NEWS IN Marais
Le Photon Des Vosges is basically the epicenter of vintage eyewear in Paris. Situated two steps away from Place des Vosges (Marais in Paris), this small boutique masterfully depicts the universe of its owner, René Ohana. Along with his astonishing collection of musical instrument, this oriental music enthusiast confines in his eyewear museum some of the rarest pairs of sunglasses you can ever dream of. To quote but one significant example, his large collection of Vito (one of the most sought-after and creative eyewear designers during the 60′s) is just breathless. Then, over a delicious mint tea, he humbly presented us some pairs that date back to the first half of the 19th century (see below). Along with those exclusive, unaffordable though, masterpieces, you may also discover some pairs straight out of Dior, YSL, Versace fashion shows in the 80′s at reasonable prices (150-300€)… Le Photon des Vosges is the kind of places you’re generally proud of knowing when a friend asks! Read the rest of this entry »
Fresh on the Parisian Marais scene and named after one of Gainsbourg’s song, Pamela Popo (co-founded by renown Brasseries’ owner Alex Chapon) is the new kid on the block and coolest place to be seen right now. Situated right next to one of the oldest original condition buildings in Paris, managers Thomas and Mickael have all your needs covered! Genuine quartier, lively restaurant and stunning quality of French food! With a charming outdoor terrace to take a drink, do some people spotting or even get your cigarette break, Pamela Popo features a cosy and intimate first floor for private parties and couples, it seems that everyone enjoys this spot for a different reason. As regards the menu, it changes weekly depending on seasonal produce and is alternated with some crowd pleasing favourites such as Mushroom and Asparagus Ravioli with Savoury Pain Perdu, Crab and Avocado Millefeuille with Wakame Emulsion and if you’re still up for it- Rich Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Mousse! You get by with 30 € per person (including a glass of wine). Besides, Pamela Popo also turns itself into a brunch on Sundays… Don’t miss it!
Le Derrière by Momo : the “home away from home” restaurant, @Marais, Paris
Launched in 2008, the idea for this family apartment-style venue, Le Derrière, was to be able to entertain friends “at home” every night. The weird name comes from its location, right at the back of the two others Momo’s hype hotspots: the 404 and Andy Wahloo.
The thing is you can just pick the atmosphere you want: whether it’s in the lounge, dining room, bedroom or even boudoir. As you can see on the pics below, the décor and furniture are an eclectic mix of styles. I namely like the red lounge with the vintage motocycle alongside the tables and the cosy red lights…
The food is French, simple and wholesome, apparently made with the finest quality products. I tasted their roasted duck breast and loved it! Le Derrière is a really cool place (like all Momo’s), then think to book a table before popping in!!
The word “store”, with its mercantile connotation, disappears there! Experimental space grafted strongly on the emotion, l‘Eclaireur, on Rue de Sévigné (click on it to have the exact location), rather appears to me as an art gallery than a regular store.
Crafted by belgian artist/designer Arne quinze, the store interior is in fact an adventurous and eclectic installation that fuses artistic features with hi-tech. A whopping two tons of planks (see below, on the middle pic) and 147 animated video screens have been incorporated in the store’s organic-style interior. Additionally, exotic artefacts from across the planet have been juxtapositioned with the fashion merchandise.