Marais I

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Make sure those boots are made for walk­ing! M: Filles du Cal­vaire. Exit the métro and turn right onto rue des Filles du Cal­vaire (opp. Le Cirque d'Hiver). Stum­ble first into taxi­der­mist Chardon at #21 / 42 74 58 10. It's not for the squea­mish, but en­thu­si­asts will find cov­etable stuffed an­i­mals and col­lec­tor's items within. Stel­lar sta­tionery awaits fur­ther on at #5 Papier Ti­gre / 48 04 00 21. Exit and walk right onto rue de Turenne and at the first cor­ner turn left onto rue De­bel­leyme for the waf­fle weaves of Khadi and Co. at #37 / 42 74 71 32, and #31 CDG's Pocket Shop plus yum puff pas­tries at #29 Popelini / 44 61 31 44 / popelini.com. Turn right on rue de Bre­tagne, then a quick right up rue de Sain­tonge. At the rue de Nor­mandie in­ter­sec­tion, you'll be star­ing at a slew of fab­u­lous fash­ion, with 13 Bon­a­parte at #2 / 42 71 83 15 / 13bona­parte.com, Nue 19.04 at #4 / 83 91 24 55, Isabel Marant at #47 and April 77 at #49. Phew! Don't miss the cou­ture bon­bons at #133 Jac­ques Genin, then u-turn at the cor­ner onto rue Char­lot. The Im­pos­si­ble Pro­ject at #77 / 09 54 18 67 82 / re­vives the art of Po­laroids, while make-up pros and beauty buffs stock up at #58 Gloss'up Beauty Bar / 63 51 20 95. Find rav­ish­ing re­cy­cled style chez Yves An­drieux & Vin­cent Jal­bert at #55 / 42 71 19 54, then Café Char­lot / 44 54 03 30 / is fab for peo­ple watch­ing. Cross rue de Bre­tagne and con­tinue along Char­lot to dis­cover the en­tranc­ing pho­tos of Im­ages & Por­traits at #37 / 06 65 23 95 03. Exit out the shop's back door into Paris' old­est cov­ered mar­ket, the Marché des En­fants Rouges. Zip in for a quick wan­der and re­fuel. Re­trace back onto rue Char­lot and head right to the Parisienne source of chic, AB33 at #33 / 42 71 02 82. Ga­lerie BSL at #23 is a treat of light­ing, furny and mode. Carry on across rue de Poitou to find Do­minique Pic­quier at #10 / 42 72 39 14 / for chic fabri-bags and ac­ces­sories. Exit left and en­ter the court­yard. There's more con­tempo art at the Ga­lerie Chan­tal Crousel / 42 77 38 87 / or go straight to the lift for Martin Grant's beaut ate­lier (see Ad­vanced Shop­ping). Ex­it­ing the court­yard back onto Char­lot, find dap­per men's jack­ets and coats at Éclec­tic #8 / 42 78 00 20 / e-eclec­tic.com, then left to bee-bop back and forth be­tween the con­tempo art gal­leries lin­ing both sides of rue du Perche. When you see the veg­gie-tanned archi bags of Bonas­tre / 04 78 99 10 / at the cor­ner with Sain­tonge, swing left and put your shades down to see the bright sil­ver at #3 Voglux, be­fore zip­ping to the end of the block and right onto Poitou to check out Christophe Le­maire's ‘tired' lux­ury at #28 / 44 78 00 09. Exit left, then it's a right down rue De­bel­leyme for art gal­leries ga­lore. Be sure to check out Thad­daeus Ropac at #7 / 42 72 99 00 / for artists both es­tab­lished and up­com­ing, Pierre-Alain Chal­lier at #8 / 49 96 63 00 / for con­tem­po­rary art, and Karsten Greve at #5 / 42 77 19 37 / for mixed me­dia. Gal­leries con­tinue right on to rue de Thorigny, and so should you, end­ing it all with a leisurely tour of the Musée Pi­casso (see Mu­se­ums), and if you haven't had enough, this is pre­cisely where the Marais Part II itin starts, you in­sa­tiable re­tailista. Voilà!

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