Top 10 addresses for a shopping tour in the Marais

 

Hi All, it’s Flo.
It’s been almost 2 months since we opened our new store in the Marais in Paris.
Spring is around the corner and we thought it was a good time to kick off a series of posts where we share with you the spots where we usually hang out in the Marais. You’ll find places to have lunch, a coffee, dinner or the “aperitif”, our favourite shops and a couple of our “hush-hush” secret locations…
Enjoy and don’t forget to drop by our place 26, rue de Saintonge.

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First things first, transportation. The tube station you need to drop off is Filles du Calvaire. Follow the Boulevard du Temple towards the Place de la République and turn left in the first street: the rue de Saintonge. On your left after the post office, you’ll notice a concept store named Hold Up’. It is a women ready-to-wear multi-brand shop (i.e. Karl de Karl Lagerfeld, Leon & Harper, T-Shirts from blogger Margaux Lonnberg, jeans LTB, Mary bags, Lou Heven, …) and they really have a nice selection.

Carrying on the rue de Saintonge, you’ll walk pass various restaurants I haven’t tried yet, so no advice there. Before you reach the rue de Bretagne, at the 52, there’s a minuscule taqueria La Candelaria, and at the back of it, a bar you’ll want to remember if you like great cocktails (one of Time Out’s 100 best bars in Paris). Amongst others, make sure you try the Jardin du Mémé (chartreuse, Saint-Germain, lime, absinthe and egg whites) and the Guapo (mescal, tequila, chipotle, agave, red pepper and lime). There are many others of course, just abandon yourself to the talent of the in-house mixologists.

You are now arriving rue de Bretagne. Let’s say it is lunchtime, where to go? You have 2 options. One is Le Bougnat 28, rue de Saintonge just next to our store. It is kind of an institution in the neighbourhood; the couple that runs it have been doing so for the past 30 years. It is very typical and if you ever want to try French cuisine like the one my grandmother used to cook for me, this is the place. The blanquette de veau (creamy veal stew) is fabulous, the alligot, a melted cheese and mash potato dish from Auvergne, is prepared in the “règles de l’art” and delicious, the chocolate mousse is wonderful and the various pies feels like they have been made just for you by a loving auntie. The wine selection is smart and very affordable.

The alternative is “Le Marché des Enfants Rouges”. Located 39 rue de Bretagne, a small gate with a sign announces the entrance to one of the most atmospheric of Paris’s food markets. It features an impressive range of Italian, Lebanese, African, Japanese, and other stalls. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy a snappy takeaway, there are plenty of artisanal and organic food stalls too. This covered market takes its name from the 16th-century orphanage that used to occupy the site; the red of the children’s clothes indicated that they had been donated by Christian charities. The orphanage closed before the revolution.

If you are kind of a sugar tooth, you might want to stop by Popelini, a small pastry shop specialized in “choux à la crème”, little cream puffs toped with a glazed icing. Beautifully lined behind a glass counter, rows and rows of delicious, cute and pretty gems are waiting for you. Salted caramel, coffee, praline, they are available in around 10 subtle flavors, and if you are invited for dinner they come perfectly packaged in long boxes. Do not resist, you’re up for a treat…

Across the rue de Bretagne starts the rue Debelleyme, the big shop there is the Prairies de Paris, both a fashion store and a space dedicated to art shows and happenings. A bit further is a kid’s fashion boutique called Zef. Its designer is the daughter of fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. She draws her inspiration from the boho-chic aesthetic with a classic Italian twist. The result is soft muted colors with adorable details. Boots, sheepskin gilets (like ours) and hats are part of the look.

Turn left in rue de Poitou and make sure you check Hermes’ Chief Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire store. It is just gorgeous. Very expensive of course… I suggest you please your eyes and carry on a bit further to HOSES store. Created by Valery Duboucheron, a fashion consultant and a stylist, but most of all a person with the heart in the right place, Hoses is a space dedicated to limited editions of women’s shoes and fashion accessories. Magnificent one-size items, understated but glamorous pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, TP & CO, Rupert Sanderson, Avril Gau and Marc Jacobs. You’ll also find a selection of handbags and a fistful of bold jewelry pieces from rising designers. It is very likely you’ll find there one of this very exclusive piece everyone will envy you.

Further down the rue de Poitou is the rue Charlot. I suggest you turn right towards the rue de Bretagne again. This street is packed with concept stores such as Nordic Market, AB33, or boho fashion brands like Mesdemoiselles… and also art galleries. Take your time, there’s a lot to see there. Once back rue de Bretagne, maybe is it time to head to La Candelaria?

That’s all for now folks! Until next time…

SELECTED ADDRESSES

Hold Up’
62 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 40 27 01 83
Opening hours: Mon 2:30pm – 7:30pm; Tue-Fri 11am-7:30pm

La Candelaria
52 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 6pm – 2am

Le Bougnat
28 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 78 47 67
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-12am

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges
39 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-7.30pm; Fri-Sat 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-8pm; Sun 8.30am-2pm

Popelini
29 rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris
Tel: 01 44 61 31 44
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-7.30pm; Fri-Sat 8.30am-1pm, 4pm-8pm; Sun 8.30am-2pm

Zef
15 rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris
Tel.:: 01.42.76.09.65
Opening hours: 10.30am-7pm Mon-Sat; 2-7pm Sun

Hoses
41 rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 78 80 62
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 11:30am – 7:30pm

Nordik Market
13 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 57 40 90 65
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12pm – 7pm; Sun 2pm – 6pm

AB33
33 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 71 02 82
Opening hours: Tue Sat 10:30am – 7:30pm; Sun 11am – 7pm

Mesdemoiselles
45 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 49 96 50 75
Opening hours: Mon Sat 10am – 6:30pm

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