A Video Guide to the Marais

The Marais is my favorite neighborhood in Paris. It includes the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and offers 16th century architecture, Israeli street food and wonderful shopping. The Marais is also one of the rare parts of Paris that is lively on Sundays but know if you go that day you will encounter large crowds. I recommend visiting midweek when shops are open, but it’s a bit more quiet. Here is a video guide to the area. Continue reading “A Video Guide to the Marais”

A Marais Walking Tour

Place des Vosges.
Place des Vosges.

By Justin Chiotti

Situated on the right bank, the Marais is one of the most historic and beautifully preserved areas of Paris. Marais is French for marsh or swamp and the area was first drained and settled by the Knights of the Templar in the 1300s. Today, the Marais is home to aristocratic mansions from the 1600s, one of Europe’s most beloved squares, and a baguette “tradition” that has taken top honors in the city.

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The Cinnamon Roll at Café Suédois

The Kanelbullar at Café Suédois.
The Kanelbullar at Café Suédois.

I live in the Marais. Not in the 3rd or Upper Marais but in the heart of the 4th right next to the old Jewish Quarter. If you don’t know Paris well, that’s an area associated with shopping and large crowds on weekends. While I love the hustle and bustle, sometimes you want to escape the throngs of people lining up for falafels on Rue des Rosiers and window shopping on Rue Vielle du Temple’s narrow sidewalks. Continue reading “The Cinnamon Roll at Café Suédois”

Eclairs at L’Eclair de Genie

The pastry case at L'Eclair de Genie is a bit like a jewel box.
The jewel box like pastry case at L’Eclair de Genie.

Seeing as it was my birthday yesterday, I decided to treat myself to an eclair (okay two) from L’Eclair de Genie, a creative eclair shop in the Marais that happens to be dangerously close to my apartment. Eclairs are giving macarons a run for their money as the city’s treat of choice. Shops selling the small confections in an array of unique flavors are popping up around town. At L’Eclair de Genie offerings include raspberry passionfruit, salted caramel and pistachio orange. Topped with jewel toned glazes and gold leaf, they’re as pretty as they are tasty. Continue reading “Eclairs at L’Eclair de Genie”