Neval and I are going to Paris for our tenth anniversary in October 2018. I’m a planner—I like to know about the sights, cafes, restaurants, and so forth ahead of time so that I don’t miss something. Neval, however, likes to just explore and leave things to chance a bit more. So, I’ve found a middle ground (I think). I compiled a list of things for us to do and neighborhoods, cafes, restaurants, etc. for us to visit. And then I added them to My Maps in Google Maps. So now I have a plan for every neighborhood. I am, however, comfortable throwing this plan away and adopting a more freewheeling plan at a moment’s notice. (But—I’ll know at any given time and in any given place what’s worthwhile nearby!)

Day 0: Arrival

  • Land at 4p, head to Hotel Monge, check in

  • Dinner at ___

Day 1: Latin Quarter, St-Germain, and Les Invalides

Morning:

  • Breakfast at Café Delmas

  • Walk down Rue Mouffetard

  • Check out Marche Mouffetard (market)

  • Walk to Grande Mosquée de Paris

  • Walk through Jardin des Plantes

  • Visit Arab World Institute

  • Grab snacks from Hure and eat at Square Rene Viviani

  • Check out bookstores (Shakespeare & Company, The Abbey Bookshop, and Librarie Eyrolles)

  • Visit the Pantheon

  • Late lunch at Cafe de la Nouvelle Marie

  • Chill in Luxembourg Gardens

Day 2: The Islands, Jardin des Tuilleries, and walk to Arc de Triomph; evening: the Eiffel Tower

Day 3: Montmartre, SoPi, Le Marais, and Belleville

  • Breakfast: Holybelly

  • The Kurdish Institute of Paris

  • Walk down

  • Late lunch (2p): Miznon

  • Dinner:

    • Le Coupe-Chou (reservation confirmed for 7.30p)

Day 4: Versailles

  • Low key morning; get picnic food and head to Versailles; rent bikes

Day 5: chill; evening: The Louvre

  • 3p: The Louvre

    • [plan]

  • Concert at 8p at The Louvre Auditorium: Sébastien Daucé, The Song of Orpheus

Restaurants:

  • Urfa Dürüm (lahmacun in Strasbourg-Saint-Denis)

  • Chiche (hummus in 10th Arrondissement)

  • Popine (pizza)

  • Ima (Israeli vegetarian food in République)

  • Bouillon Pigalle (SoPi)

  • Jixiao's Buns (3rd Arrondissement)

  • Frenchie To Go

  • 52 Faubourg Saint-Denis

  • Sushi B (2nd Arrodindissement)

  • Clammato (seafood)

  • Biondi (barbecue)

  • Boutique yam’Tcha (Bao buns, Les Halles)

  • Shang Palace (Michelin-starred Chinese, lunch)

  • Le Tagine (Moroccan)

  • Quinsou (6th Arrondissement)

  • Jin (1st Arrondissement)

  • Miznon (Israeli, SoPi)

  • Da Graziella (pizza)

  • Abri Soba (Japanese in Montmartre)

Patisseries:

  • Boulangerie Bo

  • Ble Sucre

  • Des gâteaux et du pain (S-Germain)

  • Karamel (Invalides)

  • Utopie (Le Marais)

  • Pâtisserie Yann Couvreur (Le Marais)

  • Gâteaux Thoumieux (St-Germain)

  • La Pâtisserie des Rêves (St-Germain)

  • Hugo and Victor (St-Germain)

  • Stoney Clove Bakery (chocolate chip cookies in 2nd)

  • Le Bristol Paris (afternoon tea, chocolate macaroons)

  • Le Meurice (afternoon tea, 1st)

  • Prince de Galles (afternoon tea)

  • Patisserie Yann Couvreur (Le Marais)

  • Un Dimanche à Paris (breakfast and bakery)

  • Michalak

  • L’éclair de Génie

  • Jacques Genin (millefeuille in Le Marais)

  • Gontran Cherrier (Montmartre)

Fromageries:

  • Fromagerie Quatrehomme (St-Germain)

  • Barthélemy (St-Germain)

  • La Ferme Saint Hubert (one stop shop for picnic, 9th)

  • Laurent Dubois (Latin Quarter, “Roquefort, cut lengthwise and layered with quince jam”)

  • Androuët (St-Germain)

  • Alléosse (17th)

  • Fromagerie Beaufils (9th)

  • La Fermette (2nd)

  • Chez Virginie (Montmartre)

  • Marie-Anne Cantin (17th, “ideal place to buy picnic supplies before heading to the Eiffel Tower”)

  • La Ferme Saint-Aubin (Ile Saint-Louis)

Boulangeries:

  • Maison Decorde (Latin Quarter)

  • Boulangerie 2M (St-Germain)

  • Landemaine Martyrs (9th)

  • Poilane (6th)

  • Besnier (7th)

  • Du Pain et des Idées (10th)

  • Au 140 (Belleville)

  • Le Grenier à Pain (18th)

  • Huré (Le Marais)

Sources:

  • Lonely Planet guide for Paris (Jan 2017)

  • Lonely Planet guide for France (Mar 2017)

  • Moon Paris Walks (Oct 2017)

  • Various food blogs and websites:

    • www.davidlebovitz.com

    • www.lefooding.com

    • www.thefork.com

    • www.gillespudlowski.com

    • www.parisbymouth.com

  • Where Chefs Eat 2018 (Paris)

  • The best brunches in Paris’ 5th Arrondissement

  • The 100 best restaurants in Paris (Time Out)

  • People that kindly shared their list of recommendations: Brian Shiller, Gaby Moran, Louis Goutorbe, and Estella Villard