Take 5: The Spots You Really Have to Check Out in the Upper Marais

After Emily Altieri finished up her Of a Kind internship this summer, she headed to Paris for some study-abroad action. Yah, we weren’t jealous at all. So we’ve asked her to give us the scoop on her best finds around the city—and, listen, though she might be both darling and young, don’t dare accuse her of having college-girl taste. —erica

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Looking for the perfect Sunday in Paris? Head to Le Marais—partly because everywhere else is closed, but mostly because of the insanely good restaurants and ample shopping. It is also a lot more casual than the rest of Paris—we’re talking West Village versus Central Park West—but, ya know, still wildly chic. The area has grown so much that one little guide is not nearly enough, so for now: my five favorites in the 3rd Arrondissement (a.k.a., Upper Marais). emily altieri

Betjeman & Barton
At this tea bar, you’re encouraged to try out their 180 varieties—and take your favorite to-go (hard to find in France). With the communal tables, homemade scones, and hot pink teapots, this is your girly Parisian moment.
(24 Boulevard des filles du Calvaire)

Chez Janou
I was convinced that charming waiters didn’t exist in Paris until I visited this local brasserie, and the place looks like a still from a mushy French romcom. The food is also fantastic—especially the self-serve chocolate mousse, which is, as the Of a Kind team would say, NEXT LEVEL.
(2 Rue Roger Verlomme)

Merci
You just can’t go to Paris without at least a quick browse here—I forbid it, actually. The concept shop has men’s, women’s, and home sections—goodness for everyone—and there are also three cafés on-site.
(111 Boulevard Beaumarchais)

French Trotters
I died a little bit over their accessories but the clothing is also awesome—with designers like Opening Ceremony and American Vintage. The selection for guys might be even better, and that’s saying a lot.
(30 Rue de Charonne)

Closed
This co-ed German label just opened its first Paris store this fall, and I love shopping here because I know I’m finding things I cant get anywhere else. Knits, leather, denim, and shearling!
(18 Rue de Poitou)

Where else has Emily been hangin’ in Paris? More here.

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Lena Wald Gives Us a Way-Chic Tour of Paris’s Left Bank

This will make you want to take a two-year trip to the city, too.

Jewelry designer Lena Wald and her boyfriend made the call to move to Paris with their sons two whole weeks before leaving. The verdict after two years in the city? Best decision ever. “I loved that you didn’t have to go looking for things to do,” says Lena. “You could just walk outside and be somewhere beautiful, or you would stumble upon something going on that you didn’t know about.” And though she and her fam have been back in L.A. since 2011, Paris’s 6th arrondissement is still her home-away-from-home. Here are some of the former haunts that she misses most. —meghana gandhi

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Pizza Chic
“This place is great for kids. It’s owned by the people who own Merci, who are the founders of Bonpoint—so it really is chic. And the pizza is fantastic.”
(13 rue Mézières)

Le Comptoir du Relais
“This restaurant is in the Hôtel Relais Saint-Germain. It’s a bistro by day, a gastro by night—and it’s really delicious. It’s very difficult to get in, because they give preference to people staying in the hotel, but you can sometimes get a reservation.”
(9 Carrefour de l’Odéon)

Tan Dinh
“This place serves amazing Vietnamese food. I went here with Kelly Wearstler, who says she dreams about the soup.”
(60 rue de Verneuil)

L’épicerie des Saints-Pères d’Olivier Pitou
“We used to love this little market. The owners have an amazing flower shop (called Flower) across the street.”
(23 rue des Saints-Pères)

Huilerie Artisanale J.Leblanc et fils
“This place was on my street. The company has been around since 1878. They have the most amazing pistachio oil, and they also have pine nut oil and walnut oil. It’s all delicious. It tastes very pure.”
(12 rue Jacob)

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Deyrolle
“This taxidermy shop is so old-school. It’s like nowhere else in the world. You can only find it in Paris.”
(46 rue du Bac)

Serge Gainsbourg’s Apartment
“The building is covered in graffiti and has become a memorial because people write notes about Serge on it. The artist Space Invader even did a little Serge Gainsbourg on the building.”
(5 bis rue de Verneuil)

Shopping

imageGalerie Downtown
“This shop has all of the furniture that I love: Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Serge Mouille. They have some of the best examples of work by these designers (besides, of course, the pieces that I curate at Maxfield Gallery!).”
(18 & 33 rue de Seine)

Isabel Marant
“This store was also on my street, so I would pass by it all the time. She always uses good fabrics, including a lot of natural fabrics. I just like her sensibility—it’s easy to wear.”
(1 rue Jacob)

Galerie Yves Gastou
“This store has a great mix of furniture. They have a lot of amazing pieces from the forties, fifties, sixties, and seventies.”
(12 rue Bonaparte)

Karry’O
“She has great vintage jewelry—including some important pieces—as well as some new things. It’s a fun jewelry shop.”
(62 rue des Saints-Pères)

Lena’s new edition has us feeling all kinds of patriotic—check it out now!

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Hortense Jewelry

Long before French-born Hortense Bonneau was designing her line, she was a kid with an eye for jewelry. “When I was five, I went to Florence with my dad. There’s one street with jewelers on both sides, and I wanted to go inside every store,” she says. “Then, at 10, I went Place Vendôme in Paris, spending hours looking into the windows of Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier.”

But she ended up working as a photo editor at a magazine for years before realizing she had an itch. “I wanted to do something with my hands, but I didn’t know what. So my husband sat me down and asked me what I liked in life,” she recalls. The first thing that came to mind: jewelry.

When she moved to San Fran with her movie-animator man, she made the switch. “I washed dogs. That’s how I made money to buy a bench and tools,” she says. One year later, Hortense registered at the Academy of Art and the Alan Revere Academy, and after working as a metalsmith for other designers, launched her own fine-jewelry label in 2007. Over the years, it’s evolved as her life has—taking a pause when her daughter Lola was born, making the move to L.A. when she did, getting daintier when the mood struck her. “Step by step, that’s how I grew.” —alisha prakash

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Weather Vain: Paris, France - 52 With a Chance of Rain

Even when it’s rainy there, we’re itching to be in Paris. I mean, we aren’t fools. Here’s what we’d wanna be wearing if we were so lucky today. —erica

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Clockwise from top left:

+ A black Hope button-down that, with its asymmetrical hem, is so much more.

+ A glam Kelly Wearstler cuff that will make you even more bummed that you missed The Sporting Project's latest pop-up dinner series (a good reason to book another trip!).

+ The sort of easy necklace by Gabriela Artigas that won’t get in your way in the French Trotters fitting room.

+ This Gryphon trench will keep you dry..and motivated to make the walk to La Pâtisserie Des Rêves.

+ Nothing’s wrong with a little flash—especially in the form of these stroll-ready, Marais-friendly Dieppa Restrepo shoes.

+ Try not to empty this Clare Vivier wallet at Merci. Just do your best.

+ Iris & Ink leather pants the color of the wine that’s bound to fill your belly.

Get more weather-related fashion prescriptions here.

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How do you say tie-dye in French? Calla must know… —erica

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The French brand Thomsen makes dresses that are just screaming for a picnic (possibly at the Square du Vert-Galant). —erica

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Now, here’s something impressive: The French label Sessun has the power to make this getup seem completely approachable. —erica

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Damn, this embroidered tunic from April, May—a French line with a thoroughly Southwestern thing happening for spring—would go so well with some Hatch chiles. —erica

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Is this not the moodiest visor you’ve ever seen, from the Frenchie line Paname? —erica

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How prim and proper is this Sessun look? But then, you know, not at all? —erica

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