Paris, je t’aime.
Oh Paris — the city of Love… and dogs. I finally brought Fira and it made our trip so much sweeter.
First, the process to bring a dog to France wasn’t bad at all — you can read it step by step here. Second, most of the French have such a laissez–faire attitude about dogs. We even brought Fira inside a few restaurants and no one minded at all. Although, I still had anxiety waiting for someone to come up to us and say the dreaded words: “no dogs allowed”. And I definitely did not want to get yelled at by the French.
Here are my dog-friendly spots in Paris…
Tuileries Gardens. There are parts of the gardens that allow dogs — just look for dogs and go that way! I spotted locals with their pups on their morning walks.
Jardin du Luxembourg. Dog friendly on east side of park.
Champs de Mars. With one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, pack a picnic + baguette (by the way, it is always so adorable seeing people walking all around the city holding huge baguettes — so French!) and hang out for lunch.
Palais Royal Gardens. I loved taking a stroll here and there are even grassy areas for pups to play in. Make sure to stop at the famous Cafe Kitsune for coffee + their fox-shaped cookies (you can see the outdoor cafe tables on the left side of the photo). Also along that side, I found a gorgeous home decor store called Maison de Vacances with fluffy sheepskin rugs, pillows in all different colors and textures and woven baskets. I ended up getting a burgundy rug and pouf!
Les Deux Plateaux (AKA Colonnes de Buren). Walk towards the inner courtyard and you’ll find these gorgeous black and white striped columns by French artist Daniel Buren. I didn’t realize this spot isn’t exactly dog-friendly but no one said anything!
There are parts of the fields in front of the Louvre (and the front of the museum itself) that are dog-friendly. It’s so crazy how majestic and stunning everything is…
Cafe de Flore. This famous coffeehouse (and one of the oldest) on Saint Germain is très adorable and great for people-watching. It’s pretty overpriced (I think I paid 7 euros for tea) but it’s just one of those must-go places.
Pink Flamingo Pizza: order food to-go and they’ll give you a pink balloon where you can walk around the block to Canal Saint-Martin and they will deliver your food to you straight there!
I was planning on trying this but never got around to it but it’s a glass-enclosed shuttle boat on the Seine River which stops at 8 points along the way. It’s an easier, more peaceful way (no traffic and crazy streets!) of getting to all the main sight-seeing stops in Paris and only 18 euros/pp for 48 hours. Small dogs ride free.
Dog-friendly Hotels in Paris.
Photos by: Ylenia Cuellar [ drawing by @fine_frenchie ]