Paris step by step – the 3rd arrondissement

by Sharon Santoni

Continuing my tour of Paris, with some addresses you may find useful for your next visit.

I love the third arrondissement – it is chic, it is loved by Parisians, the place for culture vultures, the place to be parisian, the place to seek out little known private galleries, to eat on café terraces, the place to re-discover Picasso and enjoy the sixties throw back at the Pompidou, a place to wander, a place to get lost …..

Among my favourite addresses  …  and in no particular order ….

the Picasso museum at the Hotel Salé,  it has been closed for renovation for two years, will be re-opened this June – YAY!  a wonderful museum, in a 17th century building, great place to go with children, plenty of light and space and not so big that you lose the will to live …

the Pompidou centre – how can you come to Paris and not visit the Pompidou?!   A 60’s architectural monstrosity but I love it – enjoy the exhibitions that open late at night, enjoy the view over Paris from the top floor, enjoy the café in the same place , and this year until June especially enjoy the Cartier Bresson show ….


and for the history of Paris, don’t miss the Musee Carnavelet

a place to wander … the rue Charlot, full of galleries and quirky clothes shops and hip restaurants …

the Passage Moliere for its edgy design boutiques, and book shops and places to sit and enjoy a coffee ….

if you are interested in the links between French and Swedish decorative styles, then don’t miss the Swedish Institute at the Hotel de Marle, 11 rue Payenne.   Great café too!

where to stay? … for somewhere special and intimate – complete with chocolate labradors – that feels  more like visiting privileged friends than staying in a B&B then head to the Marais House ….

If you are a fan of Christian Lacroix, then stay in the hotel he decorated, le Petit Moulin, high in colour and well positioned for visiting on foot …

and where to eat… so much choice here!  … Les Enfants Rouge for a fun and authentically French cuisine , or Dessances for desserts, desserts and more desserts!


and if after all this walking and visiting and eating you woudl just like to sit down and enjoy some calm, then head to the Jardin Saint Gilles Grand Veneur, rue de Hesse, and simply enjoy the roses!


I’ll be back next week with some ideas for visiting the 4th!


If you missed them, here are my step-by-steps around the other arrondissements so far:

1st arrondissement2nd arrondissement; 3rd arrondissement;   4th  arrondissement;            5th arrondissement6th arrondissement 7th arrondissement


jennifer saunders April 19, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Thank you for these wonderful Paris-step-by-step posts! I’ll be using them all when we come to see you in June! We can’t wait!

Susan jones April 19, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Oh your posts make me want to schedule my next trip to grand Paris!!

Colleen Taylor April 19, 2014 - 8:05 pm

What a treasure trove you are of information Sharon! These are all drool worthy, on my list now I just need to GO! Thank you for all this information, very valuable I might add. Happy Easter my friend! X

alison April 19, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Thank you so much for these lovely blogs- the photos are just gorgeous! We are excitedly planning a trip to France next year and will be spending quite a bit of time in Paris – busy organising all the things to see while we are there and loving the photos that make our trip seem so much more real somehow!! Thankyou for all the valuable information I am sure many of your destinations will be on our to do list!!!

Peggy Braswell April 19, 2014 - 11:42 pm

wow how wonderful those places are.

Esther George April 20, 2014 - 12:54 am

Hi Sharon it is Easter Sunday morning and I have been amongst food preparing to go to my mums, it’s been busy but your blog has managed to put me in a calm and dreamy state of mind and the last photograph of the garden I’m there already. Thank you for opening your beautiful world to us it means a lot. Have a wonderful Easter. Till next time Regards Esther from Sydney.

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most useful blogs on the web. I most certainly will recommend this blog!

Lucia April 20, 2014 - 7:37 am

Thank you so much for the wonderful information! I wish I had a trip planned to Paris!
Loved the photos!
Lucia in California

Suzanne April 20, 2014 - 1:39 pm

I just love your virtual tour of Paris — it really brings the flavor of the city to life. Keep them coming! Merci.


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