La Buvette des Marionnettes, a hidden gem in the Luxembourg Gardens

In summer, what a lovely place to have a break in the amazing Luxembourg gardens.
The green metal chairs in the shade of the trees create a charming atmosphere for a coffee or tea, or lunch. The name comes from the puppet theatre next to it.
Buvette des Marionnettes
26 rue de Vaugirard
Metro: St Sulpice

Secret garden in the Marais: Square St Gilles Saint Veneur

All Paris neighborhood harbor small squares where it feels good to relax  in the shade but some are so difficult to  find that if someone does not give you the address it is impossible to find and the Square St Gilles-Saint-Veneur is one of them

To access it, you should take the rue de Hesse, or Harquebusiers, then cross the small porch in front of you and you will discover the smallest square of the 3rd districts beautifully decorated with climbing roses; So romantic!

My recommendation: on your way buy a sandwich made with french baguette and enjoy a peaceful lunch on the grass

Square St Gilles-Saint-Veneur
Rue des Arquebusiers
75003 Paris
Left end of the street

Metro: Chemin Vert ou St Sébastien Froissart

Pink, green, purple, A very colorful street paris!

Pink, green, purple, A very colorful street paris

With these facades of all colors, it is almost like Portobello but no we are in Paris a few steps from the Gare de Lyon ..the rue Crémieux is a very unusual street that you will find nowhere else. When sun rays comes, the residents of the street leave chairs et tables to make it a very friendly place

Rue Crémieux
Metros: Quai de la Rapée ou Gare de Lyon

La Ferme St Hubert in the 9th district! great address for cheese

What a good suprise to discover the new shop of La Ferme St Hubert who used to be rue Vignon in the 8th district where I was going more than 20 years ago..... A good address for their variety of cheese.

La Ferme St Hubert - 36 rue Rochechouart - 75009 PARIS (Metro: Cadet)

Paris flea markets! I love them and I alway find treasures for my Shabby Chic Homes

We have wellknown flea markets as St Ouen or Vanves but less known but very interesting are the "vide greniers " (car boot sale), the flea markets by neighborhood. They are held twice a year in all the Parisneigborhoods which makes a total of 40! therefore you might have a chance to visit one of them when you are in Paris. Some are made by professionnals but the authentic "vide grenier" is organized by residents. This one was held in the 9th district, rue de Rochechouart

What is the oldest pastry in Paris? Pâtisserie Stohrer (1730)

What is the oldest pastry in Paris?

Stohrer (1730): This is the oldest pastry in Paris, opened by the baker of the king Louis XV in the rue Montorgueil. It would have invented the baba au rhum, which remains one of the specialties of the house. Over time, Stohrer also became caterer, offering sweet and savory products in small or large quantities. The shop alone is worth the look, with its painted ceilings, tiled floors, mirrors and chandelier. Once you get there, hard not to be tempted by the many pastries sold

My recommandation: try the mille feuilles, delicious

Pâtisserie Stohrer
51 rue de Montorgueil
75002 - Paris

The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo - The British Amelie of the Kitchen

I bought Rachel's cooking book a month ago and She represents exactly the "vivre à la parisienne" that I want to share on my blog. I was glad to meet with her yesterday sharing a lovely dinner party called "once upon a table", on a peniche facing Notre Dame. Thanks to Fred from (his website will be launched in two weeks). In her book it says that Rachel is the British Amelie of the Kitchen and believe me (living in Montmartre I know exactly who Amelie is) she is, definitely. You can buy her book on Amazone and do not miss her videos on