SUNDAY IN BASTILLE/MARAIS
Consider spending Sunday in the Marais/Bastille corridor - starting at one end (at the famous monument at the Bastille) and enjoying a local market experience. Go early, and wander.
The market at the Bastille - officially the Richard Lenoir market - is a charming local place to eat crepes, buy flowers for your Airbnb and stroll. You will be in the shadow of the Bastille monument, and right at the border of the Marais.
Then, visit a spot that Ouishare community member Robin Chase (founder of Zipcar and Veniam), suggests - Merci design store. This whimsical home/design store is often instagrammed for the small red Citreon in the yard, and has the best organic foods downstairs, facing a soothing garden. (Cantine Merci). Thanks Robin!
You’ll get to this spot easily from the market, by going into the direction of Blvd Beaumarchais - it’s at No. 111. Take some time to wander each level and enjoy collaborative design and home goods. A great place to get a quirky gift for those back home if Paris isn’t home base.
Eventually make your way to Places des Vosges and walk through the more touristy central Marais and then move along into the more local Northern Marais.
We’d suggest visiting a spot that Helene, another Ouishare community member took us to - Le marché des Enfants Rouges at 39 rue de Bretagne, 75003. This is the oldest covered market in Paris. It was established in the early 1600s.
After this, walk the back streets toward Place de la Republique, famous for being the spot where the city comes together to protest acts of violence – it’s where many public demonstrations still take place.
These are just a few local tips and mostly concentrated here because it’s an easy area to walk and enjoy on a weekend with squares and parks to stop and stare.