Le Marais has always been a favorite part of Paris for us. And we are certainly not alone with this opinion. Small streets are winding through this historic part of town. Here is where the aristocracy lived for centuries, something that is still very evident when you discover all the beautiful town palaces and their gardens.
When the nobles eventually moved on, the Marais became one of the centers of Jewish life in Paris. To this day, the Rue des Rosiers is lively proof for that. We’ll stop by over there later. For now, let’s focus on another one of the main characteristics of the area: the fashion.
Other than around Rue Sain-Honoré, the brands that have their home here tend to be younger, edgier, and also much more affordable. This is a meeting point for the Jeunesse Dorée, the ‘golden youth’. Rich kids, affluent creatives, but also those that aspire to be part of the crowd. But no worry, it’s only half as posh here as it sounds. Le Marais has many amazing shops and cafes to discover, so let’s dive right in.
One of our very favorite shops in the whole city is The Broken Arm. It’s also a concept store, but one with a very different approach than Colette. The atmosphere in the beautiful old building is much more relaxed, the staff happily chats with you about their latest offerings, and the selection of items, while still very fashionable, is a bit more down to earth.
The Broken Arm sells younger brands like Carven, Christophe Lemaire, and Kenzo and offers a great selection of accessories like bags, shoes, and sunglasses for both women and men. They also regularly stock the latest hyped Nike sneakers, so if you’re looking for a specific pair, have a look.
The cafe in the front of the shop is one of the most beautiful hangouts we know, and it is almost always very crowded. Their coffee and cake are fantastic!
The Broken Arm // 12 Rue Perrée // Mon 2pm-7pm, Tue-Sat 9am-7pm // website