Paris is a city that I know well. Growing up, my family took multiple trips to Paris. On these trips, we had wonderful tour guides - my parents, who had lived there, and their friends. During and after college, I spent a decent amount of time exploring the city. During each visit, I make a point to visit new places/events and to learn new Paris facts. As a result, I am usually the tour guide when I visit Paris with friends.
On a recent trip to Paris, I was very happy to have a friend join who knew Paris well. During this trip, they were the tour guide role and showed me many new sites. Highlights of the trip included:
1. Cafe de l'Homme. Situated at the back of the Musee de l'Homme, this cafe offers tables with the best views in Paris. It's located dirctly across the Seine from the Tour Eiffel on a small hill. From the table, it's possible to see the entire Left Bank of Paris. It is also a great place for people watching. The clientele are mostly high-powered business people, well-to-do Parisian families, and old ladies meeting for social hour. Everyone knew each other, and everyone was in designer clothing - including the servers.
5. Angelina (226 rue de Rivoli). This is supposedly the best place in Paris to get hot chocolate. My tour guide skills are poor when it comes to the Paris cafe/restaurant scene. So another friend, a food connoisseur, sampled his way around Paris and kindly provided this recommendation.