Lanterns to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2023 rue Volta 3rd (l.), facade of the Mao Dumpling bar restaurant (r.)

Long withdrawn into itself, the Chinese community of Marais – established in the Arts-et-Métiers district since 1900 – is changing. Little by little, entrepreneurs in their thirties succeed their parents and we are witnessing a spectacular generational and cultural change.

While previous generations were focused on the professions of leather goods, restaurants and traditional caterers, the rising generation is opening restaurants in keeping with the times: Horiz (rue au Maire), Mao dumpling bar (rue Saintonge) and Sweetea's (rue de Gravilliers).

And while their parents spoke little, their children, who grew up in le Marais more and more “trendy”, no longer hesitate to make their voices heard.

Mao Dumpling bar

The change is profound. “Our parents never took vacations and they were shocked when I told them that I was taking four days off, just two months after launching my restaurant,” says Alexandre Lin, who took over the business from his parents, changed the decor and transformed the menu to make Horiz a trendy address that is always full.

“The older generations spent their lives working. They passed on to us a taste for effort but that does not prevent us from wanting to enjoy life,” adds the young restaurateur who belongs to a daring generation: “When I announced to my parents that I wanted, with my brother Olivier, transforming the family restaurant, “dusting it off” to do something more current, my parents were worried, they were afraid that I would fail. »

Alexandre and Olivier from Horiz, © Vincent Tchou

Another newly installed restaurateur agrees: “Our parents were very discreet and a little isolated but our generation is different. We are aware that le Marais has been profoundly transformed and we want to participate in this change, while preserving the Chinese identity of the three historic streets of the first Parisian “Chinatown”. We want to make Chinatown more attractive for everyone. »

The progress made can also be measured by the testimony of this sixty-year-old from Marais, a notable member of the Chinese community who – discretion required – wishes to remain anonymous: “I remember that thirty years ago, the elected officials of the neighborhood alerted the Chinese traders because the Primary school teachers had noticed that their children were coming to class tired. The reason ? Most children in the community worked in family businesses. »

Thirty years later, it is clear that these children, supported by their parents, their families in the broad sense (cousins, uncles and aunts) and the entire community, are doing quite well.

Text: Katia Barillot

31.01.23

July 14: where to see the Olympic flame in le Marais

July 14: where to see the Olympic flame in le Marais

Twelve days before the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Games, the Olympic flame will cross Paris up and down for two days, not forgetting any district, on July 14 and 15. She will arrive in le Marais on July 14 in the afternoon from around 16 p.m. and until 16:46 p.m. sharp.

Legislative 2024: your candidates in the 3rd and 4th

Legislative 2024: your candidates in the 3rd and 4th

Here are the candidates officially nominated for the 5th constituency of Paris (the 3rd and 10th arrondissements) in the 2024 legislative elections: New Popular Front: Pouria Amirshahi, former anti-Holland “rebel”, he advised Benoît Hamon on...

Europeans 2024: Glucksmann in the lead in le Marais

Europeans 2024: Glucksmann in the lead in le Marais

The list led by Raphaël Glucksmann comes first in the two Marais districts with 29,41% in the 3rd arrondissement and 29,41% in the 4th. She is also victorious in the 2nd, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 18th.

July 14: where to see the Olympic flame in le Marais

July 14: where to see the Olympic flame in le Marais

Twelve days before the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Games, the Olympic flame will cross Paris up and down for two days, not forgetting any district, on July 14 and 15. She will arrive in le Marais on July 14 in the afternoon from around 16 p.m. and until 16:46 p.m. sharp.

Oysters and fish: P'tit Mousse knows his job

Oysters and fish: P'tit Mousse knows his job

Why bother going to Wepler or La Coupole, when there is P'tit Mousse? Both an oyster bar and a fish restaurant, this address on Rue Rambuteau advantageously replaces the Parisian brasseries on Place Clichy and Boulevard Montparnasse.

Breton house, Brittany rue de Rivoli

Breton house, Brittany rue de Rivoli

A stone's throw from the Saint-Paul metro station and a stone's throw from the BHV, a little piece of Brittany has just been established. At the helm of this new ship, chef France. Originally from Finistère, she has been making crepes for over 20 years, so after experiencing the takeaway kiosk – Food Breizh on the banks of the Seine…

WHAAAAAAAT?!

 

All your friends tell you about the Marais Mood newsletter but you haven't received it?

Sign up here to receive weekly news from your favorite neighborhood. ☆

Welcome ! You are subscribed to the Marais Mood newsletter!