Our Community Manager Marjorie’s Top 5 Places in Paris
October 05, 2015
Marjorie dove into Parisianist’s social media world this summer, joining us as a community manager. She quickly made a place for herself as the team’s social media gal AND local French fashionista with a love for picnicking. Currently a student majoring in Communications at La Sorbonne, she is also a local Parisian with a passion for the city she has long known.
“I have always loved Paris, I think that it is its architectural beauty that first appealed to me as well as the constant movement and flow of out of control people. And in this city, you can always do what you want: get some fresh air, big parks aren’t lacking; educating yourself, nothing easier; go shopping at boutiques, crossing one or two roads will always suffice; drink a coffee, take a look around you…and for architecture, look up, you will never get bored!”
So, without further ado, here are Marjorie’s Top 5 Favorite Places in Paris:
I have always loved fashion, and for me, to live in Paris is a real delight because we can find all the boutiques we want. To find original and vintage pieces, I head to the Parisian thrift shops. I generally go shopping between the Marais and Hotel de Ville and among all the vintage shops in this neighborhood my favorite is Kilo Shop. Here, vintage clothes are sold by the kilo. Kilo Shop has many stores in Paris but I prefer the store located on rue de la Verrerie because it is the roomiest and the best stocked, in my opinion.
I live in an apartment, like a lot of Parisians. For summer nights after a long day inside, it’s nice to get some fresh air. And what better way to do that than to have a picnic? My favorite place is the Carousel Garden, between the Louvre Pyramid and the Jardin des Tuileries. The advantage is that besides its wonderful view, the atmosphere is relaxed and it is possible to extend the evening without being restricted by the closing time (which is the case in most Parisian parks).
Paris is always in motion. Outside of the parks, it is difficult to find a decent place to run: on the streets, the noise and the exhaust pipes do not make it the ideal place. However, an avenue that distinguishes itself by its beauty and its relative calm- L’Avenue de Breteuil. Being in front of the impressive Invalides dome, this avenue is surrounded by magnificent buildings in the Haussmann style: a true delight for the eyes. Furthermore, you can cross paths with other runners, which is always motivating!
It should be noted that it’s not required to be a jogger to appreciate the area. The large stretches of grass permit you to take advantage of the sun or to have picnics.
This little street that leads up to the Contrescarpe Place has a good number of perfect bars for students. The prices are unbeatable, the happy hours last for 5 hours (from 5:00 to 10:00), the bartenders are nice and the cocktails are very good for the price (5€ during happy hour!): a record! During my first year of college, we had the habit of going there every Thursday night to have a drink, and to spend the evening there and the beginning of the night.
As a student, I spend a lot of time at the library. After having tryed out more than 10, I can say that my favorite is the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information (Public Library of Information), located in the Centre Pompidou. Why? First of all, it is open every day until 10:00, even on Sundays. I go there after my classes and at these late hours, a very calming and warm ambiance prevails. I love it here because it is equally very bright, letting my thoughts take flight across the glass façade of the Centre Pompidou.