Paris have this particular snail’s shape with the 20 “arrondissements” rolled up from the ile de la Cité. Each district have smaller neighborhoods like independent villages, and Parisians are generally very proud of their “quartier”: they have the best boulangerie, the best wine bar, the cutest boutique…
But we have to admit that the most famous areas are often one of the most pretty ones, and that it is relaxing to be able to do a lot in a small perimeter… Saint-Germain, Montmartre, le Marais, Montorgueil… Let’s be more Parisian than locals and see what you could do around!
Let’s say you decided to come for a long week-end in Paris in June with your lovely one and that you are staying in this unique cottage in Saint Germain des Près. You arrived late last night and you want to make the most of your first day here, staying in your neighborhood…
First step on this special day, a French breakfast in a trendy spot: you could walk to Odéon and take a seat on a beautiful terrace at le Hibou and watch the chic Parisians going to work. A black coffee, croissants and tartines and you are ready to move one!
At the end of the street, Jardin du Luxembourg is the perfect destination for a morning walk, go by the circular pound and reach the cute Musée du Luxembourg. We have booked 2 tickets for the great exhibition dedicated to the Tudors dynasty : let’s see if this famous Henri VIII was that charming…
After the visit, it is time for a good lunch around: take the cute rue Servandoni, pass the famous Saint-Sulpice church and there you be arrive place Saint Germain des Près. You have a table for an outdoor lunch in the secret Ralph Lauren’s courtyard… So unique to have your meal on the sun, have a drink, an healthy salad… it is now shopping time :-)
To reach le Bon Marché, the shopping temple, just take the small rue du Dragon (have a look at the shoe shop Annabel Winship), take rue de Sèvres (where you have to stop at the beautiful Hermès flagstore) and you will finally arrive at destination! Take the elevators with your credit card ready: you need to catch this famous Parisian style!
After your visit you could take rue de Sèvres, rue du Four, rue de Buci and visit Isabel Marant and Jerome Dreyfus stores rue Jacob!
It’s time for a break at the charming Place Furstenberg and try a delicious bun at La Maison du chou. Then just cross the street and visit the most charming museum in Paris: musée Eugène Delacroix have been settled in the apartment of the famous painter and his studio is still the same, facing the garden, so quiet…
After this peaceful moment it is time to walk back home via rue Saint André des Arts, have a shower and get ready for a great evening! Walk along the Seine banks, have a look at the famous book shops, and go down to the river: you treated yourselves with a private cruise for sunset and your beautiful venetian taxi si waiting for you: come on board, have a glass of champagne, a gourmet snack and just enjoy this unique moment: Paris is offering his most beautiful landscapes on the golden hour, magic!
After this privileged moment, the captain will leave you under Pont Royal, facing le Louvre. You will be right on time for your dinner at Les Climats, the best place to have a delicious meal with a glass of Burgundy (they have more than 1200 references!) :-) And this beautiful restaurant, just rewarded with his first Michelin star, also has a spacious garden, another special secret spot to end this beautiful day!Le Hibou: 16 carrefour de l’Odéon
Musée du Luxembourg: 19 rue de Vaugirard
Ralph Lauren: 173 boulevard Saint Germain
Annabel Winship: 29 rue du Dragon
Hermès store: 17 rue de Sèvres
Le Bon Marché: 24 rue de Sèvres
Maison du chou: 7 rue de Furstenberg
Musée Eugène Delacroix: 6 rue de Furstenberg
Les Climats: 41 rue de Lille