A Sunday in Paris

Welcome to Skive it Sundays, our new series of curated itineraries inspired by everyone’s favorite day of the week. Sunday’s are a strange time for tourists. Unpredictable opening hours in an already unfamiliar city make it a difficult time to enjoy the day. My approach to Sundays is take it as a day of rest from the aggressive touring itineraries we set ourselves, and really enjoy the destination in a laid-back way.

Where: Angelina Paris

226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

When: Opens at 8:30am on Sunday


A lazy day in Paris - well, a lazy day anywhere, really - starts with food. I stayed near Place Vendome in the 1st arrondissement, for this visit. The area is touristy, but felt safe and easy enough to navigate for two girls on a weekend trip. The easiest brunch to find in the area is Angelina Paris. Angelina Paris is famous for their hot chocolate, but the classically decorated and airy cafe is just as suited for a relaxing Sunday brunch. And, who is to say you can’t have hot chocolate for brunch? Treat yourself!

After I am sufficiently stuffed with hot chocolate and brunch, I try to walk off the calories and let myself get lost in the charm of this city. Even a stroll in Paris is an unforgettable experience. It’s the architecture, it’s the skies - there is something about Paris.

Angelina sits conveniently between two of the most gorgeous places in the city - Place Vendome and Jardin des Tuileries. Walk towards the greenery when you exit Angelina, and you’re in the famous Tuileries Garden. Walk the opposite way, and you will reach Place Vendome a few blocks down!

Where: Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore


I walked towards Place Vendome today, to window shop and to see the side streets that make Paris Paris. A few blocks further down from Place Vendome is the world famous shopping street Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. The street is relatively nondescript in comparison to the grandeur of Champs Elysees but the narrow street holds its own with the flagship stores of many French designer houses.

Where: Laduree

16-18 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris, France

When: Opens at 10:00am on Sunday


Most stores are closed on Sunday, but Laduree, the mecca of French macarons, sits at the intersection of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore and Rue Royale - and Laduree is open on Sundays.

Late afternoon in Le Marais

Admittedly, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore is a major tourist area and doesn’t appeal to the 20-something crowd. For that, I head to the Marais district - the Soho of Paris.


111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France

When: Opens at 10:00am on Monday


Le Marais is located in the historic quarter of Paris, but the spirit of Marais is eclectic, artistic and energetic among the old. Grab a coffee and people watch - it’s a fun part of Paris to stroll and observe. A fun shop to browse around is concept shop, Merci. Unfortunately not open on Sundays (why, Merci?), Merci is reason enough to pay this neighborhood a revisit on a more boring day of the week!

Final stop before bed

Post-bistro dinner (usually duck confit), my favorite place to grab a glass of wine is Bar 8, located inside the Mandarin Oriental on rue Saint Honore. The outdoor patio is perfect for lounging - low lighting is intimate, and the vibe is sophisticated but relaxing. And here’s an insider tip for my foodies out there - head to the Cake Shop on the other side of the lobby before you head to the bar. Place your order from the patisserie and have it delivered to the bar. Wine and chocolate in Paris? Have you heard of anything better?

Where: Bar 8

251 rue Saint-Honore, 75001 Paris, France

When: Opens until Midnight on Sunday


By Venus Chan


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