Four fantastic experiences in Paris this autumn

Each season brings out a different side of Paris' charm. The romantic blossoms in spring, the sun sparkled Seine in the summer, the majestic hues of gold in autumn and the festive warmth of winter. Everyone has their favourite season, but for us here at Franglish, nothing beats autumnal aesthetics. If you're like us and love being a flâneur around the city, here are some beautiful spots for you to discover in autumn!

Le Marché Président Wilson

Le Marché Président Wilson is known as one of the chicest markets in Paris, and it’s not difficult to see why. This never ending stretch of market stalls along Place d’Iéna offers a great variety of fine French produce, from the freshest fruit to Alsatian choucroute. The wonderfully coloured vegetables, such as natural purple cauliflower and yellow carrots are a particular feast for the eyes!  The merchants at this market are known to be particularly friendly and passionate about their produce, so it's also a great place to make conversation with real locals!

Perfectly situated a few steps away from Palais de Tokyo,  le Musée d’Art Moderne and Musée Guimet, not to mention being a stones throw away from the Eiffel Tower, make this market part of a day of cultural exploration. 

 

Address: Avenue du Président Wilson

Metro Line 9: Iéna 

Open Wednesdays 7am to 2.30pm and Saturdays 7am to 3pm

 

Du Pain et des Idées

Every Parisian has their favourite boulangerie, and disputing about the 'best boulangerie' can be a topic of fiery debate for the French. At Franglish, we think that Du Pain et des Idées has pefected the fine art of baking and we're certain you'll agree! Our favourite treat are the escargots (snail shaped pastries). The airy crisp of the outer 'shell', the silk soft layers of pastry, erobed in buttery goodness makes for the perfect marriage of textures. Choosing between the rose praline, chocolate pistachio or rum and raisin escargot is a tough decision! As for their bread, the taste and the way it's made is rather rare. Owner Christophe Vasseur takes pride in making all products by hand, not machine, and ferments bread dough for eight hours, rather than the average one and a quarter, before starting the baking process in a natural stove oven. Unsurprisingly, this traditional method of baking is no longer respected by most French boulangeries!  You'll definitely be able to taste the difference. 

Located just off the Canal St Martin, biting into the finest pastry or pain as you stroll along the canal is a simple yet wonderful pleasure of Parisian life.

 

Address:  34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010

Metro Line 5 :  Jacques Bonsengert

 

Le Parc des Buttes-Chaumonts

A hidden grotto, a lake of swans and a suspension bridge leading to a hill top temple. It can only be Paris' fine spot of verdant beauty called le Parc des Buttes-Chaumonts. Although this 19th arrondissement park is 61 acres large, it feels intimately small and cosy. On top of the island rock is the Temple of Sybille, inspired by Rome's Tivoli temple. It is the perfect viewpoint to overlook Paris and the gorgeous autumnal colours of the park. Stop off at the charming hill top bar 'Rosa Bonheur' for a well deserved pick me up after all the walking !

   

Address: 1 rue Botzaris, 75019 

Metro Ligne 5: Laumière

 

'Les passages couverts' at Grandes Boulevards 

The picturesque 'covered passageways' are examplar of Paris' finest historical architecture. Since being created as shopping galleries in the 18th and 19th centuries, the passageways have preserved their traditional charm with the old book shops, antique stores and cosy restaurants you find there today. Who knew that theses marvels, orginally built to protect merchants and shoppers from the rain, would become the historical gems of modern day Paris. As the months get colder, exploring these gorgeous lantern lit, glass roof topped passages will feel all the more satisfying. 

 The main passages are; Le passage des Panoramas, Jouffroy and Verdeau, all linked together around Metro Grands Boulevards.

The main passages include; le passage des Panoramas, Jouffroy and Verdeau,all linked together around the Grands Boulevards. Click here for more info  http://www.mairie9.paris.fr/mairie09/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?document_id=14928&portlet_id=978

Metro Lines 8 and 9 : Grands Boulevards

 

 

Image credits

Images 4 and 5 : radiomarais.fr 

cover image : gadling.com

All other images : Emma Ly 


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