We woke up on Sunday with quite the appetite so I started browsing Tripadvisor to find a nice spot for breakfast while Riaan tried to figure out the camera – day one‘s photography didn’t go that well. The place I wanted to go to was just too far away and the “hanger” was starting to kick in so I narrowed down the search to a radius of about 1km from our apartment.
I ended up choosing a little bakery/restaurant called Coquelicot, and we were not disappointed. You can sit on the sidewalk, downstairs in the bakery section where they bake their bread and pastries fresh on site, or upstairs in the dining area. It was packed when we arrived so we took what we could get, ordering coffees as we cosied up at a snug table in the bakery section, struggling to settle on what we were going to order.
The coffee arrived in BOWLS! A BOWL OF CAPPUCINO!!! My day was made and it wasn’t even 10am yet! We ordered the bacon and eggs breakfast, smoked salmon breakfast and a fresh baguette with preserves because we were hungry! And then the food came and man oh man, the portions were BIG! I actually panicked for a split-second thinking we weren’t going to finish it all, but then I remembered how hungry I was.
The food was delicious, eggs with runny yolks, bacon that was a little crispy, warm, fresh bread and good coffee. The portions were generous and bonus points for being super affordable too. If we find ourselves back in Montmarte I will definitely be back for breakfast.
Tip: Try book in advance to secure a good table. The food is delicious, order to share so you don’t miss out.
After breakfast, we made our way to Place du Tertre, a square filled with stalls selling art and lined with artists wanting to paint your picture or sketch a caricature of you. We had visited this square one evening on our previous trip to Paris and it was illuminated by blue fairy lights and the streets shimmered from the rain that had fallen earlier that day. On this visit we were trying our hand at getting some photos that capture the feel of the market – in all honesty, it didn’t go too well.
Practice makes perfect, right? So, we decided to go practice on
our Riaan’s camera skills at the Sacré-Cœur a little more. The view of Paris from outside the church is so good, you can see the whole of Paris. The church also makes such a pretty background in photos, but a very grey sky made the photos quite dreary.
Practice, practice, practice!!!
Our next stop was the Arc de Triomphe, also known as the World’s most terrifying traffic circle. Every time I see that place in a photo or movie I’m all like “I’m so glad I don’t have to drive there!”. Maybe one day we will go up to the top of the Arc, I’ve heard that the view from up there is very pretty.
We strolled down the Champs-Élysées toward the Tuileries Gardens stopping off at Ladurée for some macarons. I had read good things about this place. You enter into a beautiful, ornate shop front, with half a dozen ladies buzzing about behind a counter covered in pastries, tartlets and macarons of different sizes. We had such a tough time deciding which flavours to go for. The macarons themselves were pretty average, but the fillings were delicious and the variety of flavours was fantastic.
Tip: If Ladurée is on your ‘list’, don’t be put off by the queue to get in, the ladies behind the counter work quickly.
Macarons in hand we carried on down the Champs-Élysées until we got to the Tuileries Gardens and found ourselves a nice little spot to enjoy our treats. We did get a bit sidetracked at the Place de la Concorde though, and ended up stopping for a crepe with lemon and sugar. It was so good! (Thank god for all the walking!)
We spent the afternoon wandering around the area around the Lourve and the Palais Royal and when it started to rain we ducked into KFC for a sneaky little chocolate sundae because the softserve at KFC in France is somehow so much nicer that what we get in London. When the rain subsided we headed back out in search of dinner, craving something savoury after an afternoon of eating sweets.
It wasn’t long until we passed the cutest little bakery and decided to get ourselves a fresh baguette. Feeling very Parisian with a baguette under the arm, we went in search of a little shop where we could buy some cheese, pastrami and some French wine to have ourselves an early dinner picnic. In the Tuileries – again! I love picnics guys, they are simple, delicious and no frills, budget friendly meals.
As the sun started to set and the evening chill crept in we decided to head home for a bit of an early night.
Exploring a city on foot(mostly) and stuffing your face all day really takes it out of you!
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You can read about our first day in Paris here.