YOUR VALUE GUIDE TO PARIS

 

The purpose of this guide is not to be the most complete. We want it to be simple & easy to read for anyone who wish to visit our city by giving you all the informations & local recommendations you need to start to plan your perfect trip.

I'm Exhausted! Where can I sleep?

eiffel petit louvre

HOTEL EIFFEL PETIT LOUVRE

Our favourite! Freshly refurbished this small hotel is located at a walking distance of the Eiffel Tower in the 15th district of Paris with restaurants, supermarkets & a metro station just at your doorstep. A perfect starting point to explore the city!

Around 100€/night

1 Rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris
http://hotel-paris-petitlouvre.com/

terrass_hotel_terrasse

TERASS HOTEL

Located in the Montmartre district close by the Sacré-Coeur & the famous Moulin-Rouge cabaret this hotel stands out thanks to its 180° view restaurant & rooftop. Modern, it will be perfect to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the city.

Around 150€/night

12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris
http://www.terrass-hotel.com/en

off

HOTEL OFF PARIS SEINE

OFF is a one of a kind hotel in Paris. It’s a boat! Moored by the Austerlitz station you will appreciate the calm of sleeping on the river. You can’t swim in the Seine but why don’t you take a dive at the bar swimming pool after a fresh mojito?

Around 150€/night

86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
http://offparisseine.com/

felicien

HOTEL FELICIEN

Situated in the 16th district of Paris in a very calm area the Félicien is the only hotel in Paris to offer rooms with a rooftop terrace & a jacuzzi! Tired after walking through the city? Well a jacuzzi doesn’t look like a bad idea!

Around 130€/night, Rooftop + Jacuzzi Suites  around 380€/night

21 Rue Félicien David, 75016 Paris
http://hotelfelicienparis.com/

maison souquet

MAISON SOUQUET

When you arrive at this beautiful hotel you are welcomed by two red lights on the front door. Those lights were here to signify to the walkers that this house was a brothel. Don’t worry, it is now just a hotel… Well… Almost…

Around 350€/night

10 Rue de Bruxelles, 75009 Paris
http://www.maisonsouquet.com/en/

I'm hungry! Where can I eat?

fontaine de mars

LA FONTAINE DE MARS

Opened in 1908, this typical french bistrot is one of the oldest in the city. Only fresh regional food & reasonable prices. We can imagine why Mr & Mrs Obama chose this bistrot during their Parisian visit.

Main dish around 30€

Open every day: 12-3PM & 7:30-11PM

129 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
+33 1 47 05 46 44
http://www.fontainedemars.com/

Photos Corporate

BUSTRONOME

Maybe the most scenic restaurant in Paris. What is amazing is that this restaurant as no address, because it is not just a simple restaurant; it is a double-decker bus. Bustronome will make you enjoy french gastronomy & Parisian scenery both at the same time!

Lunch from 65€, Diner from 100€

Open every day: 12:15–1:45PM, 7:45–10:30PM

+33 9 54 44 45 55
http://www.bustronome.com/home/

Cafe-Marly

LE CAFE MARLY

Located under the arcades of the Richelieu wing of the Louvre Palace, the Café Marly boasts one of Paris’s most enchanting settings with its Napoleon III dining rooms and shady terrace overlooking the Pyramid and the Cour Napoléon. This is the perfect place to take breakfast before you go & explore the city.

Main dish around 35€, Breakfast 19€

Open every day: 8AM-2AM, Breakfast 8AM-12PM

93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
+33 1 49 26 06 60
http://cafe-marly.com/en/

mini palais

LE MINI PALAIS

With its beautiful gallery & a menu imagined by the french 3-star Michelin Chef Eric Frechon, the vocation of this restaurant is to satisfy the expectation of everyone. « Quality, freshness & home-made ».

Main dish around 30€

Open every day: 10AM-2AM

3 Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
+33 1 42 56 42 42
http://www.minipalais.com/?lang=en_us

drouant

DROUANT

Opened in 1880, Drouant celebrates the hors d’oeuvre tradition with only seasonal produce in a french middle-class cuisine. Own by Antoine Westermann since 2006, this restaurant also offers 100% vegetable dishes.

Main dish around 20€

Open every day: 12–2:30PM, 7PM–12AM

18 Rue Gaillon, 75002 Paris
+33 1 42 65 15 16
http://en.drouant.com/?detect=no

caveau du palais

LE CAVEAU DU PALAIS

Far from the crowd on a very beautiful square on Ile-de-la-cité with a classic stone wall decoration this restaurant offers a modern & creative french cuisine. The little plus? The terrace.

Main dish around 25€

Open every day: 9:30AM-10PM

17-19 Place Dauphine, 75001 Paris
+33 1 43 26 04 28
http://www.caveaudupalais.fr/?lang=en

I'm bored! What can I do?

paris vespa scooter tour

GO ON A VESPA TOUR WITH RIDE’N’SMILE

There isn’t a better way to explore the city than on 2 wheels! Zip around Paris & discover its best sights from incredible points of view riding a beautiful Vespa scooter. Feel like a local for a few hours and walk away with unforgettable memories. Guaranty!

From 39€/Person
http://ridensmile.fr/tour/

paris museum pass

ALL THE MUSEUMS AT HAND

With the PARIS MUSEUM PASS, you gain free entry, without queuing and as many times as you wish, to over 50 museums and monuments in and around Paris. It of course includes the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum & monuments such as the Sainte Chapelle or Arc de Triomphe.

The more you visit, the more you save.

From 48€
https://booking.parisinfo.com/il4-offer_i148-paris-museum-pass.aspx

green river

SMALL GROUPS RIVER CRUISES

Chill on the Seine in your private pontoon boat while enjoying a bottle of fine french champagne & delicious Macarons. This river cruise will take you to the most famous sights of the city from Nôtre-Dame to the world famous Eiffel Tower.

From 34€/person, Possibility to privatise the boat.
http://www.greenriver-paris.fr/en/

versailles

DISCOVER THE BEAUTIFUL VERSAILLES CASTLE

The history of the Palace of Versailles starts at the 17th century. It was first a hunting lodge, then a seat of power, and finally, from the 19th century onwards, a museum. Composed of the Palace, the gardens, the Park, the Trianon estate and several buildings in town, today the Estate of Versailles spread over more than 800 hectares.

From 20€/Person
http://en.chateauversailles.fr/

Disneyland

MEET WITH MICKEY

Disneyland Paris is the most visited theme park in Europe. Freshly refurbished in 2016 with brand new attractions you will discover the magic of the disney universe.

From 66€/Person
http://www.disneylandparis.com/en-us/

vallee village

SHOP AT LA VALLEE VILLAGE

La Vallée Village brings together 110 fashion and luxury boutiques offering the trendiest products from their previous collections at prices reduced by at least 33% and often more, all year round, including Sundays.

https://www.lavalleevillage.com/en/home/

What should I take with me?

At Ride’n’Smile we love travel & adventure but hate the hassle! Here are some of the things that made each of our trips unforgettable!

RECORD ALL YOUR MEMORIES

GOPRO HERO 5 BLACK

GoPro is definitely a MUST HAVE for all of your travels! From shooting to editing everything was made so easy even a kid can use it.

We are of course proud owners of a GoPro Hero 4 Silver since 2014 as we won’t recommend something we are not willing to buy ourselves. It is of course an investment but it was worth every penny. We wish we had purchased it earlier! We have made so many videos & each time we watch them is like we are back in our memories. It really feels like you are seeing your experience as you remember it.

ORDER YOUR GOPRO

NIKON D3300

The NIKON D3300 is the PERFECT CAMERA FOR BEGINNERS.

Life is full of surprising, joyful moments—moments worth remembering. The D3300 makes it fun and easy to preserve those moments in the lifelike beauty they deserve. Whether you’re creating high-resolution panoramas, adding artistic special effects or recording HD video with sound, the D3300 will bring you endless joy, excitement and memories—just like the special moments of your life.
And yes, we own one too : ))

ORDER YOUR D3300

plug

INTERNATIONAL PLUG ADAPTOR

Maybe the MOST USEFUL device for all your travels!

Sadly, plugs all around the world are all different. Bringing an international plug adaptor with you can save you a lot of time avoiding the hassle of having to find one!

ORDER YOUR TRAVEL ADAPTER

Powerbank

EXTERNAL POWERBANK

Having such a device can literally SAVE YOUR DAY!

How many times did you ran out of battery on your smartphone? Yes, many. This is the kind of situation you certainly don’t want to happen during your holidays. While visiting the Eiffel-Tower for example. Having a powerbank when you’re travelling will allow you to capture every moment of your trip. Don’t let the memories escape!

ORDER YOUR POWERBANK

selfie

SELFIE STICKS

Most people find them annoying… But come on, they take F****** COOL pictures!!

Yep, we like selfie sticks. Why? Because it takes awesome pics! It’s as simple as that… Oh, and they’re pretty cheap; which is also a good point : ))

ORDER YOUR SELFIE STICK

MAKE YOUR TRAVEL EASY

rimowa

RIMOWA LUGGAGE

« I’m not rich enough to afford buying cheap things! »

As frequent travellers we have tried all kinds of luggages & from that experience there is one thing to always remember when buying a new piece of luggage: NEVER go for the cheapest one! (It is the cheapest one for a reason). Instead buy one that will last in time. In the end it will be a lot cheaper than buying a new one each time you are travelling. This is why we recommend RIMOWA luggages; strong & very easy to move them around even if loaded heavy. Price is high but the strength, convenience & durability you’ll get is worth it.

We have a Limbo 87 & Topas 98 : ))

ORDER YOUR RIMOWA

tsa lock

TSA LOCK

A key to rule them all!

If travelling & want to keep your luggages safe many people will use a simple lock. However we recommend you to use a « TSA Lock » if travelling from/to the US. Indeed the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) requires access to luggage without the passenger being present; to allow travelers to lock their luggage they have accepted certain locks which they can open and relock. If they can’t they will just cut through your bag. You can recognise a TSA Lock by the little red square logo.

ORDER YOUR TSA LOCK

travel pillow

TRAVEL PILLOW

Arrive to your destination completely FRESH & RELAXED!

Travelling is often tiring, this is why resting is important. But it is also difficult to find a great resting position on a plane or in a train. The travel pillows will help you to find it & regain your energy for a fresh start when you reach your destination!

ORDER YOUR TRAVEL PILLOW

rfid wallet

RFID BLOCKING WALLET

Keep your credit cards safe!

Most of your cards, passports, driving licences now have chips to transmit informations & make your life more convenient. Sadly anyone with an RFID reader can read them & pick up whatever information they’re designed to transmit. RFID skimmers can get all credit cards numbers from pockets of passerby from a few feet without them even noticing.

RFID BLOCKING WALLETS are designed the block the chips’ signal making them invisible to RFID readers.

ORDER YOUR RFID BLOCKING WALLET

paris guide

TRAVEL GUIDE

It fits in your pocket!

Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” This book gives you advice for prioritizing your time, whether you’re spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

ORDER YOUR PARIS POCKET GUIDE