For a Bud­get

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EX­PLOR­ING THE MARAIS NEIGH­BOR­HOOD — spread through the 3rd and 4th ar­rondisse­ments — is a must for thrifty trav­el­ers. With more of a vil­lage feel, it boasts hip bars and boulan­geries that don’t break the bank as well as in­for­mal gal­leries, se­cond­hand shops, and even haute fash­ion houses.

Start your day with a cof­fee and crois­sant at the uber-tra­di­tional Café Char­lot on Rue de Bre­tagne, and then stop at the funky Kilo Shop where you can buy vin­tage finds by weight. As you roam the charm­ing streets, make your way into one of three Free‘ P’Star stores and search the €1 bins for cheap, chic pieces. To fuel your bar­gain shop­ping, stop at the pop­u­lar L’As du Fal­lafel Mid­dle Eastern restau­rant on Rue des Rosiers. Yes, the line is worth the wait, so grab your por­ta­ble feast and en­joy it as you shop.

If your idea of “bud­get” is slightly less “bud­get,” head in­stead to the Place Vendôme and the re­cently ren­o­vated Ritz Paris. Find a spot at the lovely Ritz Bar — or the sim­i­lar Hem­ing­way Bar across the hall — where an ex­cep­tion­ally unique cock­tail will be con­cocted based on your fa­vorite fla­vors, of­fer­ing Ritz ex­trav­a­gance with­out splurg­ing on a stay.

Marais Hat shop, Le

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