There are so many incredible sights in Paris, and the shops are among the best. We spent many days in shops, most of the time just looking. Plenty of shops in Paris are like museums — beautiful things beautifully displayed — and often looking is enough. I wasn’t able to take photos in every boutique, but I did get a few, and I’ll share some of my favorites here. Where possible, I’ll include the name of the shop for your reference (in case you are heading to Paris soon).
Enjoy & happy Thursday.
Illustre Boutique, located on Passage du Grand Cerf, one of the great shopping arcades in Paris, was a treat. As you can guess, they sell illustrated prints and cards, many limited edition by French artists. A fantastic place.
Boxes of Monogram Ribbon from one of the weekend brocantes, which are small flea markets in different parts of the city (not to be confused with the large Les Puces). When you arrive in Paris, look for signs indicating where that weekend’s brocantes will be held.
Do you enjoy galleries? There are many gallery hot spots in Paris, and one of our favorite areas was in St. Germain des Pres.
Gallery windows are like eye candy.
Department stores in Paris are fantastic. They are pretty inclusive, and in addition to clothing and homewares, many include art supplies, stationery and even tools! Our favorite was BHV.
Wall display in the homewares section at BHV on Rue de Rivoli.
Perhaps our favorite shop was Astier de Villate on Rue St. Honore. The shop is filled with 18th century inspired ceramics made of black terracotta clay (glazed in white), along with candles, paper goods and other delicate goodies. It is incredibly expensive, but worth a visit for the experience alone. One of the most inspiring places I visited there.
Stacks of beautiful ceramics at Astier de Villate
Another favorite shop was Merci on Boulevard Beaumarchais in the Marais. The stunning entryway will stop you in your tracks.
Merci is filled with beautiful, modern linens, kitchenware, clothing, furniture and books. The entryway includes the best, most current Parisian souvenirs. The bookstore/cafe is totally charming as well.
Linens at Merci.
Chairs at Merci.
Another fantastic, historic and beautiful department store is Le Bon Marché. My favorite departments were the furniture and the separate grocery store chock full of French treats and delicacies (salt, condiments, etc).
Last but not least, Deyrolle on Rue du Bac, a shop filled with incredible taxidermy (they include only animals who have died of natural causes) and scientific posters and books. Part cabinet of curiosities, part museum, this place is a sight to see.
A spread from a wonderful book of scientific posters I got at Deyrolle.
I hope you have enjoyed this mini-tour!