I previously blogged about how I’d (re)create and dream of a life in the Left Bank of Paris. Now it’s time to compare it with the Right. This was actually our “side” when we temporarily lived in the city a few years back. It’s probably not as charming as the Left, after all, it was the busier area. But it was still wonderful nonetheless. If we’d ever live here again, here’s probably how it would be:
Get an apartment with a balcony facing the street to enjoy the city’s architecture and watch the locals from the comfort of our (tiny) home.
Start the day with a hearty brunch at Claus on 14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Though not as big as Jardin du Luxembourg in the Left Bank, my five year old could spend hours in the Tuileries enjoying the playground …
… playing ball …
… riding the carousel and …
… having tons of fun at the Fête des Tuileries in summer.
Learn about marine life at L’Aquarium and touch Koi fish!
After the aquarium, right next door is the Shangri-La Hotel where we can have a quiet afternoon tea mixed with some light Asian dishes …
… or for something more local, Carette at 4 Place du Trocadéro.
Literally stare and admire my favorite painting Bleu II by Joan Miró and attend a children’s art workshop for my daughter at the Centre Pompidou …
… or admire the classics and see the beautiful royal apartments of Napoleon III at the Louvre.
Go ice skating at Hôtel de Ville in winter.
Indulge on yummy Japanese udon at Kunitoraya on 1 Rue Villedo.
Chillax at Palais Royal.
Get the best fallafels in town at L’As du Fallafel on 32-34 Rue des Rosiers in the Marais.
Watch Guignol at the oldest puppet theater in Paris, Marionettes des Champs-Elysées, near Rond Point des Champs-Elysées.
While we’re in the Champs-Elysées area, we can window shop at Avenue Montaigne. I have fond memories of this place as it’s where my daughter first started to walk (long distances up and down the street) while hanging on to her stroller. The designer shops here are also less crowded than those at Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Have cocktails at the Experimental Cocktail Club on 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur or …
… for something more fancy at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée (where the staff is much friendlier and knowledgeable than at Hôtel Costes).
Tango the night away at Place du Trocadéro with an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower …
… and watch it blink …
… while riding the double-decker carousel.
Until my next post … take care!
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