Most Parisians today won't remember that in the 1950s, the covered arcades of Le Carreau du Temple were the site of a thriving second-hand clothes market. Time and supermarkets had their way with the venue, which fell into disuse before being earmarked for restoration by the council in 2001. Four hundred locals set to work on the project – after all, as Mayor Delanoë put it, 'The site belongs to them.' After much brainstorming and bureaucratic faffing about, the arcades are set to reopen as a multi-purpose centre for sport, culture and food. The promised catwalks, concerts and cafés have yet to materialise, but the sparkling new architecture is already proudly on display for anyone curious to see what the future of Parisian markets looks like. We're glad to report that the new edifice, all sunlit walkways and gold-brown wood, looks lovely.
Le Carreau du Temple
|Venue name:||Le Carreau du Temple||Contact:|
4 rue Eugène Spuller
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm|
|Transport:||Métro : République ou Temple|