Day one: Exploring Le Marais
Paris is synonymous with delicious food and superb style, and Le Marais, on the right bank of the Seine River, is quintessentially Parisian. Seriously, you don’t need to leave this charming district to experience French city life. Use Airbnb to book a beautiful apartment for your stay. You’ll feel like an insider, exploring the neighbourhood and sipping rose with samplings of French cheeses on your balcony.
Espresso and dessert
First things first: A double espresso and pain au chocolat at Carette, one of Paris’s prettiest patisseries in the Place des Vosges at the heart of Le Marais. After breakfast, make your way to the Musee National Picasso-Paris, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. In a stunning Baroque mansion setting, take in works by the famed painter and artists he was close to. Assuming you’ve worked up an appetite for lunch, head to the Marche des Enfants Rouges, Paris’s oldest covered market. Try local favourite Chez Alain Miam Miam’s Cornet Vegetarian, a delicious buckwheat crepe stuffed with organic veggies.
Try a glass of wine
Spend the afternoon wandering and shopping. Browse Home Autour du Monde, fashion designer Serge Bensimon’s light-filled store, which carries a curated collection of clothing and housewares. Then pop by quirky antiques shop Hier Pour Demain just steps away. Since it’s en vogue to eat a late dinner in Paris, start with an aperitif at La Belle Hortense, a wine bar/ bookstore. Crowd around the gorgeous zinc bar, peruse the extensive wine list and browse the stacks of books that line the walls. My husband and I shared a bottle of Christian Moueix Pomerol from France’s Bordeaux region.