While in the Marais, the concept store Merci was always the place to be and an important reason to frequent the area. However after my last visit I was excited to discover a lot of new gems.
The rumor of the latest cool concept store The Broken Arm at rue Perrée nr. 12 had caught my attention and on my way from Merci to this new store I made the choice not to go for the easiest and fastest road, but explore some little streets to finally end up in rue Charlot.
The first thing I came across was an exhibition with work of Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau in Galerie Charlot, 47, rue Charlot. In the middle of the gallery plants were hanging from the ceiling, with on the wall a projection of drawings and impressions of vegetation. The gallery owner suggested to touch the plants; following her instructions, artificial plants started to “grow” on the screen! The other installations in the exhibit are all worthwhile checking out!
Continuing my journey I came across the following shops:
“Antique Fabrics” of Yves Andrieux & Vincent Jalbert with an interesting collection made of recycled fabrics from army tents up to antique embroidered table cloth on nr . 55.
You have to be quick to visit pop-up store “French California”, because they will be on nr. 57 until the 22nd of February, selling home decoration made out of recycled denim shirts.
On nr. 58 you can have your nails done, but you can also buy exclusive cosmetics brands at “Gloss-up”, ... available for “beauty brunches” too. :-)
Furthermore you’ll encounter very nice places for coffee, drinks, lunch or dinner everywhere.
Finally I ended up in The Broken Arm, the latest fashion hot-spot, with an inspiring collection of contemporary garments and an amazing selection of magazines. The adjoining cafe and terrace facing the precious park in front must be the best place to be in summer to enjoy a café au laît or a glass of chilled wine, while watching the hip crowd passing by.
... And last but not least, while in the neighborhood don’t forget to pay a visit to the exhibition space “La Gaité Lyrique”.