Le Marais: Old Paris
Often referred to as “Old Paris”, Le Marais is the closest you can get to the feel of medieval Paris. What’s more, its winding cobblestone alleys are full of chic boutiques. This picture-perfect neighborhood looks very different from other parts of Paris. Rather than being stately and grandiose, Le Marais exudes old-world charm. It’s also, in my opinion, the best neighborhood to shop in Paris.
Shopping in a new city
Whenever I’m in a new city, one of my favorite things to do is find speciality boutiques and discover new local brands. For me, this is more than just shopping, it’s a way to immerse yourself in the culture. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll leave with something that, whenever you wear it, brings back memories of the special place you bought it from. Shopping in Le Marais served both of these purposes as it was the perfect way to soak up Parisian culture while discovering some timeless pieces.
Favorite Stores in Le Marais
During my afternoon in Le Marais, I visited many wonderful boutiques filled with one-of-a-kind items. But two shops stood out above the rest and I want to share them with you!
Inspired by European minimalism and Asian sophistication, Elleme offers chic and high quality handbags and accessories to women at an accessible price. I loved talking to Elleme’s sweet and talented designer and left with a pair of tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses which I have a feeling are going to be my new go-to pair. The best news? Elleme offers free express shipping worldwide on their website!
My second favorite store in Le Marais was Suncoo. Like Elleme, Suncoo is the baby of a Chinese and French designer, clearly a winning combination! Suncoo is like a Sandro in that its clothes are classy and made with high-quality fabric, but it’s a bit younger and more trendy. I loved many of their pieces but finally narrowed it down to an embroidered flared sleeves blouse, a blue and white off-the-shoulder dress, and cutout slip-on sneakers.
Place des Vosges
In addition to the great shopping, Le Marais is home to what is often considered the most beautiful square in Paris. Place des Vosges, with its delicate brickwork buildings and perfectly tended park, is what Parisian dreams are made of. On this warm June day, dozens of people were lounging on the park’s manicured grass, sunbathing, reading, and chatting with friends. The scene was so idyllic that I wanted nothing more than to join them.Unfortunately, we had a train to catch but Julian and I agreed that one day we’ll come back for an extended period of time and live as the Parisians do.
Au revoir Paris!
P.S. If you missed my weekend in Paris for the French Open, you can read it here!
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