City Spotlight: Temple, Paris
The northern Marais has been long established as one of the trendiest areas of Paris, a far cry from the tourist swamped streets of Rue de Rosiers and Rue Vieille du Temple further south. Having exited the metro at Temple, one could not be better placed for a day’s meandering, discovering fashionable and fascinating spots.
Friends Anaïs Lafarge, Guillaume Steinmetz and Romain Joste, are the latest creatives to take up residency in the area with their concept store/ café, proving that Temple is still the coolest place to be seen. The Broken Arm is 200m² of calming, inspiring space, featuring brands such as Jacquemus, Kenzo, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Raf Simons.
Pieces are carefully picked out by the three founders, accompanied by a well thought out selection of art books, zines and furnishings reflecting the personal taste of those involved in The Broken Arm project. The attention that this store has received already in the two short months since its opening is testament to the power of good design and style. Be sure not to overlook the café either, an integral part of the whole concept: proper coffee and healthy, light lunches with a menu that changes daily.
A little further up the street and you hit Rue de la Corderie, a peaceful corner, full of charm and home to RA 13, a fashionista’s dream dress up box. Originating from Belgium the RA team decided to make a much appreciated move to Paris for the opening of their second store in January 2012.
The key concept here is creativity, designers are not chosen for their fashion world credentials but thanks to their creative spirit and individuality. The store contains an eclectic mix of high quality vintage, glamorous classics and a collection of outrageous and adventurous pieces. You will not find anything else like this and that is the whole idea, RA is unique. RA embraces anything with a creative core and exhibits dance performances and runway shows while also being a key location during fashion week.
The longest standing corner stone of north Marais cool is 0fr the bookshop, gallery, publishing house- a collective that has been diffusing creative energy since 1996 with their Paris store in its 6th year. In their time 0fr have opened and closed more than 120 stores, they are at the same time local and global; they promote young and local artists, while also working with some of the biggest names in the artistic world.
Their store in the 3rd arrondisment is constantly reinventing itself with 2 events per week and frequent free concerts. 0fr is the kind of place you can spend a lost afternoon, loosing track of time as you trawl through the treasures inside.
When hunger calls, there is no need to leave Temple. Rue Dupetit Thouars is home to a scattering of adorable restaurants, during the summer evenings the sidewalk is packed with diners enjoying a true Parisian alfresco experience. Most notable are Les Vitelloni, a small Italian bistrot serving simple traditional dishes and Ya Lamai, a Thai epicerie with a few small tables for a relaxed dining experience among friends.
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