While many Paris-fans will know all about the trendy Marais district, the northern reaches of this hip neighbourhood are now home to some of the city’s hottest addresses. With its up-and-coming atmosphere, hidden gems, cute boutiques and cocktail bars, we reveal some of our favourite ad-dresses in the Northern or Haut Marais.
An airy little café serving superb coffees, light breakfasts and wholesome lunches, the Broken Arm boasts diminutive light-filled interiors and gorgeous tiled floors. With views overlooking the lush park in the Square du Temple, take a seat on one of the few benches outside or pop in for a warm and friendly welcome. Don’t miss the Broken Arm’s design store just next door for some impromptu shopping.12 Rue Perrée, 75003
+33 1 44 61 53 60
The Haut Marais is fast becoming a serious foodie destination, with new trendy restaurants popping up to seduce those in the know. But one man has begun a small revolution on just one sleepy street, and that man is real-estate mogul Cédric Nourdon. His goal is to create a “village” of design-savvy restaurants and bars in collaboration with his favourite designers. A work in progress, take a stroll down rue du Vertbois, dubbed La Jeune Rue, to discover the heart of this unique concept. For authentic and inventive French fare in a cosy setting, book a table at Pramil, at number 9.Rue du Vertbois, 75003
Candelaria is the Northern Marais’ cocktail hotspot, concealed through an unmarked door in the adjoining taqueria. Expect a candle-lit hideaway defined by expertly crafted cocktails, a friendly international crowd and a buzzing atmosphere. With alumni of Paris’ famous Experimental Cocktail Club working their magic behind the bar, Candelaria is a hit with the city’s connoisseurs – and the bar staff are friendly too!52 Rue de Saintonge 75003
Home to numerous design stores and boutiques, the Haut Marais is a great neighbourhood to win-dow shop, but why not mix in a little history with your shopping? You’ll fine the oldest covered mar-ket in Paris still bursting with colour at the Marché des Enfants Rouges. Named after a 16th century orphanage, peruse the market’s vibrant stalls before stopping for lunch at one of the many food stalls, serving everything from Lebanese favourites to crispy pizzas.39 rue de Bretagne, 75003
You’ll find France’s first computer amidst a fascinating collection at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, where visitors can explore exhibits on architecture, transport and urban industry through machines, models and inventions. Spot Foucault’s pendulum, discover beautiful old cameras and gramo-phones, or simply wander through the inspiring building – worth a visit in its own right! A great edu-cational afternoon for the whole family.60 Rue Réaumur, Paris