1st & 2nd Arrondissement Shops
25 rue Hérold, 1st
While we primarily love this concept store in the 1st for its coffee table books, there are plenty of other unique odds and ends to ogle, from taxidermied beetles and butterflies, to original works of art, to the most stunning wood-handled toothbrush set. There's a great range of furniture and plenty of quirky gifts for any art-loving friends.
Voyageurs du Monde
48 Rue Sainte-Anne, 2nd
This fantastic little travel bookshop is owned by the major travel agency across the street. While this may seem like a clever sales ploy, that doesn’t detract from the selection. Here you’ll find novels and nonfiction from around the world—some in English—along with maps, city guides, and a considered edit of handsome and practical travel accessories. Pop in at the ever-changing pop-up next door and you might pick up a jacket or home accessory, too, from some far-flung brand or workers cooperative.
Passage des Deux Pavillons, 5 Rue Des Petites Champs, 1st
Best known for her felt clutches based on classic books, fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan’s boutique has a kitschy, boudoir-like feel. Along with her now-iconic bags, you’ll find her line of vamp-meets-girlie printed dresses and accessories here, presented against monogrammed pink wallpaper designed by her father, famed illustrator Pierre Le-Tan.
Tsé et Tsé Sssociées
7 Rue Saint Roch, 1st
Home to a happy jumble of melamine plates, bedside lamps, chairs, and vases, Tsé Tsé Associées is run by two Parisian designers, Catherine Lévy and Sigolène Prébois, who met in school. Though business is booming, they still insist on designing every piece themselves. We love their porcelain cornet lamps, folded paper vases, and intricately patterned silk scarves.
8 Rue Herold, 1st
Slick and lacquer-white, all of the gorgeous textiles here are elegant and simple. You won't find any vibrant stripes or technicolor florals: Instead, these are the neutrals that will unify your home. Beyond fabric, they also sell a handful of pre-made items, like cushions and curtains.
8 Place Vendome, 1st
Victoire de Castellane, the force behind Dior's jewelry house may dabble in seriously rare—and gigantic—gemstones, but there's nothing staid about her designs. She takes enormous sapphires, bright orange spessartite garnets, and of course, diamonds, and plants them in cocktail rings and shoulder-grazing earrings that are fun. (And, of course, stunning.)
Carrousel du Louvre, 99 Rue de Rivoli, 1st
Tucked away underground beneath the Louvre (there's a mini mall down there with the Mona Lisa, including an Apple Store) is the only Delfonics store outside of Japan. The brand, which has been around for about thirty-odd years, specializes in precise, beautiful, and modern office supplies and stationery, like the perfect pen, stapler, and notebook. It also does fashion collabs, like Delfonics for Carven.
44 Rue Etienne Marcel, 2nd
Started by three brothers (whose family made its fortune from French brand, Comptoir des Cotonniers), this brand splashed out across Paris aggressively and loudly. Their ad campaigns—of stylish couples who both look, and dress alike—are a good reflection of the subtly tough and subtly unisex wares here. Leather bomber jackets, black skinny jeans, and streamlined sweaters are all part of the mix. Other locations: 4th Arrondissement, 6th Arrondissement, plus other locations.
58 Rue Tiquetonne, 2nd
Whether you’re a baker or not, G. Detou is worth a visit. The walls are stacked (literally) from floor to ceiling with specialty baking ingredients for even the most ambitious baking project: artisian flower, specialty oils, metallic cake decorations, and even edible flowers. Their selection of dark chocolate is one of the best in the city.
19 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1st
Sure, you’ll find Christian Louboutin’s full range of red-soled stilettos and studded loafers here, but you’ll also find unparalleled customer service. They maintain a strict 1:1 ratio of salespeople to clients, and while this might seem like it would result in helicopter-like hovering, it doesn’t. Instead, they swoop in only when you have a question or need a size. There are two other locations, one in the 7th and one in the 8th.
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