A Guide to Le Marais, Paris
Travel with me to the 4th in Paris, and discover its many secrets…
And, of course, as you’re getting lost in the 4th’s architecture, you will also be seduced by all of the glam shops that line its streets. But these aren’t your typical “tourist shops.” These aren’t the “known shops” the media often talks about. These are shops where you will find exclusive posh designer brands available only in Paris. Real. Raw. And only known by “word of mouth.”
Shops like Vintage Bar (yes, a former bar converted to a super upscale fashion outlet that still sometimes operates like a bar); Les Vignoles (with Parisian inspired off-beat designer clothes and accessories); Les Mille Feuilles (a shop filled with gorgeous oddities and home accessories, found only in Japan and Paris); Luka Luna (for more eclectic and interesting home accessories); and I Love My Blender (a delightful bookstore and art shop that ironically DOES NOT serve smoothies). And on and on. These are some of Paris’s best-known secrets, and you’ll want to indulge in them when you visit.
But you’ll also find the streets lined with art galleries and museums where not only can you buy amazing paintings but often also speak with the modern day Picasso’s who are creating the next generation of great art. Check out the Galerie Marian Goodman (one of the most influential art galleries of the 20th Century, a real eye-popper); Galerie Perrotin in a 17th century hotel (Emmanuel Perrotin, the gallery’s owner, is an icon of Paris contemporary art scene and a very deep soul); the Modus Art Gallery, which features paintings, sculptures, and a diverse mix of mediums that is bound to capture your fancy–and a lot your wallet if you’re not careful); and the Centre Pompidou, a controversial (many Parisians don’t like its industrial exterior) high-tech multiplex housing hundreds of art exhibitions (and libraries and restaurants, among other things) that will dazzle you with its over-the-top and expressive personality.
I can guarantee you won’t be bored venturing into any of these shops or art enclaves, and just could walk away with your dream piece — and a friendship with an artist seducing the world with their creativity.