Take a Stroll down “Rue Tiquetonne”
Fed up of fighting against the hustle and bustle of Rue de Rivoli, the hoards of tourists in the Marais, the feisty French women of Saint-Germain de Près?! Then fear no more and direct your fashionable self to Rue Tiquetonne. Situated right in the heart of the city, this street is the little treasure chest of the second arrondissement.
Starting us off nice and early is Le Corner on no.2. This cute jewellery and accessory shop should not be missed. Their affordable rings and cheeky necklaces with naughty words were our personal favourites. A great gift idea for friends or if you’re in the mood for a small treat.
Across the street, on no. 13, make sure you visit WeSC (We are the Superlative Conspiracy). This shop epitomises cool, offering a selection of their most up to date street wear styles in fun, fresh and innovative ways. Brightly coloured shorts, crisp tee’s, the latest Nikes and skateboards ready to be ridden all at a very healthy price point. Ladies… a good place to buy a gift for any boyfriend or brother most definitely.
Hipsters will love the mash-up of clothing on offer at Episode, no 12-16. This second hand store is filled to the brim with leather, bags, jackets, 80s dresses, shirts and inspiring finds. Amazingly Episode is incredibly well organised and prices are very reasonable. It is also never too crowded making a pleasant shopping environment for all!
When in Paris one must have their own fancy bicycle, n’est-ce pas? If your wallet allows it and you decide to take the plunge, then buy that bicycle from En Selle Marcel at no. 40. Functional and luxurious bikes with all the accessories to go with them, this place is definitely worth a visit if you are considering a new fun toy for the summer.
In need of a beauty fix? Hit up the Benefit store at no. 56, where you can find all of their latest products and get made-over by their friendly staff. Or there is always Kiehls right next door with skin care treatments to sort out your tired skin after a hard day’s walking in Paris.
Besides the plethora of cool shops on this street, one can make their stomach smile by visiting the various small restaurants, boulangeries and cafes. Le Loup Blanc, 42 rue Tiquetonne, offers a delicious brunch menu for a competitive €22. Whilst the boulangerie directly across from Le Corner makes a tasty French chocolate torsade tried personally by co-writer/chief eater Rudy Tun-Sánchez! Need more of a filling? The romantic Le grapillon, at no. 32, serves some classic and delicious French cuisine. Tired and restless after the amount of shops and money you have spent on this short 300m stretch? Head to Café Etienne Marcel, no. 64, plant yourself on a seat on the terasse and people watch until your heart’s content.
Useful Information Rue Tiquetonne 75002 Metro: Etienne Marcel
Written by Joanna Reid & Rudy Tun-Sanchéz