Haute Marais

Posted on August 8, 2010


I have just spent a few weeks in Paris and have discovered that a whole load of new cafes and bars have sprung up in what used to be a bit of a run down area. It’s by the Marie III and rue Dupuis. I spent a delightful day with friends discovering a few places and the below show some of their favourites but is no means an exhaustive list of the area…

Merce and the Muse is a perfect spot for afternoon tea and cake. The decor is fabulous and they played actual records. There are just two tables with benches wall to wall and several chairs so be prepared to make new friends with other customers. I had some of the delicious home made quiche and salads (watermelon, mint, feta and olives was divine), whilst the boys I was with opted to go back to childhood with rice crispie squares. All the food is made freshly on the premises each morning, and you can see the kitchen upstairs. Soon they will be doing cookery classes too.

Cafe Creme is a cheap and cheerful eating and drinking spot. Kirs and pastis’ for aperatif are just 3euros each and great home made burgers at 10euros. I was starving and opted for a cote de boeuf (gigantic steak) at an incredibly reasonable 15euros, served with skinny fries and salad. It’s a lively place so great to meet with friends for a few drinks and dinner. We loved it!

Max y Jeremy is a tapas bar, with the original location on rue Saint Sauveur (just off rue Montorgeuil) and they have now opened their second place in rue Dupuis. I haven’t eaten there (I get enough tapas in Madrid) but the food looked good and I loved the cocktails they make. It’s a great evening spot and will be even better when the basement is complete.