Meet the author Marie Farman in Paris

Marie Farman author of the 500 Hidden Secrets of Paris
Marie Farman

This born-and-bred Parisienne is the author of The 500 Hidden Secrets of Paris and works as a journalist for several French magazines, writing mostly about design. She lives in the 20th arrondissement, close to the Père Lachaise cemetery, together with her partner and their two kids.

What Marie loves most about Paris

"There's the beautiful architecture of course, the Quais de Seine and their unique charm, but I also love the Parisian art of living, the pretty cafés and the good bakeries we have. And there's the social and cultural mix: Paris is open to the world."


Marie's perfect day in the city might look like this

“Mornings are the perfect time of day to go for a walk in the city. If I have an appointment in an area where I don’t come often, I take the opportunity to discover the neighbourhood. I like to go for tea in a new place or to visit a gallery where I haven’t been before: there are always new addresses to try out in Paris!

For lunch I’d meet a friend at the Italian canteen East Mamma, a warm, simple and delicious spot.

garden at Museé Eugène Delacroix
Museé Eugène Delacroix

I love small museums in Paris like Musée Bourdelle or Musée Eugène Delacroix, particularly for their charming little gardens. So I’d visit one of those museums after lunch, and then stop at Cire Trudon to buy some multicoloured candles. And because I’m a big fan of dark chocolate I’d probably also stop in one of the beautiful chocolateries in the city – I have a weakness for Jean-Paul Hévin.

Choosing where to go for dinner is always difficult, there are so many good restaurants in Paris… In any case you can’t go wrong with neo-bistrot Septime or Chardenoux, an authentic Parisian brasserie.”