Paris feels like a second home; we know how to navigate our way around our favourite arrondissements, where to find our morning espresso, a quiet jardin, the perfect cocktail bar and the most authentic Nutella crepe (s’il vous plaît). Our petit apartment on the third floor in Le Marais is the perfect honeymoon destination to simply relax and live like a Parisienne local, enjoying the atmosphere, architecture and all the incredible food.
Our days in Paris start with a stop at our local boulangerie for a pain au chocolat aux amandes and canelé, before wandering through the cobbled streets of Le Marias to find our first espresso of the day. Ob-la-Di is a perfect brekkie spot close to cool concept store Merci (a must visit). The barista is from Melbourne and she is happy to share her favourite Paris hangouts with you while you enjoy smashed avo on toast or matcha granola. The Broken Arm in the northeast Marais, is another great cafe serving excellent coffee with a small concept store next door. If you’re up early, you might also be able to get one of the few seats at the cute espresso bar and tiny old cobbler’s, Boot Cafe.
If you’re like us, slowly wander back through Le Marais exploring the boutiques and French designer stores like Sandro and Maje. La Librairie Yvon Lambert on Rue Vieille du Temple stocks wonderfully eclectic books, affordable artworks, magazines and hard-to-find design and architecture titles. Buy the latest copy of Vestoj and spend a quite afternoon reading and people watching at Place des Vosges, one of the most beautiful parks in Paris.
We were keen to explore more of the Montmartre area away from Sacré-Cœur and the endless souvenir stalls. Buvette on Rue Henry Monnier in the Quartier Pigalle, is a bustling French-inspired ‘gastrothèque’ quite close to the Moulin Rouge. It’s full of locals catching up with friends with their dachshunds in lap or fresh market blooms in hand. Order the Crêpes au Jambon or Salade Polet Roti with of course, some wine. Luckily the serving sizes are oh-so-french so you can justify a slice or two of their homemade tarts to share for dessert.
It’s full of locals catching up with friends with their dachshunds in lap or fresh market blooms in hand.
We discovered Daroco by chance on our last day in Paris and it’s a hidden gem. With high ceilings, minimalist interiors and modern Italian cuisine it’s the perfect restaurant for a long relaxing lunch. Order a vino or two and my favourite, the Linguine alla Carbonara (made the traditional way with no cream) or one of their incredible pizzas. Spend the afternoon lazing in the sunshine by the fountain in the nearby Jardin du Palais Royal before getting a coffee from espresso bar Café Kitsuné and wandering back to Le Marais for one last nutella crêpe.
Au revoir Paris, see you again soon.
LOCATION | PARIS, FRANCE