Prices have rocketed, the locals have changed and stores come and go. But with its maze of little streets, which somehow managed to escape Haussmann’s demolition parties, this place hasn’t lost any of its charm. Rue Charlot and the surrounding area have joined the resistance, with food stores holding back the tide by going all-out for excellence and selling only the finest produce. Although the restaurants still have a “rustic” touch, with exposed beams and parquet flooring, the menus are pretty healthy – a mix of new age and authenticity.
It’s modern in ancient surroundings, which is what life is all about. And it’s what makes the “Marais magic” just as bewitching as ever. It’s a place where everyone can come and find the piece of history that suits them… or create their own!