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Young designer, Jenna Maher takes Eclectic around Paris, sharing her favourite spots in the Rive Droite.

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Clockwise: Hotel Joyce, Chez Jeannette, Jenna Maher during Paris Men Fashion Week

Shop at:  Local  Antiquité Borcantes of Paris. Besides the huge  flea markets like Marché Saint Ouen, you can usually find local sellers out on the sidewalks of Paris. If you are looking to find one of kind furniture pieces, or a Polaroid camera circa  1970,  the Parisian flea markets are the place to find hidden treasures for the best prices. I usually go to this website where you can find when all of the markets take place and where. Usually each one lasts for 3 or 4 days.

Drink at: Chez Jeannette at 47 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, is a very popular spot for local Parisians. The interiors remain  similar to those in the early 1900’s. It is a great place to go if you want a time  warp into the golden age of Paris with a bottle of rosé and a l’assiette du fromage.

Stay at: Hotel Joyce. This is my ideal boutique hotel. While the guest rooms, are cozy and minimally decorated, the common spaces provide an an eclectic and trendy vibe that puts you in a world of its own. Its located at 29 Rue la Bruyère, 75009 Paris. Its located along the north side of Paris, close to the bars in Pigalle, and shopping at Galleries Lafayette.

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Clockwise: Parc de Belleville, Marchè Saint-Ouen (photo: Mizue Hayashi), Le Moulin de la Galette 

Eat at:  The Tuck Shop, an Australian vegetarian cafe which is located at 13 rue Lucien Sampaix, near Canal St. Martin. With its eclectic style and super friendly staff, it is hard not to fall in love with everything about it. For a light lunch, my personal favorite is their avocado, brie, cranberry and roasted walnut sandwich. Their menu changes from season to season, so always keep a look out for their latest recipes.

For a coffee, Duck’s Cafe is a small take-out coffee shop near metro Poissonnière. You can get anything from an Espresso to a Frappacino for a very good price (half-price for your second visit of the day).  If you’re not a coffee drinker, the Duck’s coffee Barista is enough of a reason to stop by…you get exceptional service and sometimes if you’re lucky, a nice message in your coffee cup.  113 rue la Fayette, 75010

For an evening reservation, book a table at Le Moulin de la Galette. After enjoying a romantic evening on their terrace, then tour around the Montmartre neighborhood and see the classic, historical sites including Sacré-Coeur and the heart of Pigalle.

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Clockwise: Tuck Shop (photo: Paul Mouginot); Silencio, Point Ephémère

Party at:  Silencio located right off of Grands Boulevards in the 2nd arrondissment. Before midnight, there are concerts, films, talks, live-performances, food tastings, and exhibitions. Afterwards, the club opens up to the public with renown DJs and bartenders that turn cocktail making into an art form.

Listen to: Point Ephémère in the 10th arrondissement.. This former warehouse-turned-concert hall is now the home to local artists and musicians promoting their work (painters, photographers, etc). They always have a good line up of artists, some well-known, and some new to discover. The location is right off the seine, which also makes for relaxing environment to enjoy a concert and a pint of beer. Point Ephémère: 200 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris Check out the program here.

Hidden treasure: Parc de Belleville has the best view of Paris by night.

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About Jenna Maher: For the past three years, young designer Jenna Maher has called Paris home,  where she is finishing her last year of fashion school while working with designers such as Phillip Lim. She plans to stay in Paris, where she will pursue design and continue to collaborate with designers before opening her own brand.

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