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Valerie Salacroux: Tasteful Designer Shoes in Paris.

Valerie Salacroux: Tasteful Designer Shoes in Paris.

*UPDATE: VALERIE SALACROUX’S SHOP HAS MOVED TO THE 3RD ARRONDISSEMENT.

Valérie Salacroux first worked in Milan with MiuMiu and Prada, then with Balenciaga, before creating under her own name. Inspired by her life on the Basque Coast, her collection of sandals reinterpretes the great French classics: flat leather saddler sandals, cork and wooden platform sandals and fashion wooden clogs. All is made in France, by small teams of craftsmen. The quality is in the detail: traditionnal saddler stitching, carefully chosen skins (genuine cobra, python, lizard, crocodile, goat and calfskin on real cork…) Valerie Salacroux’s style is very feminine, very refined and so terribly “frenchy”… a wonderfull blend of creativity and craftsmanship. For Valérie Salacroux, each model is designed with a special mission: to shape your feet and ankles beautifully.” Her products can be purchased in her workshop/boutique in the 3rd arrondissement or online.

Valerie Salacroux
6 Rue du Parc Royal (the entrance is under the porch)
75003 Paris
tel: 06.87.34.10.20
Metro: Chemin Vert

W-F: 1pm-7pm
Sat: 1pm-7pm
Sun: 3pm-7pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Jacques Genin in Paris: The caramels, chocolates and pastries you don’t want to miss.

Jacques Genin in Paris: The caramels, chocolates and pastries you don’t want to miss.

There are the classic caramels, the famous ones au beurre salé (salty butter caramels) from Brittany and then there are the flavored ones such as the passion-mango caramels from Jacques Genin that are absolutely decadent and probably some of the best in the world—I weigh my words. Other flavors are: pistachio, almond, hazelnut, coffee, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, licorice… They are so soft and buttery you wonder how they manage to keep their shape and you tell yourself you can’t eat more than one but you can’t stop going back to them. His chocolates drive me nuts—oh! the caramelized almond Rochers, mmm the hazelnut pralinés! They are made with the finest ingredients, the flavors are as delicate as the patterns drawn onto their perfectly square shape and their names are as playful as they are appetizing. And then there are Jacques Genin’s pastries: he has mastered the art of the classic French pastries (éclair, Paris-Brest, tarte au chocolat noir, mille-feuille…)
After years of working in his lab and selling his treats to high-end restaurants and hotels, Jacques Genin has finally opened his own shop/tea salon. It is located a few blocks away from the busy area of rue de Bretagne, its trendy cafés and popular shops.

Jacques Genin
133 Rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
tel: 01.45.77.29.01
Metro: Filles du Calvaire

Tu-Sun: 11am-7pm
Closed on Monday

Roumanian collage artist Ion Barladeanu in Paris at Galerie Anne de Villepoix: ‘Now I feel like a prince, says Barladeanu. A pauper can become a prince. But he can go back to being a pauper too.’

Roumanian collage artist Ion Barladeanu in Paris at Galerie Anne de Villepoix: ‘Now I feel like a prince, says Barladeanu. A pauper can become a prince. But he can go back to being a pauper too.’

Ion Barladeanu is on his way to becoming an important contemporary artist, but in May 2008 he was still an anonymous tramp on the streets of Bucharest.”
“He created many of his collages from scraps of discarded magazines during and after the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.” “His collages are being hailed as politically brave and culturally irreverent.” “Barledeanu describes himself as a ‘director’ of his own films and considers each collage to be a movie in itself.”

February 27 - April 10, 2010
Ion Barladeanu at Galerie Anne de Villepoix
43 Rue de Montmorency
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.78.32.24
Metro: Arts-et-Métiers

Tu-Sat: 10am-7pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

ie boutique: Colorful and whimsical kids’ clothing in Paris.

ie boutique: Colorful and whimsical kids’ clothing in Paris.

Japanese stylist/textile designer Noriko Shiojiri and French-Nepalese architect Durgué Laigret design very colorful and original clothes for kids. Their style is a happy mix of Indian, Asian and European influences. They create their own textile designs and have their fabrics (all natural cotton fiber) made in India by artisans who weave the fabrics themselves and print the designs by hand. A large selection of great fabrics are for sale at their ie boutique and prices range from 14€ to18€ per meter. As for the clothes they dress kids from 0 to 8 years old.

ie boutique
128 Rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris
tel: 01.44.59.87.72
Metro: Filles du Calvaire

Tu-Sun: 11am-8pm
Closed on Monday

Zef in Paris: Casual chic clothing for children.

Zef in Paris: Casual chic clothing for children.

Chic and fashionable Parisians dress their kids in Zef clothes. Designer Mariu De Andreis, the daughter of Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, captures the perfect French bobo (bourgeois-bohème) look for her line of kids’ clothing Zef. The quality of fabrics, the elegant patterns, the ethnic touch, the casual yet sophisticated clothes definitely set this brand apart. It is classic and hip, timeless and modern. Sizes range from new born to 12 years old.
Also, the accessories are very tasteful and I can easily imagine grown ups shopping for themselves at Zef!

Zef 1st arrondissement
32 Rue de Richelieu
75001 Paris
tel: 01.42.60.61.04
Metro: Pyramides, Palais-Royal - Musée du Louvre

M-Sat: 11am-7pm (closed for half an hour at lunch)
Closed on Sunday

zef 3rd arrondissement
15 Rue Debelleyme
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.76.09.65
Metro: Saint-Sébastien - Froissart

7/7
M, Sun: 2pm-7pm
Tu-Sat: 11am-7pm

zef & zef piccolo, espace naissance 6th arrondissement
55 bis Rue des Saint-Pères
75006 Paris
tel: 01.42.22.02.93 / 45.22
Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Près

M-Sat: 10.30am-7pm
Closed on Sunday

zef, espace Printemps Haussmann 9th arrondissement
64 Boulevard Haussmann
75009 Paris
tel: 01.42.82.50.00
Metro: Havre-Caumartin

M-Sat: 9.35am-8pm (open until 10pm on Thursday)
Closed on Sunday

zef 16th arrondissement
93 avenue Kléber
75016 Paris
tel: 01.45.53.55.89
Metro: Trocadéro

M: 2pm-7pm
Tu-Sat: 10.30am-7pm
Closed on Sunday

Farmers’ markets in Paris: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th arrondissements.

Farmers’ markets in Paris: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th arrondissements.

There is at least one farmer’s market in each of Paris’ arrondissements. Following is the list of all of them, by arrondissement, from the 1st to the 20th, with their location (see map) and hours. They vary in size and quality, some specialize in organic foods (Marché Brancusi 14th arr., Marché Raspail 6th arr., Marché des Batignolles 17th arr.) while others offer a variety of cooked foods (Marché Baudoyer 4th arr.) and/or ethnic dishes (Marché des Enfants Rouges 3rd arr.)

1st arrondissement
Marché Saint-Honoré
Place du Marché Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris
Metro: Pyramide

W: 12.30pm-8.30pm
Sat: 7am-3pm

Marché Saint-Eustache - Les Halles
Rue Montmartre
between Rue Rambuteau and Rue du Jour
75001 Paris
Metro: Les Halles

Th: 12.30pm-8pm
Sun: 7am-3pm

2nd arrondissement
Marché Bourse
Place de la Bourse
75002 Paris
Metro: Bourse

Tu, F: 12.30pm-8.30pm

3rd arrondissement
Marché des Enfants Rouges
39 Rue de Bretagne or 33 bis Rue Charlot
75003 Paris
Metro: Filles du Calvaire

Tu-Sat: 8.30am-1pm / 4pm-7.30pm (open until 8pm on Friday and Saturday)
Sun: 8.30am-2.30pm

4th arrondissement
Marché Baudoyer
Place Baudoyer
75004 Paris
Metro: Hotel-de-Ville

W: 12.30pm-8.30pm
Sat: 7am-3pm

5th arrondissement
Marché Maubert
Place Maubert
75005 Paris
Metro: Maubert-Mutualité

Tu, Th: 7am-2.30pm
Sat: 7am-3pm

Marché Monge
Place Monge
75005 Paris
Metro: Place Monge

W, F: 7am-2.30pm
Sun: 7am-3pm

Marché Port-Royal
Boulevard de Port-Royal (along the Hôpital du Val de Grâce)
75005 Paris
Metro: Port-Royal

Tu,Th: 7am-2.30pm
Sat: 7am-3pm

Paris’ farmers’ markets: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th arrondissements.

Paris’ farmers’ markets: 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th arrondissements.

Paris’ farmers’ markets: 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th arrondissements.

Café Charlot in Paris: The perfect hamburger fix.

Café Charlot in Paris: The perfect hamburger fix.

When I feel like eating a hamburger I head straight for Café Charlot in the Marais, right across the street from the Marché des Enfants Rouges, on rue de Bretagne. Here it is served with the right kind of bread, a soft sesame seed bun, a perfectly cooked burger (medium-rare by default), with everything it should have inside, and crispy French fries. It’s actually a cheeseburger and it costs €15. For the same price you can also order a delicious, and organic, chicken burger, also served with fries. Among the other gourmet sandwiches are the BLT, the hot sandwich Charlot (cheese, beef and grilled onions served on a french roll) and Café Charlot’s own take on the classic croques: le croque jeune homme and le croque jeune fille.
That’s for the sandwich section, there are also some classic French dishes a la carte such as bavette à l’echalotte or swordfish steak served with green beans. Aside from the food, the service is amicable and fast. If you stand out and like to be noticed you are more likely to be stared at, just as much as you can entertain yourself checking out the very Parisian crowd that itself cries for attention!
Other good places in the neighborhood that I recommend are Rose Bakery (another “trendy” place) and Breizh Café (a refreshing bowl of down-to-earthness!)

Café Charlot
38 Rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris
tel: 01.44.54.03.30
Metro: Filles du Calvaire

7/7
M-Sun: 7am-2am (Food is served all day until 12am)

L’Artisan Fleuriste: flower shop in the 3rd and 7th.

L’Artisan Fleuriste: flower shop in the 3rd and 7th.

Address and opening hours of L’Artisan Fleuriste flower shops in Paris, 3rd and 7th arrondissements.

L’Artisan Fleuriste
95 Rue Vielle du Temple
75003 Paris
3rd arrondissement
tel: 01.42.78.40.40
Metro: Chemin Vert, Saint-Sebastien - Froissart

7/7
M, Sun: 10am-8pm
Tu-F: 10am-9pm

L’Artisan Fleuriste
6 Rue Commaille
75007 Paris
7th arrondissement
tel: 01.42.84.40.40
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone

M: 1.30pm-7pm
Tu, W, Th: 10.30am-8.30pm
F, Sat: 10am-9pm
Closed on Sunday