Shopping in Canal St-Martin, Ourcq and Villette
- Price band: 1/4
You might not know what you're looking for when you walk in to Pop Market, but you always walk out with armfuls of goodies. Small animal figurines for a nephew, some beautiful stationery for yourself, badges to pin on a jacket or a bright decoration for the living room. This a concept store like many others in Paris, the difference being that it’s large enough for one to spend a good half an hour in without bumping into anyone. You’ll find all the same designers as elsewhere: fine Titlee gold jewellery, sophisticated Clémence Cabanes cufflinks, or humorous patches signed Macon et Lesquoy. To mix things up a bit, the owners occasionally organise book signings and showcases behind their candy pink shopfront.
- 50 rue Bichat, 10e
Antoine et Lili's fuchsia-pink, custard-yellow and apple-green shopfronts are a new raver's dream. The bobo designer's clothes, often in wraparound styles, adapt to all sizes and shapes. The Canal St-Martin 'village' comprises womenswear, a kitsch home decoration boutique and childrenswear.Other locations throughout the city.
- 95 quai de Valmy, 10e
- Price band: 3/4
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The idea of a commerical centre might not appeal to fans of concept boutiques, but don’t speak too soon – Centre Commerical in the Rue de Marseille (alongside APC, Maje and Claudie Pierlot) will thrill fans of quality fashion. The shop's founders also created Veja, the famous brand of hip, affordable trainers. Sébastien Kopp, one of the co-founders, has embraced a socially and ecologically conscious type of fashion for trendy youngsters; however annoying young hipsters might be, at least they don’t buy ‘made in China’. Inside the beautifully designed space, where you never have to jostle between two clothes racks, you'll find brands from the 'made in France' movement including Bleu de Paname, Repetto, St. James or Roseanna, and other well-known sustainable labels like Veja, Valentine Gauthier (the future Isabel Marant, according to rumours) or Christine Phung, winner of the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris 2011 for her work with traditional artisans and fair trade projects in partnership with humanitarian organisations in Cambodia.
- 2 rue de Marseille, 10e
- Price band: 2/4
In the same genre as its neighbours Chez Prune, Maje, A.P.C. and Claude Pierlot, Medicine Douce doesn’t upset the neighbourhood’s balance of hip elegance. Inside, white and grey walls and a total absence of decoration put the spotlight on the jewellery, all designed by Marie Montaud, who launched her brand in 2000 but didn’t have her own boutique until 2007, once she was already well known. Her quick success is thanks to her delicate gold jewellery mixed with pastel colours, discreet but remarkable. The prices aren’t insane given the materials and the largely Parisian manufacture – necklaces and bracelets start at around €80.
- 10 rue de Marseille, 10e
- Price band: 2/4
Ethicando, moments from the Canal Saint-Martin, mixes quality Italian food and clothing with social justice for victims of the Italian mafia. Many of their food products come from land confiscated from criminals, while bags and t-shirts are guaranteed made by Italian convicts as part of their rehabilitation into society. On the restaurant side, the organic food costs around €5 for a starter and €10 for a main.
- 6 rue de la Grange aux Belles, 10e
- Price band: 3/4
In three years, the Rue de Marseille in the 10th arrondissement transformed into a playground for fashion victims. Between A.P.C., Le Centre Commercial, Petites and Claudie Pierlot, it’s a hotbed of trendy chic. Balibaris is reserved for blokes in the know, offering a fantastic selection of clothes at prices that aren't cheap, but also not extortionate given the quality of the materials and the fact that most of the pieces are handmade in France. Small but packing a lot of punch, this concept store stocks scarves, shirts, jumpers, elegant trousers and excellent film-themed t-shirts featuring works by David Lynch, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen and Claude Chabrol. Still on the cinema theme, there are a range of glossy books, and umbrellas worthy of Cherbourg.
- 14 rue de Marseille, 10e
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