Like your Paris guide or hotel concierge may tell you, the Marais is a treasure trove of indie boutqiues, vintage finds and nostalgia for Paris’ good old days. What they may not tell you, however, is that the Marais is also home to some of Paris’ most charming and delightful cafes and patisseries, perfect for a quiet moment of leisure between one shopping spree and another. So, for selective girls like ourselves, here are a few gems of the Marais’ various eateries.
A store dedicated to the petite pastries that are choux (small pastries filled with custard cream), Popelini offers a chic relaxing atmosphere for anyone wanting a sweet break from their day. The colorfully-adorned choux are about 2 euros each- the chocolate flavor is highly recommended. In the surrounding neighborhoods are high-end avant garde boutiques like Kamille and Comme des Garçons.
29 rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris
Located near the famed thrift store Free ‘P’ Star, Princess Crepes offers Japanese-style crepes; sweet dessert crepes filled with lots of whipped cream, fruits, and garnishments. The cutesy pink interior and their delectable concoctions will soon have you saying, “très kawaii!”
3 rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris
Le salon By The des Ecrivains
A must-go for any tea enthusiast, this eatery-slash-shop offers a cozy ambience perfect for afternoon tea, offering a myriad selection of gourmet flavors. This salon also hosts regular book signings and movie screening as well, all enjoyable while resting from shopping at nearby trendy boutiques like Swoon and Antik Batik.
16 rue des Minimes, 75003 Paris
In a space designed by Hubert de Givenchy and adorned in Louis XVI style, Carette serves gourmet macaroons and pastries along with brunch and tea sandwiches. The place for you to see and be seen, their 5 mini-macaroons are the perfect chic treat for your stylish self. Visit after a spree at the nearby Alexis Paris boutique!
25 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris
Boasting a cozy and homey feel reminiscent of traditional French bakeries, this boulangerie offers various selections of freshbaked bread and pastries, ideal for a takeout snack or picnic lunch. Their specialty, the “Saint-Antoine” pastry, is highly recommended. Pair with a pretty rose bouquet from the close-by Au Nom de la Rose flower shop!
25 Rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris
So, what did you guys think? This made me hungry! Let us know if there are any other good spots in the Marais and feel free to ask questions. Bisous!