6th Arrondissement Shops
Librairie Alain Brieux
48 Rue Jacob, 6th
A bookshop and antiquarian for over a century, Librairie Alain Brieux specializes in rare scientific and sometimes esoteric titles, though the real allure is its cabinet-of-curiosities vibe. The windows and interior displays are continually refreshed with weird and wonderful assortments of vintage anatomical models, glass eyes, unusual toys, and the like.
6 Rue Bonaparte, 6th
The husband-and-wife team behind revamped cosmetics line Buly added a couple degrees of fantasy when furnishing their flagship shop—modeled after a nineteenth-century apothecary—with Tuscan tiled floors, Italian marble counters, intricately carved wooden cupboards, and prettily painted beams. And then there are the products: alcohol-free scents and modern, paraben-free formulations, beautifully packaged in old-fashioned vials and glass jars. Whether you’re in the market or not, this shop is a treat just to look at.
21 Quai Malaquais, 6th
From cofounder Jeanne Signoles comes this new must-have bag brand—done in canvas, and with a utilitarian, slightly nautical aesthetic. It’s hard not to fall for the simplicity of the concept: Choose the color for the bag, trims, and handles and add your initials in Futura. Stop by the small, sleek, Masamichi Katayama-designed space to specify your bag, suitcase, tote, or pencil case.
31 Rue Dauphine, 6th
Devoted exclusively to lighting, this place is seriously aspirational: Big design luminaries like Hella Jongerius, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, and Marc Newson create exclusive pieces for Galerie Kreo, which are displayed alongside vintage treasures from Achille Castiglioni, Gino Sarfatti, and more.
Marie Hélène de Taillac
8 Rue de Tournon, 6th
Marie-Hélène de Taillac has been turning out high-wattage 22K yellow gold pieces—punctuated with a Crayola 64-pack of vividly colored briolette stones—for nearly two decades. She makes all of her jewelry in Jaipur, where Indian artisans use the methods of the maharajahs: They paint silver leaf beneath gemstones to amplify their shine.
55 Bis Rue des St. Pères, 6th
Aurélie Bidermann is cool, a fact that's readily apparent in the design of her bright, turquoise-tile-accented shop. You'll find her entire line—including plenty of the braided cord bracelets for which she's now famous—plus horn necklaces, painted enamel earrings shaped like leaves, and tasseled pendants.
1 Rue de Furstemberg, 6th
With few exceptions, almost everything that lines the Crayola-colored shelves here rings in at under a hundred euros, whether it's tribal-inspired earrings, slick little sunglasses, or scarves printed with diamonds and spades.
59 Rue de Seine, 6th
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: 2nd Arrondissement, 4th Arrondissement, plus other locations.
17 Rue Bonaparte, 6th
All the big French brands are here, from Chloe and Lanvin to Pierre Hardy.
17 Rue de Sèvres, 6th
Inconceivable as it may sound, we like Hermès’ Left Bank outpost even more than the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré original. Occupying a 1935 Art Deco landmark, which at one time was a swimming pool (the mosaic tile floor remains), this location is a complete brand departure. Archways made from undulating latticed wood reach toward the skylights, and the displays are spare. Beyond the usual suspects of scarves, ties, watches, and saddlery, the space hosts an in-house florist, a bookshop, and a café as well. There are two other locations, the original in the 1st and another in the 8th.