Visiting Paris? Check out the Marais neighbourhood and get a taste of classy Paris

Paris and Seine at night

This time of year the sun rises late and sets early and Paris is no exception. But you still see Paris in a light that is special to wintertime. This also means that there will be some astounding light displays in the city.

Take a small detour to the Place des Vosges in the southwest which offers a green lush area in the midst of urban Paris. You will also find many old-world restaurants to have that café au lait with a croissant. You can say that Marais is where French traditions still are visible. It is a famous meeting place for Parisians with its food scene. Whether you want to go to a boulangerie or Michelin-starred restaurants, this is by far the best district to find them.

After that, you can go for a walk and pass by Jardin des Tulieres towards Champs-Elysées. Also remember that aire du lèche vitrines is a popular hobby among Parisians (meaning window-shopping, but literally the French expression means window-licking). Window-shopping is a favourite pastime among Parisians, and you could always try it out yourself. Check out Sèvres-Babylone and the boutiques there. Also, walk through the Marais neighbourhood for a more glitzy show of shop windows and display of lights that creates magical night-time in Paris.

More inspiration for fun in Paris

The Motions of Paris in June.

Malaga to Barcelona (and well, Paris) by train.