering new places and spaces in the City of Light to share with you. In the meantime, I want to give you a few Paris travel tips from my last trip to the City of Lights.

I will keep it rather short with text but rich with photography as I think Paris is a predominately visual city that tells more through its sights than words could ever describe! 

So here we go with a few tips for your next trip to Paris:

Printemps Department Store: The historical department store Printemps is located just next to the famous Galeries Lafayette and is a real secret tip – this is probably the best photo location in the city! Printemps consists of two big buildings and one of those, the building hosting the homes & beauty section, has a huge rooftop terrace and café on the 9th floor. It is free, rather quiet as hardly any tourist knows it and it offer the most superbe 360 degrees view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur and many more sights. You will not regret a stop-over there! Plus you can enjoy a cup of coffee or even a lunch break on a sunny day.

Café Pinson: For a healthy lunch break or coffee and cake moment, opt for the cute Café Pinson. It offer a full range of organic, vegetarian and gluten-free food and beverages with a cute and cosy interior design. There are two cafés in Paris, one in the 3rd and another one in the 10th arrondissement.

Bob’s Food Etc.: Another fabulous hot spot in the 3rd arrondissement for good, organic food – very yummy and very popular, so feel free to squeeze in on the large, communal tables. 

Bistrot Vivienne: This charming Parisian bistro is located in the luxurious Galerie Vivienne close to the Parisian ‘Bourse’ – it is the epitome of a French café with chic guests and dapper garçons. 

Nord Marais: Another hip locations in the 3rd arrondissement! This restaurant offers good food and a great atmosphere – vintage furniture fills up a bright space with a little library – after all, we’re in Paris. We drink a glass of red wine, eat a Croque Monsieur and we spice everything up with literature!

Grand Palais: Not only impressive as an architectural oeuvre, but also home to some of the best exhibitions in town, the Grand Palais should always be on the agenda of a Paris trip. The queue will be not as long as at the Louvre (especially if you buy the tickets online in advance) and you will enjoy great art – I visited the Depardon exhibit which is on until February 10th, 2014.

La Gâité Lyrique: The ‘Space for Digital Cultures’ in the 3rd arrondissement is one of my favorite discoveries from my last trip. This historical Parisian building hosts a very modern space for digital fans – mutual workspaces, a tiny photography studio, an open library. All this is topped off by an exhibition space that currently features ‘The Happy Show’ by the Austrian artist Stefan Sagmeister. The New York based artist detects the DNA of happiness through various installations – many of those requiring the active participation of the visitors. So fun!

I hope I could give you a few new travel tips for your next trip to Paris. I will share more over the next weeks so make sure you come back or drop me a line if you have any specific questions.

À bientôt!

Photography by Igor Josifovic


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  • Reply Nord und Süd 27 January 2014 at 08:06

    Guten Morgen lieber Igor!
    Kannst Du es glauben dass ich noch nie in Paris war? Dank einer wirklich sehr fiesen Französischlehrerin habe ich eine solche Abneigung gegen Frankreich entwickelt dass ich mir fest vorgenommen habe, dieses Land nie zu bereisen 😉 In den letzten Jahren hat sich meine Einstellung diesbezüglich sehr geändert und dieses Jahr soll es endlich soweit sein mit mir und Paris. Deine leidenschaftlichen Berichte und tollen Fotos sorgen dafür dass ich mich am liebsten sofort auf den Weg machen würde! Danke dafür!
    Eine tolle Woche und liebe Grüsse,

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 27 January 2014 at 23:30

      Oh ich glaube viele haben in Deutschland ähnliche Erfahrungen im Französischunterricht gemacht – aber in diesem Fall ist es umso wichtiger, nach Paris zu kommen um sich verzaubern zu lassen:-)

  • Reply Stel 27 January 2014 at 08:47

    Aah enjoy! A friend is there as well, all the way from South Africa.

  • Reply Wohnszene 27 January 2014 at 10:25

    great pictures, i like your blog, verry verry nice 🙂

  • Reply Kasia Pohl 27 January 2014 at 10:26

    Hallo Igor, sehr schöne Tipps, für jeden etwas dabei;) Ich finde solche Plätze, wo man selbst als Tourist keine anderen Touristen trifft, immer sehr entspannend, danke für den Tipp.)) Und ich habe Appetit auf Croque Monsieur bekommen;)
    Liebe Grüße und eine schöne Woche:*

  • Reply Karen@PasGrand-Chose 27 January 2014 at 11:04

    Fantastic photographs (and great tips – thanks!). Your blog is always a pleasure to visit.

  • Reply lou 27 January 2014 at 11:21

    oh my god – how much do i miss paris?! insanity. love love love it! and i will consider your tips for the next time i go. which has to be soon after seing all this bliss!!

  • Reply Holly {Avenue Lifestyle} 27 January 2014 at 14:59

    I adore Paris, and your pictures make me want to steal away for the weekend! Just gorgeous, Igor.

  • Reply julia I mintlametta 27 January 2014 at 15:56

    Still longing to see Paris again soon – your tips are great – Café Pinson is the only one I visited already and for sure I need to go to all the other lovely places too!

  • Reply Bianca 27 January 2014 at 18:26

    Hallo Igor,
    danke für diese tollen Paris-Tipps, Printemps empfehle ich auch immer, aber besonders die Einkehrmöglichkeiten waren neu für mich. In 14 Tagen bin ich wieder in Paris und werde sicherlich den ein oder anderen Tipp ausprobieren.
    Schöne Grüße

  • Reply tina @ colourliving 27 January 2014 at 21:54

    Some great recommendations, especially all the organic and gluten-free foods. Bookmarked!!

    Love your photographs and of course always love seeing you in the posts!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 27 January 2014 at 23:32

      I knew you would appreciate those special tips!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey 27 January 2014 at 22:20

    Great pics, tips & ideas mister. Looks like yet another wonderful Paris outing. It is clear you need to be living there 🙂

  • Reply Chuzai Living 28 January 2014 at 15:56

    Beautiful and inspiring photos! I love what you captured in Paris. They made me want to go visit Paris very badly to see all the inspiring designs!!

  • Reply geraldine@littlebigbell 28 January 2014 at 23:26

    Thanks Igor! I’ve bookmarked them too for my trip in April. 😉 xx

  • Reply Anastasia 29 January 2014 at 01:38

    Gorgeous photos Igor – you are such a cutie! I will defn keep this bookmarked for my next trip to Paris…a girl can dream right? I wish it was a little closer to Sydney…Id be there often!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 29 January 2014 at 12:52

      Oh thank you Anastasia – you’re making me blush:-)

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt 29 January 2014 at 12:39

    How on earth did I miss this post on Monday?!!
    I’m making a double latte right now and then I’m going to devour every image and word in this post. You can guarantee that I will be eating chocolate as well … and pinning!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 29 January 2014 at 12:53

      A latte, chocolates and Paris – divine combination I would say:-)

  • Reply Tina / 29 January 2014 at 13:32

    I’m so jealous of your Paris trip Igor! The pictures are beautiful and it looks like you had a wonderful time!

  • Reply Sylvain 11 September 2014 at 16:04

    Fantastic rooftops pics. Personaly I favour the 8th district but not the very busy Concorde or Champs Elysées. When you wander in the backstreets you often stumble with fantastic gems. And Paris is full of them!

  • Reply Silk&Salt 16 April 2015 at 08:39

    You really have nice tips!!

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