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August Recommends: Paris

Welcome to Paris Recommends. We will take you on a journey through the enchanting streets and hidden corners of the City of Light. Join us as we unveil the insider's guide to Paris, curated by our head of Real Estate, Athe. From captivating neighbourhoods and must-visit landmarks to exquisite dining spots and cultural treasures, let us be your compass in navigating the heart and soul of Paris.

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Tell us about yourself 

I’m Athe, Head of Real Estate, helping our teams find the best homes across Europe.

Tell us about your history with Paris

Paris has always been a significant part of my life. After being born there, I returned for my studies, giving me the chance to reacquaint myself with the city. Despite not having family there anymore, Paris remains the place where I feel most at home.

Where are your favourite locations to stay in Paris and why? 

When I'm in Paris, I tend to split my time between the 9th arrondissement, the 6th, and certain parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. These areas are not only tourist hotspots but also where genuine Parisians reside. My favourites include enjoying a coffee at the Dunkerque café in the 9th and taking a leisurely stroll around the Rue des Martyrs/Saint Georges neighbourhood. 

For lunch, I recommend visiting the Le Marché des Enfants Rouges for some of the best couscous in Paris. To cap off the day, sipping a glass of wine at La Palette in the 6th is always a delight.

If you had to choose one restaurant to dine, where would it be and why? 

Choosing just one restaurant is a challenge, but I'll mention three that hold a special place for me. In the 6th, I'd opt for Le Cherche Midi for its impeccable pasta and charming atmosphere. In terms of authentic French bistro fare, Le Bistrot Paul Chêne in the 16th or Le Lutécia in the 6th are my top picks. For a unique lunch experience, Le Café Coucou in the 9th offers a delightful twist on traditional classics.

Is there an activity that you think everyone must do when in Paris? 

I must emphasise that Paris is incredibly walkable. Exploring on foot is the best way to truly discover the city's charm. While my time in Paris often revolves around food, I'm also a fan of theatre, particularly La Comédie-Française. The architectural marvel that is the Musée d'Orsay is a must-visit. Additionally, a leisurely stroll through Rue de Seine, Rue de Buci, and Rue Jacob in the 6th, which are brimming with small art galleries, is a delight. And, of course, no shopping day is complete without a visit to Bon Marché in the 6th.

Outside of the homes, where is your must-visit for a day trip in the region? 

A day trip to Versailles is a must. It's a destination that never fails to leave a lasting impression, no matter how many times you visit. The grandeur and history of the palace are simply awe-inspiring.

What's your favourite thing about the region? 

What I adore most about Paris is Paris itself. The city's unparalleled beauty captivates and continues to inspire me. Its elegance, charm, and cultural richness make it an exceptional place to experience.

When you're not in the region, is there anything that instantly transports you back or evokes a memory of Paris? 

Whenever I'm away from Paris, certain scents, such as freshly baked bread, instantly evoke memories of the city. The distinct aroma carries me back to the charming streets, cafes, and bakeries that make Paris so unique.

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