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When Paris Calls - A List of Inspiration for the Obsessed

Updated on February 28, 2012

Paris seems to have this power over people. A friend recently asked me "what is the most romantic place you've ever been?". The answer was simple: Paris.

Sometimes I just get this hankering for some Paris. It calls to me from thousands of miles away. The lights, food, attractions, history, and romance are inspirational and addictive. When I can't go to Paris and I need to satisfy my hunger for it, I refer to my list, and I wanted to share it here with you.


Accommodation (Hébergement)

Haven in Paris offers luxury apartments and villas for vacationers around the world. They are a great way to live an authentic Parisian lifestyle while visiting the city. Most of the properties boast amenities such as washers and dryers, a patio or balcony, full dining rooms, tv's, computers, and much more. Some may even cost you just as much as a hotel for a week, if you share with the whole family.

I just love to look at their website and dream about living in the spaces they have available. I'm sure you will, too.

Paris Attitude also lists Paris apartments for rent, but at a much more affordable price. They list furnished apartments with 1-4 bedrooms. They provide lots of great pictures and details about each property. I especially love this one with the adjoining apartment, just in case you want to take the entire family along.

La Patisserie Des Reves
La Patisserie Des Reves

Pastries (Pâtisseries)

La Patisserie Des Reves is indeed the pastry shop of dreams. The shop goes against the Paris grain by displaying cakes and pastries in futuristic pulley domes, even allowing you to make a complete 360 around the main dispaly. From financiers to chaussons aux pommes, they have everything to make you drool.

Popelini understands that not everyone is in Paris for macarons, so they serve up choux à la crème - or cream puffs. Their delicious flavors include praline, rose & raspberry, and milk chocolate with passion fruit. Yummers.

Jacques Genin serves delectable desserts and chocolates in their 17th century limestone building. The company is most known for their caramels, which are sold by the pound for a mere $65 per pound. Take a look at a 360 view of the store here.

One can't speak of French pastries without mentioning Ladurée. The Parisian tea salon and producers of the macaron have been in business since 1862. Although they have shops around the world, the company is synonymous with Paris and thousands of visitors flock to it every year for a taste of this delicate delight. There are several locations around Paris, the most popular being their Champs Elysées location.

La Pâtisserie des Rêves:
93 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France

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29 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris, France

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Jacques Genin:
133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France

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75 Avenue des Champs Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

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Events (Événements)

24 Hours Paris is an interactive map that will display everything that is going on in Paris for the subsequent 24 hours. They say "There's more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower. From seduction classes to roof-top barbecues and floating cinemas, 24 Hours Paris is your around-the-clock guide to what's on, when, beyond the tourist track." Click here to view the map.


Want to explore all of the fantastic flea markets that Paris has to offer, but don't know where to find them? There's an app for that! Check out Keys to the Fleas via the App Store for only $1.99.

Le Trianon
Le Trianon
La Cinematheque
La Cinematheque

Culture (Culture is the same in French!)

Of course while in Paris you could visit the Louvre, but I would recommend trying something a little bit less touristy. Check out the Gagosian Gallery, which houses some fantastic pieces by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hurst and more.

Perhaps try taking in a live performance at Le Trianon (not to be confused with le petite trianon) to experience live French music could get you in the Parisian mood. Performers include Indy bands to international superstars. In the main theatre, every balcony has its own hall and staircase which comes down in to the ballroom.

Want to experience what modern Paris has to offer? Take in a movie at La Cinematheque, a theatre designed by famed architect (although Canadian) Frank Gehry. The building also holds the largest archives of films, movie documents and film-related objects in the entire world.

Gagosian Gallery:
4 Rue de Ponthieu, 75008 Paris, France

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Le Trianon:
80 Boulevard de Rochechouart, 75018 Paris, France

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La Cinematheque:
51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris, France

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Learn French (Apprendre le Français)

FRANGLISH lanugage exchange is a conversation exchange event for native French, Spanish and English speakers in Paris, Nice and London. It's like language speed dating where you speak in French for 7 minutes, then English for 7 minutes.

French Music (La Musique Française)

Can't make it to Paris?

That's what movies and the internet are here for! To help us escape to another world, or another city, like Paris. I loved Midnight in Paris, which you can watch online via Amazon. Or even a classic like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face.

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face
Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

What do you love about Paris?

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    • craftybird profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I glad you enjoyed my list! And I'm glad you have the calling as well!

    • Claudia Tello profile image

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      I went to Paris a few years ago and, in what culture is concerned, I particularly enjoyed the Rodin Museum; I like small museum much more than the huge ones like the Louvre. This Hub really shows your love for Paris and has very good information for someone who is planning to visit.

    • Bronterae profile image


      6 years ago from Nor Cal

      My first visit to Paris I stayed at hotel Esmeralda. The cheap bed and breakfast across from Notre Dame. If its still there, it's the best deal in town but in no way "modern". The tub was in the room and had only a flexible hose. (Stand up shower downstairs). Sweet people and pretty clean. We spent very little time inside so we had few needs there. From the window we had a gorgeous view of Notre Dame with a little park just below. Also see les plus beaux paintings at the Musee' D'Orsay. Degas, Renoir et Van Gogh!

      I totally understand the calling of Paris. Thanks for bringing me back.


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