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Your Key To Paris France – 2023 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee

Paris is well known all around the world to be the City of Lights, love, gastronomy, history and art. ‎The Marais is one of the oldest districts of the city and it combines all the best that Paris could ‎offers to travellers, let me take you to my favorite spots!‎

First of all, it is a nice area to stroll and to get tangled up in its streets such as Rue de Francs ‎Bourgeois and Rue Vieille du Temple for shopping, rue des Rosiers for its falafel restaurants, Rue de ‎Turenne or Rue de Bretagne . The best way to start your journey in the Marais will be by the former ‎Royal Square the « Place des Vosges », one of the most romantic squares of Paris. It is pleasant to ‎stroll under the arcades with all cafés, galleries and boutiques. If you pay attention hidden behind ‎one the corner you may discover the garden of the Hotel de Sully. ‎

A short walk from « Place des Vosges » you may have stop at the Picasso Museum offering one of ‎hugest collection of Picasso drawing and painting with 5000 pieces from is youth to the end of is ‎career, a real gem. For history lovers they should visit the Carnavelet Museum dedicated to the ‎history of Paris, it features a pleasant garden which worth to be seen. Moreover the Marais is also a ‎hotspot of contemporary art with galleries and museums, such as gallery Pérotin, gallery Massimo ‎de Carlo or Pompidou Center. All along the year these places always present to visitors interesting ‎exhibitions.‎

I cannot write an article on Paris without speaking about food and restaurants. As you may know ‎the French Gastronomy has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage. The Marais is an overflow ‎of tasty bistros. During your journey in the area, I suggest experiencing my favorite local ‎restaurants, out the beaten tracks : « Parcelles » a truly Parisian bistros offering a tasty traditional ‎french cuisine in old fashion decor. Otherwise, for modern and creative cuisine « Jaja » will be the ‎place to be. Both places offering a terrific wine list as well.‎
To continue on the foodie way on the 39 Rue de Bretagne, you will discover the oldest food market ‎of Paris the « Marché des Enfants Rouges », there you will find a cosy and convivial atmosphere of a ‎quarter market. It will be the perfect place to have a bite for lunch as it offers plenty delicatessen ‎shops : French, Italian, Morrocan, Japanese, that you could enjoy on shared tables inside the ‎market. ‎

Furthermore, the Marais is trend district full of concept stores and niche boutiques. If I have to ‎keep one to share with you, it might be definitely « Officine Universelle Buly » for its decor and the ‎originality of their products. You will get there souvenirs to bring back home or personalized gifts to ‎offer.‎

The Marais is a district which is always in motion full of gems where the each travellers will feel ‎good. The Marais is always a good idea, and I am delighted to offer you the keys to my City and the ‎Marais !‎

Marie-France Gregoire is a candidate for the 2023 Les Clefs d’Or Award. This article has been published in its original form.

Meet the Author
Marie-France Grégoire

My name Marie-France, I am a concierge since 2012. The first time I met a concierge I was 18 years ‎old at the Martinez Hotel in Cannes and was so impressed by this man holding his golden keys. I ‎never imagined that we would be part of the same family 12 years later. Before, embracing this ‎career, I worked in catering industry. I started as Assistant Concierge at the Hotel Royal Barrière in ‎Deauville, before joining in 2015 La Reserve Paris as concierge. In 2017, I had the pleasure get my ‎Golden Keys and to be promoted on the same year Head Concierge of La Reserve Paris. ‎ Every day is the a pleasure to satisfy our guests desires and make their stay in the City of Lights ‎unforgettable.‎

La Réserve Paris - Hotel and Spa

La Reserve – Hotel and Spa is the most intimate « Palace » of Paris located in the between Avenue ‎Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées. This former ‎private Mansion of the Duc the Morny and Pierre Cardin has opened its doors in January 2015. The ‎hotel has 40 rooms and suites overlook some of the city’s key sights: the Eiffel Tower, the ‎Pantheon and the Grand Palais. Just in front, a majestic curtain of trees preserves the area’s ‎intimacy, like an echo of the Elysée gardens close by.‎ ‎ ‎ La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa is entirely in tune with the spirit of Michel Reybier establishments. ‎A far cry from traditional 5-star palace hotels, La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa exudes the ‎atmosphere of a private urban mansion, open to guests sharing a certain travel philosophy.‎ ‎ ‎ The hotel features two restaurants, La Pogode de Cos its contemporary restaurant ‎and Le Gabriel a 2 Michelin Star, by the Chef Jerome Banctel. ‎ During their stay, guests could enjoy the Spa with its 16 meter long swimming pool, ‎the Duc de Morny Library and the private smoking lounge.‎ ‎ ‎ In 2017, La Reserve Paris - Hotel and Spa has been designated « Best of the world » ‎by the Condé Nast Traveler.‎


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