Paris is the perfect place for some quality girl time. With opportunities to discover new things together, limitless café terraces for sitting and talking for hours, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to share, a trip to the French capital is sure to strengthen your bond. Here are our absolute musts for a mother-daughter trip to the City of Light.
Sleep in a little and then slowly stroll along the streets of Paris on your way to un bon brunch. Our top picks for cute, casual, and delicious spots include the Café Berry where you’ll be served healthy juices, toasts, or wellness bowls in a pretty Parisian setting, and BigLove Caffè where you and your favorite gal can enjoy fluffy pancakes, French toast (called pain perdu), or even pizzas and truffle pasta from noon to 2:30pm any day of the week, or starting at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays.
Brunch is very popular on weekends in Paris, so go during the week si possible. Bon appétit !
Spend the rest of your morning at the Free Persephone Day Spa with local designer Kasia Dietz for a Beauty & A Bag Workshop where you’ll paint your own Paris tote bags before getting heavenly manicures. You get to be creative, spend time with your loved one, and leave with a brand new one-of-a-kind souvenir (and gorgeous nails!). Magnifique !
If your favorite lady is into fashion, head to the Galeries Lafayette to shop in one of the city’s most iconic department stores where you can also attend a short fashion show on Fridays! After shopping its seven floors and watching the latest designs go down the runway, make your way up to the toit to enjoy amazing views of Paris from the rooftop terrace.
For a quieter, more curious shopping experience, explore some of Paris’s covered passages. From the luxurious Galerie Vivienne to the toy-shop-trove of the Passage des Princes, these covered streets offer interesting architecture and loads of lovely little shops – and protection from la pluie if it happens to be raining.
Back down on the ground, walk through the Champ de Mars, past the golden dome of Les Invalides, and over to the Musée Rodin. The architecture and artworks inside this light and bright museum are lovely, but ambling through its beautiful gardens might be your favorite part.
Also, be sure to spend some time together wandering around Le Marais – start at the Place des Vosges and then venture down the cobblestone streets lined with designer workshops, chocolate shops, and trendy cafés and restaurants. For those with a sweet tooth, explore the neighborhood with a Guided Pastry Tour – in addition to learning more about the historic quartier, you also get to meet talented Parisian pastry chefs, chocolatiers, and bakers, and taste their scrumptious creations! Délicieux !
An absolute must for any girls’ trip to Paris, tea and macarons at Ladurée will make you feel like French royalty. The Champs Elysées location is maybe the best for getting the full experience, with decadent and oh-so-girly interiors. Pinkies out, ladies! This is
If chocolat chaud is more to your liking, go to the famous Angelina on Rue de Rivoli for some of the best hot chocolate in Paris in an equally beautiful setting.
End the day with an evening walk along the Paris riverbanks. Fill up your new hand-painted Paris tote bags with a baguette, some cheese, and wine (or juice depending on your daughter’s age), then stroll around the islands in the heart of Paris before picking a spot to picnic and watch the sun set over the Seine. Might I recommend following Urbansider’s on-foot itinerary in reverse so that you’ll end at the Square du Vert Galant – one of my favorite spots for catching the coucher de soleil in the city.
If you love books, then you're in for a treat in Paris! Narrowing the best shops for book lovers down to just five is a difficult task, but to help my fellow traveling bookworms, I'm sure going to give it a try, probably cheating a little as I go.