August is an underrated time to visit Paris. In that month, it seems as though half the city has decamped to the beach. The streets are quiet, the blare of traffic having given way to a kind of Sunday-morning hush. And speaking of mornings, one of the nicest ways to spend it is with a stroll around the Marais in the third and fourth arrondissements. Once home to one of the city’s largest Jewish communities, the neighborhood has in recent years been a center of gay life, and, more recently, the favored haunt of the fashion crowd. There’s great shopping, good food, atmospheric cafés, and cobbled streets. Here are our favorite local spots:

From the shores of the North Fork or from a boat traveling the Peconic River from the bay to the sound, a grand white structure sits peacefully atop a hill for all to see that pass by. A steep and lush green lawn spans the front of the building, while large trees shroud the surrounding property. It’s hidden away and protected by the surround waters of Shelter Island, with access granted to those who drive along Shore Road or arrive by boat to one of two docks. This is the Pridwin Hotel.

Two evenings a month an impressive form of dinner theater takes place in Greenport.That’s when Taylor Knapp, a young chef, commandeers the kitchen at Bruce’s Cheese Shop. Some might call the ensuing production a one-man show. Knapp calls it Pawpaw, a pop-up restaurant. The pawpaw tree, or asimina triloba, grows wild in the eastern United States. For just a few weeks each year, its branches bear a heavy globular fruit of the same name. For Knapp, the fruit’s fleeting appearance, and disappearance, is an apt metaphor for the essence of seasonal and locally-driven cookery. Virtually every ingredient on the changing nine-course menu, which costs $60--not including beverages, tax, or tip--has come from North Fork farms, nearby woods, and local waters.

It’s an indisputable truth that life on the North Fork would be perfect if only there were a farm-to-table Thai restaurant in one of its towns. Mattie Bennett and Rupert Noffs, the Aussie co-owners of New York City’s justly-acclaimed Lucky Bee, see it that way, too. And so, for the second summer in a row, Bennett (the restaurant’s chef) and Noffs (its business manager) have opened a pop-up in Greenport. The Aussie couple, who are married, have set up camp at Bruce and Son at 208 Main Street, and will be serving dinner on select weekends through the end of August.

It’s one o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and Frank DeCarlo is in the kitchen of his lower Manhattan restaurant, Peasant, preparing for dinner service. On most days, the kitchen is where you’ll find him, never far from the massive hearth that is the restaurant’s center of gravity, which he built with his own two hands.