This city has no Jewish story. Why you don't write one? Find out how here
The Eiffel Tower Guided Climb gives you the opportunity to climb the Eiffel Tower with a guide who will share with you the history of the tower and point out the surrounding sites as you get to the top. You won't have to wait in the long elevator line and you will definitely get a good chunk of your daily steps in. There may be a line for the stairs, but this is still much shorter than the elevator line. Your guide knows the 704 step climb isn't easy and has prepared several stops along the way to share fascinating stories and legends about the world's most visited landmark. During the first section of the clumb, you will learn about Gustave Eiffel, the young engineer, entrepreneur, and builder of the magnificent tower. If you're worried about bringing kids on this tour, many people who reviewed this tour said it wasn't a problem and their kids loved it. Because of the breaks between levels, the climb isn't as daunting as it sounds. On the second level is where you feel a real sense of accomplishment. You can gaze out at the breathtaking views and enjoy the birdseye tour of the entire city. Your guide will tell you about the districts and monuments such as Les Invalides, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Montparnasse, and Champs-Elysees. This tour is a once in a lifetime experience that will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, insight on the tower's history, and many wonderful photos to show friends and family when you get home.
There's no better way to explore the culture of a city than through the local cuisine. On this tour, you will taste a wide variety of French culinary delights including French cheeses, sausages, croissants, baguettes, macarons, chocolates, pastries, and local wines. The tour takes place in Le Marais district because the guides believe that all visitors must explore this historic district during their stay in Paris. It is here where you will truly feel the history of Paris and enjoy the beauty of Paris from medieval times. The tour begins in the beautiful north area of Le Marais and ends in the busy streets near Saint Paul metro station, allowing you to see two very different parts of the district. When the tour concludes, you are encouraged to walk around and further explore the shops, galleries, and museums that make up this district.
Paris is a city filled with rich history and culture, but there are so many hidden facts to some of the city's top attractions and stories behind almost every corner. The big Saint-Sulpice Church, for example, was once a hayloft, and the building where the president works, the Elysse Palace, was once a gambling house. Thanks to the research made by the team at Paris Charms & Secrets, hundreds of strange and personal stories that were hidden somewhere in old books and documents, have been brought to life again. Did you know that there is a link between Al Capone and the Eiffel Tower? Or that the Eiffel tower had a younger sister? Paris is a mysterious city and on this tour, you will learn some of the top mysteries and the stories surrounding them. When you take a tour of the Louvre, you might hear a few details about the architecture, but at Paris Charms & Secrest, you will hear a story about the museum's greatest scandal. The goal of this tour is to provide you with the lesser known, hidden stories and details, that you won't find anywhere else. This tour is done on an electric bike because you travel more than 20 km and this is an effortless way to cover as much of the city as possible in four hours. There is no other tour that travels this way, but it's perfect for staying out of traffic, entering protected areas, keeping the group at the same speed, and being able to enjoy some fresh air. By now you've read a few of the hidden facts that the historians at Paris Charm's & Secrets dug out for you, but there are plenty more stories waiting to be told. If you want a fascinating, slightly unconventional tour that takes you to the places less traveled and tells you the hidden secrets of Paris, this tour is for you.
Florence Kahn Bakery and Delicatessen is a Jewish-style bakery and pastry shop in the heart of the Marais. The stunning blue mosaic that covers the shop's exterior is likely to grab your attention and pull you into the shop, even if you are just passing by. The mosaic was created by a master artisan in 1932 and is considered a historical monument of Paris. The same artisan also decorated several other shops in the Marais, so be sure to keep your eyes open when exploring the area. One in particular is the former horse butcher’s shop which you can find near Florence Kahn's on the corner of Rue Vieille du Temple and Rue du Roi de Sicile. If you go on a nice day, you will be able to enjoy your Yiddish pastry or homemade chicken soup in the fresh air at a table set out on the terrace. But don't be disappointed if you don't come on a sunny day, because the inside is just as relaxing and gives off the fabulous aroma of fresh baked goods. Some of their most popular menu items include their corn beef sandwich, pastrami, apple strudel, yogurt cake, challah, and cheesecake, but you really can't go wrong. If you love traditional Jewish food prepared fresh just the way your grandmother would make it, this shop is for you.
Pitzman is a combination of a deli and bakery where Jewish and French cultures come together to create a cozy environment with delicious food. This restaurant is very accommodating to dietary needs with gluten-free falafel and vegan options. While devouring their crepes, pastries, bagels, falafel, and Israeli and French wines, you can also enjoy soft jazz music and the friendly staff. The interior is small and very casual with many locals coming in and out with take-out orders. This is a great place to stop when you're out and about exploring the city, and with such a variety of options, there is something for everyone.
L'As du Fallafel is a lively kosher Middle Eastern restaurant located in the Pletzl Jewish quarter in the Le Marais neighborhood. The restaurant is known for its falafel sandwich served with eggplant and hummus, but you can create your sandwich any way you want with a variety of toppings. There is often a line packed with both locals and tourists, some who are coming for their first time and others who have been coming for years. This restaurant is great for vegans and vegetarians, or anyone looking for an authentic falafel experience.
Andrea is originally from Venezuela and has been living in Paris for 2 years. She fell in love with energy, colors, and architecture of Paris during her first visit, and since moving there, her love for the city has only grown! Around every corner, there is a unique story, and every street gives off its own personality. While Andrea has several pre-designed tours based on different topics and interests, she is happy to create a custom tour if there is something specific you are interested in. Some of her tours will take you to popular landmarks and sites, while others are based on specific themes such as fashion, sports, urban life, Bohemian culture, and Paris-filmed movies. Andrea wants to share her love of Paris with you and show you another side to the city that you wouldn't otherwise know or might miss while exploring on your own.
Elisa was born and raised in western France in the city of Brittany. She studied art history, Spanish, and English, became a licensed tour guide, and then finally moved to Paris. There are several tours Elisa offers and she is allowing willing to adapt the tour to fit your family or group's interests. She can take you to the Opera House or the Eiffel Tower, take you on a day tour of the city's highlights and top attractions, and even take you around the Louvre or Orsay Museum, showing you some of the most famous masterpieces. Maybe you want to explore Auvers-Sur-Oise, the town where Vincent Van Gogh lived, or visit the Basilica of Saint-Denis, where the French kings are buried. Wherever you decide to tour, Elisa will make sure you have a relaxing day filled with history, fun, and memories.
Alex is a native Parisian and licensed tour guide, offering tours to individuals and groups up to 12. Limiting the group size is a way to make sure all tour participants can hear the information and comfortably ask questions without fighting to get to the guide. Alex's tours can last anywhere from one hour to the entire day, he can purchase tickets ahead of time to help you avoid long lines, and will even help you plan your visit to Paris. With Alex, you will explore Paris like a local, while gaining insight on some of the city's top landmarks and discovering the hidden secrets of the city itself. Alex does not have premade tours, he simply creates a plan with you based on your interests, needs, and time constraints.
La Chambre du Marais, or the Chamber of the Marsh, is located on the Rue des Archives in the center of Paris, an ideal location for exploring the historical Marais district. Just a few minutes walk from the hotel brings you to the Picasso Museum, the Georges Pompidou Center, and numerous attractions, art galleries, and shops. The building was build in the 18th century but was reconstructed by Aurore Vachette and stylishly designed by Philippe Jégou and Aurore Vachette de Lesquen. Inside the hotel, there are nineteen spacious and authentically decorated rooms where guests can stay and enjoy the hotel's top class services. At the heart of the hotel, you will find Bar del la Veuve, a cozy lounge opened to both hotel guests and locals from the neighborhood. In the morning, the bar serves breakfast from 7 am until 12 pm, perfect for guests wanting to sleep in a little later. From noon until 2 am, you can enjoy a cocktail or choose from the bar's fine selection of wines. The hotel's excellent reviews are usually what draw people to La Chambre du Marais as many people enjoy the smaller size of the hotel, the friendly hotel staff, and all the great services the hotel provides.
The Hotel Saint-Marc was built in 1791, extending from the rue Saint-March to the ramparts of Paris. It was one of Paris' most elaborate properties during the 18th century, built on the private residence of the Duc de Choiseul. Today, this historic piece of French heritage stands as a marvelous hotel where art, design, comfort, luxury, and relaxation come together. Just steps away from the hotel, you'll find the Opera House, the Louvre, theatres, boutiques, and galleries. Inside the hotel, there are six different rooms and suites to choose from, depending on the services you want and which size suits you best. The wellness center, featuring a hammam, hydromassage, and counter-current pool, is free for all hotel guests, and additional massage treatments can be booked for further relaxation. The Hotel Saint-Marc is a sophisticated oasis where you can make yourself feel at home and indulge in all services the hotel has to offer. Here you will enjoy the hotel's hospitality, tranquility, and receive a personalized experience that will make you feel as though you have a home away from home in the center of Paris.
La Villa Haussmann is located in the heart of the 8th arrondissement, facing the Arc de Triomphe. It is in a very centralized area with attractions, shops, cafes, and museums in all directions—just step outside the hotel and you'll already find yourself surrounded by the bustling city life. The design and architecture of La Villa Haussmann represent a style similar to that of the Second French Empire, making the hotel a truly iconic place. At the hotel, you can find several luxury services including a trendy bar and restaurant, the N3, and a relaxation center located in the basement level of the hotel. Here you can schedule a Swedish or deep tissue massage, or relax in the pool or at the hummam. The hotel also offers several services to make your stay as comfortable as possible including bathrobes, slippers, ergonomic pillows, universal power adapters, international newspapers, a minibar, and a Nespresso coffee machine. La Villa Haussmann is not just a hotel, but an experience that is sure to enrich your stay in this amazing city.