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When the sun is up early, and I find the energy, it’s nice to wander off to a different neighborhood for a stroll. These pictures were taken on one of my favorite yet trendiest streets, rue des Martyrs.

I think about what I would do if I was just visiting Paris one summer for only a few days – for my very first time. I would certainly hope that someone would have told me to just get up and walk around the weekend mornings…. to just get lost and admire the beautiful buildings and storefronts… to wander through little markets and brocantes filled with treasures, maybe grab a random croissant. I’d sit at a corner café, nothing fancy (although I like those, too), and sip an espresso while people watching.

Happy weekend, friends.

 

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Only a whopping 5 minute walk from where I live is this magical place, the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil.

If you are a Parisian and know how crowded all the major parks get on a hot day with a cloudless sky, you can imagine how nice it is to have one that is never THAT crowded right next to your apartment. A true luxury if you ask me. There’s always space, it’s calm and a stress-free zone. Plus, there are greenhouses you can take a stroll through if you dare.

I will admit that rain or shine I love this place, for a jog, for a picnic, for a stroll… it’s just fantastic and a staple in my little Parisian life.

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When the sun is out, Belleville is one of my favorite places to walk around. Grabbing a coffeee on rue Dénoyez is unlike anywhere else in the city, and this hood no matter how busy and trendy always feels like a big secret that you don’t want everyone else to know about because it’s so lovely. This fabulous lady and I met up here for lunch and a stroll, near her studio.

Adding some color to your day is an important thing. My days have been pretty gray the past few days, but now that the sun is out and the temp is rising, I’m anxious for it to finally feel like summer. This weekend will be filled with sunshine, birthdays and bottling of my most recent batch of homebrew. What does your weekend have in store?

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For those of you that have seen the movie Taken, rue de Paradis in Paris’s 10th district is where all the bad stuff happens. Well, in real life, it’s actually a pretty snazzy street with some nice restaurants and bars. Ok, so I get that it’s not the BEST neighborhood at night and all, but for Parisians, let’s be honest, it’s a hotspot. The whole Strasbourg Saint Denis area with its weird pockets of sketch but still awesome places to go out… it’s like a big melting pot. And rue de Paradis has a bar I happen to really like: L’Ours, or The Bear.

L’Ours after work is crowded. But if you stick it out just for a little bit, it’ll calm down. If you’re hoping to catch up with a friend, you’ll want to grab a seat so the crowdedness won’t affect you. Anne and I made our way there one evening ever so slightly beating the afterwork crowd.

I was distracted by the adorable wallpaper, but l’Ours has got far more to offer than just a well-decorated cozy space.. they’ve got a killer happy hour and as equally killer meat and cheese platter (as seen above). It’s also a rare find to have super kind bar staff, so L’Ours has many many stars in my book.

L’Ours
8 Rue de Paradis, 75010
Métro: Château d’Eau (4)

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I like the Café Kitsuné for many reasons. I like the area, near the Jardins du Palais Royale… I like how simple it is, you can just go in and drink your espresso real quick while standing before work, or grab a NoGlu gluten free snack or Bob’s Juice with your café and stroll around the park….I like that it’s tiny and quaint, modern and cozy with that chic feeling being under the Galerie de Montpensier. I like that it’s open early, and thus possible to stop by before work for a morning pick me up in a beautiful space. With a coffee and good company, a chit-chat on the benches under the trees of the gardens is the best kind of treat for a little break.

Cafe Kitsuné
51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001
Métro: Palais Royale – Musée du Louvre (1, 7)