I’ve only ever visited Paris once, for a quick trip about 10 years ago. I had just had my first baby, and so I was tired and had done no research prior to my visit. I basically toured a few of the main tourist highlights and slept. So I was super excited to be back in Paris. Only this time a little less tired, having done a bit more research, and excited to be attending a one-day workshop with Local Milk Retreats. It was the perfect weekend.
I stayed on Rue du Bretagne in the Marais district of the city. It was a superb location and the gorgeous apartment I rented was full of light and quirky interiors. The area is brimming with delightful Parisian cafes, historic buildings and delicious eateries….and full of small boutiques so that you can shop until you literally drop!
I’ve listed some of the best foodie haunts I found in the area I stayed, and if you find yourself with 48 hours in Paris I can hugely recommend the Marais as an area to stay or visit.
Great Coffee Hangouts:
Cordonnerie, 19 Rue du Pont aux Choux – amazing cafe cremes here – small and can get crowded but worth the wait if it is.
Les Philosophes, 28 Rue Vieille du Temple – Relaxing hangout to sit outside and watch the world go by.
Delicious Places To Eat:
L’Ilot, 4 Rue De La Corderie – A great seafood restaurant, with delicious dishes. I tried the crab and prawns. Try and bag a table outside in the summer.
Brasserie Bofinger, 5 et 7 Rue De La Bastille – French seafood in a wonderful setting.
Au Petit Fer A Cheval, 30 Rue Vieille du Temple – Cool little restaurant in the heart of the Marais.
Caffe Soprano, 2, rue Dupetit Thouars – If you make it here and you love truffles you need to try the truffle pizza. Kid friendly too.
Lovely Shops To Discover:
Aux Merveilleux de Fred, 24 Rue du Pont Louis Philippe – A beautiful shop selling a wide range of the most delicious merveilleux cakes (made of light meringues with whipped cream and chocolate shavings) and cramiques (sweet bread with raisins). Having tried and tested their merveilleux, they are 100% delicious!
Merci, 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais – A concept store with fabulous kitchen props. A lovely lunch spot in their restaurant downstairs.
Marche aux Enfants Rouge, 39 Rue De Bretagne – This cool farmer’s market was literally a few doors away from where I stayed – hidden away and one of the oldest covered markets in Paris, this is a great hangout for a bite to eat or a drink and to browse the food and flowers stalls.