The “Other” Marais

Courtesy of Galerie Dansk

At the turn of the last century (i.e., in the last ten years), the Marais became Paris’s next must-visit neighborhood, embraced for its cool boutiques and art galleries, gay nightlife, still-active Jewish quarter, and, of course, the Place des Vosges. Alas, most of the area’s Rue Vieille du Temple is a tourist crush, and name-brand stores have replaced no-name boutiques (though who can complain about the giant Muji?). Yet among the 17th-century buildings and hôtels particuliers on the Rue de Poitou and Rue Charlot in the Third Arrondissement, there lies a quieter, more independently stylish Marais. Recently nondesigner boutiques and art galleries have popped up, and the area has become home to young trendsetters in the art and fashion worlds. Today browsing here makes for an experience that still feels fresh and undiscovered—at least for now. Bon après-midi.


Opened by a Vogue stylist, this women’s accessories boutique has a carefully chosen range of cutting-edge shoes by designers you know—Marc Jacobs, Celine—and those you need to discover: Gaspard Yurkievich, To & Co., and Avril Gau, who recently made the store nine pairs of boots that she had originally designed for Jane Birkin. 41 Rue de Poitou; 33-1/42-78-80-62

Franck Delmarcelle

The owner of this eponymous and atmospheric shop combs Europe for fascinating cabinet-of-curiosities furniture and home accessories. The spooky bibelots intrigue. 40 Rue de Poitou; 33-1/42-71-37-11;

The Collection

Contemporary English design is spoken here, with packable, collectible home items such as hand-colored “wall furnishings,” do-it-yourself wall-stenciling kits, cheeky dish towels, paper clocks, and more. Charming. 33 Rue de Poitou; 33-1/42-77-04-20;


One-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces are the raison d’être of this spare white space, which invites young designers to reinvent home-design staples. A Magic chair by Ineke Hans might rest next to a coveted Airborne Snooty vase by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. 119 Rue Vieille du Temple; 33-1/42-77-35-80;

Galerie Dansk

Those bitten by the Scandinavian design bug will feel at home in this high-end furniture gallery, where orange lacquer Louis Poulsen Artichoke lamps hang over Poul Kjaerholm chairs and colorful pottery decorates Arne Jacobsen tables. 31 Rue Charlot; 33-1/42-71-45-95;

Yvon Lambert Paris

This art world stalwart, open since 1966, hosts shows by the likes of Anselm Kiefer and Cy Twombly in its courtyard gallery, but don’t miss the storefront bookshop. There, highly collectible artists’ editions from Richard Tuttle, David Shrigley, and Sol Lewitt sit cover-to-cover beside hard-to-find art and photography monographs and exhibition posters. 108 Rue Vieille du Temple; 33-1/42-71-09-33;

Lieu Commun

This futuristic space, designed by Matali Crasset, carries such design-conscious items as organic Veja sneakers; Crasset’s colorful, collectible 21st-century furniture and tableware; and a small range of hipster basics: jeans, graphic T-shirts, and hoodies. 5 Rue des Filles du Calvaire; 33-1/44-54-08-30;