PARIS Escape the City - Insider Guide with Maud Zilnyk

The founder of one of Paris's hippest organic grocery stores L'Epicerie Générale, Marseille-born Maud Zilnyk shares her secrets on where she goes in Paris and the best place to escape for the weekend.

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Escape the City - Insider Guide with Maud Zilnyk

The founder of one of Paris's hippest organic grocery stores L'Epicerie Générale, Marseille-born Maud Zilnyk shares her secrets on where she goes in Paris and the best place to escape for the weekend.

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Maud Kilnyk - l’Epicerie Générale.

Foodie aficionado Maud Kilnyk has always had an strong affinity with nature. Descending from a farming family, it inspired her to co-found l’Epicerie Générale, an organic grocery set in Paris’ 7th Arrondissement that is a haven of carefully-selected and locally sourced French produce. Born and bred in Marseille, Maud talks “the good, the beautiful, the organic ”  (L’Epicerie’s moto),  life in the 6th Arrondissement and weekend retreats to her family home in Marseille.

Where do you call home? 

“We rent a charming old 17th century apartment in the 6th Arrondissement” explains Maud, “with original wooden floor, loads of windows - a rare quality in Paris - flooding the house in natural sunlight. We also are lucky enough to have beautiful views of the verdant Pierre Bergé Garden, a colorful oasis in the heart of the city bought by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent in the 70s”. The 6th Arrondissement, part of the bustling Latin Quarter, offers a little bit of everything, from a taste of the bohemian lifestyle to world-class universities and sophisticated cafes and restaurants that seat the Senate. It is one of the most sought after residential neighborhoods in Paris to buy property. “The architecture, the streets, the atmosphere, and the cafés are what i love most about the area” explains Maud, “I feel like an extra on the set of a classic French movie when I am at the Café de Flore or the Les Deux Magots”.

Where do you like to hang-out in Paris?

Les Deux Magots

If ever there was a cafe that summed up the former literary heyday of St-Germain des Prés, it is this place.

6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France

Lunch: Rose bakery at the Bon Marché

Located on the second floor inside Le Bon Marché, the space is light and bright with a tasty range of organic cakes and pastries.

2ème étage, Le Bon Marché, 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France

Dinner: Casa Bini

Set on a quiet street in St-Germain-des-Prés, this italian restaurant is as authentic as it is tasty.

36 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006 Paris, France

Culture: Musée d'Orsay

The building itself is considered "work of art" and I always love the exhibitions at the Musee d’Orsay.

1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France           

Drinks: Da Rosa

Da Rosa is part épicerie, part restaurant- it is a must-visit spot for tasty organic wines and crafting a picnic of the finest products from Spain, Italy and Portugal.

7 Rue Rouget de Lisle, 75001 Paris, France

Where to escape for the weekend?

For the perfect weekend getaway Maud heads to Marseille in the South of France where she grew up. Nicknamed the 'Capital of Culture', this dynamic city is steeped with history and has recently undergone an impressive regeneration. “It offers all the advantages of a vibrant city; urban festivals, great cuisine and edgy bars, while at the same time - a short drive away - you can get lost in the crystal clear waters of the beautiful Calanques” explains Maud. “I normally stay at my mother’s place by the Vieux Port (Old Port), the beating heart of the city, perfect for admiring passing yachts and chic lunches. The ultimate lunchtime spot is Le Poulpe by celebrated chef Malthazar, serving amazing squid, octopus and calamari alongside a changing menu of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. There is also the sleek l'Ombrière, a mirrored pavilion designed by Norman Foster, or the vibrant bars and vintage shops of Cours Julien. For a tasty and genuine Italian trattoria experience in Cours Julien go to La Cantinetta" recommends Maud.

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