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The Ultimate Shopping Experience in the Marais Neighbourhood

Personalized shopping trips in Paris

 

It’s easy to simply stroll past the entrance of Hôtel Bourg Tibourg. In fact, I did. There’s no obvious signage other than the ‘19’ above the blue door. Found in Paris’ popular Marais district, I wasn’t on my way to check in to this pretty jewel box of a hotel, though I’m a bit smitten with its Jacques Garcia-designed interior. Instead, I was meeting Linda, my personal shopper for the afternoon.

Though I was a few minutes tardy, promptly waiting on the sofa was Linda. In her cobalt blue shirt, chunky necklace, patterned black pants and simple leather sandals, she wasn’t afraid of colour or making a statement. As a Texan where bright colors, big diamonds and even bigger hair are revered, I knew that I would like her immediately.

Linda had a warm smile and an infectious energy, thus I immediately felt at ease. Over a plate of colorful macarons and sparkling water, we got to know one another. As a journalist, lover of fashion and recovering shopaholic, I was curious as to how she came to start a shopping business in Paris as opposed to other fashion capitals, such as London, Milan or New York.

Where to go shopping in Le Marais Paris

The variety of boutiques that fill-up Le Marais bring out the “wanting” in you.

Fabulous You Paris

Just like me, Linda fell in love with Paris on her first visit. In fact, Linda’s first trip to Paris at the age of five. She recalls thinking that she would one day live in Paris. That dream has become a reality, as Linda has called Paris her home for over a decade. As a speaker of Italian, French, English and Spanish, Linda is certainly an international woman. She credits her parents for investing much time and money into her education. With a degree in fashion marketing and an advanced degree in advertising and marketing, Linda has studied or interned in France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Hailing originally from Naples, Italy, fashion is in Linda’s blood. Her father once owned several clothing stores in southern Italy, and she was often by his side learning not only the family business, but also style and design. Throughout the years, she’s held most every sort of job in the fashion industry, including working as a salesperson at the flagship Louis Vuitton store on Paris’ famed Champs Elysees. Though, as much as Linda loves fashion, she didn’t love the cutthroat, Devil Wears Prada mentality of the industry. A people person, Linda wanted to work in a more positive environment where she could be her friendly and outgoing self. That’s when Fabulous You Paris was born.

Where to shop in Paris

The quaint boutiques of days-gone-by now sit next to gleaming minimalist showrooms for some of Europe’s trendiest labels.

Exploring Le Marais shopping scene

After peppering Linda with questions, it was her turn. I was there for shopping, and she needed to know my tastes. Of course, one look at me and she could probably rattle off twenty shops that would suit my style. Two hours would not be enough time, I thought. I could easily spend several days with Linda prowling through Paris’ seemingly unlimited boutiques and vintage shops. Not only a personal shopper, Linda is also an image consultant and wardrobe stylist. And having been in Paris for nearly a month, it was painfully clear that I could use some of Linda’s expertise in that regard.

Our shopping focus would be Paris’ popular Marais district. The largest Jewish quarter in Paris, the trendy Marais is a blend of stately villas, kosher restaurants, museums, gardens, cafés, independent boutiques and a few chain stores. The perfect place for a day of strolling and shopping, several of the Marais’ main streets are pedestrian-only, and it’s one of the few shopping areas in the city that is open on Sundays.

As we meandered, Linda pointed out some of her favorite shops, including a Russian bakery that makes divine macarons, boutiques from Japanese and Korean designers and a vintage shop that sells clothes by the kilo. As a self-professed expert in finding unique and non-clichéd Parisian souvenirs, Linda also took me into stores that specialize in French jams, lotion, olive oil and kitchenware.

Between the chatting and perusing, our time flew by. Prepared, I grabbed cards for the stores that piqued my interest. And which shops are those? Well, I promised Linda I wouldn’t give away all of her Marais shopping secrets. That’s exclusive knowledge reserved for her clients.

Eating Macarons in Paris

Just incase all that shopping brings on an appetite, why not go for a macaron – the quintessential, sophisticated French biscuit

How to book your personal shopping experience

Guests staying at Hôtel Bourg Tibourg can book their shopping experience with Linda directly through the hotel or through Fabulous You Paris.

Your hotel

To make the most of this neighbourhood, stay at the boutique hotel, Hotel Bourg Tibourg, Paris

hotel in the Marais Paris
Leah Walker

Leah Walker is a travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that’s in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah’s about doing and not just seeing stuff and believes that the journey is just as important as the destination. She freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, Travel Squire, The Daily Basics, Luxe Beat Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and Room Key.

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