Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary

7260 ETIENNE MARCEL PARCOURS Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary

The métro station Etienne Marcel releases you into the heart of a lively area that is very close to Les Halles, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Marais where shopping and friendly cafés cohabit in a convivial atmosphere

The geography of the area

In the very heart of Paris, the Etienne Marcel district introduces you to part of the 1st and 2nd arrondissements of the French capital. The station owes its name to the street, Rue Etienne Marcel, a long artery that leads from place des Victoires to Boulevard de Sébastopol. To the north, the area is bounded by Rue Réaumur and to the south by Châtelet-Les Halles and its famous shopping centre that is undergoing major changes. It is the ideal departure point to discover local colour that is a blend of shopping and lively spots. 7261 ETIENNE MARCEL PARCOURS 300x180 Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary   7262 ETIENNE MARCEL PARCOURS 300x180 Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary

Architecture that straddles tradition and modernity

Begin your exploration of the area with a visit to the Church of Saint-Eustache and its huge building whose origins can be traced back to the 13th century. It is magnificent because of its architecture and also because of its decoration, such as the rich stained glass windows and it has seen many historic events such as Molière’s baptism, Louis XIV’s First Communion or La Fontaine’s funeral. This ancient place will also give you an overview of the city of tomorrow, because it is just across from Les Halles with its new canopy and its gardens that are set to modernise the area. On Rue Etienne Marcel, you can also admire the Tower known as Jean Sans Peur that was built by the Duke of Burgundy between 1409 and 1411. It is a vestige of another time, with its corkscrew staircase and it is open for visits on certain days (check the website). 7263 ETIENNE MARCEL PARCOURS 300x180 Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary   7264 ETIENNE MARCEL PARCOURS 300x180 Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary

Rue Montorgueil: a lively part of the capital

Behind Saint-Eustache church, you will find yourself at the top of Rue Montorgueil, one of the favourite streets of Parisians. It is appreciated because of its pedestrian areas and lined with many cafés, restaurants, food shops and boutiques. People meet here for a drink or simply to while away the time during the day. There is no shortage of good places and you will hardly know where to look between the oldest Parisian pastry-shop Stohrer, the cheesemonger La Fermette and its always cheerful cheesemonger, the Café du Centre where you can meet with friends, the chocolate shop A la mère de famille, the teas available at Mariage Frères and the Kayser bakery that continues onto Rue des Petits Carreaux. 7265 ETIENNE MARCEL PARCOURS 300x180 Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary   7266 ETIENNE MARCEL PARCOURS 300x180 Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary

An area for shopping

Very close to Rue Montorgueuil is Passage du Grand Cerf, which offers you a superb décor in which to shop. This covered arcade first opened in 1825 and houses several craftspeople who specialise in jewellery, furniture and design. You will also find a number of ready-to-wear fashion boutiques and small designers, in particular on Rue du Jour and Rue de Montmartre near Saint-Eustache where you can treat yourself at Agnès b., Des Petits Hauts, Claudie Pierlot, Princesse Tam Tam, Manoush, Zadig et Voltaire or Petit Bateau… The street is also home to a shopping curiosity in the shape of Mora, a temple to cooking and the kitchen with cake tins in all shapes and sizes and professional utensils. Nearby, at 18 rue de la Coquillière, you will also find E. Dehillerin, a historic shop (1820) selling kitchen materials and specialising in copper pots. 7267 ETIENNE MARCEL PARCOURS 300x180 Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary   7268 ETIENNE MARCEL PARCOURS 300x180 Etienne Marcel | A discovery and shopping itinerary

Tasty breaks

Take time out for a break or lunch at Café Etienne Marcel (64 rue Tiquetonne 75002). This is a local institution and you will be won over by its arty décor. For lunch or dinner, you can also head for Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau and choose between the trendy Beef Club if you are a meat lover, or the Fish Club, the fish version that serves tapas. In the same street Ô Château will delight wine enthusiasts. For those who are tempted by American cooking, Joe Allen, at the métro exit is a must. Alternatively, Blend on Rue d’Argout that is just off Rue Etienne Marcel will introduce you to the French style hamburger.


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