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Unusual ideas, ephemeral places, pop up stores, the best exhibitions, hidden jewels,
any unexpected places or events in Paris to make your stay a memorable and unique experience
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best spot for romantic picnic in paris

Romantic sunset PICNIC at Champs de Mars, in front of the Tour Eiffel
You are welcome to picnic in the parc of the Champs de Mars, just a few steps from #Relais12bis. As in many English parks, picnicking at the Champs de Mars is a popular activity especially during the spring and summer months. Prepare your finger food by shopping around, buying your bread at Poîlane bakery, your chesse by Dubois, your fruits and veggies by Gosselin and your ham or chicken by the next-door butcher. And last but not least, a bottle of Champagne or red wine at Nicolas wine shop.
Have fun and enjoy !

Other magic picnic spots in Paris
Macarons Ladurée

Taste without moderation, the famous Ladurée macaroons
The famous macrons weret born, as our building in the Haussmann era, and were created by Jeanne Souchard, Ernest Ladurée’s wife. They make the success and fame of their tea room, which was at the time, one of the very first in Paris.
A medley of colors and flavors will enchant your palate and wait for you in their iconic shops, at 75 avenue des Champs Elysées, 16, rue Royale or at 21, rue Bonaparte.
Shopping dans le Marais Paris

Vibrant shopping session in the Marais or having a drink Place des Vosges ? Both of course !
The historic district of Paris, the Marais, deserves to spend a whole day. Discover the beautiful ancient mansions, their inner courtyard or garden. The Picasso Museum, Carnavalet Museum have taken up residence in one the most stunning houses.
Stroll, wander around streets, at each corner you will be surprised by a little terrace bar for happy hour, a literary café to rest, a concept store to find new designer itels (we love Fleux, 39 Rue St. Croix de la Bretonnerie) and for the fashionistas, all the trendy and rising brands meet in the Marais. And finally, dinner cocktail Place des Vosges, a stunning historic square.

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Jeu de piste au Louvre

Treasure hunt in the Louvre for your children
How to captivate and motivate your children to visit a museum? A big challenge ?
Perhaps, however we have the solution thanks to the brilliant conceit of our private tour guide. Through a treasure hunt accross the museum, kids will chase and find the master pieces from the Louvre. Enigma, signs, all clues are elaborated in order for children to discover with fun and frolic the most important museum in the world.

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Restaurant Augustin

Our favorite restaurant – AUGUSTIN Bistro, in the 14th district
A new place that we had the pleasure of discovering early April.
We were appreciated the quality of the generous “bistronomic”cuisine inspired by Corsican flavours. t We love the chic and relaxed atmosphere with neo-bourgeois-50s furnishings and soft lighting.
79, rue Daguerre, Paris 14th – 01 73 20 27 50 – Booking recommended
Glaces et sorbets Bertillon

Another Paris gourmet institution: the Berthillon ice creams in the shadow of Notre Dame cathedral
Taste the 70 flavors of ice creams, but you have to deserve it first! Start visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral or stroll along the Seine waterfront, cross the bridge that takes you to Saint-Louis island. Follow the crowd and you will bump into Bertillon crowdy line, have your ice cream cornet and continue your lazy walk on the island.
A tea room will soon open.
Maison Berthillon – 29-31, rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile, Ile Saint-Louis, Paris 4th arrondissement.
Tour Eiffel et Champs de mars

Do no miss a daily romantic stroll to the Eiffel Tower at sunset
Staying next door, you sleep under his benevolent wing, but nothing beats a “live” sunset over the Eiffel Tower, which in a few minutes sparkles with thousands of lights. Your dilemna would be to choose between a short stroll in the Champs de Mars allays or sit down on a bench admiring illuminated old lady. A daily recommended action !

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Canopée des Halles Paris

The Halles Canopy, a new architectural work has just (re) born
Has a flying saucer landed in Paris? Good question ….
Former tired Forum des Halles, after years of heavy work, gave birth to a brand new constuction called the Canopy. It is certainly not our favorite place, but as a novelty, and driven by curiosity, a detour makes sense. The canopy recalls green, air and light, but here we wonder where they are … and on the top of it is nothing really original or contemporary in the architecture. The yellowish flat dome covers a huge space bathed in daylight (quite a feat we appreciate!), which shelters a shopping center, one of the largest in Europe ….

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Batofar Paris bar-péniche avec restaurant

The Batofar for a drink, live concert or DJ on a boat on the Seine
A Parisian place far away from the tourist crowd!
Moored on the Seine, the barge bar offers stunning views of the Grande Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. You can enjoy a restaurant and night bar, Le Wagon, open Tuesdays from 19:30 to midnight, and from Wednesday to Saturday from 19:30 to 3:00 am!
A night Club is on air from 23:30 to 6am and a concert hall from 19h to 23h.
11, Quai François Mauriac 75013 Paris

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