I just put a list together for a friend going to Paris later this month.
He has been there many times, knows the city well and has friends to visit and events to attend…I made this list of some of my favorite in between places…in any case making this list has made me desperate for a trip to Paris…
Here is the list–
…First of all you may already do this but last trip to Paris was the first time I used my iphone to map from destination to destination, since Paris is all about walking …it was especially helpful in the old neighborhoods when streets tend to go in circles and having a sense of direction basically does not help at all!
Neighborhood Canal St-Martin
This is where that Tete dans L’Olives store is…about a 10-15 minute walk from most other stuff in the neighborhood, they do have a tiny 8 seat restaurant but meal or no meal I think it is worth a visit just because it is truly one of a kind place.
Le Verre Vole (food and drink), eat, drink or food to take away.
Maybe my favorite bakery in Paris…but that would be hard to say, Du Pain et Des Idees
Specific streets to wander, some independent retail mixed with stores like APC– Rue Marseille, Quai de Valmy, Quai de Jemmapes…
Neighborhood North Marais
Leave some time to wander, there are people making things mixed in with an overwhelming amount of restaurants, cafe, retail…after awhile you might say…not another $2000 robot in an old refrigerator being used as a display case, next to a hand printed tee-shirt, next to a set of pencils I cannot live without, next to the coolest jacket I have ever seen…you get the idea– jewelry, vintage, young designers, food…
wander the streets of – Rue du Vieille du Temple, Rue Charlot, Rue de Poitou, Rue Debelleyme and all the little streets near by
a new favorite clothes line discovered on last trip is Venus et Judes 22 rue Debelleyme (wearing their jeans this second)
Merci, 111 Bd Beaumarchais ( a little walk from above streets…could be a combination or a separate destination), Not only is it a solidly good store in a very thought out way…100% of profit goes to charity!!
Two of my favorite farmers markets
Bastille Market open Sunday and Thursday, Lebanese guy makes these sandwiches on dough that he rolls out on this thing that looks like a gigantic pasta maker and then cooks on metal drums, soap maker, salt guy, where I always buy Salt Gris to take home (all three of these spots are closer to the Bastille end of the market)
Marché des Enfants Rouges, not open Mondays and closes mid-day, Small semi covered market I adore, good to get lunch, picnic tables available for eating
A Museum…again there are so many but this is one you might miss…
Musee Carnavalet, Most random Paris history museum. Kind of like someones basement that happens to be filled with random old stuff from Paris…I expect at some point it will be redone but it is beautifully not put together right now. Located in a fantastic building with memorable garden.