3rd Arrondissement (Upper Marais)
3rd Arrondissement (Upper Marais) Travel Guide
Paris-based Thai-American designer, writer, and DJ Pring Pichayanund Chinadahporn (known simply as Pring), began her eponymous shoe and accessories brand in 2007 at her high-end boutique in the heart of the Marais.
Created as a “declaration of independence” in a world of commercialized fragrance, this is perfumery’s most libertine indie. Offering 18 concoctions for men and women, the scents carry sexy, provocative names such as Sécrétions Magnifiques, Vraie Blonde, and Jasmin et Cigarette.
A sweet diversion for shoppers browsing the stores of Le Marais or those returning from the National Modern Art Musem, Pain de Sucre, run by Didier Mathray and Nathalie Robert, sells a range of artisanal breads and elaborate pastries.
Merci is the creation of Marie-France and Bernard Cohen, who founded the children’s couture clothing brand Bonpoint.
The utilitarian, oddly chic designs at Yves Andrieux Vincent Jalbert are made from unlikely antique fabrics—parachute nylon, canvas, and cotton originally intended to cover French camping cots.
L’Habilleur may stock last year’s designs, but legions of shoppers don’t seem to mind since the store offers serious discounts (around 40% to 60% less than original prices).
Paris-based Korean designer Moon Young Hee is a regular at Paris Fashion Week, and she is known for her deconstructionist techniques, layered fabrics, and feminine designs.
Before opening his chocolaterie at the end of 2008, Parisian pastry chef and food stylist Jacques Genin only sold direct to Paris’ top restaurants.
Besides trading in colorful produce and lusty charcuterie, this petite marché in the Marais (one of the oldest in Paris) is the spot for an affordable meal assembled from the variety of ethnic prepared-food stands.
Boutique Pretty Box was founded in 2004 when owner Sarah wanted to sell the vintage wardrobe she had amassed during years of world travel.
Nestled in the very hip 3rd Arrondissement, this minuscule boîte has the look of a cultivated living room. Its dove-gray walls, white curtains, Empire-style chairs, Baccarat glasses, and many candles make it an ideal haven for a simple glass of champagne as an aperitif or a nightcap.
Located in Le Marais, Lieu Commun offers hipster clothing basics, such as track jackets from Misericordia, jackets made from organic Peruvian cotton, and sneakers from Veja. The neighborhood favorite also sells homeware gadgets and furnishings.
From the exterior, this flagship location of designer Isabel Marant’s boutique looks more like a weathered British pub than haute-fashion epicenter.