On a sunny afternoon, stroll the twisting, cobblestone lanes of the Marais district—located on the Right Bank of the river Seine—and soak up the area’s old-world charm and très chic vibe.
1. Peruse the Musée Picasso Paris
Pablo Picasso’s heirs donated 5,000 paintings, sculptures and sketches to the state, filling 34 rooms in a 17th-century mansion to create the Musée Picasso Paris. View the impressive collection, including The Pan Flute, before heading to the rooftop café.
2. Eat lunch at Au Petit Fer à Cheval
Au Petit Fer à Cheval is the quintessential Paris bistro. Marais’ hipsters, workers and philosopher-looking types congregate here for a morning café au lait, leisurely lunch or late-night glass of wine and daily specials made from local ingredients.
3. Listen to live music at Le 38 Riv
Descend a long set of stairs to a 12th-century stone-walled cavern for an evening of jazz at Le 38 Riv. Tap your toes to traditional, modern, bossa nova and other styles. On Friday nights, a jam session starts just before midnight and continues until 4 a.m.
4. Snack on falafel at L’As du Fallafel
Falafel shops line the street along Rue des Rosiers, the heart of Marais’ Jewish community. L’As du Fallafel (The Falafel Ace) is among the best in the city, serving up hefty pitas filled with delicious chickpea patties, hummus and fried eggplant.
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5. Shop for vintage clothing at Mamz’elle Swing
Vintage seekers will love browsing the unique finds from the 1930s to 1960s at Mamz’elle Swing. You may even end up taking home one of the outfits on display in the windows of the bright-pink storefront.
6. Relax in Place des Vosges
Settle into one of the benches along the tree-lined Place des Vosges, Paris’ oldest square. Take in its storied architecture—Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables at house No. 6—vaulted arcades, fountains and a bronze statue of Louis XIII.
[This story appears in the August 2018 edition of WestJet Magazine]