martinn your hostess at key2paris

Rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris


+ 33 6 03 48 29 29

Book with a Parisian expert ! Your host Martinn was born in Paris,  has worked in Paris in the Montorgueil area for decades,  still spends hours strolling the streets, attending conferences about Paris, reading books about Paris History, subscribing to Museums and trendy websites, visiting exhibitions  for her own pleasure but also to share with you and help you make the most of your stay.

Martinn loves cooking, attends cooking classes regularly, discusses with local suppliers and specialists... to share it with you on her "table d'Hôtes "and advise you for restaurants and Gourmet shopping. (and more)

Having lived abroad (US) and having lived- and still living- in an International environment, Martinn is bilingual and bi-cultural, knows about culture shock and will be delighted to help you deal with French culture and Parisians.

Looking forward to participating in your great Paris experience when you visit.


Martinn, your host

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RATP  large choice of public transportation available (buses, subways,  RER, Tramways, trains)

- The district is "pedestrian" but you may have access with a car or taxi for limited  speed and limited time. (Not 100% forbidden)

There are many public parking lots around.

Not recommending a car though.


 - Possible Transportation  booking from airport or train station. Ask Martinn about Taxi regulations.  (Please avoid unreliable shuttle companies)




Telephone : ORANGE one of the major Mobile Phone and Internet provider put on the market a card for Tourists staying a short time : mobicarte Holiday 2 hours calls , 1OOO text messages for the whole world, 1 Go  mobile internet in France  Valid 14 days for 39€99




- The "Place to stay" is 30 seconds-walk from rue Montorgueil and its colorful markets,  food shops, cafés and restaurants (from French, Italian to Cambodian and Thai), famous oldest pastry shop "Stohrer", one of the oldest coffee shop in Paris (Rocher de Cancale) ...

- Gourmet street  rue du Nil providing high end quality ingredients at 4 shops Terroir d'Avenir  and the well known Frenchie ( Restaurant, Bar, To go, wine store)
- Markets (with organic vegetables stands) rue Montmartre and Place de la Bourse

- from the Central Post Office in Paris open 23h/24h, 365 days a year. Very convenient.


- 1 mn walk from the “Place des Victoires” and its luxury shops. If you walk 5 mn beyond the place, you’ll reach the Japanese district and The Opera district and  behind agin the famous department stores, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.


- 2mn walk from a wonderful Medieval Tower and its exhibitions


- 2 mn walk from the former Paris wholesale covered market "Les Halles" (now gardens with shopping mall underneath), professional cooking utensils shops, cookbook store, Specialized grocery stores,  


Eglise Saint Eustache and its great concerts, a large movie theater and an Olympic size public swimming pool.





Medieval Tower rue Etienne Marcel
Medieval Tower rue Etienne Marcel

History at a couple of minutes walk


Medieval Tour Jean Sans Peur,  medieval Louvre, Saint Eustache church and its concerts, Louis the XIVth Place des Victoires,  Mansions, beautiful architecture, XIXth century Haussmann, and Eiffel style buildings,  Inside Passages,  XXIst century  Mall in Les Halles, buildings of different era in the neighborhood and many other interesting points of interest.

Guides at your disposal  and Martinn's recommendations.

Carnavalet :  Paris History
Carnavalet : Paris History
  1. Museums, Classic Theater and Movie Theaters in Paris center


- 7 mn-walk (0.6 Km) from the Louvre Museum, the Palais Royal gardens (the awesome "Grand Véfour" restaurant, its alleys and craftsmen), the Comédie Française theater (classics).

- 10mn-walk from the Pompidou- Beaubourg center and the Marais.


Here are some links to major museums, Movie theaters and drama theater walking distance, center of Paris


Musée du Louvre  (0.6Km)


Musée d'Orsay


Centre Pompidou-Musée Beaubourg


Musee Picasso


Musée du jeu de Paume


Musée de l'Orangerie


Musée Carnavalet


and Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée Cognacq Jay, Musée de la Vie Romantique, Musée Gustave Moreau; Hotel de la Monnaie...and many others ( ask Martinn...)


We are expecting a new Contemporary Art Museum in the former Bourse du Commerce rue du Louvre Fondation François Pinault... just 4mn walk from apartment ( 2019 ? )



Comédie Française


Ciné Halles Paris 1


MK2 Beaubourg


Martinn has a list of smaller Museums offering  wonderful collections away from beaten paths and crowds and in other areas of Paris ... To be shared after  booking.

Martinn  is going to most exhibitions for her own pleasure and to be able to  advise you while you stay.



Castles and Artists just outside Paris and Day trips





Lens  Train Station for the Louvre-Lens



Giverny , Monet's house & Gardens


Auvers sur Oise Van Gogh







 others parks and castles in Ile de France,  itineraries upon request after booking.

Martinn can help you organize some day -trips or weekend-trips from Paris







Nails and more
Nails and more



 Martinn can share a list of local good services if you need so (We believe in local businesses).


         - a hair dresser

Stylish, structured lasting  haircuts and  friendly welcome.


-helpful shop for swimming suits, stockings, underwear

- nails (hands and toes)


- a cookbook store : the BEST


-  Kitchen utensils


- And more...

Ducasse in Versailles
Ducasse in Versailles

Restaurants and caterers :


there are many to choose from. Different styles, different budgets, some new ones, some that were but are not anymore, some disappeared from my list because the welcome "accueil" was not up to my standards or because a better one opened nearby ...


This is a sample of  my list...

I have a whole folder sorted by   area or theme that I'll share upon arrival ; I can also make bookings for you.


In Argout  and close surroundings, just a few. More upon arrival: 


-  58 rue d'Argout excellent coffee, and one of the best carrot cakes in Paris, friendly atmopshere, can chat, read, check your emails... Matamata


- Want to taste  crèpes ?  French thin version of pancakes

try la crèpe dentelle


Le comptoir de la gastronomie rue Montmartre 2-3 mn walk excellent for foie gras, smoked fish all of Southwestern French food. Smiling service. A must. They also offer a grocery section to take home...


- Frenchie rue du Nil : from word of mouth this little  place has gained an International reputation and booking is not easy (I can help).

The wine bar is open and no need to book.

 They have opened a Frenchie to Go  open for lunch with nice deli food.


a good fish restaurant La Marée Jeanne


-  Not French but several Good Italians,


- If you are looking for some exotic flavors : there are a few good Thai restaurants in the area... in my folder, or discussion after booking


but also easy  a Greek, and now some Canadian Poutines


Many sweet addresses to indulge ...

- Eclairs at Atelier de l'Eclair rue Bachaumont

at L'Eclair de Génie, rue Montmartre, rue des Petits Carreaux, and again at Fou de Pâtisserie rue Montorgueil

and Stohrer


In The Forum des Halles area

A Ducasse address, 21st century brasserie at   Champeaux 

A. G (eaam) les Halles,  same chef as Maison Nicolas Flamel in the Haut Marais


Place des Victoires, 5mn walk from home,

A great bistrot with excellent classic French food, served generously with a large smile.... A landmark you should not miss

 Chez Georges


Bourse area :

- La Bourse et la Vie by Daniel Rose (well known Spring) small, intimate,  very friendly welcome. Food is great, Prices are reasonable for the quality. Better book ahead. My favorite 2016 discovery. and still is in 2017

- a typical French Brasserie, very nice décor good food and average price for lunch : Le grand Colbert

 - Les Lyonnais  by Ducasse. Bistrot decor ; young , energetic, smiling team ;

 - Coinstot Vino :  large choice of Biodynamic  small producers wine with plates of cold meat, cheese or smoked fish or later real menu ( fish is good). Friendly team.

 - Vaudeville beautiful Brasserie decor,  food is good, follow their deals on internet

In the Passage   you also have the choice for a 2 starred restaurant and a Non Gluten restaurant and bakery.

and more... upon request after booking...

  - Versance : elegant, good food, professional service,  a bit formal and expensive but deserves a visit at least.


- going towards Palais Royal,  excellent corsican food  A Casaluna


- going towards Grands Boulevard


in rue du faubourg Montmartre 8-10- walk from Argout , you have - to try "Bouillon Chartier" food is typical French brasserie style. Not gourmet but typical, landmark recipes,   VERY cheap and it is a must visit for the experience and fun.



 Of course there are so many… this is not an exhaustive list.

I have more recommendations for Right and Left Bank ( restaurants,  famous pastry shops, spices, grocery..). I have a list of cafés and Bistrots for almost daily meals and also those exceptional addresses, once in a lifetime experiences...



I also have an "endless" list of gourmet places in the

neighborhood or further off in every  Paris "village" where you can buy  "la crème de la crème" of products, to bring back home and enjoy relaxed after a long day of strolls in the City of Lights.


 I will share some with you after booking and more if we share more time around a table, a stroll ...



 If you have a sweet QUALITY tooth, do not miss  The Etoile d'Or with Denise Acabo, her famous hairdo and her even most famous, chocolates, candies, caramels... The best in each category... 

A l’Etoile d’Or
30, rue Pierre Fontaine (9th)
Tél: 01 48 74 59 55
Métro: Blanche or Pigalle

Cheese at La Fermette
Cheese at La Fermette

Where to shop in Montorgueil area : martinn will tell you where to find good cheese, excellent - and Historic -bread and cakes, chocolate and candies,  fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, organic, wine ... and some shops to avoid ...

StohrerBio C Bon , Naturalia, Tribolet rue Montorgueil, Terroir d’avenir

La Fermette, La mère de famille,  


cookbook store  Librairie Gourmande


Professional utensils : E.Dehillerin, Mora, Simon


Professional groceries G. Detou 


and many other selected addresses

Martinn can organize a chocolate Tour for you

or a wine tasting in Central Paris


Just a couple of days in Paris ?  Don't need a kitchen ? Would like to have your bedroom done everyday ? Don't need some personal services and exchanging with a local ?

 Hotel Crayon almost on rue du Louvre. Nice Boutique Hotel, friendly team

Hotel Bachaumont on rue Bachaumont. Just opened. Luxury address

Hotel Chopin in the Passage des Panoramas. fun location, nice team, reasonable tariff

Would like to try the left bank for a couple of nights ?  Contact Ian on my behalf at Hotel Saint Christophe. Bilingual and bicultural family.