Gastronomic Tour of Paris

Paris is famous for its refined cuisine, but not everyone knows that the city boasts a wide range of food markets offering fresh and high-quality products. In this article, we will explore the best food markets in Paris and their distinctive products. Are you ready for this astonishing gastronomic tour of Paris?

Gastronomic Tour of Paris

The Rue Mouffetard Market

The Rue Mouffetard Market, located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, is one of the oldest markets in the city.

Here, you can find fresh products such as fruits and vegetables, cheeses and cured meats, freshly baked bread, and artisanal sweets and chocolates. The market traders are renowned for their knowledge of the products and their passion for cooking. The market is open every day except Sunday.

The Marché d’Aligre

Continuing our gastronomic tour of Paris, we visit the Marché d’Aligre. Located in the Bastille neighborhood, it is one of the most popular markets in Paris.

Gastronomic Tour of Paris

Here, you can find fresh products such as fruits and vegetables, cheeses, cured meats, fish, and meat. You will also find a section dedicated to prepared foods where you can indulge in specialties like croissants and crepes. The market is open every day except Sunday.

The Marché des Enfants Rouges

The Marché des Enfants Rouges, located in the Marais district, is the oldest market in Paris, dating back to 1615.

Gastronomic Tour of Paris

Here, you can find fresh products such as fruits and vegetables, fish, and meat. However, there are also stands selling prepared food, such as Moroccan and Japanese cuisine. The market is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

The Raspail Market

The Raspail Market, located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, is one of the most famous organic markets in Paris.

Gastronomic Tour of Paris

Here, you can find fresh organic products such as fruits and vegetables, cheeses and cured meats, organic bread, and pastries. It is open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Belleville Market

The Belleville Market, located in the Belleville neighborhood, is a market that reflects the cultural diversity of Paris. Here, you can find fresh products such as fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, and exotic spices. The market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

How to Choose the Right Market?

Each market has its uniqueness and offers different products. When choosing a market, it is important to know what you are looking for. If you want to buy organic products, the Raspail Market is ideal, while the Belleville Market is perfect for those who want to taste exotic foods. The Rue Mouffetard Market is perfect for those who want to experience local products, while the Marché d’Aligre is ideal for those seeking a wide range of fresh and prepared goods.

Additionally, it is important to consider the days and opening hours of the markets. Some markets are only open on certain days, while others are open every day except Sunday. It is also important to know that markets close early, so it’s better to go in the morning to find the best products.

During your visit to the markets, you can taste prepared foods such as crêpes, cheeses and cured meats, bread, and pastries. You can also purchase food to take home and prepare a special dinner. Markets are a perfect place to meet local producers and traders and discover the culture and gastronomic traditions of Paris.

In conclusion, the food markets of Paris offer a wide range of fresh and high-quality products.

Each market has its uniqueness and offers different products, so it’s important to choose the right one according to your needs. Visiting the markets is a unique experience to taste prepared foods, meet local producers and traders, and discover the culture and gastronomic traditions of Paris.

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Why a nomad lifestyle doesn’t guarantee you happiness

In my last article I was telling you about the advantages of a nomad lifestyle. It might seem to you like a perfectly happy life. But let‘s put the cards on the table! Being a nomad doesn‘t make you a happier person per se. A nomad lifestyle is not for everyone. You really need to want this and accept the compromises which come along with this lifestyle in order to really enjoy it. Let me tell you about the downsides of being a nomad, so you can evaluate if this is for you or not.

1. Loneliness

If you live a nomad life alone, like I do, you must be fine with being just by yourself sometimes. You might meet nice people on your way. Lots of new people. Maybe even too many new people. But after all, you don‘t have your best friends or family with you. There are plenty of moments where you miss them a lot. Obviously, you can make new friends, other nomads, who share your lifestyle. But it‘s not very likely that they will all follow your route. Nomad friends come and go.

On top of that, it is not easy to build up and maintain a romantic relationship. You need to find a partner who is willing to live the same lifestyle as you do to make it work. Forget about long distance relationships or visiting each other from time to time. It doesn‘t work in the long run, I have tried many times. Of course, if you love freedom, you might also enjoy the possibility of having several romantic adventures wherever you go. But the moment will come when you feel lonely and wish to wake up next to a beloved person. It may take some time to find that person.

In order to be ready for this, you need to have a healthy relationship with yourself. If you are that kind of person who enjoys being by him or herself for a good while, you are good to go. You are in a happy relationship and your partner wants to become a nomad, too? Jackpot!

Pidurangala Rock, Sri Lanka, 2022

2. Productivity

Since you need to settle from scratch every time you change your place, you probably need some time to find your daily routine and to get productive at work. Every place is different. Climate, food, different time zones and your social environment have a remarkable effect on your general wellbeing and your productivity. 

Also, there are so many distractions when living in lovely places. It is not easy to sit down and work when you have the beach just in front of you, knowing that you could just go for a swim or a surf session. That‘s probably one of the reasons why you have chosen to be a nomad. But keep in mind that this will affect your work, so set up your schedule wisely if you need to get things done.

Writing blog articles at MOND Cafe, Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka

3. Your life might be volatile 

Another reason for living a nomad lifestyle is doubtlessly the freedom you get to make your own choices. But it might happen that you don‘t really know how to deal with that level of freedom and all of a sudden this results in insecurity and groundlessness. Some people simply need guidelines to be set by someone else and they are lost when they are free to manage their whole private and work life on their own. 

As a nomad, you can plan a couple of months ahead, but you will probably not know what you will be doing next year. Some people love to have this flexibility, others feel insecure and restless. Are you one of those people who never came up with a good answer to the „where do you see yourself in five years?“ question in job interviews? You are ready to be a nomad!

If your answer is „I can’t even tell you what I will be doing in 5 months and that‘s totally fine“, you would probably enjoy a nomad lifestyle

4. Your ecological footprint

I wanted to list only three downsides of a nomad lifestyle, to have a good balance with my previous article describing the advantages. But I have to mention this one, because it would be ignorant not to do so. 

As a nomad you spend lots of time in airplanes. Either to escape winter or simply because you want to see many different countries. The carbon footprint is definitely not something nomads can be proud of. Of course you can argue that lots of managers, politicians and consultants also fly around more than actually needed. But you can‘t deny that you would fly less if you weren’t a nomad. Obviously, you can always choose to travel on land only, but then your choices are limited. 

The least thing you can do is to compensate for your CO2 consumption by paying fees to organizations like atmosfair for example. Additionally, you could try to live a more sustainable life by reducing your plastic waste, eating less meat, buying less clothes and engaging in environmental projects. But all in all, let‘s be honest – a nomad lifestyle is definitely not the most sustainable one!

Beautiful to the human eye – a nightmare for our planet

All this doesn‘t scare you at all and you are ready to accept the challenges? 

See you on the other side!

3 Reasons why I chose to live a Nomad Life

Since 2019 I am living a nomad life. And I would never change it back to my old life. But before I tell you my reasons for that, let me just quickly explain what a nomad is. 

Formerly, a nomad was defined to be a member of a group of people that travels from place to place to find fresh pasture for its animals and has no permanent home. Well, nowadays modern nomads do not need to find pasture anymore and they do not necessarily travel in a group. What is still applicable though, is that nomads have no permanent home. It refers to a person who does not stay long in the same place, a wanderer so to say. 

As for me, in September 2019 I gave up my permanent home, job and relationship back in Berlin to start living a nomad life. I was seeking adventures. I wanted to explore the world, without the need to wait for my next vacation. Vacations are always too short anyways, aren’t they? So here I am, changing my home every six months, exploring the world in my own rhythm, doing different exciting jobs here and there. And here is why I love it so much.

1. Freedom 

I have the chance to do whatever I like to do. I decide for myself what, where, for how long and for whom I do things. Some people opt for becoming digital nomads. They work remotely with their laptops from everywhere in the world. Entrepreneurs, virtual assistants, web designers, marketing experts and so many others found their happiness as digital nomads. I myself don’t enjoy working in front of a computer too much, so I work offline most of the time. I do many different jobs. Sometimes I work as a hike guide, tour leader or fitness trainer. Other times I am a hostel manager, guest relationship manager or a team leader for a sports travels company.

Occasionally I write travel blog articles or scout new tours that I can offer the next season. 

Of course, all this does not fall from the sky. You have to work for it. You must educate yourself, train hard, be eager to try new things, keep your eyes always open for new opportunities, grow a network and after all, think long-term. The end of your season is the beginning of a new one. What are you up for? What needs to be planned? Or maybe you just want to take a few months off to just travel? That is also possible. Just choose a country where you can easily live with your last season’s earnings and enjoy your extra large vacation. 

So far, I did not take any large vacation, because my jobs bring me so much joy, that I rarely need a time off. And how could I ever say no to my friends in Italy asking me at the end of the season if I can imagine taking over a Surf Hostel in Sri Lanka for a friend of theirs?! This possibility to be able to say „hellya, when shall I be there?“ – that’s the freedom I am thrilled about.

Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka, 2022

2. Discover many different countries

As a nomad, you can stay as long as you want (or in some cases as long as your visa allows you to stay). Some nomads just stay a couple of weeks, but most of us stay several months in one place. That is because you still want to have a home, at least for a certain time, and not backpack your whole life through. I myself mostly stay six months in the same country and take a job for that period of time. That gives me the chance to become good at what I am doing, to get to know a country better, to learn its language, to dig deep into its culture, to connect with locals, to get a real feeling for that country and make myself a home there. 

I always start from 0. Everywhere. Every 6 months. But as a pay back, I have homes and friends everywhere in the world. I have lost a little piece of my soul to each of the countries I have visited and especially to its people. So far, I have lived and worked in Chile, Portugal, Ethiopia, Sardinia, South Italy and Sri Lanka. 

Except Portugal and Chile, none of the named countries was on my bucket list. I threw that list away after a while. Because once you are in, you gotta go with the flow. You just take the next opportunity and accept the challenge to do something that you have never done before. Without this mind set, I would never have visited Sri Lanka or Ethiopia. And I am so grateful for these experiences. The unexpected ones are the best!

Hawassa, Ethiopia, 2019

3. No more winter!

Honestly, who likes winter? The dark season, where you barely see any daylight? Six months of waiting for better times… I am not a fan. And no, I also don’t like snow. There is no snow anyways in my hometown. And why is winter always so long and summer so short?

As a nomad you can choose to follow the sun. It‘s always summer somewhere. 

During the European winter, I go to exotic, warm countries seeking big adventures, like working as a tour guide in Africa or living in the Sri Lankan jungle. I never missed the winter, I‘d rather lose tons of sweat everyday than being trapped in the dark and cold for too long. 

If you are really craving winter, you can decide on your own for how long you wanna be there. I figured, one month of winter is enough for me. Which is why I try to avoid being in Europe during winter.

But, I love the European summer! Italian food, French non-chalance, island hopping in Croatia or hot Spanish summer nights? It’s up to you! 

I mostly stay in European countries in summer, because they are nice and easy going, Europe is my real home after all. 

It‘s also the best time to visit friends and family back home, which you shouldn’t forget if you don’t wanna be a very lonely person one day. Never forget all those lovely people back home, who support you, who think of you, who open their doors for you and offer you a bed when you come for a visit, who come to pick you up at the airport, who are loyal friends to you, even though you are most of the time not physically with them. These are the people you should be carrying around in your heart, wherever you go. Write them a postcard. Call them. Make them be part of your life but avoid telling them too much how wonderful your summer is, when they are going through a rough winter. Because, that’s your little secret 😉

Camerota, Italy, 2021

Explore Berlin like a local

Germany´s capital is one of the World´s most attracting metropoles to tourists and foreigners who want to settle there. As a person who grew up in the South of Germany and who has lived many years in Berlin I can confirm that this city is special – all in all very different from the rest of my country. Even now, living a nomad life, I often go back to Berlin to enjoy its multicultural flair, its abundance of awesome food places, shops and bars, the lovely green areas where all Berliners love to hang out and its openness towards everyone – no matter how crazy you are 😉 

Whenever you plan a trip to Berlin, you should not miss the following 5 Must-DOs, suggested from a „local non-Berliner“, because you can only call yourself a true Berliner if you are born there 😉 

1. Berlin for foodies and artsies

There is no chance that you will not be overwhelmed by the city´s variety of restaurants, street food stands and artsy places. So where to start and where to end? Make your life easy and just go to Boxi on a Sunday morning. 

Boxi is what we call our Boxhagener Platz – a meeting point for all kind of people and one of the most lovely neighborhoods in the city. Around Boxi you will find plenty of places where you can enjoy a proper Sunday brunch, followed by a stroll on the Boxi flea market. It takes place every Sunday morning and awaits you with an endless variety of clothes, kitchen utensils and even furniture. Of course the food stands are not missing – if you still feel hungry after your brunch go have a try. 

If you go to Boxi on a Saturday morning, you will find a lovely weekly market offering everything from local organic products to all kinds of Turkish spreads, Italian sweets, Portuguese pastries, fresh pasta, beekeepers honey, homemade soaps, jam, tahini or date syrup, basically everything you can imagine and beyond that. There are many stands with beautiful handcrafted items. Kiezelfen is one of my favorite stands, selling handmade jewellery made out of Berlin´s flowers – a nice gift or souvenir for yourself. 

Whenever you feel like having a coffee break, don’t miss the little coffee roastery Blaue Bohne at Seumestraße. It is a bit hidden in a small side street, but it has been the locals´ favorite coffee shop in the area, so you can trust them 🙂 For Berlin that is a general recommendation: stroll through the little back roads, because every corner has something different to offer. You can find the best food places and shops in these small streets, don’t get lost on the big main roads. 

Kiezelfen at Boxi Weekly Market

2. Berliners love water

The river bank of our Spree invites people to hang out and relax throughout the whole city. No matter if you go West or East, you will find an opportunity to cool down your feet in the water and enjoy a beer in the sunset – which is probably one of the locals´  favorite way to enjoy their after-work hours. 

It´s up to you if you want to do that in one of our biggest parks, the Treptower Park, or in fancy Mitte, surrounded by the stunning fusion of old and futuristic buildings of our Regierungsviertel, or if you prefer the relaxed vibes around the Landwehrkanal, where most of the young and forever-young people meet to sit at the waterfront enjoying their beers and pizzas, kebabs, falafels or whatever kind of street food. 

One of my favorite places around the canal are Maybachufer, Landwehrkanalufer and the famous bridge Admiralsbrücke, where people just sit on the street and play music – until the residents call the police to get rid of them. Well that´s Berlin…

River bank at Regierungsviertel Berlin

3. Berlin got culture!

We do not only drink beer and hang out in parks, we also love culture! I would say, Berlin itself IS culture, but of course you can also go to specific cultural spots. There are plenty of museums you can choose from, we even got a whole island full of museums! For that, please go to Museumsinsel

If you prefer something more artsy and less touristic, I recommend you to visit one of our Kiezkinos (small local cinemas). They don’t play the Hollywood Blockbusters, but a fine selection of international arthouse movies in original language with English subtitles, which you will not find in the big cinemas. 

During winter time they are the best option to spend a cozy evening, because you will be sitting on these old and comfortable big seats and sofas with side tables – like back in the good old times. Order a glass of wine at the counter to make your experience perfect. My favorite local cinema is B-Ware Ladenkino close to Boxhagener Platz.

In summer times, specifically from May to September, Berlin awaits you with a numerous variety of open air cinemas. We call them Freiluftkino. You find them mainly in the big parks throughout the whole city. My favorite one is Freiluftkino Insel on the Insel der Jugend, a small cozy island in our lovely Treptower Park. Grab a drink and get comfy in the sun chairs. Don’t forget to bring a jacket if it gets chilly later in the night, because, well Berlin is not known for its tropical hot nights 😉 

Open Air Cinema Insel der Jugend

4. Immerse yourself in the Berlin Lifestyle 

You are wondering why Berliners always walk around with beers in their hands? Well, that´s our lifestyle. We love walking and we love beer. So why not combine it? 

If you are looking for the best route to walk and join the „Berliners pilgrimage“ so to say, you could try this: 

Start at Admiralsbrücke, get a beer from a Späti (local shop) around there and walk along the canal towards Maybachufer. If you are feeling hungry you might drop in at Ammazza che Pizza, if not, keep going, there will be more food options on the way. After that pizza place you should start turning down south towards Reuterplatz. If you haven’t eaten yet – grab a falafel sandwich at Sahara Imbiss, but only if you are a peanut sauce lover 🙂 

Keep walking down south to Reuterkiez and explore the area. Don’t forget to get another beer if yours is already empty (the local shops also have non-alcoholic beer and other fancy beverages!). 

You can pay a visit to the park Hasenheide before heading further south to Schillerkiez. Once you got enough impressions of Schillerkiez, turn West to end up at Tempelhofer Feld for sunset. The former airport ground is one of our favorite leisure places in the city. It´s a vast field which offers plenty of space for walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, inline skating or simply relaxing in the grass. I have seen stunning sunsets there – make sure you´ll be on time!

Sunset at Tempelhofer Feld

5. Enjoy Berlin´s famous nightlife

Berlin is one of those cities which never sleeps. Take the last energy you have left from your crazy Berlin day and explore the city´s nightlife. You can start your night in of the bars, which you find in abundance in every Kiez (small neighborhood). If you like lively places, I can recommend Holzmarkt25, which is a big playground for adults facing the Spree river and awaiting you with different food options and – of course – beer and other drinks. 

If you would rather go to a small and cozy bar, maybe our Speakeasy bars are a good option for you. They offer high quality drinks and a nice atmosphere where you don´t have to shout to each other, but can actually talk. My favorite is the Truffle Pig, a hidden gem with excellent cocktails. You find it inside of the bar Kauz & Kiebitz, but you need to be brave enough to push the fire alarm button in front of the toilets and go through a mirror! Have in mind that seats are limited. 

If you still have energy left afterwards, you should check the clubs! Berlin is famous for its techno parties, but there are many alternative clubs for other music genres as well. It´s hard to recommend a club, but if I had to choose, Sysiphos and Berghain would be the favorites for techno and Gretchen for everything else. If you already feel tired, no problem at all! You can go to bed, which you can easily book via Tryvium, and then go clubbing on Saturday and Sunday morning 🙂 Maybe after that brunch at Boxi?

Truffle Pig Bar

How to prepare for a trip

When you go for a trip, there might be a couple of things to consider and prepare before heading off. If you are one of those people who struggle with all the pre-trip to-dos, you can follow these five tips, which will help you to be nicely prepared for your next adventure. As a nomad, I got the chance to improve my trip preparation procedure with every journey. Here I will show you what works best for me.

1. Make a checklist

Checklists help to get the chaos out of your head. Especially in these pandemic times you will need to double check for country entry requirements and local regulations. Make sure not to oversee a detail to have a smooth start. Do you need a visa? Are your travel vaccines complete? Is your passport still valid? Do you have international health insurance? Maybe your medical kit needs an update. Create a packing list to make sure you won’t forget anything. 

If you are traveling for a longer period you might need to organize some things at home, e.g. sub renting or canceling your flat, get rid of unnecessary stuff etc. Go step by step through your checklist to stay calm and focused.

2. Inform yourself about your next destination

You don’t want to stress too much about all that bureaucratic to-dos but you also want to feel the excitement of your next adventure waiting for you. Go get yourself a travel guide or browse through blogs and websites to catch a glimpse of the country you want to travel to. Maybe you will find out that you have to improve your packing list, because of the weather conditions or religion. If you plan to visit religious sites you shouldn’t forget clothing that covers your shoulders and legs. If you know people who already traveled to the destination you are planning to head to, talk to them and get precious first hand travel advice. 

When researching about a country, get yourself at least briefly informed about culture, history and geographics. If you are very motivated, you also could learn a couple of words of the national language to have a smooth start and get closer to the local people. Believe me, locals appreciate every single word you can say in their own language and you will have a much deeper experience and understanding of the culture

3. Stop traveling without packing cubes

Seriously, who doesn’t know that overwhelming chaos of clothes and other stuff in backpacks or suitcases? This is just extremely annoying and can be solved in such an easy way: get yourself packing cubes. I can truly say that they have improved my travel quality significantly.

You can organize your stuff very well and don’t even need to unpack it – you can just use the packing cubes as a wardrobe where your clothes will be stored without wrinkles. No need to roll them, just put them in as if it was a shelf.

When you arrive at your destination, you only need to get the cubes out of your backpack, forget about unpacking every single item – very practical when you change your destination a lot. This year, I managed to live completely out of my suitcase, I never unpacked it, because the cubes organized everything so nicely. You can order them online or get them e.g. at Decathlon

4. Go minimalistic

Do you really need all the stuff you are planning to carry around? We tend to overpack, especially women. Yes, I know that, I did that, too. But you will be very surprised, they have shampoo and conditioner in other countries, too 😉 Especially when it comes to cosmetics, I try to take as little as possible with me, because I can get everything locally. Of course, we will have to use another brand or product, but honestly, local people managed to live with that as well 😉 It’s a chance to try something new. Save weight in your luggage and leave the bottles at home. 

If you are traveling around a lot, it’s worth taking shampoo/shower gel bars with you. They are less heavy and quite convenient. I myself love the German product Duschbrocken – a combination of shower gel and shampoo in a bar. I also sometimes use it to wash my clothes and for shaving. Generally, I am a big fan of multi-purpose products in my luggage. 

When I pack, I ask myself: what do I need this product for? How often will I use it? If after months of traveling you find something in your luggage that you never used – kick it out. 
When it comes to clothes, you might also reduce what you take from home. Believe me, you will appreciate having some extra space in your luggage to bring back local things that you bought at a market for example. I personally like using merino shirts, because you can wear them for at least 1 week without washing and they serve for many occasions – be it hiking, working out or just for casual occasions. Using this natural fiber, you need to pack way less. Also, it dries very quickly when you wash it. You can get basic merino shirts at Decathlon, or if you want it more stylish and you are willing to pay more, check out Icebreaker.

5. Schedule your first days of arrival

Even if you like to be as flexible as possible, I can recommend you to have a plan for your first days of arrival to settle in, get used to the climate and maybe a different time zone, as well as to digest the first new impressions. 

Book your accommodation in advance, e.g. via Tryvium, save the address and contact data, make screenshots of your booking and inform yourself about the local transport system. If you travel to countries where you can’t necessarily rely on airport shuttles or an underground system, I suggest downloading transportation apps like Grab, which common in many South Asian countries. Using these apps you avoid unwanted charges as a tourist and you don’t have the struggle to find a taxi, bus or tuk tuk on the road, while you are all sweaty, loaded with your luggage and tired from the journey. 
Have a look at the city on Google Maps and pin your personal “wanna-go” places, so you can book an accommodation next to these places and avoid driving around. You can use Google pins smartly for your whole trip, e.g. star what you have liked, heart your very favorite places or flag the restaurants you still want to try out.

Even after traveling for years now, I follow those 5 steps before every new trip. It makes my travel much smoother and more enjoyable. And yes it´s some work to do – but it has always been worth it. I am sure, the more you travel, the more it becomes automatic and you develop your own preferences. Let me know about your trip preparation routine!


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