Your Paris Address Book


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How to see it all:

If you're visiting Paris over the summer, don't bother jumping in a cab – because who has time to be sitting in traffic?

Vélib' Métropole - is the easiest and chicest way to dodge the Parisian traffic. There are docking stations in every nook of the city. And for a little under two euro a day, you can save your pennies for the pastries you'll pop in the front basket.

Walk this way - Flâner is French for "walking a city, in order to really experience it," and that is just what we think you should do.


If you land yourself a grey afternoon, there is nothing better than immersing yourself in a little literary heaven.

Artazart - (83 Quai de Valmy, 75010)

This concept store is sitting along the Canal Saint-Martin. More than a bookstore, the space not only showcases hard-to-find books but this is also where you can find up-and-coming artists exhibiting their works at night. The perfect spot to sip on a vin rouge and mingle with the hip, young and creative Parisians.

Shakesphere and co – (37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005)

While this was an obvious choice, I do think it is worth battling the tourists for the visit. Shakespeare and co is perhaps the most famous bookstore in the world; not to mention sitting on golden real estate, directly facing Paris' River Siene. You can sit down for an espresso at the in-house café, while loosing yourself in a thick novel.


During high season the galleries and museums are an utter tourist trap, skip the queues and take yourself for a spin around the lesser-know local favourites.  

Musée Rodin - (77 Rue de Varenne, 75007)

The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, is a museum that was opened in 1919, dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Sitting just outside Paris in Rodin's old home, the Billa des Brilliants at Meudon, is where you will find some of Rodin's major works, The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell.

Musée Marmottan - (2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016)

Musée Marmottan is sitting in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, nestled on a corner of The Bois de Boulogne. It is here, where you will find the world's largest collection of Claude Monet's masterpieces (from Impression, Sunrise to the water lilies). The temporary exhibitions are some of the most looked forward to, during Paris's cultural season.


Peonies, café et fleurs  - (81 rue du Faubourg, Saint-Denis, 75010)

The rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis welcomed the very chic Peonies, café et fleurs, just one year ago. This is the kind of place that will really tug at your heartstrings, serving up toasty cups of locally roasted coffee, with a side of fluffy matcha pancakes - all while you wait for your bouquet to be handcrafted out the back. 

Bleuet Coquelicot - (10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010)

The Bleuet Coqelicot is the kind of place you would only ever expect to find in Paris. Practically spilling out onto the sidewalk is this quaint little florist, sitting amid the bustle of Canal St. Martin. A place were you will mostly find locals, who are coming to grab some fresh blooms and sip on a steamy coffee from Ten Belles (the hole-in-the-wall coffee shop next door).


If you find yourself with a spare afternoon, treat yourself to some of the finest Parisian indulgence.

Chanel Au Ritz Paris - (17 Place Vendôme, 75001)

If it’s good enough for Coco Chanel, I’m definitely making an appointment. I suggest booking in for the Le Massage de Chanel, an approach that’s tailored to the individual – fusing a combination of delicate music and light that is designed to accompany the body’s natural biorhythms – ooh la la. 


It is highly unlikely you will have any trouble finding a baguette in Paris, so let me share something a littler harder to come by – an artisan sourdough loaf.

Ten Belles bread - (39 Rue des Vinaigriers, Paris 75010)

Leading the pack of the new-generation of Parisians, who can simply not bear the thought of another crumbly white loaf, is Ten Belles Bread. Located a few blocks back from the Canal Saint-Martin, is this bread-shop turned café, where you can take a seat in the courtyard and spend your morning sipping on a shot of Brûlerie de Belleville espresso and basket of toasty sourdough... smeared in freshly whipped butter of course.

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