: Metro 30 seconds
: Bofinger, Chez Janou
Car: not necessary
The famous neighborhood has everything you might need minutes from the apartment. Right outside is the famous Place des Vosges and many fantastic bistros and cafés open 7 days a week from 10am until midnight.
In pour neighbourhood, you have a fruit and vegetable stand, newspaper shop/Tabac, florists, fishmonger and two bakeries. There are also two supermarkets within 5 minutes. The public transportation is very convenient - closest Metro stations are Breguet Sabin, (Line 5 12 minutes from Gare du Nord) and Chemin Vert (Line 8). There are roughly 8 bus lines leading all over Paris within a 5 minute walk.
An influx of new art galleries paired with arrivals on neighboring St Claude, and firmly anchored by the established, larger dealers (Thaddaeus Ropac, Emmanuel Perrotin, Yvon Lambert) a few streets away has made what was already a cool quartier, almost toxically trendy. Le Progrés, the café which used to be the preferred place for all the local artists, art dealers and fashionistas, while still retaining a portion of its deliberately scruffy clientele has been somewhat overshadowed by a new bastion of chic, the Café Charlot.
Check out the new galleries, innovative design and clothing shops, and then head over to Café Charlot. Pick one of the low tables with the comfy armchairs, bring a book, doesn’t matter which one- you won’t be reading it, like Karl over his fan you’ll be surreptitiously peering over it, to check out one of the best impromptu fashion shows in town. Trés cool, trust me.