Hello and welcome to the inaugral showing of hoppa's new talk show, The Check-In. 

In this pilot episode, our host Daryl is joined by Kelly, Sean and Dan to discuss the best ways to enjoy a long weekend in Paris! The video can be seen below, for details on the areas discussed please continue scrolling where we list all of the areas we talked about. 

Watch: A Guide to a Long Weekend in Paris

What to do for free in Paris?

Notre-Damn Cathedral.

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France.

Website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/en/

Admission is free, however no baggage is allowed inside the Cathedral so do be prepared for that - oh, and wear appropriate clothing, quite often people in skirts, shorts and strappy tops are refused entry. This is one of the most iconic landmarks in France, let alone Paris and is a fine example of the Frech Gothic architecture which was prevalent in the 1300's upon its completion.

Modern Art Museum: Musée D'art Moderne

Address: 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France.

Website: http://www.mam.paris.fr/en

Located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the Musée D'art Modern is dedicated to modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. It has free entry and has around 800,000 annual visitors, however it frequently hosts exhibitions although these usually do have an entry cost. For an art lover, this is a must - with great displays from world renown artists such as Braque, Matisse, Picasso and Modigliani.

Basilica de Sacré-Cœur

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France.

Website: http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/

Open between 6am to 10:30pm, the Basilica has been open for over a century to people wanting to come and worship within its walls. Because prayer within the Basilica is silent, the guided tours do not visit some areas, and often, are restricted dependant on days of the week around planned services. If you visit their website (link above) you can download a free audio guide which is one of the best ways to get the most from it.

Luxembourg Gardens: Jardin du Luxembourg

Address: 75006 Paris, France.

Website: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71393/Jardin-du-Luxembourg

Situated on the border of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the gardens cover over 25 hectares and have a huge variety of activites to enjoy - that is, if you're not just content with enjoying the beautiful flora that spans the area! There's a forest, a large pond, an apiary, a giant chess board, tennis courts, a bandstand and 106 statues scattered throughout!

Where to eat in Paris?

Open Air Food Markets

You know, we covered a few in the video but there are LOADS in Paris. Timeout Magazine cover a range of them in theis great guide here, including Marché Monge: https://www.timeout.com/paris/en/restaurants/food-markets-in-paris 

Cafés in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Again, we'd start a list but it'd be hard to know where to stop! There are a vast amount of beautiful little cafés here and one of the best places to discover them is good old Google maps. 

Click here to view Cafés in Saint-Germain-des-Prés - check out whatever's local to you or use the review system to lead you to the best in the area! 

Aspic by Quentin Giroud

Address: 24 Rue de la Tour d'Auvergne, 75009 Paris, France

Website: http://aspic-restaurant.fr/ 

A mini-bistro with a whole lot to offer! Seven courses of sublime cuisine for around £50 - an experience that's worth every penny! 

Best Places to Shop in Paris?

Le Marais

Address: 3rd and 4th arrondissements, Paris, France. 

Website: http://www.parismarais.com/en 

The closest you'll get to that traditional medievil feeling Paris with its pre-revolution architecture and cobbled streets, the Marais has a huge range of shopps amongst the crooked lanes. The small medieval rows are alive with bars, restaurants, hotels, high and low fashion boutiques, trendy shops, high-end designers, old fashioned bakeries, jewelry, wine shops, fashionable art galleries and museums. Plenty to whet your appetite! 

Carrousel du Louvre

Address: 99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France.

Website: http://carrouseldulouvre.com/ 

Over 10,000 square metres of underground shopping mall have been open in the Carrousel du Lourve in Paris since 1993. With a food court, access to the Lourve museum and lots of well known stores showing the best of big French brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jena-Paul Gaultier and Christian Dior. 

Flea Markets in Northern Paris

Paris Flea Market: 

Address: 99 Rue des Rosiers Website: http://www.paris-flea-market.com/

Flea market Porte de Montreuil: 

Address: Avenue du Professeur André Lemierre Website: http://equipement.paris.fr/marche-aux-puces-de-la-porte-de-montreuil-4517

Aligre Market: 

Address: Place d'Aligre Website: http://equipement.paris.fr/marche-couvert-beauvau-marche-d-aligre-5480

Again, we'd best pass you over to our friends at Timeout again, this guide covers many of the best flea markets in Paris and will coax the antique hunter out of you! Click here to visit the guide

 

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