INSIDER'S GUIDE / ENTRE NOUS

GREATER PARIS - - [ Contents] - By San­dra Is­kan­der

Two for One

Deux en un

When vi­si­ting Pa­ris for a few days it could so­me­times be a lit­tle bit overw­hel­ming trying to de­cide how to make the most of your time, and with so ma­ny things to see and discover in the French ca­pi­tal it isn’t al­ways ea­sy to take in eve­ry­thing wi­thout fee­ling like you have mis­sed out on so­me­thing. Un­ders­tan­ding how pre­cious your time is and how ex­ci­ting it is to be vi­si­ting we have de­ci­ded to share with you three of our fa­vou­rite spots in the ca­pi­tal where you can double your wal­ka­way va­lue.

In the heart of the Marais neigh­bou­rhood is where you will find Les Bains du Marais. Here you can lunch on de­li­cious Me­di­ter­ra­nean dishes that in­clude grilled hal­lou­mi cheese ser­ved with ve­ge­tables, ho­me­made fa­la­fel with a side of sa­lad, and if you’re loo­king for so­me­thing a lit­tle bit hear­tier try the bur­ger with a Me­di­ter­ra­nean touch ser­ved with a crea­my ta­hi­ni sauce. This is a great ad­dress for a lunch break while shop­ping in the neigh­bou­ring BHV Marais department store. Ma­king your trip here dou­bly good, Les Bains du Marais al­so houses one of the ol­dest spas in the ci­ty. The re­cent­ly reo­pe­ned spa of­fers Tur­kish bath treat­ments and more classic mas­sages in­clu­ding the Mas­sage Dy­na­mi­sant. The mas­sage starts at your feet with the mas­seuse wor­king on your pres­sure points, re­lea­sing all un­wan­ted stress, and al­though the end of a good mas­sage is ne­ver wel­co­med, this mas­sage ends with a head mas­sage like no other, ma­king it even more dif­fi­cult to ac­cept that the treat­ment is nea­ring the end. The the­ra­pist ever so slight­ly lifts your head, de­li­ca­te­ly mo­ving it up and down, side to side, swaying it oh so gent­ly, ta­king you to cloud nine where you feel like you are floa­ting in the air. This is a great treat­ment to end a hec­tic day on a re­laxing note be­fore en­joying a glass of French wine be­fore bed­time.

In the hips­ter neigh­bou­rhood of the French ca­pi­tal, the 11th ar­ron­dis­se­ment, is where vi­si­tors will find Bor­go delle To­va­glie. This im­pres­sive ad­dress houses a huge home-like bou­tique where ho­me­wares and pro­duce from Ita­ly are all dis­played, in­vi­ting you to find throw pillows, candles and olive oil to take home with you. The space al­so hosts one of the fi­nest Ita­lian ea­te­ries in the ca­pi­tal with a me­nu that takes your taste buds on a cu­li­na­ry voyage to Ita­lia. Using pro­duce from the boot, all the dishes are fresh, tra­di­tio­nal and ve­ry ge­ne­rous. Try the as­sort­ment of bur­ra­ta with both na­tu­ral and smo­ked bur­ra­ta ser­ved on a bed of sa­lad, or or­der the fresh-out-of-the-oven egg­plant par­mi­gia­na to be en­joyed with Ita­lian wine. On the Left Bank of Pa­ris, where tou­rists love to discover and fall in love with the post­card image of Saint-ger­main is where Ro­se­bud is lo­ca­ted. This char­ming ad­dress doubles as a flo­rist and a bou­tique where vi­si­tors can find beau­ti­ful­ly cu­ra­ted bou­quets of flo­wers and a de­light­ful se­lec­tion of ob­jects to buy ei­ther to spoil one­self or to gift. Punc­tua­ting the se­lec­tion of blooms you will find glass vases, French per­fumes and even one-of-a-kind ce­ra­mic ob­jets d’art de­si­gned by French ar­tist Ge­ne­viève Che­val­lier.

Les Bains du Marais 33 rue des Blancs Man­teaux (4th) 01 49 29 50 50

Bor­go delle To­va­glie 4 rue du Grand Prieu­ré (11th) 09 82 33 64 81

Ro­se­bud 4 Place de l’odéon (6th) 01 43 29 66 47

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