Your best tips on travelling in Paris and France

What are your best tips on Paris or France? We’d love to hear from you. We will be heading back in December and would love to be guided by our French Heart community.

My best tip? Stay in an apartment in Paris so that you feel like a local – AirBNB, VRBO,  Paris Perfect Rentals … there are many ways to find an apartment.

Parisian apartment Le Marais


And visit Musee de L’Orangerie for the most exquisite experience of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies.


Oh, and don’t go past Angelina tea salon, founded in 1903. If you like hot chocolate – this is the place. It’s so rich that it almost slides out of the teapot, and as for the gateaux – well, it’s heaven on a plate. Coco Chanel used to frequent this cafe as tea salons were one of the few public places where a lady could dine unescorted by a man. It has a beautiful, rich ornate atmosphere and a great meeting place for friends. It’s worth visiting once in your life.


My favourite place outside of Paris is Annecy. It’s small enough to easily negotiate and take in the full richness of the French culture, and is beautiful, nestled on the fringe of the French Alps about an hour’s drive from Geneva. Annecy is easy to get to via the TVG or driving. It’s filled with canals, great shops, incredible tea salons and chocolate stores, and will give you a taste of Savoyard cuisine (fondue etc). It is recognised as the Little Venice of France.


So here is just a tiny taste of my tips but please leave your tips below. It’s a way to share the beautiful experiences of France for others to enjoy. A belle journee!


8 thoughts on “Your best tips on travelling in Paris and France

  1. Katie Lemsing says:

    My best tip is to walk around Paris and explore. I’ve just come back from my first trip to Paris and it defiantly will not be my last, and we enjoyed walking around Paris exploring and enjoying the many sights, smells and tastes. From watching the lochs on the Canal St-Martin, eating heavenly lemon crapes at Marche Bastille markets, viewing the beautiful works of Monet and Van Gough at Musee d’Orsay and ending a whole day of history at the Musee des Invalides with the most divine hot chocolate at Angelina Tea House. Take time to, as they say “smell to roses” and enjoy. ♥

    • kim cotton says:

      Hey Vanessa that’s great – I’ll check it out. I was at Disney a few years ago … all of the characters stayed indoors while we froze in the queues 🙂 – TIP! Don’t go in winter 🙂

  2. Roberta Costa says:

    Visited Provence with my daughter on several trips. Stayed in St Remy De Provence, (approx. 40 minutes from Avignon). Great weekly market on Wednesdays. Lots of fresh fruits, vegs, nuts, olives, cheese, sauscisson, that you can take back to your accommodation, and have with a glass of Rose. Also Lourmarin is a charming place to stay, short drive to Bonnieux, Gordes, Rousillon, La Coste and Menerbes. Lourmarin has a beautiful chateau where there is wine tasting and during the summer months, musical concerts are held there. Fontaine De Vaucluse is a very charming and small place to stay, there is a very old church and to hear the bells ringing in the morning is a delight. A short bus trip from Fontaine takes you to Isle-Sur-La -Sorge where the weekly market includes brocante stalls. I could go on. The perfume of lavender and herbs, the sights and taste of Provence never leaves me. .

    • kim cotton says:

      I know, that’s the thing about France isn’t it Roberta, it doesn’t leave you. We are going to Il Sur La Sorge – in particular to see an artist but also to see the brocante although I expect it will be very quiet when we are there. i want to visit Provence in Summer but it won’t be for a while however you have inspired me. Merci x

  3. Nic says:

    Always dress up that little bit. Your photo memories will thank you, you’ll fit in like a local, and you’ll have much better service.
    When in Paris, I was asked for directions from a French person, in French. A gardner who was snipping flowers in Versailles gave me a small bunch and one of the waiters asked me if I was Swiss (probably because my ordering of a croissant and cafe au lait was done with an accent.) I was also given a private tour of some areas of the Versailles gardens that were closed to the public.

  4. Leonie Peasey says:

    When you are next in La Belle France, visit Mont St. Michel. Tourist trap, I hear you say? Maybe so, during the day, but book yourself a night on the island, and it will be an experience that you will never forget.
    I have done this twice now, staying in 2 different accommodations, both quirky, very clean, and amazing views.
    If you get there after lunch, certainly look at the little shops, but then climb right to the monastery and cloisters on top. By then, the en masse tour buses are beginning to leave, and the higher you climb, the fewer people there are. It will take your breath away.
    Read as much as you can about it before you go, from its beginnings, through an incredible history, including World War 2. You will gain such a different perspective and appreciation.
    Some of the little restaurants are open for dinner, and give fresh food, reasonably priced, and great service.
    Breakfast, usually included, is in a cafe with stunning views of the bay.
    Mont St. Michel is a place that will always be a special memory that I am so fortunate to have.

  5. Suzanne Beasley says:

    We love the South of France….staying in a little country town of Mormoiron where bi weekly fresh fruit and market stalls were divine as was the weekly fish truck which also had the most wonderful fresh produce. We were alsoclose to the wonderful vineyards near Mt Ventoux Recommend a visit to Crillon Le Brave – just divine.
    Whilst in the French Riveria, the Picasso Musuem is a must see and sitting on the beach in Antibes. Will never forget the open air concert in Jun Le Pins where we saw Lionel Ritchie. Can’t wait for him to come to Sydney next year. Also, if the budget will allow lunch or a visit to Cap Antibes. Can’t wait till we are back there!!

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