The arrival of the long weekends in May always coincides with the first hot, sunny days. In the run up to this exciting month, the Kusmi Tea Communications Team decided to share its tips, habits, hotspots, and favorite destinations so you can make the most of these spring weekends!
Guilaine – Communications Director
I love spending my weekends unearthing gems at the Marché Serpette flea market in Saint-Ouen and its countless stands. I usually have lunch at Ma Cocotte, run by my friends Fabienne and Philippe Amzalak, who always offer a warm, enthusiastic welcome. There is a diverse, dynamic atmosphere, and it isn’t rare to bump into people you know. On Saturdays, I also like to discover a new Parisian neighborhood as if I were a tourist, looking for unique places, fun exhibitions, and delicious restaurants. I try to fill my weekends with as many things as possible; that way they seem to last longer!
Léna – Digital Project Manager
The long weekends of May in France are perfect for enjoying a breath of fresh air far from the city!
Every year I head to the Île d’Oléron in Western France near La Rochelle.
This setting is still untouched and is ideal for recharging your batteries. In the morning I ride my bike to discover the little markets on the island, such as the Marché Saint-Pierre, and buy some freshly-caught fish for lunch. In the afternoon I head to the beautiful Vert-Bois beach, a local surfers’ paradise, and play a game of mölkky with my friends. In the evening, you can stroll through the different towns on the island and enjoy an ice cream or a hot crêpe! And the best thing is that you can start all over again the next day!
Zoé – Communications Assistant
As soon as the first rays of sunlight appear, or a public holiday is coming up, I book my train tickets to La Baule. This small town is just three hours from Paris, and provides a great change of scenery.
The weekend begins at the La Baule market, and you can’t leave without trying one of the iconic local Fondant Baulois cakes. For lunch we cook the sole we bought at the market, served with Noirmoutier potatoes seasoned with sea salt.
The day continues with a bike ride along the wild coast of Pouliguen, where we generally stop at Tahiti beach, nicknamed for its crystal-clear water. But be careful, even in summer the water is still very cold!
And in the evening, what better than drinking a mojito in a Cuban atmosphere at La P’tite Case on Pornichet port?
Diane – Senior Digital Marketing and Communications Project Manager
The spring and the long weekends in May are the best time to relax and take some time out from Paris. Whenever I get the chance, I take the TGV high-speed train to Bordeaux, which takes just two hours!
The pedestrianized river banks offer a wonderful setting for a stroll, taking you past the Pont de Pierre Bridge, the Place de la Bourse, and countless sunny terraces. If you’re feeling hungry, then head to the Halles de Bacalan indoor market, where you can find fishmongers, Italian delicatessens, and butchers, and enjoy your meal on the long, shared tables. After lunch, why not discover the Cité du Vin? This museum created to showcase oenology offers an immersive, sensory adventure to discover the different cultures and civilizations of the wine world. And don’t forget to admire the incredible view from the top floor!
Next, I like to walk through the charming Chartrons neighborhood, home to antique dealers and adorable boutiques with an easy, relaxed atmosphere. Finally, cocktail enthusiasts will love Le Symbiose, where you can indulge in mouth-watering creations and dance until late!