The Marais is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris when it comes to food and art. I love to wander around between the charming streets and enjoying the smell of falafels. For the people who don’t know that much about the Marais, let me give you a few key words: art, food, history and shopping. Four things that go very well together. Today I’m going to write about a bakery which fits perfectly in the lifestyle of the Marais. Say hello to Aux Merveilleux de Fred!
First let me tell you why I think this bakery has all the four key words I told you about:
1. Art – The pastries look like little art works.
2. Food – You’re stupid if you don’t eat them.
3. History – As many iconic bakeries in Paris, also Aux Merveilleux de Fred has an interesting history.
4. Shopping – If you buy these beauties, it counts as shopping!
The mastermind behind these delicious pastries is Frederic Vaucamps. A french man who opened his first bakery (1982) in Hazebrouck, a small town very close to the Belgium border. Frederic Vaucamps had to work very hard for his success because only 15 years later he achieved great success with the remake of the old recipe of the merveilleux pastry. He turned a forgotten pastry into a refreshing new concept, meringue surrounded by chocolate whipped cream and chocolate chips. Mmmmm, if I only think about it, I feel the meringue melting on my tongue!
Today Aux Merveilleux de Fred has many stores all over the world. From our beloved city Paris to the big apple of New York City. The success of this bakery? You tell me! I think it has to do with their way of specialization. One store for one product (Actually two products, they also sell brioche loaf in different flavors). You know the quality has to be good when you put so much love into your pastries. What makes it even more special is that you can see how they create the pastries, they bake them in an open space.
All together, enough reasons to try one at Aux Merveilleux de Fred.
Check out their website for the store locations and more information about their company.
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What time it is? Time to create our own stuff!
Yep that’s right, the time has come for all the creative people in the world. Express yourself! You don’t want to own the same pants as your teacher because they happened to be on sale. So, what can you do about it?
One word… DIY! Which means ”do it yourself”. There are countless ways to get inspired. For example: Pinterest is full of amazing DIY stuff, and I’m a big fan of it. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the profile of myWorldofParis (and please subscribe)
I don’t have patterns for you, but I do know some great fabric stores in Paris where you can buy the most fabulous fabrics you can think of. All those fabric stores are located in Montmartre and they are all next to each other. A bit competitive but oh so convenient for shopping. My mother had to drag me out of the store, otherwise I probably had spend the night over there ;)
A point of attention are the prices. I found a stunning fabric with birds and flowers…but it costed €40 per meter. Suddenly the fabric wasn’t that pretty anymore, haha. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money , pay attention to the quality of the fabric. When you’re in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask the staff about it. They are there to help you out. There are also special price-off-corners with last scraps of fabric or fabrics that don’t belong to the regular assortment anymore. There is also plenty of choice with normal prices.
I’ll give you one address, the rest you’ll find automatically.
Les Coupons De Saint Pierre
1 Place Saint Pierre
75018 Paris, France (duh)
Did you knew that soap could be this interesting?
Normally, I’m not a fan of big brands or world famous companies, but Lush is a different story because I truly believe that they deliver something special to the world. They fight against animal testing, they guarantee 100% ethical buying and all products are handmade! It’s a bit awkward to tell you, but I’ve been hanging around on their website and twitter for more than 2 hours.. They have all these interesting videos about their products and charities. I just can’t stop watching and smiling. These people go way beyond marketing.
What I also loved about Lush is their way of thinking. ”We care about animals and fresh products but we also want to make profit”. YES, finally a company that admits it! We (the customers) aren’t crazy. We all know that companies want to make profits because nothing in the world comes for free. Don’t act like you don’t care about making money. For the products of Lush you have to pay a price. It isn’t cheap, but for me is ethical buying worth all the money. I don’t want to use products that are tested on poor animals. Laboratory animals have no choice for the life they suffer, we humans do have a choice. Use your choice wisely and support brands who are fighting for the rights of animals.
Oh right, about their soaps…they own your bathtub or shower! When you walk into a Lush store you’ll be surprised by all the colors, smells and different shapes. I left the store with a big bag of soaps called ”French Kisses”, what else could I buy in Paris.
You see the balls on the photo? I didn’t knew they would be that awesome in bath! Take a look:
Lush has stores all over the world, but if you’re in Paris you can stop by at one of these stores:
30 rue de Buci, 75006 Paris
34 avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014 Paris
18 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris
3 rue du Renard, 75004 Paris
50 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75012 Paris (that’s where I’ve been)
Gare St Lazare – Espace Commercial, 1 cours du Havre, 75008 Paris
One last video to keep it interesting for my female followers ;)
Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥
Today I bought the new cooking book of Rachel Khoo, Little French Kitchen (a real cook-book-must-have). It was already out in English but today I bought the Dutch version. Rachel Khoo is my favorite food writer and I’m a big fan of her television show ‘my little Paris kitchen’. She motivates me to cook or to go hunting for new kitchen equipment’s. That’s why I immediately thought for today’s blog-post, of Habitat in Paris!
Habitat is a big brand in French and they have many different locations. I only have been in the store in Paris and I enjoyed myself! They had so many great stuff for your home and kitchen. I visited the store with my mother and she had to hold me back. Otherwise I had spend way too much money! At habitat it looks like you need everything. Potholders, need them! 20 different knives, need them! Iron trash cans…uh.. need them! A lot of choices and little gadgets. If you love to cook or to decorate your home, this is a perfect store to stop by ;)
Here is the address of the store in Paris where I’ve been. The other locations of Habitat can be found at their website.
PARIS – FAUBOURG ST ANTOINE
42/44 rue du Fbg Saint Antoine
I’ve also made a few photo’s to give you a little impression, enjoy!
Non, we’re not done here yet. I couldn’t resist to share this photo with you. It’s a really simple photo but I like it. It shows the calmness of this beautiful island. I’Île-Saint-Louis invites you for a slow walk through this exclusive residential area of Paris. You’ll be impressed by all the amazing stores and characteristic houses.
I can blog endlessly about it! But I can control myself, next time we move on. Maybe it’s time again for a bit of history…
Many Parisians are walking around in cute and creative outfits. Which isn’t surprising because, after all, Paris is a city of fashion. They don’t buy these outfits in the big fashion chains but mostly at some local boutiques.
I get more and more the question where I find all these Parisian shops, I share on my blog. Well, that question is easy to answer and that’s why I respond to it through a blog post. You’ll discover all these Parisian shops by following my blog ;) But if you want to find them by yourself, you just have to keep your eyes open. Local stores are literally everywhere in Paris. Avoid the metro as much as possible and don’t walk too much on the main road. The local shops are often hidden behind the main street (because of the rental prices). When you’ve found a store you like, make a picture of it and make a note of the nearest Metro station. At that way you can find them easily again.
Tip: to increase your search capability for Parisian shops.. an Parisian optician!
At these moments I wish I had glasses ;) I tried to sell one to my mother, but she wasn’t interested haha. I’m not the type of person who wears the frame without the glasses but I almost would..The glasses from Optique des Vosges are full of color and have crazy designs. The glasses are expensive but you get something unique in return. I was surprised how many people walked in and out..
Here’s the address:
12 rue St Antoine
Located in the Marais across the Protestant Church named ‘Eglise Réformée du Marais’.
Nearest metro station: Bastille
If you also have a question about Paris (or my blog), feel free to ask me anything :)