It is one of the best market streets in Paris and there are so many Parisian highlights nearby that visitors often forget it. That makes Rue Mouffetard one of the best secret places in Paris! The street itself is a cobbled strip that bends along the hill to Place de la Contrescarpe. It was the ancient Roman road that led from Paris to Rome, and this area still has a medieval feel. At the foot of Rue Mouffetard you will find excellent breakfast options and most fruit and vegetable shops. As you walk towards Place de la Contrescarpe, you will encounter excellent bakeries, vineyards and cheese producers – and how can we forget the roasted chicken! I just love how the base potato is seasoned with magical gravity!
Near the Place de la Contrescarpe, there are plenty of pretty good restaurants that stick to the atmosphere of a down-to-earth neighborhood and offer great meals and great prices. Take a Place de la Contrescarpe on the sunny terrace and raise your caffeine content before setting out to explore the Latin Quarter.
RUE DES BARRES – MARAIS
If Rue Cremieux was a picturesque street, Rue des Barres is both picturesque and vibrant. On the outskirts of the trendy Marais area just in front of the Seine, you took photos as if you were not there tomorrow. It is one of the most charming streets in all of Paris and also has two different highlights. The first is the church of St-Gervais-St-Protais – one of the oldest and unusually beautiful stained glass windows in Paris. The other is L’Ebouillante – a great place for brunch and the kind of place where you can sit outside on the sunny courtyard for hours.
MUSEO OF ORSAYS BALCONY – SAINT GERMAIN
You do not come to the Musée d’Orsay to see the view, but this little thing awaits those traveling to the top floor. The Musée d’Orsay is one of the best museums in Paris, covering the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras. Come here on a spring evening when the museum is open late and the days are longer. After exploring Cézanne, Picasso, Many and their friends, step onto the terrace and see the beautiful sunset views of the Seine and Montmartre. It may be a good idea to keep the balcony to yourself.
The fact that Le Printemps has been one of the most famous department stores in Paris since 1865 is by no means a state secret. However, only a small percentage of shoppers who visit this store will ever try their patio with panoramic views of Paris! Take the elevator to the top floor and then take the escalator to the second floor, Cafe Déli-Cieux. Step out on the terrace and pamper yourself with a 360-degree view of Paris!
You can see the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre and you are very close to the Palais Garnier, the most beautiful building in Paris. You can also come up and close in person with a gilded title that is characteristic of Le Printemps. Best of all, it’s completely free. I recommend coming here for a light lunch or an early evening wine, but that’s totally your job. UPDATE: Cafe Deli-Cieux has closed its doors, but you still need to check if access to the roof is possible. I assume that a new facility will be opened at this place soon, if not before the visit to Paris.