It's not so often anymore that I get to discover a new side of Paris, and just when I thought the ville lumière couldn't get any dreamier, we ended up having a crazy storm and almost 5 inches (10cm) of snow! I've lived here for almost five years and I've never had the chance to see Paris like this, so when I saw the snowfall I felt like a little kid again. During the snowy days, everyone seemed to be out and about in the city, taking photographs, playing in the snow, enjoying warm drinks on café terraces and even sledding in the streets; somehow it seemed like the unusual storm brought out the best in everyone. Seeing the everyday metros, monuments and cafés all covered in snow made me fall in love with this city all over again, so today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite snowy Paris photos, and maybe you'll fall in love, too!
These past few weeks have been totally full; it's graduation season, internship time, and finals week all culminating in one long month of hard work. Needless to say, after spending the weekend hard at work I was ready for a break this past Sunday. Previously my least favorite day of the week, Sunday has become my favorite here in Paris. Most stores close down for the day and everything seems to move at a slower pace. Sundays in Paris are the perfect time to take a stroll and discover a new part of the city.. And what would Sunday be without a proper Sunday morning breakfast, or “pâtisserie”?
It’s argued that Paris has the absolute best pastries in the world, and I would have to agree 100%! Here are my favorite go-to places across the city for the perfect Sunday-morning sweet treat:
The Smiths Bakery
12 Rue de Buci, Paris 6e
Open daily: 8h – 23h
This little spot tucked away on the bustling Rue de Buci never disappoints (and it’s open late, too). Offering an amazing selection of homemade sweet treats as well as savory options, you’re sure to find something you like. My favorite is their dark chocolate chip cookie and their raspberry tarte, but everything I’ve tried from there has been simple and delicious. Check it out on your next meander through the 6th !
Pain de Sucre
14 Rue Rambuteau, Paris 3e
Open Thursday – Monday: 10h – 20h (19h Sunday)
This lovely bakery has two storefronts with a stunning selection. In the boulangerie you’ll find all sorts of savory options (their sandwiches on pain Au lait are to die for!) as well as one of the best pain au chocolat aux amandes in the entire world. If you’re in the mood for something even sweeter, head next door and check out their selection of beautifully crafted cakes and tartes!
150 Avenue Victor Hugo, Paris 16e
Open Tuesday – Sunday: 6h30 – 20h30
This lovely bakery has several locations around Paris, but the one at Victor Hugo is the only location open on Sundays and is also the only one that has a sit-down option (the others are only take away). Here they have a Nutella pain Au chocolat aux amandes. Yes, NUTELLA inside a pastry. Check it out!
PS. I have this thing with Parisian doors, they are just so beautiful! Bonus: this super gram-worthy one is just one of the many beautiful doors in Le Marais near Huré.
What are some of your favourite spots in the city to spend a Sunday? Love hearing your recommendations!