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District Guide: Le Marais, Paris

seen by Caitlin Hennessy, writer

Leav­ing behind her beach side home­town in Aus­tralia for the city of light and love, Caitlin had antic­i­pat­ed she would return home in less than twelve months. Two and a half years, one French hus­band and a beau­ti­ful apart­ment lat­er and she’s still in Paris. Spend­ing her days writ­ing for var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions while still man­ag­ing to include a healthy amount of retail exer­cise into her dai­ly rou­tine, Caitlin finds the French way of life to be a unique bal­ance of work and pleasure.

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Le Progrès

The best place to peo­ple watch is Le Pro­grès! Sit­ting on the cor­ner of Rue de Bre­tagne and Rue Vieille du Tem­ple in the heart of Le Marais is guar­an­teed excel­lent peo­ple watch­ing. The peak time for this is dur­ing fash­ion week, where you can sip a wine or espres­so and watch the mod­els, influ­encers and design­ers saunter past you, or per­haps even sit beside you.

1. Le Pro­grès | 1 Rue de Bre­tagne, 75003 Paris

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Do you have one beau­ti­ful mem­o­ry in par­tic­u­lar that will for­ev­er be asso­ci­at­ed with Le Marais? My favorite mem­o­ry is of my hus­band propos­ing to me while we sat at a café drink­ing espres­sos while the win­ter sun warmed us. 

Locat­ed between the third and fourth arrondisse­ment, Le Marais has become a hub of veg­an del­i­ca­cies, con­cept stores and art gal­leries. This area is vibrant and filled with a youth­ful energy.”

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Marché des Enfants Rouges

How do you spend a Sun­day in Le Marais? I love spend­ing my week­ends in Le Marais strolling through the streets with no real pur­pose. I tend to sleep in a lot lat­er in Paris then I would in oth­er cities, as the streets don’t come to life until around 10am. After get­ting dressed for the day I walk down to the Marché des Enfants Rouges and buy my fruits and veg­eta­bles for the week. Right beside this is the best fro­magerie in Paris, so if I have time I’ll stop by to pur­chase some truf­fle brie and col­or­ful flow­ers next door. The after­noons are for sip­ping white wine in the park with friends (in the sum­mer) or red wine on a heat­ed café ter­race with a bril­liant book.

2. Marché des Enfants Rouges | 39 Rue de Bre­tagne, 75003 Paris

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Wild and the Moon

When you have to work on your lap­top, it‘s best to go to Wild and the Moon. This hid­den oasis of hang­ing plants and veg­an treats is an excel­lent spot to park your lap­top and get inspired. The food is all gluten free (a rare treat in France) and the wait­ers speak per­fect Eng­lish and are hap­py to help. My favorite thing to order here is the sweet matcha lat­te and mouth water­ing banana bread!

3. Wild and the Moon | 55 Rue Char­lot, 75003 Paris, @wildandthemoon

Why does your job per­fect­ly match your city? Being free­lance can become quite alien­at­ing as you have a lot of free time when most of your friends are at work. How­ev­er, in France they allow their work­ers a two-hour lunch break that gives me qual­i­ty time to catch up with a friend before return­ing to the com­fort of my lap­top and set­tling into an after­noon of writing.

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Where do you get inspired? The streets of Paris are filled with dozens of chic men, women and even the dogs are bet­ter dressed than me on most days. Sit­ting down for a cof­fee across from some of the bustling fash­ion-infused streets of Paris gives me a lot of inspi­ra­tion. Even look­ing around at the oth­er cus­tomers in the café and over­hear­ing snip­pets of con­ver­sa­tion can spark an excit­ing idea for an article.

The most pho­to­genic place of the city is Place des Vos­ges. Built in 1612, the old­est planned square in Paris used to house some of the most noto­ri­ous peo­ple in the city between the 17th and 18th Cen­tu­ry, includ­ing Vic­tor Hugo. Now the Place is a beau­ti­ful spot to lie and read a book while you mar­vel at the pic­turesque architecture.

4. Place des Vos­ges | Place des Vos­ges, 75004 Paris

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Square du Temple Square du Temple

My urban oasis is Square du Tem­ple. I spend a lot of time here in the sum­mer, as it is right in the mid­dle of the city. Bring a rug, some cheese, grapes and baguette and you have the pic­ture per­fect lit­tle pic­nic with friends.

5. Square du Tem­ple | 64 Rue de Bre­tagne, 75003 Paris

The nicest vin­tage clothes you can find at Come on Eileen. Besides hav­ing an amaz­ing musi­cal ref­er­ence in its name, Come on Eileen is hands down the best vin­tage shop in Paris. Walk­ing into this shop is like look­ing at the con­tents of a chic grandma’s life­time of out­fits. The insane amount of items can be quite over­whelm­ing but you’re guar­an­teed to walk out with a one-of-a-kind vin­tage design­er item.

6. Come on Eileen | 1618 Rue des Tail­landiers, 75011 Paris

09 May 2019 · neubau eyewear