Ridiculous & Tasty Paris Must-Sees

by Gigi Griffis

Yes, that is exactly what you think it is.

After five too-short days in Paris, I’ve compiled a list of must-dos for you. Forget all those traditional sights. The real delight is in the quirky details. Because what vacation is complete without some quirk?

That’s what I thought.

Ready. Set. Your quirky (and tasty) Parisian to-do list:

1. Visit the Abercrombie store and stare shamelessly at the bouncers…err, models.
Yeah. The Abercrombie store in Paris hires their bouncers from a modeling agency.

2. Shop the sexy, crazy sex shops of Pigalle.
Where you can buy a bra made of candy, a striptease game, and poppers.

Sex store in Paris

3. Visit the wall of love.
Love in every language possible.


4. Go to a bakery where everything is shaped like a penis.
This is in the gay/Jewish quarter. Can’t make this stuff up, people.

Penis-shaped pastries

5. Eat perfectly prepared duck breast with a cherry wine reduction sauce.
And, of course, pair it with a perfect red wine.

6. Visit a flea market and consider purchasing a two-foot metal rooster.
Or maybe a pair of totally awesome steampunk-reminiscent shoes. (Yeah, I definitely wish I’d purchased those blue ones.)

Giant metal rooster

7. Take photos of the butt in the wall.

Butt in the wall

8. Buy a bottle of Rhone wine from Caves de Abbess.
For serious, that stuff is made of magic.

Rhone wine

9. Walk for six hours a day and then stuff your face with fancy desserts.
These two things cancel each other out.

Dessert in Paris

10. Get kissed in front of the Eiffel Tower.
I didn’t do this one myself, but it does seem like a thing worth doing. Am I right? Obviously yes.

Go forth. Delight in the details.

You’re welcome.

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Suzy October 7, 2012 - 8:17 pm

How odd that Abercrombie hires their bouncers from a modeling agency! I think I could hand number 9 without the six hour walk.

Gigi October 9, 2012 - 8:43 pm


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Rebeca February 21, 2013 - 2:13 pm

LOL love the bakery selections. So awesome. I think you can find the candy bra here in the states at least I have seen it at some of our ah hem red light stores in the US.
Love the shoes and yup ya need to go back for those babies. Those would look fabulous with your professional outfits and heck even make a statement at the same time and plus would be so stylish and give your cowboy boots a bit of a break.

gigigriffis February 21, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Totally! I already went back to the market once, but that shop was closed…so hopefully I’ll catch it on a day that it is open.


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