3rd & 4th Arrondissement
6 Rue du Forez, 3rd & 4th Arrondissement
In the Marais, Café Pinson is a godsend to the weary Parisian vegetarian. The hearty quinoa risotto and delicate miso soup are a step to counter all that double-cream Brie. If you’re here just to work, though, order a perfectly made almond milk latte and a few protein balls (small nuggets of seeds, dates, and nuts) and settle in among the rustic flagstone walls, checkerboard tables, and decorative Provençal tiles. And the Wi-Fi is super strong and reliable. There’s a second location on the Rue du Faubourg.
40 Rue Chapon, 3rd & 4th Arrondissement
The café crème at Loustic is unmatched in Paris, but the interiors of this Marais spot are just as lovely. It’s a narrow but ingeniously designed space, where a long wall of sofa seating pairs with tiny octagonal tables (just big enough for coffee and a book—or a laptop) jutting out of the wall. There’s a back room with a choice of graphic sofas and wicker chairs. Spanish-tiled floors, blush cushions, and plenty of red brick add touches of color, while a consistently bohemian, artsy crowd adds to the ambiance. Drink your way through a Chemex and flip through the supply of art house magazines when you need some downtime.
105 Rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd Arrondissement
Fact: They don’t let you leave Paris without at least half a suitcase’s worth of marinière shirts. Ok, it’s not exactly fact, but we do like to spend some time at Maison Labiche when we’re in town. This is where stack upon folded stack of striped cotton tees and sweaters sit snugly in the little nooks that line the walls. And because we’ve never met a monogram we didn’t love, Maison Labiche is an especially important stop: they’ll embroider whatever you want right on the spot.
Love Stories Paris
75 Rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd Arrondissement
Love Stories hails from Amsterdam, but the lingerie is so delicate, it may as well be Parisian. The matching sets, which come in varying degrees of skimpiness, are a good place to start. We love the selection of supremely comfortable bralettes in cotton and lace for traveling, or just lounging in. There’s also a smart edit of accessories, and somehow, we can never leave the store without adding a silk sleep mask or floral-print laundry bag (so convenient for storing underwear or purses) to our basket.
5 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 3rd Arrondissement
You'd know a Papier Tigre notebook (or envelope or calendar or day planner) if you saw one. They're all distinctly colorful and geometric and always totally utilitarian. Another bonus of buying paper goods in bulk to hand out to friends back home? They don't take up much suitcase space at all, and they make recipients giddy with glee.
Wild & the Moon
55 Rue Charlot, 3rd
&A welcome addition to Paris's growing roster of health-centric restaurants, Wild and the Moon hits that sweet spot of tasty health-conscious food that is actually filling. The menu has been formulated by vegan nutritionists, with over half of it dominated by juices and tonics—adaptogenic coffee chaga shakes, blue algae smoothies, charcoal lattes, and golden mylks. The food centers around hearty, flavorful grain and lentil bowls packed with vegetables and topped with inventive miso-based vinaigrettes. For the traveler seeking a little balance with their crème brûlée, stocking your hotel room with a mini-bar-friendly assortment of the café's raw bars, chia puddings, cold-pressed juices, and zucchini muffins is never a bad call.
Raviolis Chinois Nord-Est Saint-Denis
115 Rue Sant Denis, 4th arr
So successful is the original Raviolis Chinois that it's now opened up a new spot not too far away in Saint-Denis. Again, don't expect much in terms of decor, however, this new location offers a little more dining territory and a longer wine list. In other words, their delicious Beijing jiaozi, of which there are always at least ten varieties, steamed or grilled, are made to be enjoyed in situ.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
7 Rue des Blancs-Manteaux, 4th
Francis Kurkdjian's nose may be responsible for some big blockbuster scents (he created Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Male at the beginning of his career—and then went on to do dozens more for pretty much every big fashion house around), but it's his special projects that we love best. He helped artist Sophie Calle bottle the smell of money in 2003, and in 2006 he recreated the scent of Marie Antoinette for an installation at Versailles. It's no surprise that at his namesake, gallery-like boutiques in the 1st and 4th arrondissements, things are done a little differently: Perfumes are set against a wall of light, and the offerings go well beyond the traditional. His signature scents infuse everything from incense paper to leather bracelets to home sprays, and his now-famous traveling perfume case is on hand should you require a custom fragrance.
3 Rue Etienne Marcel, 3rd
The tiled, Belle Epoque interiors are enough to win you over at this small, traditional bistro. Steak frites are their classic go-to, though their seasonal veggie dishes don’t disappoint. An afternoon is also well-spent at their old-fashioned zinc bar with a perfect cocktail or kir royale.
40 rue de Sévigné, 3rd
There are very few boutiques that fully embody an aesthetic, but L’Eclaireur does this perfectly—no small feat, considering there are seven very distinct shops scattered around the city, as well as a bar/restaurant that doubles as a shrine to Piero Fornasetti. Armand and Martine Hadida’s original outpost in 1980 was incredibly important for a number of reasons, most notably because L’Eclaireur was the first to break brands like Prada, Helmut Lang, Dries van Noten, and Martin Margiela in France. While the Hadidas have had every opportunity to rest on their laurels, the pace has been relentless ever since as they’ve continued to ferret out the world’s best new talent, in fashion, in jewelry, and in home goods. While the mix at every spot varies, we like the moodily gothic Place des Victoires location best. Under the light cast by a strange and fantastic bird chandelier, you’ll find Fornasetti umbrella stands, chunky chain link bracelets from Mawi, cashmere travel wraps by Denis Colombe, and coated Saint Laurent skinny jeans. If time allows, their most recent project shouldn’t be missed, either: They’ve taken a space in Habitat 1964’s vintage village at…
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