Of course, there is also Café de flore and lipp tavern. But in Paris, magic also happens when you visit these lesser-known addresses that immerse you in the daily life of Parisians.
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1. National Hotel for Arts and Crafts
243, rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris, France
Conveniently located between the Marais and Montorgueil districts, this hotel with historic architecture is not lacking in charm. It offers enough living space without sacrificing the heritage of the traditional building. There you can wake up looking at the Gothic church or watch the sunset from its famous roof terrace. Bonus: we frequent the hotel’s restaurant located on the first floor, but if we prefer to explore, the area has no shortage of bistros!
45 rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris, France
When a bakery does good things for fingers, it deserves a mention, even if the City of Light has no shortage of these addresses! Mamiche is known for its classic loaf and chocolate babka, run by two women, which are sold whole or sliced. With two addresses in the city, the excuse is perfect for a walk in the second arrondissement (10.e).
3. Officine Universelle Buly
6, rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
Walking through the streets of Paris is like walking through a field of flowers. Parisians take their perfumes seriously, as evidenced by the numerous perfumeries lurking on the streets of the city. One of them stands out: Officine Universelle Buly. It was founded by Jean-Vincent Bully in 1803, rue Saint-Honoré, and today it is the couple Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac who took the reins in 2014 to breathe new life into it. The second address, located on rue de Saintonge, has a cafe that, trust us, is really worth a visit!
4. Yves Saint Laurent Museum
5, av. Marceau, 75116 Paris, France
The capital of fashion would not be what it is without numerous exhibitions that pay tribute to its most famous designers. Located in the 16e district, near the Eiffel Tower, this museum pays tribute to one of the most talented of them all, Yves Saint Laurent. It represents the highlights of the creator’s life through personal items, his drawings and samples.
6, rue Charles Francois Dupuis, 75003 Paris, France
After a day exploring Paris, take a break at a local wine bar and take some time to watch the passers-by. This humble one is a local favorite. It also serves as a wine store, offering a wide selection for all tastes and budgets. Sitting outside or inside, let yourself be carried away by the atmosphere of the French aperitif. Want to extend the evening? We order a mixed plate of sweet dishes and cheese before bowing down. Or not!
6. Dreamin’ Man
140, rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, France
If, like us, you can’t start the day without a good dose of caffeine, we know the perfect place, at 11.e, a municipality that is always in trend. You have to keep your eyes peeled when you arrive on rue Amelot for this discreet address (although the elegant people sitting on the pavement are a good clue!). You enter this Japanese-influenced place for a café creme that even an Italian connoisseur will appreciate to the last drop. And we allow ourselves to be tempted by pastries that cannot be found in a typical bistro, such as triangular coconut macaroons or chocolate pastries.
7. Perrotin Paris
76, rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France
Known for its legendary museums, Paris is also the destination of choice for discovering emerging artists. We particularly like the Perrotin gallery: an immaculate white space preceded by a tiled entrance, surrounded by foliage that covers the building’s interior facade. We walk through different spaces, immersed in the works and carried away by the distinctive smells of each area. From contemporary paintings and sculptures to palm trees in the windows, we are in awe.
8. Market children
Red Children Covered Market, 39, rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France
The menu changes with the seasons and the arrival of seafood at this market where foodie tourists rub shoulders with the local cool kids. Impromptu wine tasting at a private importer? That’s what you can expect when you stand in line at the Marché Enfants stall, which is open six days a week for lunch and dinner. We go there to devour a full meal or a simple glass of natural wine with a plate of sirloin or ceviche, which we finish with a piece of crusty baguette. We challenge you not to make your plate spotless!
10, rue du Grand Prieure, 75011 Paris, France
In a city where locals enjoy a glass (or two!) of wine at (almost) any time of the day, it’s no surprise that Parisian bars are as bustling as New York’s. Parisians of all ages flock to Folderol to enjoy not only its natural wine by the glass or bottle, but also its ice cream. Yes, you read that right! This neighborhood bar attracts both families with small children and first date lovebirds. We let the ultra-cool waiters introduce us to a juice tasting with a cup of banana ice cream – their specialty – or their homemade salted olive oil focaccia.
10. Tom Greyhound
19, rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France
Parisians have become masters of the art of dressing luxuriously and affordably, and this boutique is a prime example of that, offering sumptuous Loewe trousers and trendy Sporty & Rich sweaters. Tucked away on the Instagrammable Rue de Saintonge, this South Korean concept store is a favorite among locals and tourists alike for its unique selection of clothing and accessories. Upstairs, a fictional bathroom evokes the ambiance of a real home. A must-know fashion destination.
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