May in Paris has lots in store for the first time traveller or the local expat. ?Some of you guys reading this come back every month for the to do list, and many of you are first time visitors to the site and to paris. So with that in mind I’m (slightly) changing the format to please both of you.

This means I’ll be including information on the present weather, new hotels I’ve discovered and other things that might pertain to a first trip to Paris.

For my regulars you’ll still find info on where to eat, what new to see in the galleries and what to do with the kids on the weekend.

The blog ideas I have in my head – never translate to the number of articles I write here, I just can’t seem to do it all – so if you’d like to know more about a particular topic. send me an email at [email protected]

Take the kids to the Brasil Fest at Jardin D’Acclimatation, enjoy Paris first ever Beer Week and Aeropress Championship, and a special curated art show by Pharell Williams ( GIRL) in the Marais…

Wishing you an amazing month of May!


Eat – Carette, Places de Vosges

carette paris porcelain cups

More than just some of the best Macarons you’ll taste in Paris. Carette is an institution for the best spot to enjoy coffee (or tea) in the cutest of porcelain cups and plates. Their lunch salads are so exotic?( crabs , shrimps, avocados), they don’t come cheap but you won’t regret it.

  • Address:?25 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris, France
  • +33 1 48 87 94 07
  • Price: salads 16 – 26 euros (tested and highly recommended). cocktails 14 euros.
  • Opening hours: 7:30 am to 11:30pm
  • Metro:?Saint Paul (line 1)


Drink – Bertie

bertie paris bar in the opera madeline area

The perfect place to take a break from the days sightseeing in a neighbourhood that’s quite chic. Bertie is located on a quite side street just beside .. and the stature. Waiters speak english and you’ll be surrounded by a mix of business casual and big sunglasses wearing types. Don’t expect anything fancy or innovative on the menu and the prices are a bit high – it’s just good to have a drink.

  • Address:?6 Place ?douard VII, 75009 Paris, France
  • Phone:+33 1 53 05 50 55
  • Price: glass of wine or beer averages 5 Euros.
  • Opening hours: 9:30am to 2am ( Closed on Sundays)
  • Metro: Madeline or Opera


Wander – Passage Moliere

passage moliere paris

I don’t know why I haven’t shared this with you guys before. But it’s one of my favorite and most hidden places in Paris. The cutest (colorful) artisan shops line the passage and at the end you’ll find a wine bar renowned by locals for its selection and food. ?Close to Centre George Pompidou, Anti-cafe, and Les Halles.

  • Address:?161 rue Saint-Martin, 3rd, metro Rambuteau
  • Metro: Les Halles ( Line 11)

Stay?-?Hotel 123 Sebastopol

Visited this new hotel recently and fell in love with the cinematic decor and the conscientious staff. ?Central located walking distance to the?Marais?or Centre George Pompidou or even the Seine. Just across the street from my sons favorite?museum La Gaite Lyrique.

Tips – Paris ?Weather in?May

This first week of May has been really wet and you’ll still need a jacket if not a coat with temperatures averaging 13*C / 55*F. ? I’d say if your thinking of what to pack; definitely a light waterproof jacket and you can buy some umbrellas here. The rain never last very long in Paris, so it will be here today and gone tomorrow.


NOT TO BE MISSED, MORE Things to do in May:

1.?French Aeropress?Championship– ?Read more on the Facebook page.

Open to baristas and amateurs of coffee. Register here:[email protected]

Teaser French Aeropress Championship 2014 from Chung-Leng Tran on Vimeo.


Date:?Monday, May 19?at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Address:?Fragments, 76 rue des Tournelles – Paris 3e.

Free entrance.?

2.??G I R L?, Galerie Perrotin?curated by Pharrell Williams

Opening: Tuesday May 27, 11am-7pm

Salle de Bal, Galerie Perrotin, Paris / Mai 27 – June 25, 2014

pharell paris art exhibition helen

?G I R L? is a contemporary art exhibition, which brings together?approximately 40 artworks ? including 10 specially produced works.
The exhibition will be presented in Galerie Perrotin?s new space, the?Salle de Bal, a former ballroom at the H?tel du Grand Veneur, a 17th?century H?tel Particulier in the Marais area of Paris. This selection of?artists close to the gallery and the musician form a kind of operatic opus,?where muses have come together to pay tribute to femininity through?the vision of 34 artists ? 16 of whom are women.

3. Paris Beer Week -?24 May to 1 June 2014.

beer week paris

Beer makers and beer lovers unite. Over 50 events in 25 location over the city. Beer tasting, documentary, dj sessions…etc

Organized by Bi?res et Papilles.?More information on?


4.?Brasil takes over Paris – until May 11th – Jardin D’Acclimatation

Food, activities, concerts, workshops, photo exhibitions , beach volleyball..

KIDS:?(Great for the entire family)

Youtube video here.?

flavia brasil paris

Concert of the bomb?Flavia Coehlo – ?May 3rd at 5:15 pm.?


?5. Paris Museum Night

For one night only you can visit Paris museums for free all night, Saturday May 17, 2014.??Nuit des Musees: More info on the official website.?




  • Reply March 3, 2016


    Thank you so much for these tips! I have been reading all your posts about Paris, as I am going this summer and am in love with your blog! It is so informational and comprehensive! And through all of these photos, I almost feel as if I have already traveled to Paris!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Reply March 5, 2016


      Thank you Rae. Oh I’ve just discovered your blog and love it! can’t wait to be back in Berlin. Let me know when you’re here!

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