4 cool ways to relax and get to know Paris

Sunday at Marrais

The most fashionable neighborhood lends itself to Sunday stroll and many shops stay open while the central streets close for cars and turn into pedestrian walkways. Let’s have a date at Places de Vosges. Nearby is the «Josephine Vannier» with chocolate sculptures (4 Rue du Pas de la Mule). To pinch and to do name dropping, the most guaranteed addresses are restaurants «Glou» and «La Perle», both in Rue de Vieille, where people do queue to eat a hamburger and watching others passing by. But if you are looking for something more relaxed and cheap, then turn the Rue de Rosiers, where crammed shops sell falafel. Located in the heart of the Jewish Marais, and a little further down on Rue Pavee, you’ll see the synagogue of 1913 with Art Nouveau façade. Proposals for food certainly does not end here ; there are numerous ethnic restaurants, including Moroccan «L ‘Arganjer», at 19 Rue St Croix de la Bretonnerie. We finally sat at «Pain Quotidien», in Rue des Archives 18-20, in a hip baker’s house from Brussels who found this chain betting on organic products in the trendy atmosphere and neo- retro- traditional decor.

Paris

Paris

Railway stations

England may be known as the birthplace of the railways, but Paris has its grace as well. The city boasts for some of the most spectacular railway stations with impressive edifices from the Belle Epoque. Perhaps the most beautiful is the now disused Gare d ‘Orsay. Over the years it has turned into one of the richest museums in the city, housing a stunning collection of impressionists. The train station Gare de l’ EST, again, is one of the oldest railways stations to visit with wings from the mid 19th century shining after the last renovation. However, if you want to dive in Belle Epoque, you must visit the Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon. One hundred and nine years after it still works serving classic French cuisine. Even if you do not want to have the approximately € 70 meal, it is worth spending for a drink or coffee at the perfect old-fashioned bar.

Train Bleu

Train Bleu

Paris Zen

Leaving the Station Place d’Italie in the 13th arrondissement , we are in the heart of the small China. Here are the most and some of the best Chinese restaurants in town. At the junction of Avenue de Choisy in the Rue de Tolbiac, you do not know where to sit. We came in here to try to duck «Cinorama», we had set up warmly, but found it closed that day. so we sat in a vietnameze restaurant the «Pho Banh Cuon 14», the specialty is soup tonkin . But there are other ways to enjoy the zen in Paris. In almost every district you will find a small massage studio where working Asians offer authentic services at prices not very high. We relaxed with thai massage on the tiny Chi Va Thai by qualified masseurs of the National School Wat Pho in Bangkok (84 Avenue Emile Zola, 15o apartment, +33 ( 0) 145759861 ) .

Avenue de Choisy

Avenue de Choisy

Paris, China Town

Paris, China Town

On the island of St. Louis

Our tour ends in the picturesque island of St Louis. Here, just a few minutes from Notre Dame, extends one of the most picturesque neighborhoods. We cross the street of Rue St Louis en Isle and sit for crepes in «Le Sarrasin et le Froment», a tiny shop with plastic tablecloths and patchy bimplo on the shelves. Here you smash savory and sweet crepes and drink endless cups of sweet cider (cidre).

St. Louis island

St. Louis island

Paris photos: Paul ChurcherDavid GiralAimeeFilip M.A.Carlos Vasconcelos.

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