Village Saint Paul
For an escape from the bustling streets of the Marais, step into this charming warren of cobblestoned courtyards nestled between shaded, quiet alleys. Home to 100 boutiques selling furniture, clothing as well as artworks, the Saint-Paul Village is a genuine market.
You’ll be struck by the extent to which it has maintained its authenticity, while also allowing room for contemporary art and design. This colourful and culturally rich enclave is framed by the Rues Saint-Paul, Ave Maria, Charlemagne and Des Jardins Saint-Paul.
100 boutiques to explore
Start off exploring from the Rue Ave Maria or Rue Charlemagne, enabling you to cross the village from one end to the other. Little coloured flags hung along the stone walls of the five courtyards will help orient you. Antique stores, second-hand and vintage sellers, galleries and craftsmen have all set up shop in and around the ground floors of the buildings lining the courtyards. Among the countless vintage treasures here, you’ll find antique furniture, books, clothes, toys, decorative objects and art.
The best day to go is probably on a Sunday, when all the vendors are on site and looking forward to meeting you. On warm summer days you can even enjoy the sun on the many restaurant terraces. And finally, extend yourexcursion by visiting the Maison Européenne de la Photographie or the Mémorial de la Shoah, located right nearby.