June 23, 2010
When I first considered living in the Marais, I was drawn, like most, to its centrality, its tiny cobble stone streets and its fabulous shopping (on Sundays, when the rest of Paris is as good as dead). I was tempted by its offers of falafel and its proximity to Berthillon on the Ile St. Louis. I loved that it was quiet and lively, sophisticated and fun all at the same time.
Although the streets can fill with tourists (both from other countries and other areas of Paris — jealous of the scene-y café terraces, bars and Sunday shopping), on a rainy afternoon or evening you’ll still find neighborhood cafés spotted with low-key, well-heeled locals reading the paper, sipping a glass of wine, or tapping away at their laptops.
Haven in Paris’ Elzevir apartment, a gem of a one-bedroom that I just know is dying to be graced by my shopping bags and worn out shoes, is located on a quiet street in between the more residential northern Marais and the livelier south Marais. Right smack half-way between the famous Place des Vosges and the rue des Archives’ great terraces, it truly is a haven of designer furniture, open spaces and sophisticated touches.
Perfect for a couple or small family, the walk-in shower, open living room and quaint view overlooking a neighboring garden truly make you feel as if you are hidden away from the world… It’s just an illusion though — you’re still just a heartbeat from the Seine, the Ile St. Louis and Ile de la Cité, the Pompidou Museum and the mouth-watering Marché des Enfants Rouges. I almost forgot — Camille, a classic French corner bistrot if I ever saw one, is just down the block and can’t be beat if you’re looking for a low-key meal.
Book your fabulous stay at Elzevir now – it is still available for certain dates in July and for a large portion of August! Don’t forget to ask about special offers and discounts in all of Haven in Paris wonderful Paris homes. To view all of Haven in Paris’ Marais apartments, click here.
Written by Genevieve Sandifer
Genevieve was born in New York City and raised between London and Paris. Genevieve is part of the Haven in Paris team and is the editor of the Hip Paris blog. Unable to stay away from Paris for too long, she now splits her time between New York, Honolulu and Paris, where she keeps tabs on the Haven in Paris properties and service providers and scours the city for great bistros, cocktail bars and vintage stores.
Website: Haven in Paris
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