The rhythm of summer in the city pulses faintly in the Marais. Local occupants desert the town and are replaced by hordes of tourists rambling the hot streets armed with cameras, although like the sea, they only rise to a certain tide line. Some spots remain unreached. One such area lies north of Rue de Bretagne around the Carreau du Temple in the 3rd. arrondisement. This portion of the Marais has of late been turned into a beehive of chic. And although summer has brought some tranquility and less traffic to these parts, it is perhaps the best time of the year to explore this cool environment.
Le Barav at the corner of the rue François Dupuy and the rue de la Corderie is a wine-bar and caviste (wine shop) with separate entrances, well priced wines and reassuringly simple fare. Cooking breaks with the tradition of starter, main course, deserts to hover between tapas, platters of selected cheese, cold cuts or delicious savory tarts.
The short and secretive rue de Forez, is home to the delightful Tartes Kluger. I do not know why, but I imagine gentle fairies concocting the toothsome products that cause so much delight to the palate. The tarts are imaginative and the decor blends the industrial and community spirit in cozy style.
Across the street from TK, the concept food of the hybrid Nanashi has successfully been embraced by graphic designers, book editors and trendy Marais shoppers. The bento box of many persuasions is firmly implanted in its Japanese spirit but with winks to French additions. Open kitchen and heavy vegetarian leanings are the final touches that tell you are in the brave new world of post-modern eateries.
A magnetic pull is exerted by the now light-weight structure of the Carreau du Temple, a cast-iron skeleton awaiting its final dressing before it reopens in 2013 as a centre for culture and sports. Businesses begin to take up positions as hunters awaiting eagerly the prey and then another watershed of Paris will be finally colonized.