Saturday 21 January 2017

Paris: 24 hours in Le Marais

Perfect Day

Nicola Brady

Published 03/07/2016 | 02:30

Aerial view of Paris at night, France. Photo: Deposit
Aerial view of Paris at night, France. Photo: Deposit
Grab a pastry and amble to the Centre Pompidou, a modern art centre in a striking building.
French food shop, Rue Vieille du Temple, Marais Quarter, Paris, France.
Merci, Le Marais
L’Ambassade d’Auvergne

Nicola Brady maps out a magical 24 hours in Le Marais, one of Paris's most stylish, rambling quarters.

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Centre Pompidou

For the uninitiated, the arrondissements of Paris can be mighty confusing. Hell, I'm familiar with the city, and I still don't know my 8th from my elbow. My tip? Focus on districts by name. Le Marais is a stylish, rambling quarter that just screams 'Paris'. Grab a pastry and amble to the Centre Pompidou, a modern art centre in a striking building. It opens at 11am.

How: Entrance costs €14. See centrepompidou.fr

Beautiful Boutiques

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Le Marais is an absolute paradise for shoppers, and it's home to a labyrinth of quirky boutiques. Cire Trudon is the motherland for those with an expensive candle habit - the moody green glasses are so pretty you'll weep. On Rue Vieille du Temple, you'll find artisan boulangeries, boutiques and La Belle Hortense, a funky blend of bookshop and wine bar. It's open until 2am, perfect for some postprandial shopping!

How: ciretrudon.com; cafeine.com/belle-hortense

Merci, Le Marais!

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Have you ever wanted to walk into the interiors pages of a magazine? Well, Merci is the closest you can hope to get. Once a wallpaper factory in a fairly non-descript area of the 3rd, its opening brought life to the surrounds (and also created a new sub-district, the Haut-Marais). Browse the vintage furniture and modern designers, before grabbing a coffee in one of the cool cafés and perusing the local galleries.

How: merci-merci.com

Bon appetit!

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Paris has a surprisingly diverse culinary scene, but if you're only in town for a day, then you'll likely be craving a traditionally French feed. At L'Ambassade d'Auvergne you'll fine bourgeois dishes from the Auvergne region, like duck with aligot and a heavenly mousse au chocolat. Afterwards, roll yourself over to the Hotel du Petit Moulin, a vibrantly hip hotel with interiors designed by Christian Lacroix.

How: B&B from €205; ambassade-auvergne.com; hotelpetitmoulinparis.com

Do it

Fly to Paris CDG with Aer Lingus (aerlingus.com) or Air France (airfrance.ie). Also check out en.parisinfo.com.

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