I am beyond thrilled to finally have my darling Kasia for this series! We've been friends for a very long time and met in person for the first time at a Paris bloggers meet-up in 2009 as well as through the years when I visit Paris. I adore her. She is brilliant, beautiful and a hard-working entrepreneur who has made a name for herself in the fashion world in Paris and beyond.
Besides being a wonderful writer, Kasia designs and sells a beautiful line of bags (plus hosts workshops where you can paint your own), she designs clothing, she collaborates with other artists on projects, and is a huge supporter of the local boutiques in her neighborhood. And what a neighborhood! Kasia lives in the 3rd arrondissement, the northern part of the Marais (called NoMa!) and not too far from the stunning Place des Vosges (although that is in the 4th).
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The neighborhood and hip and trendy and I have been wanting her to share the favorites for quite a while. Et voila! Today I have Kasia Dietz pulling back the kimono on her neighborhood, the 3rd arrondissement.
Let's Discover Kasia's 3rd Arrondissement.
 Favorite thing about your neighborhood, the 3rd arrondissement.
The energy in the North Marais is very unique. There's so much going on in the realms of art, fashion, and food. Many independent designers choose to open their shops here, as do gallerists. Every time I walk around the neighborhood I discover a new spot and am constantly inspired by all the innovation.
Also, there's such a strong local vibe with both Parisians and expats choosing to call this area home. We also have quite a few museums including the famed Picasso, so there's no lack of culture. I could easily go on…
 Least favorite thing about your neighborhood.
It's scary how much real estate prices have gone up in recent years and continue to increase, certainly a reflection of how popular the North Marais has become. I really hope it remains a less touristic part of Paris and doesn't become too commercial.
 What differentiates the 3rd arrondissement from all the other parts of the city?
What makes the North Marais so unique is its central location in the right bank. Just steps away are the 11th, 10th, 2nd, and 4th arrondissements, plus the river isn't far which is key. The 3rd is at once intimate and accessible to so many other districts. The perfect location for a rive droite gal like me!
 Favorite coffee spot in your neighborhood.
There are so many wonderful coffee spots in the neighborhood, another reason to love the Haut Marais! My favorite, especially during the winter months for its cozy ambiance, is Loustic which offers some of Paris's best roasts. And Channa the owner is lovely! [Kasia has a great post on other great coffee spots in Paris, which goes along with my how to order coffee in Paris post.]
 Favorite spot for drinks. I'm a great fan of both Candelaria and Le Mary Celeste, the neighborhood's first cocktail bars, still leading in the art of mixology. Not to mention that Candelaria's Mexican fare is stellar, and both offer tasty plates to accompany the creative cocktails.
 Favorite local hangout. Ever since I moved to the Haut Marais over eight years ago, I took a liking to Café Charlot as it reminded me so much of my local haunt in New York City's Lower East Side. I actually think one inspired the other! The terrace is perfect for an early evening apéro, and it's bustling any time of day.
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 Favorite breakfast spot. Being health-minded, Wild and the Moon is a perfect breakfast spot, offering a gluten-free, vegan menu with so many tasty options including chia pudding which I adore. This is also THE spot for freshly pressed juice. Plus, everything is made in Paris with zero waste, what's not to love?
 Favorite lunch spot.
So many great lunch spots! Season has become my local canteen, with plenty of tasty, healthy options to choose from. The best crêpes in Paris are found at Breizh, another favorite. For an haute cuisine experience, I head to Elmer which sources produce from local farmers.
 Favorite dinner spot.
When friends or family are in town, we often take them to Pramil, a charming restaurant with stellar French cuisine. For a more casual night out my Italian and I love La Massara, seriously one of the best pizzas in Paris. (It's definitely Italian approved!) I can't forget to mention the latest hotspot to open in the neighborhood, Carbón.
 One thing you always do/spot you always take friends from out of town to do/see.
My favorite historic site in the North Marais and a must-see for visitors is Les Enfants Rouge, the oldest covered market in Paris, named for the 17th-century orphanage that used to occupy the space. Here you can dine on food from around the world, including Moroccan, Italian, Japanese and Lebanese. It's really such a charming spot! Also my local spot for fresh flowers.
Here are other great spots in the 3rd arrondissement that I have curated for you:
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> Anahi (49 Rue Volta) home to exceptional meats.
> Anne (28 place des Vosges) gastronomic heaven in the courtyard-garden of a private mansion on Place des Vosges.
> Auberge Nicolas Flamel (51 rue de Montmorency) contemporary French Dishes.
> AuTop (93 Rue Vieille-du-Temple) hip rooftop bar, really awesome couscous!
> Bachir (8 Rue Rambuteau) Lebanese ice cream called achta made with milk and orange blossoms!
> Bagnard (58 rue de Saintonge) good salads!
> Bing Sutt (22 Rue Béranger) Hong Kong coffee shop specialities like egg tarts and milk tea.
> Bistro le Carreau (1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis) bistro with fantastic hummus, housemade chips, and more.
> Bob’s Kitchen (38 Rue de Bretagne) legitimate health food!
> Bontemps Pâtisserie (57 Rue de Bretagne) don't miss the shortbread cookies.
> Breizh Café (109 Rue Vieille du Temple) very good crepes mentioned by Kasia.
> Café des Musées (49 Rue de Turenne) classic bistro, don't miss the beef Bourguignon.
> California (46 rue de Turbigo) get the burger with homemade guacamole.
> Camille (24 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois) classic French bistro.
> Carbón (14 Rue Charlot) new trendy spot mentioned by Kasia.
> Chez Janou (2 Rue Roger Verlomme) Provencal classics.
> Chez Omar (47 Rue de Bretagne) darn good couscous.
> Claude Colliot (40 Rue des Blancs-Manteaux) elegant restaurant with a refined menu.
> El Vecino (13 Boulevard du Temple) the good ol' taste of Mexican tacos.
> Faurn (212 Rue Saint Martin) Levantine pizza at its finest.
> Fragments (76 Rue des Tournelles) known for their avocado toast.
> Ground to Grow (28 Rue Chapon) vegan restaurant and yoga studio.
> I.O Cafe (16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars) simple and minimalistic cafe offering specialty coffee and pastries.
> Jiji (57 Rue de Turenne) Japanese food in a beautiful setting.
> L'As (34 rue des Rosiers) the most famous falafel in Paris.
> Le 404 (69 Rue des Gravilliers) authentic Berber couscous.
> Le Collier de la Reine (57 Rue Charlot) a brasserie with seafood and cocktails by the Savoire Vivre team.
> Le Mazenay (46 Rue de Montmorency) farm-to-table with seasonal ingredients.
> Le Ruisseau Burger Joint (22 Rue Rambuteau) best fish burger in Paris!
> Le Used Book Café (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais) a small cafe that looks like a bookstore!
> Les Enfants du Marché (39 rue de Bretagne) seafood and natural wines inside a historic food market.
> Mao Dumpling Bar (28 Rue de Saintonge) a new generation of Chinese in Paris!
> Maison Landemaine Republique (180 Rue du Temple) good range of vegan pastries, bread, and salads.
> Maison Plisson (93 bd Beaumarchais) good salads.
> MG Road (205 Rue Saint-Martin) delicious Indian food.
> Monbleu (12 Rue Dupetit-Thouars) organic wine and cheese bar.
> Nanashi (57 Rue Charlot) if you are missing Japanese food, this spot has a great chirashi bento.
> Nabucco Pizza (43 Rue Meslay) delicious Napolitaine pizzeria.
> OGATA (16 Rue Debelleyme) experience the beauty and serenity of a Japanese tea room, a restaurant and a gallery under one roof.
> Pastificio (27 rue de Saintonge) homemade pasta in a chic setting.
> Parcelles (13 Rue Chapon) an authentic Parisian bistro with a long wine list.
> Paris New York (1 Rue Perrée) if you are going to have a burger in Paris, this is a good one.
> Partisan Café Artisanal (36 rue de Turbigo) artisanal coffee and baked goods.
> Pazzi Beaubourg (42 Rue Rambateau) delicious pizzas made by a robot.
> Popelini (29 rue Debelleyme) cream puffs!
> Restaurant Anne (28 Pl. des Vosges) a gastronomic place with an elaborate menu designed by Mathieu Pacaud.
> Robert et Louise (64 Rue Vieille du Temple) wood-fired meats.
> Roxo (7, rue du Bourg l'Abbé) relaxed cuisine with tapas and aperitifs.
> Saucette (30 rue Beaubourg) high-end sausage restaurant.
> Season (1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis) great spot for vegetarians mentioned by Kasia.
> Tata (54 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie) the other best burger in Paris.
> Terra (21 Rue des Gravilliers) an evening-only high-end French restaurant.
3eme Coffee Shops & Tea Salons
> Belleyme Marais (8 Rue Charles-François Dupuis) beautiful coffee shop, try the rose latte.
> Boot Café (19 rue du Pont aux Choux) good coffee spot.
> Café Berry (10 Rue Chapon) don't miss the avocado toast or house-made granola.
> Café Loustic (40 Rue Chapon) European specialty coffee and espresso bar.
> Fondation Café (16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars) a solid spot for coffee (avocado toast as well!).
> Fringe Cafe (06 Rue de Turenne) trendy spot with a photo gallery that sometimes has musical pop-ups.
> I.O Café (16 Rue Dupetit-Thouars) a simple menu of specialty coffee and daily selection of pasteries.
> Ob La Di (54 Rue de Saintonge) a micro coffee shop with beautiful blue and white tiles.
> Partisan Café Artisanal (36 Rue de Turbigo) coffee roasting workshop with a specialty coffee shop.
> Petite Île (8 Rue des Filles du Calvaire) artisanal bakery with a Taiwanese twist.
> Philippe Conticini (31 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth) heaven for fine pastry lovers.
> Recto Verso Cafe (6 Rue Portefoin) great coffee and baked goods, don't miss the cheesecake.
> Terres de Cafe (14 Rue Rambuteau) specialty roasted coffee.
> Umami Matcha Café (22 rue Béranger) a café entirely devoted to matcha.
> White Coffeeshop (56 Rue de Turenne) known for making a good flat white.
> Baba (17 rue Charlot) Natural wines and mezze eats.
> Bisou (15 Boulevard du Temple) made-to-order seasonal cocktails.
> Candelaria (52 Rue de Saintonge) great spot for a margarita (and more) mentioned by Kasia.
> Duplex Bar (25 Rue Michel-le-Comte) well-loved by locals.
> La Perle (78 Rue Vieille du Temple) classic French cuisine in a trendy atmosphere.
> Little Red Door (60 Rue Charlot) try anything from mixologist Remy Savage.
> Le Mary Celeste (1 rue Commines) great cocktails and finger foods.
> Maison Proust (26 Rue de Picardie) a cozy Belle Epoque bar devoted to the French novelist.
> The Cambridge Public House (8 Rue de Poitou) a mix of traditional British pubs and refined cocktail bars.
3eme Parks, Museums & Things to Do
> Auberge Nicolas Flamel (51 rue de Montmorency) oldest house in Paris.
> Musée des Archives Nationales, Hotel de Soubise (60 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois) showcasing the French history through documents, maps, and images from the archives.
> Musée Picasso (5 Rue de Thorigny) museum dedicated to Picasso who spent a lot of time in Paris.
> Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (62 Rue des Archives) museum of hunting and nature.
> Musée des Arts et Métiers / Museum of Arts and Skills (60 Rue Réaumur)museum with scientific and technical inventions.
> Maison européenne de la photographie (5/7 Rue de Fourcy) perfect for any photography lover.
> Musée Carnavalet (16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois) closed at the moment, watch for post-renovation opening, it is a gorgeous little museum with beautiful gardens.
> Rue De Braque, nicknamed the prettiest street in Marais, perfect for a stroll or too!
> Passage de l’Ancre (223 rue Saint-Marin or 30 rue Turbigo) a beautiful passage which gives you the opportunity to see the secret of the neighborhood. Beautiful doors and windows.
> Rue Du Pont Aux Choux, meander down the street for a cute café towards the end.
> Square du Temple (160 Rue du Temple) planned city garden.
> Square Saint-Gilles Du Grand Veneur (9 Rue du Grand Veneur) surrounded by traditional baroque Parisian architecture.
> The Hidden Red Car at MERCI (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais) an iconic Instagram spot at the end of a hidden cobblestone street.
> Caractère de Cochon (42 rue Charlot) a store dedicated to hams and cold meats.
> Comme un Roman (39 Rue de Bretagne) grab a book at this bookstore and head to Cafe Charlot for a read.
> Fauve Lunetier (43 Rue de Poitou) ethically made chic, Parisian sunglasses.
> Jacques Genin (133 Rue de Turenne) arguably the best chocolate shop in Paris.
> Jean-Paul Hévin (41 rue de Bretagnesea) do miss his salt caramel-chocolates.
> Jouannault (39 Rue de Bretagne) very nice cheese shop.
> La Jolie Garde-Robe (15 rue Commines) antique shop with famous French labels.
> La Belle Epoque (10 rue de Poitou) hand-curated pieces by owner Philippe Julian.
> Marché Joinville (Place de Joinville) farmer’s market, Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
> Marché des Enfants Rouges (39 Rue de Bretagne) one of the best food markets in Paris!
> Merci (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais) famous trendy stores, don't miss a photo opp with their Merci car.
> Mmmozza (58 Rue Sainte-Anne) I know you are in Paris, but great Italian Mozarella and cheeses!
> Odetta Vintage (76 rue des Tournelles) clean, minimalist shop with vintage clothing.
> Pavillon de la Reine (28 Place des Vosges) 17th century building housing galleries and shops.
> The Broken Arm (2 Rue Perrée) Yes, you can go for coffee, but check out the boutique of curated fashions.
> La Librairie (12 rue Caffarelli) a unique experience of living in the middle of 4500 books!
> Le Grand Mazarin (17 Rue de la Verrerie) 61-room boutique hotel with a literary salon theme.
> Les Bains Hotel (7 Rue du Bourg l'Abbé) former nightclub turned cool hotel
> Hotel du Petit Moulin (29 rue de Poitou) gorgeous boutique hotel designed by Christian LaCroix, don't miss the hotel bar.
> Hotel Georgette (36 rue du Grenier Saint Lazare) art-focused boutique hotel.
> Hotel du Haut Marais (7 rue des Vertu) owner/concierge, Pascaline, will give exceptional service.
> Hotel Jules & Jim (11 Rue des Gravilliers) a contemporary, hip hotel built on a former processing plant.
> Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers (243 Rue Saint-Martin) hotel with a rooftop view.
> Hotel Sookie (2 Bis Rue Commines) simple, sophisticated and vibrant hotel entirely decorated by the Desjeux Delaye duo.
> Le Pavillion de la Reine and Spa (28 Pl des Vosges) located IN Place des Vosges!
> Monsieur Saintonge (16 rue de Saintonge) experience the Paris of yesteryear with this quaint hotel in the heart of Marais.
> Sinner (116 Rue du Temple) sexy, hot design, perfect for couples!
You can connect with Kasia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, and of course on her blog, Love in the City of Lights. She has lots of amazing information on Paris from her point of view on her blog as well.
How about you? Do you have any 3rd arrondissement additions? Have you been to this area of Paris? Did you find this post helpful for a future trip?
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