Rue Charlot

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Rue Charlot Rue Charlot in Marais, Paris is a tiny street bursting with designers, galleries, & vintage clothiers. Shop till you drop in Paris with Party Earth. Paris France 48.862781 2.362425
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Party Earth Review In a city brimming with shopping options, Rue Charlot offers a chic and unusual experience that promises quick access to emerging French designers, art galleries, and vintage clothing boutiques. In many ways, Rue... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    8: Filles du Calvaire; 3, 11: Arts et Métiers; 11: Rambuteau

  • Hours:

    Individual store hours vary, but most galleries open at around 10 or 11am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Rue Charlot Review

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Rue Charlot in Marais, Paris is a tiny street bursting with designers, galleries, & vintage clothiers. Shop till you drop in Paris with Party Earth.

In a city brimming with shopping options, Rue Charlot offers a chic and unusual experience that promises quick access to emerging French designers, art galleries, and vintage clothing boutiques.

In many ways, Rue Charlot is a typically Parisian street with barely enough room for all the delivery trucks and bicycles to get around, let alone the pedestrians who navigate the nooks and crannies as they contend with the unpredictable opening hours of many of the area’s small businesses.

Near the southern end of the street, prestigious guests of the centuries-old Hotel de Retz pass through the hotel’s courtyard and into the Passage de Retz, a public exhibition center that displays a wide range of photography, design, and architectural works.

From there, it’s a quick jaunt to the renowned Chantal Crousel gallery, which represents a plethora of contemporary artists from around the world. Going a bit farther north, visitors pass 17th-century buildings on their way to nearly a dozen more galleries featuring everything from historic photography to serene landscape paintings.

Fans of vintage goods would be wise to check out Yves Andrieux & Vincent Jalbert, which touts an array of creative fashions made with everything from flea market finds to old soldiers’ uniforms, while the art deco-inspired jewelry next door at Monsieur offers the perfect one-of-a-kind accessory for that captain’s sash-turned-sarong.

Shoppers weighed down by bags can rest their feet and people-watch over brunch at the sceney Café Charlot before heading back for some stunning textiles at the not-so-humbly-named Boutique Extraordinaire. Not done yet? Diehard shoppers can continue perusing glass frogs and decorative flower arrangements at Les Fees or browse the countless other unique boutique offerings that await on the surrounding blocks.

Perfect for low-key shoppers searching for something different, Rue Charlot is – true to Parisian form – as charming as it is impractical.

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Tip from Emma:

If your wallet is feeling stressed or tempted by all the boutiques, pop over to Marché des Enfants Rouges. Opened in 1615, this covered market is an amazing place to grab a coffee and gab with locals, get a delicious and cheap handmade crêpe, and soak up all the history amid delectable produce and mouth-watering stacks of fresh cheese.

  • Crowd

    Art lovers from scruffy bobos to coiffed critics, packs of well-dressed ladies in search of hip fashions, the fashion-conscious, the fashion-forward, and curious tourists wandering Marais. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Several art galleries and lots of people-watching.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small selection of cafés and restaurants include the classic and sceney Café Charlot, a variety of vegetable pies at MOB, and healthy Japanese eats at Nanashi.

    The surrounding blocks are home to several markets and eateries to meet any budget.

  • Prices

    Most of the stores and galleries are on the pricey side considering their boutique nature, but browsing is always free.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy casual: skinny jeans, messy-chic chignons, and slouchy sweaters on the artsy crowd, designer fashions on many of the shoppers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any sunny day to enjoy the sights and sounds of a unique street.

  • Close By

    Rue Charlot runs parallel to Rue des Archives, a hip street lined with more mainstream upscale shopping options. There’s also Marché des Enfants Rouges (39 Rue de Bretagne), the oldest covered market in town that’s home to cheese purveyors, vintners, small grocers, and several ethnic restaurants.

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