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PARIS: Le Marais

I know I said St. Germain is my favorite part of Paris, but Le Marais is next on my list.

While all of Paris has something special about it, the Marais definitely has that “hip” factor.  No doubt.  The minute you make your way into this area you’re like “okay, everyone is so cool here”… but I catch myself saying that no matter what area I’m in of Paris. 🙂

Le Marais is part of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and is a historic part of the city.  The streets are quaint and it feels like you’re walking through old-world Paris.

We walked over to the Marais from our Airbnb one morning (which was actually quite the walk!).  It was a warm morning and the sun was shining.

We found this adorable cafe, Le Voltigeur, and decided to get some petit déjeuner (breakfast).  Paris, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence KahnParis, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike Rentals

We sat outside and each ordered cappuccinos, fresh made juice and omelettes (which came with a salad and gazpacho).  This was actually way too much food but we still devoured it. 😉  It was so simple yet so good.Paris, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike RentalsParis, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike Rentals

After breakfast, we decided to wander.  Like I’ve mentioned before, wandering the streets of Paris is one of the best ways to see the city.Paris, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn

The art you see in this area is pretty awesome.  I wish I had those skills!Paris, France, Europe, Travel, Paris in One Week, Le Marais, 3rd arrondissement, 4th arrondissement, Hip Area of Paris

Boutiques line the streets.  If you’re in the mood to spend some mula then hit up these stores.Paris, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike Rentals

Once lunch time rolled around we realized we were starving.  Within the Marais is the Jewish quarter and there are so many yummy places to choose from.

We decided on Florence Kahn not realizing this place is considered a historical monument in Paris.  Paris, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike Rentals

I attempted speaking French with the woman working the counter and she was so sweet and helpful.Paris, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike Rentals

We chose a few vegan and vegetarian options and sat outside to enjoy our meal.  Everything was delicious!Paris, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike Rentals

There are plenty of hip restaurants in the Marais. We read on goop that Candelaria has amazing cocktails.  I know, a Mexican place in Paris?  Sounds a little funny huh, and being Mexican AND from California I am somewhat skeptical.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to check it out but next time we will and see if it lives up to all it’s hype.

Once our bellies were full we checked out some more shops before we eventually made our way over to the bike rentals.  These are ALL over Paris!  We ran into a few hiccups the first couple times we tried using these machines (i.e. It wouldn’t take our card!).  But this day it worked and we biked our way back to St. Germain.Paris, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike Rentals Paris, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike RentalsParis, Europe, France, Travel, Le Marais, The Marais, 3rd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, Le Voltigeur, Florence Kahn, Vélib Bike Rentals

It was so fun.  You definitely have to rent these bikes when you’re in Paris.

Have you been to the Marais or Candelaria?  What did you think?  I would love to hear your thoughts. 🙂  My next post will be about our cooking class and how awesome that was!

xo, Jenneke Rose

 

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