What better than to discover the hidden treasures of Paris with Emilie, our very own Parisian!
My name is Emilie and I have worked for JacTravel since 2019. In recent times I decided to leave my home from home in London for a break to come and work in Paris, the town where I was born. As such, it’s the ideal moment for me to reflect upon my favourite spots and hidden gems and then share them with you.
Eating out in Paris
The best way of starting any day in Paris is with a traditional croissant. Any bakery or café in Paris will be able to serve you one in the morning. If you’re looking for something more substantial, then head to Benoit in the Marais quarter. Here you will find everything you could possibly imagine to start the day.
For lunch or dinner, rest assured that many of the famous Michelin-starred French chefs also have bistros. A more affordable option than their fine-dining establishments, they offer a great opportunity to taste some of the best traditional French cuisine. Try Brasserie du Louvre Bocuse by Paul Bocuse, Le Chardenoux from Cyril Lignac, or Le Poule Pot from Jean-François Piège for example.
In need of a sugar rush? Don’t forget to try the macarons (most patisserie but best at Pierre Hermé) or the magnificent pastries at Odette in the Latin quarter.
My hidden gems
Le Clos de Montmartre
Montmartre is one of the most beautiful, romantic, and well-known parts of Paris but it is also the home of a small vineyard. Since it was established in 1933 it produces around 1200 bottles of wine each year.
Les passages couverts (Passage Vivienne / Passage Jouffrey / Passage des Panoramas)
These charming, covered alleyways are perfect for shelter on a rainy day and a voyage back in time to the Belle Epoque.
La Coulée Verte
If in the need of a quick fix of greenery, then why not take yourself for a walk here. The Coulée Verte is the result of a successful mix of natural foliage that has grown along the length of an old railway line with modern pathways introduced. A break from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.
My favourite spaces
During warm and sunny summer periods I like nothing better than to eat at the Place St Catherine. This pretty area in the heart of the Marais district resembles a typical village square that could be found in one of the villages of southern France.
The Ile St Louis, meanwhile, is a pedestrianised island that can be found in the middle of the Seine. Ideal for a morning mosey, take in the many spectacular views from the quays. Lastly, make sure you don’t leave here without having sampled an ice cream from Berthillon, in my opinion the best in Paris.
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