Christmas at Hôtel de Beauvais
Bonjour from Le Marais
SHOPPING THERAPY FOR CHRISTMAS
December is one of the months in Paris with the least sun and therefore can often lead to depression, so here‘s a perfect excuse for some holiday shopping therapy. So what if a small thing or two for yourself happens to slip into your bag while searching for that special item for friends and family? See below for some shopping suggestions, and happy hunting!
First of all, on our new Marais map we have hand-picked for you the top addresses in each street. These 2014 maps are available starting now in Paris’ finest hotels and restaurants both in and around Le Marais district. This is our best map yet, full of up to date, not-to-miss spots and designed to be even easier to use.
Please download your version here. Enjoy the Christmas season with this selection of discoveries and contemporary ideas you would not find in shopping centers or department stores. Happy Holidays in Paris and « Marais Christmas ».
ENJOY OUR NOT TO MISS SELECTION OF PLACES AND EVENTS
Images & Portraits is a specialized shop of beautiful, period photographs. It has became the must-see place in the Marais for all vintage photography lovers in Paris. Fabien Breuvart, the current owner, has owned the shop for more than 9 years. This place is full of pictures which have been meticulously selected: «found photos», press photos, fashion photos, classic photos of Paris, and much more! You can also ask have your portrait taken with analog or polaroid film.
PARISMARAIS PERFUME, MADE IN LE MARAIS !
PARISMARAIS, LE PARFUM ®
PARISMARAIS® le Parfum will be finally available in just a few short weeks. You will only be able to find it in a few prestigious hotels in the Marais, by direct order from PARISMARAIS.COM , and at “Senteurs de Fée”.
PARISMARAIS le Parfum is 100% made in France and 100% made in the Marais with natural products by our own local Marais resident and owner of “Senteurs de Fée”, Katia Bielli. “Senteurs de Fée” means “Fragrances from the Good Fairies”, a name befitting this beguiling fragrance shop. Our unique scent, created exclusively for PARISMARAIS, can be used for both your home and your body. Essences of rose water, French lavender, rosemary, cedar, and vanilla blend effortlessly together into a pleasant, refreshing, and original perfume. Of course, who better than the French to create this unforgettable redolence?
Discover it at Senteurs de Fée, 10 rue de Sévigné, Paris 4.
Tel. +33 1 44 54 97 27.
Special promotion price when showed with this ad: 45 € instead of 55 €
CASHMERE AND SILK SCARVES TO WARM YOU UP
Lovers of cashmere, silk and pashmina woven authentically by the best craftsmen of northern India, go without delay to this shop, just steps from the Place des Vosges. You will discover a wide selection of fabulous hand-embroidered shawls, exceptional cashmere stoles (50 to 135 euros), beautiful silk scarves (starting at 85 euros), with both traditional as well as creative and contemporary motifs. Beautiful pieces of exception, accessories indispensable for stylish wardrobes, both male and female, to wear in any season.
Couleurs & Cachemire 11, rue de Bearn 75003 Paris. Tel : 09 51 59 43 21
UNIQUE PIECES OF CLOTHING
La Boutique Extraordinaire is a kind of Textile Gallery. Several creators exhibit here and truly spotlight the noble and rare materials utilised. Each piece of clothing is a true collector's item that will whisper sweet nothings in your ear and be soft to the touch… All that, at reasonable prices, with organically-responsable principles behind all the products, as well as the know-how of the creators.
La Boutique Extraordinaire
67, rue Charlot 75003 Paris. Tel: 01 57 40 68 85. Website>
AVANT GARDE FASHION CREATION
Nestled in the heart of the Marais, between art galleries and designer studios, Simonne & lisa B has a sharp selection of women's clothing and accessories made in limited editions by young designers from the best fashion schools in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Although of the pieces presented are unique, they have in common the quality of the materials selected, the authenticity of manufacturing processes, and the research in the cuts- all at quite reasonable prices, such as coats from 300 to 650 euros, and dresses / skirts from 200 to 350 euros. Ystérique, Fille à papa, Tina Blossom and Warmi are just some of the brands to discover by this veritable "team" of promising young designers. To be enjoyed without moderation for lovers of rare and quality pieces.
Simonne & Lisa B
19, rue de Poitou 75003 Paris
Biodynamic wine without sulfur is the keynote of this authentic Ile Saint Louis wine cellar, passionately defending the art of the organic vine. L’Etiquette will show you more than 300 references, all from French vineyards, all worked by passionate winemakers. This unusual wine cellar returns the winemaker and nature itself to the heart of the winemaking process. The wine is less a case of grapes than minerals according to Hervé, passionate founder of the label, and with 30 years of experience in this sector under his belt. Winemakers of all soils are represented here, provided they make a successful and quality product. A fine selection of organic champagne is also available to discover. Among the wide selection of wines, about 50 of them are priced at less than 10 euros a bottle. Tastings are also offered, with an emphasis on the overall experience and emotion provided by these sweet nectars, far from traditional and sometimes stuffy tastings.
10, rue Jean du Bellay Paris 75004. Tel.: 01 44 07 99 27 or 06 78 46 70 66. Metro: Pont Marie
WINE TASTING AND WINE DISCOVERIES
Ô Château is a place that is open to everyone. To people who like wine, who love it, who are intrigued by it, to those who know nothing about it. It is open to anyone who feels some sort of an attraction to wine. Ô Château offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for wine tasting classes as well as a fabulous wine bar and restaurant. Your experience at Ô Château will be delicious, informative, and fun. You might even get a buzz while drinking really good wine. Ô Château offers more than 40 wines and Champagnes by the glass at the bar.
Friendly and bilingual staff, great décor, comfortable surroundings. All wine tastings are presented in English.
68 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 75001 Paris. Tél.: 01 44 73 97 80
CHAMPAGNE OR NOTHING: DES BULLES SINON RIEN
Champagne for everybody ! Des bulles sinon rien !
Discover a Champagne tasting cellar in the heart of the Marais. You are welcomed as a friend in a space of over 100 square meters, with stunning, 17th century vaulted ceilings and under which you will find over 120 references of champagne producers. An amazing selection that will make you understand that expensive does not necessarily mean better and rare can be affordable.
"Des Bulles sinon rien" is also a learning and discovery center where tasting and wine course workshops are taught by passionate professionals. It is also possible to organize private tastings. The first prize is 23 euros for an entire bottle you can enjoy in the cellar before making your selection. Des Bulles Sinon Rien is also a place to share and exchange. A beautiful place of conviviality- light and fresh, like bubbles!
Des bulles sinon rien !
16 rue Elzevir 75003 Paris. Tel: 09.83.74.25.04. Metro: Saint Paul, Bastille, Chemin vert
TEA FOR 2, OR TWO FOR TEA AT DAMMANN FRERES
Since its inception in 1692, the Dammann Tea House is committed to discovering, preparing, and packaging the finest teas from major tea-producing countries. 250 varieties are available at our shop in the Place des Vosges. Traditional or flavoured, black, green, white and the divine oolong teas without forgetting the exceptional Pu-Ehr, our team is at your disposal to advise you and to share their passion for tea. Discover our selections and let yourself be seduced by the aromas and flavours available in many combinations, including the famous “Goût Russe” or the incredible “Jardin Bleu”.
15 Place des Vosges 75004 PARIS. Tel.: 01 44 54 04 88
CHRISTMAS CAKES AND MORE « MARIE-ANTOINETTERIES »
Carette, the well established gourmet address has sprung up on Place des Vosges, amidst modern art galleries and the Pavillon de la Reine. A Parisian institution, the original salon is on Place du Trocadero near the Eiffel tower. This second luxurious space, in the historic heart of Paris, is designed by Hubert de Givenchy. The elegant interior is a mix of Louis XVI and 1920’ style. On offer are gourmet breakfasts, celebrated flavorful macarons, croissants and other artful pastries. A complete brunch can be had any day and any time. There are sorbets and ice cream, too. At tea time (between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.) you might opt for subtle and delicious finger sandwiches or a plate of 5 mini-macrons. A range of choices for a discerning palate are on the menu. The fabulous decor is reminiscent of the glory days of the former Place Royale. Marie Antoinette would have loved it for sure !
25 Place des Vosges 75003 PARIS. Tél 01 48 87 94 07. 7 /7 From 8AM to 11.30PM
PRASLINE MAZET : UNIQUE SINCE 1636
A luxury confectioner inspired by a great gastronomic tradition, the " Maison de la Pralisne Mazet " was created in 1636 in Montargis and has recently dropped anchor in the heart of the Marais. In a stylish boutique with a very refined medieval decor, you will discover the original Pralisnes Mazet recipe of caramel flavor with toasted almonds as well as their whole range of sweets - Givrettes and Grêlons being among the most well-known. Available in a large variety of boxes including some decorated with their official coat of arms, the Pralisnes Mazet is a perfect gift idea. Almonds, hazelnuts, caramel, cocoa, candied fruit, dark chocolate with crushed tea, chocolate for fondue, everything reflects long experience and unequaled expertise. The House of Pralisne Mazet, to discover and enjoy without moderation.
Maison de la Prasline Mazet
37 rue des Archives 75004 Paris. Tél.: 01 44 05 18 08.
OPERA DINER SHOW NOT TO MISS
For those with an appreciation of Southern French cooking with a touch of Italian and a love of opera music, Bel Canto brings you the unusal dining concept of enjoying your meal while listening to the music of such classical composers as Verdi, Rossini, Mozart, and Puccini, perfomed by the talented young opera singers from the conservatory of the Paris Opera. Marinated salmon with fresh dill, homemade canelloni with pancetta and fresh spinach, strips of duck with foie gras, or filet of sea bream with raspberry butter, all served to you by the same performers who will delight you with operatic interludes every 15 minutes, accompanied by a pianist who plays througout the course of your meal. Located along the Seine near the Hotel de Ville, with two-level dining areas with ochre walls and diffused lighting, as well as a beautiful terrace overlooking Notre Dame and the Ile Saint-Louis, Bel Canto is a perfect place for a special evening for small or large groups.
SPECIAL OFFER: Book your table at Restaurant Bel Canto and benefit from our special PARISMARAIS' Romantic Dinner, including a glass of Champagne, 3 courses in our "a la Carte" Menu, half bottle of red or white wine & half bottle of mineral water per guest, coffee, for 82 euros only! (regular price: 102 euros)
FEERIE AT LE MOULIN ROUGE
We’ll forgive you if you escape out of le Marais for one evening because this is a not to miss show ! Since 1889, the Moulin Rouge, immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec, where the famous Mistinguett performed and Music-Hall was born, makes dream all around the world! Many French and international celebrities such as Edith Piaf, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra or Elton John have fallen in love with this mythical stage! A magnificent venue with its decoration from the Belle Epoque, papered with red velvet and typical burlesque frescoes, opens its doors for you to enjoy a dinner in the tradition of French gastronomy; refined dishes created by the famous Maison Dalloyau. which are served with Champagne, the official drink of the Moulin Rouge. Awaken your senses: your taste with exquisite food and your eyes with the spectacular show! Admire a troupe of 60 artists from all around the world who perform in the legendary cabaret twice every evening in the show "Féerie". A spectacular show of 2 hours : feathers, rhinestones, glitter, sumptuous settings, acrobats, original music, international acts… and the famous French Cancan. "Féerie" an amazing show to be shared with your family, your friends or with your sweatheart! The Moulin Rouge, the promise of an unforgettable evening!
82, boulevard de Clichy 75018 Paris. Tel.: 01 53 09 82 82
FANTASTIC BOOKS TO OFFER AND TO KEEP FOREVER
THE KINGS IN THE MARAIS by Bruno Rémy
A book not miss to discover the real story of the French Kings in the Marais. Bruno Rémy is The specialist of medieval Paris.
He wrote several remarquable books about Le Marais in English :
Old paris – Origin and overview of medieval Marais
Medieval Paris – Churches and Orders of mendicant monks in the Marais
Medieval Paris – Contemplative monks and Knights Templar in The Marais
ANGELS OF PARIS by Rosemary Flannery
Angels are sculpted everywhere in Paris, not just on churches but in unexpected places: holding a lightning rod atop the Théâtre du Châtelet’s roof, adorning a seventeenth-cent
ury gilded sundial inside a courtyard at the Sorbonne, hovering above a railroad headquarters where a beautiful stone frieze features young angels flying in to work on the tracks. Subtly, subliminally, the angels are a part of the fanciful and romantic spirit of Paris. Angels of Paris is the first book to explore this intriguing and extraordinary subject.
LE MARAIS EN DETAILS by Marianne Ström
30 years ago, hotels particuliers, courtyards, gardens and private dwellings were still relatively accessible. Half-open doors meant that a photographer could steal up on their subjects, stumble upon some new passageway, some previously unknown courtyard, a hidden window, a staircase leading nowhere, a silent attic…
Everything was left to chance; random, accidental. Those days are over. To-day, such places are more closely guarded, and access often requires a lengthy parley with an implacable concierge or a proud owner with security on his mind. It is the architectural details which are the true glory of the buildings of the Marais, and they perform their task with verve. They are a fitting tribute to the skilled craftsmen who, throughout its history, worked to create the wonders of this grand and bustling area.
An acclaimed art historian, author of a doctoral thesis (Sorbonne) on Public art: the plastic arts and their relationship to architectural, public and social space, Marianne Strom has lived in the Marais since the Seventies. As a gifted photographer, her eye was naturally drawn to the splendours of the hotels in her adopted neighbourhood, whose facades, mascarons, staircases, doorways, consoles and door-knockers she has photographed in their every detail. Her work in this connection has been exhibited twice at the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris, and now finds its natural extension in the present volume.
LE MARAIS EN DETAILS
Bilingual edition (french-english), 292 pages, Price: 28 euros - available in most of The marais bookshops les librairies du Marais, at the BHV, The Louvre Bookshop, Comme un Roman, library Michèle Ignazi Carnavalet museum bookshop, La Belle Lurette, librarie Henri IV...
Enjoy Marianne’s wonderfull slide show on the marais, extracted from her previous book : http://www.parismarais.com/historic-houses-panorama.htm
STUFF PARISIAN LIKE : OLIVIER MAGNY’S BEST SELLER
This book describes like no others what truly makes Paris life so unique. Olivier Magny is a real Parisian: he was born and raised in the City of Lights and shares here his spot-on analyses and priceless insights about his city. Olivier is the creator of O-château.com
And he does all that with great humor and wit. The series of articles presented in that book even conquered the hearts of the French, where it became a national best-seller.
So if you want to know Paris as it is, understand things beyond clichés, learn the tricks and phrases that will make you blend in and have a good laugh all at the same time - this might just be the book for you.
Visit O Château and buy it there, or oder on amazon, it’s hilarious :