République and Oberkampf area guide

Shabby chic in central Paris, from bars to boutiques

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If it's a grungy night you're after, Rue Oberkampf and surrounding streets foot the bill nicely with row upon row of humming shabby-chic bars, many following the runaway success of Café Charbon and the adjoined Nouveau Casino club. Oberkampf's southern extremities are resolutely chic, however; especially in the 3rd, where ever-gentrifying streets around rue Vieille du Temple and République are awash with designers on the rise and old craft workshops. Rue Charlot is typical of the trend, with smart boutiques that rub shoulders with art galleries. In this part of town, those in the know head to Marché des Enfants Rouge, the city's oldest market (dating back to 1615), lined with food stalls each more fragrant than the next.


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