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Spend a day like a parisian

Follow our guide to enjoy the city like a real local, far from the typical tourist routes.
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There are not only monuments and museums in Paris. In spring and summer, Parisians delight in a festival of terraces, walks, gardens and sweet nights.

A morning in Paris

Starting at the foot of the Eiffel Tower let's get off to an energetic start with a jog along the newly pedestrianized banks of the Seine. As you run, the vista - with its houseboats and the centuries-old facades of the Île Saint-Louis - make the experience exceptional.

At Pont Marie, head north to the charming Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine, right next to the Place des Vosges, for the essential ingredient of a Parisian day: a coffee. Settle in comfortably on the terrace, in the shade of the white mulberry trees.

Well ensconced on your rattan chair, enjoying your hot coffee, you can then ask for a newspaper at the bar or just observe the ballet of the passers-by.

The bustle of the boutiques on the Rue de Rivoli, though very close, seems a long way off.

A trip to the market

Mornings in Paris are also market time. Just a 15-minute walk away, you will find one of the city's oldest and most typical markets: the Marché des Enfants-Rouge, where young workers mix with locals in a cheerful and lively village square.

Marché des Enfants Rouges%252C Paris 2017.

Dating back to the 17th century, this charming little market offers everything you need to fill your shopping basket, with the added bonus of plenty of local produce.

Fishmonger, greengrocer, cheesemonger, florist, delis and counters specialised in delicious street food from Morocco, Japan, Africa and Lebanon.

You won't find a better spot for lunch, sheltered from the noise of the city!

To discover the market in more depth, benefiting from the anecdotes of a guide and with some wine tastings thrown in, sign up for the Marais food tour offered by ParisCityVision.


An afternoon shopping

Your afternoon will be devoted to shopping, the preferred pastime of many Parisians. And you're in luck, you are in the Upper Marais, the epicenter of Parisian style, overflowing with trailblazing addresses.

Stroll the streets around Rue de Poitou and Rue de Bretagne where you will discover, for example, Empreintes, a concept-store dedicated to crafts where everything is made in France. It's your chance to stock up on crockery, ceramics or jewellery made by local craftspeople.

For fashion, ready-to-wear labels such as Sandro, Maje or Claudie Pierlot stand alongside an Isabel Marant flagship, and designer boutiques including Lemaire or Maison Kitsuné.

Boutique Isabel Marant%252C Paris Jacob
Visite en pousse dans le quartier Saint-Germain%252C devanture de la boutique Maje.

But look at the time! It's already time for the aperitif, that sacred moment of the day. Walk down the Rue du Temple and take a well-deserved break at the Perchoir Marais, the rooftop bar perched on the roof of the BHV Marais.

Away from the hustle and bustle, in a hybrid Moroccan-Swedish decor, your cocktail is served with views over the Rue de Rivoli and the roof of the town hall.

Le Perchoir%252C Le Marais

In the evening

For dinner, jump on line 1 at Metro Hôtel de Ville to Gare de Lyon (10 minutes) to reach the pop-up venue Ground Control, which all Paris talks about every summer. Set up on a former SNCF site, this large open-air space brings together the best of Parisian street food: PNY’s veggie burgers, Rozell & Co’s organic patties and Asado’s grilled meats… To be enjoyed with a rosé on a deckchair while listening to a DJ’s mix!

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Our selection

Boutique Sandro
Contemporary and elegant, this label has, in the space of a decade, become an essential reference for casual French chic.
Boutique Isabel Marant, Paris Jacob
Isabel Marant
Lightness of touch, freshness, vitality, cheekiness, melting pots… Just a few words that encapsulate the style of Isabel Marant, one of the leading Parisian designers of recent years, who offers a highly contemporary look for women.
Le Perchoir dans le Marais
Le Perchoir
Unusual Outings
The capital’s worst kept nightlife secret is this rooftop bar; hidden seven floors above ground, it offers a breathtaking view of the city of light.
Maison Kitsuné
Maison Kitsuné
On a boulevard lined with hip boutiques running between République and Bastille, Maison Kitsuné is right at home, showcasing its contemporary clothing collections in a bright and avant-garde space.

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