Where We Ran - January In Paris

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Last week we took our first trip of the year to beautiful Paris!  

One of us had never ever been to Paris before, another hadn't seen much more than the inside of a work hotel or office in years, and we were all struggling with rusty french and even worse accents (I could tell everyone that 'last weekend I played with my rabbit' and not much more...).  This made it all the more important that we found a friend to take us around, and that we did.

Where We Stayed

We stayed in Le Marais, a beautiful historic neighbourhood packed with cute little wine bars, restaurants, boutiques and galleries.  And if you happen to get bored of that it is in the perfect location for walking around the rest of the city.  

There are so many gorgeous looking hotels in this area but we opted for a cosy little AirBnB.

While you're there, don't miss Cafe Charlot for perfect people watching and old-school Paris vibes. 

Where We Ran

With so much history and architecture to be soaked up, we were spoilt for choice with running routes.  During our short trip we wanted to make sure we ticked off as many of the main sites as possible and our friend did not disappoint in guiding us along the river to some incredible landmarks and it went something like this...

7miles - Banks of the Seine

We started at the stunning Notre Dame, then head east on Ile La Cite to Ile St. Louis.  We crossed a bridge over to the right bank and before long we hit Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, Jardin de Tuilleries, Place de La Concorde, and the Modern Art Museum.

When we hit the 4 mile mark, opposite the Jardins de Trocadero, we crossed back over to the left bank and ran a long an extremely pedestrian friendly path, offering gorgeous views of the city and river. 

A nice little detour of this run took us to Champs-Elysees which was great to see but we would not recommend for a running route due to the hoards of tourists.

Apart from having to sharpen our elbows to get through the Champs-Elysees area, this scenic route was very runner friendly.  It allowed us to run by some must-see spots, while not feeling too over crowded, and gave us a great sense of direction for our following explorations.

10/10 for this route! 

What We Ate

We ate a lot.  Really a lot.  Bizarrely, we ended up not eating many meals at restaurants, mainly due to the fact that we couldn't resist a baguette every time we smelt a bakery (which was all the time) and then had to go in search of cheese to go with it. We would definitely recommend this as a great way to eat your way around Paris. 

However, if you do want to eat like a normal human, here are a few of our faves:

  • Coquelicot - for bowls full of cafe au lait and melt in your mouth pastries.
  • Yann Couvreur - for fancier melt in your mouth pastries.
  • L'as Du Fallafel - literally everyone we knew who had been to Paris told us to go here and it didn't disappoint! 
  • Chez Julien - a little bit fancy, a big bit delicious.

When We Weren't Sweaty

  • Pompidou Center
    • You can check out upcoming exhibitions here or book to walk through the hamster like tubes that climb up to the top. 
    • Treat yourself to a slightly expensive but 100% worth it glass of champagne at the panoramic restaurant at the top of the museum.  It offers incredible views of Paris and the people watching is pretty fantastic too.

 

  • Verjus
    • If you're feeling lavish AND extremely hungry, head to Verjus. Best to book ahead for an 80euro, 8 course tasting menu.  If you email ahead they will also cater to your vegetarian and vegan needs. 

 

  • Montmartre
    • This beautiful hilltop neighbourhood offers fantastic views of the whole city, especially from the Sacre Couer. There are also lots of beautiful little boutique shops to suit all budgets. 
Laura Cannon