In a few days, I’ll be sipping wine at un petit café in the Marais, just in time, we all hope, for the weather to finally swing toward Spring. There’s too much to squeeze into this 3-week trip.

Besides visiting Verjus and Au Passage bien sur, I hope to dine at Septime and Bistro Volnay. Perhaps I’ll splurge on a meal at L’hôtel Thoumieux. Though, the best part of being in my own Paris pied-a-terre is stocking up at the Marche des Enfants Rouge for home-cooked dishes that always seem to taste better in Paris.

Merci concept store (Liquidx)

While I hope to buy something special at Merci (a girl can dream), I’ll definitely pop into Les Mauvaises Graines, an urban garden concept store in Montmartre, and will likely fall in love with a handcrafted souvenir at Le Petite Atelier de Paris.

On one of my weekends abroad, I’m jetting to Copenhagen. Being a New England girl, I suppose I’m a sucker for the cold weather. I’m also eager to visit what’s hailed as the best restaurant in the world and after several odd-hour phone calls to Denmark, lucked out with a reservation at Noma. We’ll see if Copenhagen food stacks up to Paris culinaria.

Septime (Lindsey Tramuta)

More than anything though, I simply want to find my favorite spots near my Marais flat. I hope to take my daily espresso at Merce and the Muse, lunch at Glou and unwind with an evening wine at La Perle. I promise to only visit Jacques Genin’s fabulous boutique once or twice if, and only if, I take a few strolls around the Square du Temple.

What will you do on your next visit to Paris? Please send all ideas my way, including your favorite croissant spot, because, there can never be too many croissant shop visits when in the city of pastries. Au revoir!

Cannelés (Leedav)

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Written by Maggie Battista for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in London, Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.



Maggie Battista

Passionate about fine dining and old-fashioned hospitality, Maggie is focused on finding hidden, authentic food gems and is absolutely in love with the creamy, salty butter sold all over Paris. She also runs an online magazine and market called Eat Boutique, where she discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. Maggie’s based in Boston, with frequent trips to Paris, Brooklyn, Maine, and northern California.


  1. Hi Maggie,
    happy you enjoyed Copenhagen 🙂

    Yes, you should definately stop by Stockholm in Sweden one day, it’s a beautiful city. But make sure you go there during the summer…otherwise it’s pretty cold.

  2. Hi Sollis!

    Copenhagen was so much fun, I really loved it. I’ll have to visit Sweden next time. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  3. I’ve recently moved back to Sweden ( after have been living for a couple of years in Paris ) and I’m working in Copenhagen. Now when you mention Noma I’m reminded about the restaurant and their reservation list is full until the end of July, I should hurry up to put me on the list and see if Copenhagen can deliver delicous food just as Paris? That will be exciting to discover…..

    To your question…my favourite croissant spot? During my time in Paris I was working in one of the galleries in the flea-market in St Ouen and each morning I used to treat myself with the most crusty and delicious croissant froma boulangerie at rue des rosiers. Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the boulangerie, but if Im not mistaken it should be on the corner of rue des rosier and Rue Charles Garnier. Try it if you are passing by the flea-market one day 😉

  4. Thanks a bunch for your tips and tricks Maggie. I have a three week stay in the Marais myself this Spring, Summer and Fall so can’t wait to sample a few of your suggestions.

  5. Thank you for the tips on food and shopping. My husband and I are planning to go to Paris this fall and I’m starting to look for ideas and places to try out while we are there.

  6. Lindsey: I am SO going to eat those marshmallows. I love marshmallows. 🙂

    Andi: Please stay longer next time. Though Provence is beautiful too.


  7. You definitely have to go to Fouquet for their exquisite marshmallows!

  8. I was just there, but had barely any time to play, as I was en route to Provence. This post makes me so sad that I didn’t have more time.

  9. Hi Megan! Oh yes, I am going to Le Verre Vole a couple days after I land. I have heard great things and can’t wait. Thanks for reading! xox, Maggie

  10. Since I didn’t get to go on my first (notice I said first) trip to Paris, perhaps you could check out Le-Verre-Vole for us and let us know what you think? Have a wonderful time. I am very jealous!

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