The Carreau du Temple
The market was first made out of wood and then metal, housing the Foire de Paris and becoming the hotspot in Paris for second-hand clothes. The Carreau du Temple recently opened its doors again after undergoing a facelift. The stunning 19th century building attracts sports lovers and artists, as they make the most of a unique, flexible venue in the heart of the 3rd arrondissement. The venue boasts an eclectic programme, with fashion shows and concerts, not to mention exhibitions and events. The venue aims to promote up-and-coming artists in what can only be described as a temple of discovery.
4 Rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris, France
The Marché des Enfants Rouges
The Marché des Enfants Rouges, a historic market in the centre of Paris, owes its name to the Enfants Rouges orphanage, which was set up in the 16th century and shut down just before the French Revolution. The children there would dress in red, a sign of Christian charity. The building has since become something of a landmark in the Marais district. The market is always at its best on Saturdays, where you’ll find people shopping and eating at one of the many Moroccan, Italian, Lebanese or Japanese delis and stalls selling fruit and veg, fish, organic and regional and flowers, amongst other things. A great place to visit and indeed shop.
39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France
The Favela chic
La Favela Chic is as close as you’ll get to a Brazilian shindig this side of Rio! The entrance can be found on Rue du Temple via Pop-Up, a contemporary art gallery which exhibits new work on the first Thursday of every month. Inside, the enchanting black bar, sophisticated cocktails, softened light and a Brazilian-inspired menu set the scene for a tropical party just a stone’s throw away from the Jardins du Marais in Paris.
18 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011 Paris, France
Ever needed a shop with an array of quirky present ideas for girls and boys aged under twelve? Look no further! Bonton, which is the sister store of the Bonpoint brand, boasts a three-floor concept store specialised in fun fashion and lifestyle products for children. The ground floor is home to lots of sweets, an old photo booth and chic, retro clothing by Papillon. The first floor is dedicated to all things baby, with a beauty care and advice area. Lastly, the humongous basement houses the Bonton Bazar, a library and a mini cinema. Bonton is more than just a shop. It’s a vibrant hub, where children can also take cooking classes.
5 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 75003 Paris, France
Housed in an impressive 1,500m2 loft bathed in light, located opposite the Hôtel Les Jardins du Marais in central Paris, Merci is one of the capital’s most beautiful concept stores. What sets this shop apart is the fact that all profit is sent to Madagascar, via a foundation, to help women and children. You can find an eclectic mix of items at Merci. The shop has a very homely feel to it, as you can walk from room to room, taking in the perfumes, flowers and dog accessories in addition to items of clothing designed by Stella McCartney, Azzaro and Isabel Marant, amongst others. Why not round off your visit with a sweet treat at the Café Bouquiniste or a scrummy organic lunch at La Cantine du Potager. Merci in three words: eclectic, quirky and accessible.
111 Boulevard Beaumarché, 75011 Paris, France