Things to do in Paris – A Day in Marais

Le Marais neighborhood, historically the “aristocratic” district of Paris, is now full of boutiques, cafes, historic buildings, old-world charm, and a thriving cosmopolitan night life. (See my other post on that!) It’s a lovely place to spend a day, even walking around enjoying the scenery. Here are a few places I loved.

Au Petit Versaille du Marais

This is one dang adorable cafe. The name translates, “A little Versaille in the middle of Marais,” and who could resist a little aristocratic luxury? The cafe is unassuming and very Parisian. It does indeed feel luxurious, with gold-plated dishes and vintage photos. I stopped by on a rainy morning, hoping for a cappuccino with which to start my day. I found great coffee as well as friendly and stylish French patrons, happy to answer my questions about the area.

Square Georges Cain

The only reason I visited this park is because it lies across from the [still elusive to this traveler] Swedish Institute. The park is a tranquil, pleasant place, to which I went twice. There are great photo opportunities, with statues, fountains and interesting stone sculptures. There’s good people-watching, too. If you’re in Marais, check it out.

Swedish Institute

I heard great things about this place, but I never got to go. Supposedly it contains a cobblestone courtyard, historic exhibitions and a bakery with delicious Swedish pastries. Next trip, I will get there. If you visit, please comment and let me know what you thought!

The Streets

Wander Marais. Observe the beautiful people and buildings. I felt lucky to catch a shot of this adorable little girl, who I think looks very chic and Parisian.

Breizh Cafe

Breizh is my favorite Marais cafe. The food is phenomenal. Check out the photo of my and my travel companion’s crepes. The eggs are perfectly cooked with runny yellows. There’s great wine, too, and the cafe is perfectly situated on a beautiful corner. There were plenty of great photo opportunities involving people and scenery. Visit this cafe and enjoy the peaceful-but-urban moment. (And the eggs!)

If you visit any of these places, comment and let me know what you think! And if you’re curious for more, see my other posts on Paris.

With love,

~Page Light Studios

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