Here were some of our favorite discoveries on our recent trip to Paris. Many of our new finds were in the neighborhood of the Haut (Upper) Marais. I’ve spent lots of time in the Bas (Lower) Marais, but only just passed through the Third Arrondissement before. Our apartment was off the Square du Temple and we loved it. It was so quiet that it was impossible to believe it was a block away from busy République, but the area was full of interesting shops, cafés, and restaurants. I highly recommend it to you.
- Gigi Crêpes de comptoir (4 rue de la Corderie) – This is a fabulous little crêperie – easily the equal of Breizh or Josselin. We particularly liked the mini-crêpe options: nine bite-sized crêpes in three different flavors in either savory or sweet flavors – like French tapas. We used the mini-crêpes to hone in on the flavors we liked best and then ordered their full-sized versions. Our favorite savory crêpe was the Chèvre cendré with carmelized onions, apple, and spinach. The dessert crêpe that wowed us was their version of a crêpe Suzette with chocolate whipped cream. So good!
- Charme d’Orient Spa (18 blvd du Temple) – Our daughter treated me to a facial at this Moroccan-inspired spa as my Christmas present. The treatment left my skin supremely moisturized and it was done without the hard-sell for products that often seems to come with a spa treatment.
- Tammy & Benjamin (33 rue de Poitou) – I loved the reasonably priced, made-in-France purses and wallets at this gorgeous little shop. Most of their bags are a more structured shape, sort of Kelly bags for Millenials. Their round bag in red leather called to me. I wish I needed a new purse!
- Marché Noir (18 rue Perrée) – This vintage clothing shop has a carefully curated selection of accessories and statement pieces, many from Togo. I picked up a really pretty Italian scarf for 5€. There is also a wing of the store dedicated to striking pottery. I particularly liked their pitchers in two sizes and several colors.
- Cirque le Roux – The Elephant in the Room (Bobino theater, 14-20, rue de la Gaîté) – This show was 80% acrobatics, 20% film noir, and 100% fun. I did lots of oohing and ahhing as the performers sailed through the air. You can see a clip of it here. If you’re in Paris, it’s on until January 14. It’s been traveling to other cities, so if you may have a chance to see this, or another of their shows, I highly recommend it. As there was almost no dialogue, you don’t need to speak French to have a wonderful time.