Easter in Paris

There is so much to love about Easter in Paris! Crepes for breakfast, croque madame for lunch, wine and cheese for an afternoon snack. Wandering through le Jardin de Tuileries on Friday, making macarons on Saturday, mass at Notre Dame on Sunday. Even the rain is beautiful and romantic.

Hotel

Hotel Baume

  • Located in the 6eme arrondissement just north of les Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Lovely boutique hotel with helpful staff and a cozy art deco style lobby
  • The rooms were small, in true Parisian style, but well appointed and very clean
  • $200 per night

Getting to the Hotel

  • Very easy to take the RER B train from Gare du Nord to Luxembourg (about 4 stops, 10 minutes) and walk less than 5 minutes to the hotel or the Metro 4 train to Odeon, again a short walk to the hotel

Weekend Itinerary

  • Friday – Paris Orientation
    • Walk from hotel Baume to the Arc de Triomphe, on to the Eiffel Tower and back
    • The route takes you past Notre Dame, by the Louve and Pyramid, through the Jardins de Tuileries, down the Champs Elysees. After a stop to climb to the top of Arc de Triomphe you can continue on to the Eiffel Tower, back along the left bank of the Seine past les Invalides,
  • Saturday – all about French food
    • Spend the morning exploring Isle Saint Louis – it was too cold for ice cream in early May,but Berthillon is rumored to be the best!  There are tons of little shops, bakeries, fromageries, butchers and more to pop into.
    • Afternoon Macaron making class at La Cuisine Parisian
      • A small class of 4 pairs in a cute teaching kitchen
      • My favorite Paris activity. We took the 2 hour, Macarons Trios Fois Chocolat class
      • Post cooking class walk to La Grande Epicerie at Le Bon Marche
        • So much more than a grocery store! Visiting the Grande Epicerie in the 7th arrondissement is at the top of my list of foreign grocery store experiences There is an entire wall of mustard, a cheese selection that rivals many fromageries, a sushi bar, vast yogurt selection and enough french bread and radishes to keep anyone happy! I’d recommend a trip just for fun, or to pick up ingredients for a picnic!
  • Sunday – museum hopping

Restaurants

  • Dinner
    • AG Restaurant– classic French cuisine in a bistro style setting in St Germain des Pres
      • my favorite Paris dinner
    • Le Terroir Parisien – French bistro cooking in a cool industrial setting
      • Seats at the bar offer a view into the open kitchen
      • The radishes are simple and wonderful
    • L’ Ebeauchoir – French country cooking
  • Lunch
    • Au Petit Suisse – a cozy bistro near the Jardin du Luxembourg
      • The croque madame was perfect!
    • Huitreie Regis – a cute oyster bar / restaurant in Saint Germain
  • Breakfast and Snacks
    • Ambassade de Bourgogne – a tiny wine shop / bar with only wines from Burgundy
      • They also have a nice selection of mean and cheese pairings
    • Creperie des Arts – a tiny creperie in Saint Michele
      • Stop by the window to order a sweet or savory crepe to go
    • Maison Kayser – one of the best boulangeries in Paris
      • Everything is amazing, especially the bread with chocolate
    • Eggs and Co – this little restaurant that specializes in eggs

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