31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France
+33 1 43 54 31 61
On the second day of our trip in Paris, my wife signed us up for a night bike tour with Fat Bike Tours. I was a little skeptical at first when my wife told me but after experiencing the tour, it was really great actually.
You meet at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower at night, grab bikes from the company's office, and then follow an American-based set of tour guides through the streets of Paris, visiting all the major sites in each neighborhood over the course of a few hours. Riding the bike is pretty fun and you get to cover alot of ground, which is key since Paris is so large and spread out. One stop on the tour is the Louvre and since it's at night, there's no one around. It provides for some really great photo ops since usually during the day the whole courtyard area is mobbed. The tour overall is a great way to get an overview of the entire city and determine which areas you want to come back to for further exploration - a perfect way to start a trip in Paris. The night culminates with a Baton-Mouches boat tour down the Seine River.
One of the other stops during the tour is Berthillon, the famous ice cream shop located on the Ile Saint-Louis. The first store was opened in the 1950s, and many consider its ice-cream the best in Paris. Berthillon uses only natural ingredients without any preservatives or stabilizers. Even on a cold night in November, my wife and I both really enjoyed the ice-cream. It's super creamy and silky smooth. The flavors shine through despite the all the eggs, cream and milk that I'm sure they use in its base. We enjoyed the ice-cream so much we returned again when we were in the area visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is just across the bridge from the ice-cream shop. Definitely check this place out.