Balanced Being Travel: Paris

The perfect weekend destination and just 2 hours via the Eurostar from London, Paris is a firm favourite for couples, hipsters and those wanting a city break within easy reach.

Like London, Paris is consistently evolving, and my recent trip introduced me to some new hotspots in the capital.

Here are my top travel tips while visiting the city.

Where To Eat 

You are spolit for choice in Paris for food. The city boasts many healthier eateries then my last visit 5 years back. Perfect for balancing out the indulgent meals and croissants.

Leading the way on the ‘indulgent’ eateries currently is Balagan. Paris’s answer to London’s nopi. Located just off Rue Saint-Honoré, its Jerusalem-style clash with Moroccan-Isreli style cooking washed down with vibrant cocktails is a must visit.

For those working on the go, Hardware Société is unashamedibly cool and perfect for brunch. The wild mushrooms, with hazelnut crumb, poached eggs on sourdough and roast cauliflower foam is THE best brunch dish I’ve ever had. 

What To See 

Like London, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to galleries and exhibitions. The Lourve is always at top of my list, but if you’re in the capital between now and January, head to Musee des arts to visit the Christian Dior Exhibition. A stunning look at the history of the fashion house, and The most stunning collection and exhibition space I’ve ever seen. A MUST-SEE! 

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Where To Stay

I’m a sucker for Airbnb on my trips, but a hot spot I am aching to get back to when I am next in the city is the Hoxton Hotel. Newly opened in the city, with hotels already in London and Amsterdam, (and a Williamsburg hotel opening soon) this boutique and quirky chain of hotels is well thought out and offers a range of smaller rooms for those looking for a chic, but cheaper alternative. Their restaurants are fabulous, and all of the hotels hold a host of interesting talks and events each month. Well worth a visit even if you’re not specifically staying there. They also welcome freelance working in their open spaces. 

Where To Drink 

Les Ambassadeurs is SO hot right now. Giving the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz Paris a run for its money, this little spot (part of Hôtel de Crillon) is perfect for people watching. 


Natalie is the founder and editor of Balanced Being. She is also an Ambassador for beat, the UK's leading eating disroder charity. Natalie provides wellbeing content and wellness reviews to the site.

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