Guide to Paris in the Winter | what to pack, where to stay, eat and visit

Guide to Paris in the Winter

Hi, there! I hope you are having a great day! I have been SO excited for this post! Paris is my very favorite place in the world, and I’m asked often to give suggestions for where to stay, where to eat, what my “must-do” things are and, of course, what to pack! So, I’ve been thinking for a while now about exactly what all of those tips would be, and I’ve put them all together in this “Guide to Paris in the Winter!”

I’ve been blessed to have been to France two times in the past couple of years. The first time, I went to study the language for a whole month. It was an amazing experience that allowed me to learn so much about myself. I think that’s why I love Paris so much, because that was the place where I really started to grow into the person I wanted to be. So, when Cody and I began planning our honeymoon it was the first place we thought of! I couldn’t wait to show him all of the places I had visited and fell in love with!

He was a little nervous to visit somewhere where he didn’t speak the language, but since I do, we knew we would be just fine! (My first tip – don’t be afraid to speak a little french when you visit! Even a “bonjour” is appreciated and will take you a long way with Parisians!)

I know Paris is beautiful no matter what time of year you go, but both times I have been were during winter, so I wanted to put together a list specifically for colder months. However, many of these recommendations can be taken year-round!

What to pack for Paris.

What to pack for Paris in the winter.

1. jumpsuit 2.black turtleneck 3. coat 4. oversized black sweater 5.faux leather jacket  6. umbrella  7. black jeans 8.white jeans  9.scarf  10.black boots 11. black leggings  12.heels  13. large handbag  14.pajamas 15. slippers

where to stay in Paris.

Paris is mapped out into 20 arrondissements, or neighborhoods, and the lower the number the closer you are to the city’s center. I highly recommend staying in the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth for your first visit! In my opinion it’s just a little more of that true Parisian feel – which you definitely want for your first visit! They all have great shopping and restaurants and are close to the monuments you’ll definitely want to see!

I can’t recommend staying in an apartment enough! It allows you to live like a Parisian during your stay, you can cook or bring back take-out, and it just feels special to have a little piece of the city for a while! We used Paris Perfect, and absolutely loved it! I was able to talk with representatives to make sure every detail of our stay was well thought out before we left, and for me, that’s a huge plus! They even arranged a car service for us to and from the airport!  We plan to stay at one of their apartments when we visit again!

Where to eat in Paris.

Cody and I are both pretty picky, but there are SO many amazing places to eat in Paris, we obviously knew we’d be just fine! When I studied there I actually was more adventurous with my food choices, and I even ended up finding several new dishes that I liked!

My first recommendation is to definitely just walk around and kind of stumble upon cafés that look good! You really can’t go wrong with a crêpe – savory or sweet! You should try nutella on everything, but absolutely on crêpes! Also, a croque-monsieur (or croque-madame if you’re a little less picky!) is a must-eat item! It’s a glorified ham sandwich, but trust me, it’s awesome!

Our absolute favorite place in all of Paris was a tiny restaurant in the seventh arrondissement called Pizza la Gourmandise. It’s a very simple restaurant with the BEST pizza and pasta. The servers are all very kind and some speak a little english!

pasta at our favorite restaurant in Paris

hot chocolate at Angelina

 

A famous restaurant that I would actually recommend (like I said, Cody and I are picky, so we went for simple food over fancy food), is Angelina. They’re famous for their hot chocolate, but their food is delicious, too!

Of course, you can’t visit Paris without eating macarons from La Durée! My favorite are pistachio and rose!

La Durée in Paris

La Durée in Paris

 

 

what to do while in Paris.First of all, see the sights! You’re going to Paris for a reason – because it’s Paris! So, make sure you see the monuments that are so beautiful and historic! My favorite places to view the Eiffel Tower from are Trocadero and Avenue de la Bourdonnais.

The Eiffel Tower from Avenue de la Bourdonnais

the pyramid at the louvre

the Arc de Triumph

 

My “must-do” is to simply wander. It’s my favorite way to see Paris because you end up seeing such a true, raw version when you take your time and just walk around aimlessly. I highly recommend just taking a day (or two!) to see the city without a schedule or list. It’s really beautiful that way.

Some of the best places to find are those that are seemingly tucked away, like flower shops – also, buying some flowers for your apartment or hotel room is a must!

beautiful flowers with the best aromas!

beautiful flowers with the best aromas!

 

I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t tell you to shop! My absolute favorite places are on Avenue Montaigne or Rue Saint Honoré. That’s truly a high end experience, though! There are cool shops in Le Marais, as well!

I also love to shop for art while in Paris, and my favorite place to do that is in Montmartre. Montmartre is one of the most beautiful and special places in Paris, in my opinion. It’s the area on top of a hill, so it has beautiful views of the entire city. Painter’s square is beside Sacre Coeur (also a must-see!) where dozens of artists are working. Even if you don’t purchase anything, it’s still special to watch.

Painter's square in Montmartre is a must-visit!

Painter's square is a must visit!

 

Chelsea Catherine enjoying a soda in Paris.

Montmartre has wonderful atmosphere!

Other favorites are taking cooking classes, getting a baguette and brie and eating it on a bench by the river, and going to museums and taking in the beauty of the art.

There are SO many beautiful things to see and do in Paris and these are just the tip of the iceburg, but they truly are my favorites!

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and please let me know what your favorite things to do, eat and see in Paris are, or even what you think you might like!

I hope you all have a great day!

All my love!

what I wore on my honeymoon in Paris | part two

Hi, there!

I hope you are having a great day!

This post is part two of the “what I wore on my honeymoon in Paris” post, and it’s basically what I wore for the second half of the week!

We were there for seven full days, so I had a good amount of time to wear outfits I had been saving just for Paris or even pieces that I purchased while there!

I did a whole post on the red jumpsuit I wore on one of the last days we were there! I absolutely LOVE this piece! It’s so easy to style and feel very put-together without really even trying!

During the middle of the week it was pretty rainy, so we took it pretty easy and visited just a few places. I wanted to wear something casual but still cute, so I went with my go-to black jeans and a scarf with a messy bun! This scarf is the softest one I’ve ever owned, and it’s the perfect size! 

Chelsea Catherine wears black jeans and a scarf in Paris. Chelsea Catherine wears black jeans and a scarf in Paris. Chelsea Catherine wears black jeans and a scarf in Paris. Chelsea Catherine wears black jeans and a scarf in Paris. Chelsea Catherine wears black jeans and a scarf in Paris.

The rest of the time we were there I was either in super casual clothes like leggings and a sweatshirt or pajamas! We hung out in our apartment a lot and just focused on being together and relaxing!

My favorite pajamas will be linked in the Guide to Paris post! I compiled a full list of not only what I packed, but also ate, saw, and where we stayed! 

WHAT I’M WEARING

 

All my love!

what I wore on my honeymoon in Paris | part one

Hi, there!

I hope you are having a great day! I have been so excited for this post and to share what I wore on our honeymoon in Paris!

We left for Paris the day after the wedding and were there for a week – from December 12 to 19! The weather in Paris is actually very similar to West Tennessee in the winter, and I have been there before in January, so I kind of knew what to expect.

I wanted to dress warmly, but still cute, so I packed a lot of sweaters and jackets. I am working on a complete guide to Paris in the winter time, so in that one I will include a list of everything to make sure to pack!

Anyway, this post is going to be broken up into two parts because there were just so many outfits! Paris is one of those places where every day is an opportunity to wear something fun, and I absolutely LOVE that!

So, for our first day, I kept it pretty simple. It was misting rain and kind of chilly, so I definitely had to wear a rain coat. My go-to trench is one from Gap that I got a few years ago, but it’s a staple so it’s still in stock!

I’m a huge believer in wearing white jeans all year long, so I paired my trench coat with white jeans and my favorite black boots!

This outfit was perfect to walk around and explore in, so it felt cute but also pretty warm and comfortable!

Chelsea Catherine wearing a trench coat and white jeans in Paris.

The next night we went shopping, so I knew I wanted to be cute and semi-comfortable again. It was much warmer this day and wasn’t raining. I wore my favorite nude heels that I’ve mentioned before with black pants that are SO awesome. I literally could wear these everyday! This black turtleneck has been a staple in my closet for years, and the sleeveless trench jacket is from a boutique in my hometown that I love! This one is similar, though! Chelsea Catherine shopping in Paris wearing a tan and black outfit. Chelsea Catherine shopping in Paris wearing a tan and black outfit. Chelsea Catherine shopping in Paris wearing a tan and black outfit. Chelsea Catherine shopping in Paris wearing a tan and black outfit. Chelsea Catherine shopping in Paris wearing a tan and black outfit.One of our favorite things to do in Paris was simply to walk around and take in the city, so on Wednesday that’s what we spent most of the day doing. I wanted to be warm (even though it was still “warmer” this day, too), so I wore a sweater I had purchased from Zara the night before. I love the distressed look! Of course I wore those leggings and boots again! If you can’t tell, I tried to save space packing!

Chelsea Catherine wears a green sweater in Paris. Chelsea Catherine wears a green sweater in Paris. Chelsea Catherine wears a green sweater in Paris.

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope this is helpful if you’re thinking about what to wear on a trip you have coming up, or even if you’re just in a little winter-fashion rut! Look out for part two of this post and the upcoming guide to Paris!

I hope you have a happy day!

All my love!

 

 

 

WHAT I’M WEARING

 

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