parisian suggestions

This time next week, we will be in Paris for a few days. E has some work over there, so I decided to snag a cheap Eurostar ticket in advance and tag along for a mini break! After E's work bits are done, we will be having dinner with friends and spending a day doing whatever we please in the city.

I'm no stranger to Paris, having been there a few times with my family and a couple of times since with E, who was actually born there but then moved to the South of France. The last time we were there, it was just a very quick one night stop before heading down South, but he did take me there for my 21st birthday which was wonderful (these photos were taken on that trip....over 5 years ago.)

Even though E knows Paris fairly well and I have ticked off most of the most popular tourist attractions, I am on the hunt for off-the-beaten-path gems in terms of foodie places (restaurants, cafes, patisseries etc.) and good spots for shopping that isn't Galeries Lafayette. Especially for good, every day flat pumps, as mine are starting to die on me and I can't find shoes in the UK small enough for my feet (a UK size 2-2.5)!

I would also love to climb up somewhere high (that isn't the Eiffel Tower) to get a great view for some photos of the city from above, and I am definitely going to be stopping by at one of those big French pharmacies to stock up on skincare, as I am very loyal to La Roche-Posay and Bioderma in particular.

So, if you've been to Paris, live in Paris, or done any research on Paris, please share your suggestions - we will have one full day of complete freedom in the city, and I plan to drag E around to all the best places and impress him with my knowledge. Help a girl out?