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The Abbesses village in the 18th arrondissement: city guide


Paris’s 18th arrondissement is as good an option for shopping as the city centre, for many reasons. It’s less crowded, people smile back at you and the village-like atmosphere is a great plus. Trendy boutiques and charming small galleries make an irresistible combination

Paulina Szmydke ,

10am
Start your day at the Levain d’Antan bakery, where the buttery brioches have been voted the second-best in all of Paris – a convincing endorsement, and, at only €1.05, proving that the best things in life are sometimes (almost) free

11am
Continue along rue des Abbesses to discover the latest collections from Kookai, Comptoir des Cotonniers and Fées de Bengale to raise your Parisian chic factor

12pm
Step into Yellow Korner for the best that international photography has to offer. Yellow Korner is known as the gallery for a new generation of collectors, as it sells affordable artwork. If you’re lucky you might find a Marilyn Monroe print for €100

1pm
Opt for Caesar salad and cheesecake at Marcel, the stylish New York-style bistrot on avenue Junot where the local hipsters meet

3pm
Spree, the gallery and fashion outlet run by Roberta Oprandi and Bruno Hadjadj on rue La Vieuville, displays rare and refined taste. Handpicked pieces by Marc Jacobs, Pierre Hardy and Christian Wijnants make Spree a cutting-edge shopping destination, while its handsome selection of vintage and contemporary design furniture holds equal promise

4pm
Enjoy the village feel of rue La Vieuville for a little longer; pick a dress at Make My D or a piece of quirky jewellery at Mademoiselle Bambû. These budget-friendly boutiques contribute to Parisian girls’ effortless street chic

5pm
Take time to rummage through the impressive collections of nearby vintage stores such as Chine Machine on rue des Martyrs. From retro vinyl to one-of-a-kind dresses, the selection is worth a second look

6pm
Rue des Martyrs also offers a variety of French high street labels such as Maje, Ekyog and Ba&Sh

7pm
Walk up rue Tholozé, which offers a splendid a view of one of Montmartre’s last original windmills, past little galleries to sip in hip company at Prohibido, a bar which overflows onto the street after dark

8pm
After an aperitif, treat yourself to a friendly dinner at La Famille on rue des Trois Frères. This tiny restaurant conjures up quirky molecular gastronomy compositions

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