Hotel de Sens, one of the few fifteen century Marais Palace
Issue 80 May 2012
"VOICI LE MOIS DE MAI"
Bonjour Parismarais Readers,
May is the month of novelty. First, we have a new president that seems to willing to give a breath of fresh air to the European economy, inspired in some ways by Roosevelt's New Deal. May is also the month of spring cleaning and clearing out the winter cobwebs from both our physical and mental spaces, a chance to spend more time outside enjoying the balmy weather.
In this spirit, from 11 to 13 May 2012, don't miss the annual flea market of the 3rd arrondissement. 500 stands, both amateurs and professionals, will be present selling a plethora of things: used items, antiques, as well as collection pieces.
Another not-to-miss event: the 4th Edition of « Nomades ». This yearly cultural festival of the 3rd arrondissement is a lively cultural event free and accessible to all open from Thursday 31 May to Sunday 3 June 2012.
The Night of the Galleries will kick off the festival on Thursday evening starting at 18h, giving visitors the opportunity of exploring galleries scattered throughout the district. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will allow them to continue to peruse the diversity of contemporary art, culture and craft workshops in the neighborhood. They will have exceptional access to the world of galleries, showrooms, artisan workshops, art openings, cocktail parties, exhibitions, concerts, tours, shows and performances.
More than 170 participants will take to the streets of the 3rd district to offer a variety of events which are organized by « path ». Several paths such as contemporary art, fashion and design, live art, craft and heritage will be available.
There's also a revival of « Gay Paris », with a few new bars, cafés, as well as after- hour clubs to choose from. Discover below the new movie we made to report on the fun nightlife in the Marais… Next Month is Paris gay pride and you can still find a boutique hotel for your stay in our top of the range selection.Enjoy May in Le Marais — we look forward to seeing you!
LAST MINUTE DEALS IN OUR SELECTED BOUTIQUE HOTELS
Marais Luxury 4 star category
Some of the historical Hotels we adore are the Bourg-Tibourg designed by Jacques Garcia, the designer of the Metropole Palace in Monaco, the Hôtel du Petit Moulin, designed by Christian Lacroix himself, Le Pavillon de La Reine, The Hotel du Jeu de Paume, Duo design hotel and the Marais House, which is definitely one of the most exclusive guesthouses in the world with only 4 rooms.
Marais Luxury 3 star category
To get you in the spirit of the Loire valley, try the hôtel Saint Paul, the Hotel de la Bretonnerie or the Hotel Jacques de Molay.
1000 Charming Boutique Hotels in France and Europe
Paris is the gateway to Europe and after a week in the City of Light, you may want to extend your stay by visiting the prestigious resorts we have selected for you in the Loire Valley, the French Riviera and Monaco… How about London for the Queen's jubilee or the Olympics ?
PARCOURS NOMADES 4TH EDITION
FABULOUS SHOPPING IDEAS
For lovers of beautiful French silverware, Argenterie d'Antan is the perfect place to discover thousands of treasures in silver or silver plate in the heart of the Marais.
Treat yourself in this elegant boutique to a selection of items available for every budget and of all styles such as sumptuous silver table settings by Puiforcat (Gaudron silver model) and Christofle (Marly model), or real curiosities like silver "sleeves" for holding the bone elegantly while carving leg of lamb. There are also Christofle Gallia Art Deco gravy boats, egg cups, napkin rings with animal motifs (30 euros), Napoleon III- style coffee makers, and cutlery from renowned Parisian hotels (from 15 euros).
Here, dreams become reality. For finding a great gift idea, a marriage or civil union list, a "so French" souvenir, or just a dinner service, there is only one place to go: Argenterie d'Antan.
Simonne & Lisa B
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
La Boutique Extraordinaire
Run by someone passionate about textiles, La Boutique Extraordinaire will make you feel exceptional. You enter here intrigued, and leave here dressed in a textile work of art. 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 really is the first textile art gallery.
La Boutique Extraordinaire
THE REVIVAL OF GAY PARIS
« Times goes by, so slowly…Time goes by so slowly for those who wait… No time to hesitate…Those who run seem to have all the fun…I'm caught up… I don't know what to do… »
just follow the circuit, do go at the right time to the right place !
4 pm - Open Café
Completely redecorated, with a new team of super sexy bar tenders, Open Café’s central corner location on the busy rue des Archives makes it the perfect place to people-watch all year. Inside, giant flat screen TVs and a friendly English-speaking bar staff greet you. Giant salads and club sandwiches, plats du jour, delicious chocolate cake, tarts, and milkshakes at affordable prices are served until 5pm, plus a vast selection of drinks until 2am. Happy Champagne from 10 pm until closing at less than 6 € per glass.
17 rue des Archives - Paris 4 - Tel. 01 42 72 26 18
6 pm - Sly Bar
This brand new gay bar in Paris’ Marais offers fantastic music; DJs, gogo dancers and theme nights abound, plus a lounge available to book for private evenings. Open terrace heated in winter. Open 7 days a week, with Happy Hours every day. Pints of beer at unbeatable prices. Find the love of your life on sundays… at least try !
22 rue des Lombards - Paris 4
8 pm - Les Agités
The new generation type of place. Located close to the Centre Georges Pompidou in the heart of le Marais, the chef offers a « French culinary burger tour » (duck confit, salmon or tartare and even foie gras, plus seasonal burgers), as well as lovely charcuterie and escargots de Bourgogne ( snails). For dessert, a variation of giant profiteroles of every flavor imaginable awaits you. In the basement, the classic French residence-style ambiance invites you to enjoy a cocktail, snack or even dinner. As Bruno and Arnaud the owners say : « c’ est comme à la maison, mais en mieux ! »
15 rue de la Reynie - Paris 4 - Tel. 08 99 23 40 83
11 pm – Spyce
From 6pm until late at night, this brand new gay and hetero-friendly dance bar is a fun place to start your evening, complete with live DJs and the latest music to get you warmed up : great music, plus gogo dancing as well as a fabulous cabaret show every Wednesday. Drinks are a bargain on Mondays.
23 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie - Paris 4
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