It may be unoriginal, but if pressed to name my favourite spot in Paris, it’d easily be Le Marais (well, Haut Marais – more on that special corner of the city after the jump!). I love the 11th for its amazing food and warm vibe, the 6th for its history, but Le Marais – it’s just such a special place that while relatively tourist-ridden, is still full of Parisian charm. On our last day in the city, we spent the entire day wandering about this area, ending with a shared bottle of wine by Canal Saint Martin. Click through to see our full day in Le Marais!
Photos by Emaan
Beginning at Place des Vosges, we spent a bit of time escaping the already stiflingly warm heat (it was only mid-morning and so hot, thank God for this breezy boho Barefoot Contessa dress!) by popping in and out of shady spots dotted around the park. This is the place to come and enjoy a picnic, though really there’s so many great parks around the city to enjoy. Great people watching here though which always racks up a lot of points for me in terms of must-visits!
We wandered through the many streets of amazing shopping – from Maje to Sandro to The Kooples, all the labels you dream about when you think Paris are stacked side by side here. Me, I love the vintage here – I’d easily carve out an entire day just to dive into the vintage shops here, surfacing for a glass of wine or coffee at any of the amazing cafes/bistros here. We also breezed through Musée des Archives Nationales, which is just a really breathtaking spot to stop and walk around, snap a picture and stare in disbelief at the beauty around you.
The girls got falafels from the famous L’As du Falaffel (I’m sensitive to chickpeas, so sad!) and we meandered from there up to Haut Marais, my favourite area of the whole city. From le Marché des Enfants Rouges to the sweet teeny tiny Chouettes area (housing the beautiful Les Chouettes restaurant) to Carreau du Temple, which has some great coffee and drink options, there’s just so much to do in this area and I find it a bit quieter (and therefore, more charming) as you get further from La Seine.
We grabbed a bottle of rosé and waked through République to Canal Saint-Martin, the lesser-known but equally amazing counterpart to La Seine, running north to south through the city. It was built in 1802 by Napoleon and is dotted with great restaurants and cafes the whole way along. We found a little spot in the sun and hunkered down with our wine for a few hours – it was a perfect Parisian end to our perfect Parisian trip, even if it was followed by what can only be described as the most ridiculous night shutting down a bar in the 11th at 5am. Let’s just say the flight to Ireland the next day was…rough.
I have some unexpected travel opportunities coming up for the last little stretch of the summer that I’m so excited for, though I feel so disorganized for it! Trying desperately to get my life in order and sort out plans – if I figure out a plan and manage it all, I may be headed back across the pond before August is over! Fingers crossed!
In the meantime, I can’t wait to share more from Ireland, Northern Ireland and England with you guys – Paris was incredible and the city holds such a special place in my heart, but there’s even more amazing travel inspo that I honestly am so excited to post about!
Hope you lovelies are all having an amazing week and of course, if you have any travel Q’s, feel free to comment below with them or shoot me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!