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It’s rare to find a store that’s so much bigger than its collective parts, but Merci is one of those spots that opened to an endless stream of breathless acclaim—and just as many inches of coverage in the press. This is all easy to understand: For one, all profits go to charities for children in Madagascar; for two, it’s gorgeous and artful while still feeling accessible to all. Located in an airy, sprawling 19th-century fabric factory, this superstore sells the best of pretty much everything: Labels like Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, and Stella McCartney mingle on the clothing racks; Aesop shampoos and Annick Goutal perfumes line the shelves in the comprehensive beauty apothecary; and there’s loads of amazing homewares, too, like Caran d’Ache pens, Muuto pendants, and even washi tape. Fresh flowers and gardening tools? Check. Don’t leave without visiting one of their three cafés: The Merci Canteen offers veggie-centric lunches and treats; the Cinéma Café is perfect for a quick bite or glass of wine; and the Used Book Café in the basement is our favorite, as you can flip through any one of the 10,000 pre-loved books that line the walls while you wait for your brunch.

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