This stylish, boutique-y quarter is one of just a few places where the shops are allowed to be open on Sunday, so find your plan de Paris (city map) and highlight Rue de Sévigné, Rue Vieille du Temple and Rue des Francs-Bourgeois.
You’ll find lots of funky boutiques, including the handbag mecca Brontibay
, with oversized, candy-colored leather bags priced less than 300 euros (6 Rue de Sévigné, 33-1-42-76-90-80); Autour Du Monde
, the eclectic fashion store (12 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 33-1-42-77-16-18); Loft
, which is like a more relaxed, upscale Gap (20 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 33-1-42-78-62-95); Zadig et Voltaire
, for cool cashmere and appliqué tees (42 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 33-1-44-54-00-60); and Abou d’abi Bazar
, for hippie-chic lines by Paul & Joe and Isabel Marrant, plus super-soft tees by Majestic (125 Rue Vieille du Temple, 33-1-42-71-13-26).
After shopping, get in line at L’As Du Fallafel for a Spécial—a falafel-stuffed pita, with eggplant, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, hummus and a splash of hot sauce. At 4 euros, it’s one of the best food bargains in town (34 Rue des Rosiers, 33-1-48-87-63-60, Métro: Saint-Paul).
This article has been adapted from the original, which was first published in May of 2007 by MSP Communications.