The limited-edition Nikes and kiosk of independent magazines (Corpus, Out of Order, System) at this brilliantly edited multibrand boutique in the upper Marais recall the city’s renowned concept shop Colette. But its abundant natural light, and market-fresh, Scandinavian-influenced café make it a place of its own. Minimalist, rustic decor and sparsely furnished racks reinforce a feeling of calm. An in-house florist is in the works. 12 Rue Perrée, 33/(0) 1-44-61- 53-60. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
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Where Good Coffee Meets Fine Fashion
200m² is a lot of surface area to fill when you're an upstart concept store but the trio behind the popular fashion and lifestyle website De Jeunes Gens Modernes were confident their approach would do the 19th century spot justice. They stock a carefully curated selection of men's and women's fashion (Carven, Raf Simons, Hermès designer Christophe Lemaire, Kenzo and Nike for a street vibe) and lifestyle pieces (stationery accessories, art magazines), displayed across two floors and brew Solberg & Hansen beans in the adjacent café.
Whether you shop first and then amble back into the airy and intimate coffee shop or begin by caffeinating before emptying your wallet, you'll feel right at home. Think contemporary homeyness vs. Colette's edgy pomp.
The minimalist café menu of small savory dishes and regularly rotating sweets make this a perfect spot for a morning bite, light lunch or afternoon snack.
If weather permits, take your coffee to go and lounge in the Square du Temple park directly across the street.