Roses are red, violets are blue…..Happy Spring! We have sprung our clocks forward and now get to bask in the warm sunlight well into the evening while we sip on our favorite happy hour boissons and stroll through our favorite jardins. Warmth is just around the corner and we can taste it in the air and hear it in the light rain that dances on our window panes. Grab your rainboots and light jackets, because the best place to be this month is outside!
Arc de Triomphe
Despite the constant flow of tourists, the view from the Arc de Triomphe is worth the mayhem. You may have to push aside a few selfie taking teenagers to get up to the terrace,
but the panoramic view of Paris will take your breath away.
The best time to go is in the evening- catch the beauty of sunset falling upon Paris, and then see the city come alive with lights.
When- All year round. Terrace hours: 10 am – 11 pm
Price- Ranging from free to 9 euros
Rue Mouffetard is one of the oldest streets in Paris and the perfect place to be in Spring, day or night. À nuit the cobbled street becomes a lively mass of people bar hopping, dancing, and enjoying the warm atmosphere. While some dine and drink in Place de la Contrescarpe, an old hang out for existentialists and artists (like Hemingway), others can grab one of the best late night crepes Paris has to offer from one of the side vendors.
On Sunday, walk through Rue Mouffetard and grab some brunch at La Salle à Manger- their wonderful, reasonably priced brunch menu includes croissants and the most amazing white chocolate spread, among others. If you’re not too full afterwards, try some fresh fruit at the open air market or taste test some cheese at one of the many fromageries.
Where- Rue Mouffetard and surrounding streets (Place de la Contrescarpe, Rue Descartes)
When- Everyday, especially Sundays!
Shakespeare and Company
Time has stood still in this wonderful bookstore along the Seine’s left bank. The shop is filled to the brim with every book imaginable, from The Sun Also Rises to Tigers in Red Weather. Once you’ve made it through the overflowing shelves on the ground floor, venture upstairs to the Reading Room. Listen to talented customers play the piano while sipping on some Sunday afternoon tea.
No matter what time of day you visit Shakespeare and Co. you’ll be in for a treat, but be sure to stop by on Monday nights at 7 pm for their weekly readings. Sit outside and listen to the latest poetry, playwright or author; every week is a different feature.
Where- 37 rue de la Bûcherie
When- Everyday, especially Mondays at 7 pm
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Located in the 19th arrondissement, this park is one of the most gorgeous hidden gems in Paris. It boasts a lake, a waterfall, and dozens of English and Chinese gardens scattered throughout the 61 acre oasis. Envisioned by Napoleon III and created in 1867, the park still holds some of the original foliage.
Where- Parc des Buttes Chaumont, metro lines 5 and 7 bis at stops Buttes Chaumont, Laumiere, and Botzaris
By Ally Oberrotman