Bric-a-brac chic … a classic Paris flea market. Photograph: Alamy Three of the most common places to find collectable junk are marchés aux puces (flea markets), brocantes (second hand shops) and antiquaires (antique shops). The following list will give you a little taste of everything and help you discover the wonderland of Parisian knick-knacks and decor. Village Saint Paul
Marre de la foule de Saint Germain? Glissez vous dans le confidentiel passage Dauphine (entre la rue Dauphine et la rue Mazarine) et faites un break à l’Heure Gourmande. La très mignonne petite terrasse (4 tables de 2 places) donne sur le passage. L’endroit idéal pour boire un verre ou manger une glace l’été dans un cadre vraiment insolite Un véritable havre de paix entre en plein cœur du 6ème arrondissement surtout connu des étudiants de l’institut de langues qui lui fait face ainsi que les maisons d’édition du coin. D’ailleurs, rien que le passage Dauphine vaut le détour.
These days it’s all about going green, natural, organic, or anything else that is friendly to the environment (and to our bodies). When you’re home, it’s easy to support local farms through farmers’ markets or buy organic goods from the supermarket, but traveling internationally could pose a threat to your health-conscious lifestyle and eating habits…unless you know where to go to find organic products and eco-friendly services. In 2009, with the help of President Nicholas Sarkozy, Paris became proactive in supporting organic agriculture. The government cut subsidies given to large farms and redirected the financial aid to smaller organic and family owned farms. Paris has been the center of these organic or biologique (or bio) changes and boasts a number of successful organic and natural supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, wine shops, and even hotels.
By Sab Will, wannabe offbeat Paris street guru When I was asked to produce a list of my Top Ten Offbeat Things To Do In Paris for GotSaga , I thought, 'Easy-Peasy, Lemon... Squeezy!'. I was wrong. For a start, Paris is SO famous, even what seems to be offbeat, if you look into it, actually has about a hundred articles written about it already out there. I mean, there are entire books written about 'The Secret Paris' and 'The Unknown Paris' and 'The Hidden Paris' and the list goes on.