Everything they say about Paris is true! This city is one that captivated me with its charm. The language, the french patisserie’s, the historic architecture…I could go on; everything about Paris was endearing and classy. Like London, we booked an Airbnb in Le Marais, a district far enough from the touristy destinations but close enough by public transportation.  Equipped with a few common french phrases and our cameras, we took on the city.

Airbnb

It was love at first sight with our Airbnb. It was a small loft-like apartment, perfect for two. Within walking distance there was bakeries, restaurants, street markets, and of course, coffee shops. We couldn’t have picked a better place to stay. One of our favorite pastimes in the apartment was sitting in front of the open window, and snack on a fresh baguette, cheese, and of course some wine. Staying in this Airbnb really made it feel like we were staying in our own place, quickly we felt right at home in this new city.

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City Sights

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Coffee Shops

Ob-La-Di
54 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

Ob-La-Di was a small coffee shop located two blocks away from our place, making it the perfect spot for our coffee and tea fix. And yes, if you were wondering, the name is an ode to The Beatles song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, a song I heard for the first time on this trip! They had a small menu and enough seating to hang out for a bit. And the floors…oh, the floors! I was swooning over their Instagram-worthy tiled floor.

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Strada Cafe
94 rue du Temple, 75003 Paris
Loved everything about Strada; the staff, the drinks, and the quiet atmosphere was perfect. We did not try their food menu, but everything we saw coming out of the kitchen looked delicious. This unassuming cafe surprised us with its quality in service and beverages.

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Boot Cafe
19 rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003 Paris
This cafe was tiny and adorable, and definitely worth the visit. It was recommended to us by a barista at Strada Cafe; barista recommendations are always the best! We had a great time since we were lucky enough to get a seat and run into other English-speaking patrons, as well as a barista.

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