Strolling around the Marais on a Saturday morning with a coffee in tow will probably make you want to up sticks and start a new life in Paris. Sprawled across the 3rd and 4th arondissements, (fairly central in layman’s terms) the narrow winding streets and historical architecture is old Paris incarnate, while the trendy bars, cutting-edge boutiques and hip eateries are the regular haunts of the city’s young creatives.
Hop off the metro at St-Paul and start the day at the Rose Bakery on rue Debelleyme for a breakfast to remember. Originally opened in Paris, this Brit-run organic humble yet innovative café now has additional branches in Tokyo and London. The manual recommends the pastries and the coffee and the carrot cake (what? You’re on vacation).
The area comprises a superb selection of menswear stores, all ripe for the browsing. We recommend Surface to Air on rue rue Vieille du Temple and Acne on the steadily emerging rue Froissart for consistently engaging designer threads. For the best in French menswear design, stop by Kulte Store on rue Vieille du Temple. Preppy, sharp and ideal for trans-seasonal layering, each piece makes for a standout addition to the modern man wardrobe.
While you’re in the area, Yvon Lambert’s gallery is a must-see. Open since 1986, the gallery’s annual exhibition schedule is jam-packed with digestible exhibits spanning fashion and popular culture. If you’re still mourning the death of the Polaroid, head to the Impossible Project Space on rue Charlot to stock up on precious film and vintage Polaroid cameras, from the collective that resuscitated the analog brand.
After all that wandering, quench your appetite with an enormous wrap from the Falafel King on rue des Rosiers. The seriously long queue is inevitable but all will become clear post-first bite.
Gallery L’Imprimerie is a haven for sneaker enthusiasts. Part concept store, part art gallery, this buzzing store stocks an awesome range of vintage sneakers and hosts regular exhibitions which keep the hip residents of Le Marais coming.
End the day with a well-deserved beer. For a merry, happening atmosphere head to popular Irish bar Stolly’s on rue Cloche-Perce and sample their impressive menu of ten-year old scotches. If your night takes a hedonistic turn, The Manual recommends Acte 3, a semi-exclusive Parisian favorite. Beyond the clandestine entrance you’ll find seriously strong cocktails and a subterranean dancefloor, fit for ending the day with a bang.