Paris has to be one of my favourite cities in the world. I have visited it so many times now and each time I uncover a new reason to fuel my love for it.
For my first few visits I stuck to your regular, lonely planet, tourist view of Paris and took in the breathtaking views.
This visit, I decided to try and source different areas, exciting places and build my own view of Paris.
I searched the internet beforehand to see if any bloggers could give me a few tips on interesting places to go but couldn't find much, so I decided to take it upon myself to advise you on 5 things you have to do before you leave Paris.
The holy grail of shops. Probably the coolest shop I've ever entered, and it has everything you could ever need all under one roof.
A huge magazine and book collection on the ground floor which means you won't leave the shop without buying at least one. Alongside a wall of every candle you can dream of - perfect for gift shopping. And then finally an extensive range of streetwear brands such as Bape, Maison Labiche, Comme and Norse Projects. (but that's only the ground floor)
Which way will you go? Up leads you to a large floor of the most equisite women and menswear pieces, from Alexander Wang to Saint Laurent, Dior to Mark McNairy, you name it they have it.
The first floor also has a gallery presenting new exhibitions every month; meaning you can shop and fulfil your artistic soul at the same time. And finally 'The Beauty Box' which has all the luxe beauty staples you need, including my favourite perfume (Molecule 1).
You could literally spend hours exploring this shop which looks pretty average from the outside. Head downstairs and you can even make a pit stop at their café in the basement, should your palette need refreshing.
The only downside to this shop is that (because it's so perfect) it gets incredibly busy, but the staff are so good at making sure your needs are met - They even put what your holding behind the counter for you to purchase when you're ready.
Nearest Metro: Tuileries
Address: 213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
Tip: VISIT EVERY FLOOR.
I stayed in the area of Marais on this visit. It's perfect for getting around everywhere and really easy to find your way around. It's a more cultured side of Paris where the streets are filled with every shop you can imagine, where your Aesop shop is directly next door to a pharmacy and supermarket.
When finding my way to Centre Pompidou (to take a photograph my favourite piece of Parisian graffiti) I came across a cat cafe. Now I know we have one in London but how can you turn down a Parisian cafe? If you're a fan of cats and looking for a little break when in the Marais area then why not kill two birds with one stone? But resist the urge to sneak one home with you!
Nearest Metro: Rambuteau
Address: 16 Rue Michel le Comte, 75003 Paris
Whilst going to exhibitions may seem like the most touristic thing of all time, take a minute to really think about where you're going and your interests. For me, walking around the Louvre is something I can only do once. There's only so many times you can look at similar-looking statues and pretend to be interested. I'm much happier going to a fashion exhibition and have been lucky enough to attend one every time I've been to the city. When I was in Paris a few years ago there was a Louis Vuitton x Marc Jacobs exhibition on and this time round there was a YSL exhibition. So take some time before you go to have a real search and find what's going on!
Nearest Metro: Alma-Marceau
Address: 3 Rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris
Palais de Tokyo
Again, quite a touristic spot. But by far the best museum you'll ever visit. Full of pure culture and amazing art! (Check out my tip below)
Nearest Metro: Alma-Marceau
Address: 13 Avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris
Tip: Visit the Photobooth and soak in the picturesque views of Paris!
Cafe Kitsune (and area)
Café Kitsuné is in the bustling area of Palais Royal and is the quaintest, most beautiful café I've ever visited. I'm a huge fan of the Maison Kitsune brand anyway but their Matcha Latte and gluten-free fox shaped biscuits are extra dreamy on a Spring day in Paris.
The area is also full of vintage designer finds and your favourite stores like Acne, Sandro and Margiela.
Nearest Metro: Palais Royal
Address: 51 Galerie de Montpensier 75001 Paris
Tip: Get a seat outside and spend hours people watching!
Take a look at my Instagram for more pictures of Paris: @NakedFashionss