This Autumn marks 5 years that I’m living in Paris. And yet, it feels like only yesterday that I was stepping off the Eurostar with an extremely large suitcase, making my way to my first Parisian home. At that point in my life I didn’t know that I would still be here 6 months after my internship ended, let alone that I would still be living here (having just bought my first apartment with my boyfriend) 5 years on.
This anniversary has got me thinking about all of the places I visited, lived in and enjoyed for the past few years. I’ve actually lived and worked in A LOT of different places all over Paris. Changing apartment, changing companies or just changing offices mean that I’ve seen a lot of what Paris has to offer (but by no means all!)
And so, to mark this special moment I’ve listed some of my favourite bits:
Favourite area to live: A toss-up between the 9th and the 14th
Favourite French dish: So hard to choose! If I had to pick just one for the rest of my life it would probably be Blanquette de Veau
Favourite area to walk around: Montmartre – with one of the best free spots to view the city skyline, it’s one of the spots that make me stop and go “Wow, I live in Paris.”
Favourite apéro spot: L’Extra Brut in the 9th
Favourite place to shop: Les Halles or (for the sheer number of choices) or Galeries Lafayette (for the pretty architecture) – neither on the weekends though!
Favourite tourist spot: The Catacombs, such a unique attraction!
Favourite French sweet treat: You can’t beat a good Mousse au Chocolat, but Profiteroles are up there too
Favourite place to brunch: Hardware Société in the 18th
Favourite museum to visit: I actually haven’t visited many, mostly due to having la flemme to battling crowds on the weekend (Musee d’Orsay is still on my to-do list) but it really depends more on what exhibitions are showing
Favourite place to dine out: OK so it’s not actually French, but the Italian restaurant Salsamenteria di Parma is amazing, with special points going to their lambrusco, polenta and of course, their pasta
Favourite market: It’s not a marketplace as such, but there is such a selection of local, independent food stores that Rue des Martyrs in the 9th is as good as!
Favourite place to enjoy the sunshine: Parc Monceau is a picnic spot me and my friends have enjoyed for years. Otherwise a stroll alongside the Seine!
Favourite place to step in from the rain: Galeries Lafayette for shopping or heading to one of the covered terrasses on Grands Boulevards to grab a drink and people watch
Those were just some of my favourite bits from the last 5 years, now to see what the next 5 will hold… watch this space!