Le Musée Du Vin, 5 Square Charles Dickens / Rue des Eaux, 75016
I’ll start with somewhere close to Molitor, in the 16th arrondiseement – a charming neighbourhood found in the southwest corner of the city known for its museums, top restaurants and leafy parks. Staying here is a great way to experience Paris as the local Parisians do. Le Musée Du Vin is a secret spot in the Passy neighbourhood and a top tip in the area surrounding Molitor which I am often recommending to guests. A museum dedicated to wine, it is located in an underground passage built in an old monastery from the 15th Century. Whilst marvelling at the architecture, visitors can discover the history of French wine-making through a rich collection of over 2,000 artefacts depicting wine-making and wine-tasting.
Le Musée Eugene Delacroix, 6 Rue de Furstemberg, 75006 Paris
In the 6th arrondissement, discover Le Musée Eugene Delacroix located in the magical St Germain des Prés. Le Musée Eugene Delacroix is an art museum dedicated to painter Eugène Delacroix – in the studo where the artist himself lived. Delacroix is considered one of the greatest painters of the 19th Century. The chic St Germain des Prés area is home to luxury shops and eateries, gallery-lined streets and quaint booksellers selling vintage titles along the banks of the Seine, conjuring up visions of eras gone by, whilst literature fans will love iconic cafes like Café de Flore, once favoured by writers such as Ernest Hemingway. The pièce de résistance is the medieval Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris’ oldest church.
Passerelle Debilly, 75007 Paris
Not many people know about this spot but this bridge, suitable for pedestrians and cyclists, links the 16th arrondissement to the 7th. It is known locally as the gateway of the twentieth century, and visitors taking a stroll across it will be rewarded by breathtaking views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, away from the hubbub of the Trocadero. The bridge is made of a large metallic framework, decorated with dark green cermanic tiles designed to give the impression of waves.
La Vignes De Montmartre, Rue des Saules, 75018 Paris
An unusual highlight in bustling Paris, far away from the typical tourist spots is La Vigne de Montmartre. It is the oldest vineyard in Paris and makes for a very cool day out. Visitors can discover the stunning 3,250 feet vineyard which is lovingly taken care of all year round. The wine produced here is called the ‘Clos Montmartre’. Each year around 500 litres are produced using traditional methods, which guests can learn more about during their visit.
Le Jardin Du Musée De La Vie Romantique, 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris
One of my favourite museums in the city, and one of the most understated, Le Jardin Du Musée De La Vie Romantique features a number of Romantic canvases, sculptures and pieces of art, as well as personal mementos of the the romantic literary figure George Sand, including family portraits, household possessions, pieces of jewellery and memorabilia. Whilst the museum itself is well worth a visit, it’s the hidden garden and courtyard sheltered within which is a top tip I recommend to our visitors. A perfect spot for quintessential French charm, nestle on the shaded terrace under the trees and enjoy a delicious brunch, signature pastry or piece of cake whilst enjoying a good book. Heaven.
Louis Vuitton Foundation, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
A more well-known but not to be missed spot is the Louis Vuitton Foundation, located close to Molitor. The gallery displays exceptional contemporary art collections (both permanent and temporary) whilst vistors are also drawn to the architecture of the building itself – a marvellous display of contemporary architecture designed by American Frank Gehry. The revolutionary use of glass creates a truly unique building and a must-visit sight in the city. Inside, alongside the amazing displays, visitors can enjoy panoramic city views from the different terraces.
Bistrot Paul Bert, 22 Rue Paul Bert 75011 Paris
A charming and heart-warming bistro, visitors will feel as though they’ve wandered into the chic French bistro they’ve been dreaming of. Menu highlights include fantastic steak frites, and divine desserts. It’s classic French cuisine at its best.
Bouillon Julien, 16 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
A historic Parisian gem, loved by the locals, this restaurant is known for its Art Deco design as much as for its delicious meals. Bouillon Julien originally opened in 1906 and became known for its famous clientele including Ernest Hemingway. It was recently immaculately restored to its former glory by British designer John Whelan.
Deyrolle, 46 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
For one of Paris’ most unusual spots, which may not be to everyone’s tastes, Deyrolle is a famous taxidermy shop which has been in operation since the mid 19th Century. With a well presented collection and knowledgable staff, this shop often becomes an unexpected highlight of the city for visitors.
Concierge tips provided by Molitor Paris.
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