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Rue Riquet: Our Go-To Spots in Paris’ Latest Up-and-Coming Neighborhood

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Les Populettes, Photo by www.mariongambin.com

Les Populettes (Marion Gambin

Rue Riquet, which stretches from the edge of the 18th arrondissement to the quai of the canal in the 19th arrondissement, is now home to an increasing number of charming meeting points for locals and visitors looking to see a new side of Paris.

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En Vrac (Emily Dilling Poulain)

The renovation of Marché couvert La Chapelle (or Marché de l’Olive as the locals refer to it), which was completed in 2010, brought new life to the neighborhood which was mostly known for its Asian supermarkets and smoke-filled bars and cafés.

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Les Populettes, Photo by www.mariongambin.com

Les Populettes (Marion Gambin

The market is open six days a week and is home to one of the area’s finest (and friendliest) fishmongers as well as an excellent cheese and dairy stand. Alumni of the market include the owners of En Vrac who went to open a brick and mortar shop a few paces away, beginning the conquest of rue Riquet.

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Les Populettes, Photo by www.mariongambin.com

Les Populettes (Marion Gambin

Specializing in natural wines, as well as a selection of locally brewed beers, En Vrac is a great place to pick up a bottle to go, or drink on site while enjoying their small, but well paired menu. This is a favorite spot to enjoy a crisp white wine and oysters, or a hearty red with an assiette de fromage.

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Les Populettes, Photo by www.mariongambin.com

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Les Populettes (Marion Gambin

The savvy En Vrac shopper knows that here the approach is BYOB- bring your own (empty) bottle to the shop and fill it from the large barrels of wine which line the back wall of the shop. For bigger events, the store offers wine barrel rental- perfect for a French spin on the classic American kegger.

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Les Petites Gouttes

Les Petites Gouttes

A little farther down the road kitsch and cute meet halfway at Populettes. This lovely lady-run restaurant/café serves simple food (the menu consists of bagels done three ways and a rotating list of daily specials) in a Formica clad setting.

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Les Populettes, Photo by www.mariongambin.com

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Les Populettes, Photo by www.mariongambin.com

Les Populettes (Marion Gambin

Just enough pastels and 50s vintage come together to make the spot a cozy haven on a rainy day or a convenient stop off before or after hitting up the market. Open from midday on six days a week, pop in to Populettes for a quick café or a late afternoon apéro and enjoy the comings and goings of this quickly changing quartier.

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by En Vrac

En Vrac

For a limited time only, the shared artist workspace Le Shakirail hosts regular film projections, concerts, and art exhibits. Thanks to a year long agreement with the French railway system, which owns the building that was once a training space for SNCF employees, the Collectif Curry Vavart occupies and animates the abandoned rooms, bringing art and culture to the community.

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Les Populettes, Photo by www.mariongambin.com

Les Populettes (Marion Gambin)

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Les Petites Gouttes, En Vrac

Les Petites Gouttes & En Vrac

While in the area, check out the newest addition to the neighborhood, la halle Pajol. This solar-powered edifice is home to a library, Paris’ largest youth hostel, and a growing number of up-and-coming designer boutiques.

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by En Vrac

En Vrac

Les Petites Gouttes a modern and comfortable bar/restaurant in the same complex somehow missed the memo that you could source quality coffee and beer in Paris and both are sorely lacking from the uninspired menu, but something tells me that this DJ ready space will be packed when this newest neighborhood address sees its first summer and the spacious esplanade attracts travelers, locals, and fair weather fans.

Riquet Neighborhood Roundup, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Emily Dilling Poulain

Rue Riquet (Emily Dilling Poulain)

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Written by Emily Dilling Poulain for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Written by Emily Dilling

Emily DillingEmily Dilling is a Paris-based American. She is the founder of the blog Paris Paysanne, which documents her quest to find local farmers and seasonal produce at Paris markets. Emily’s writing has also appeared in publications such as The Huffington Post (US & French editions), Ecosalon, The Portland Mercury, and Local Spotter.

Website: Paris Paysanne

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