6th Arrondissement Shops
78 Rue de Seine, 6th
In 1634, grocer and wax merchant Claude Trudon opened a store on Rue St. Honoré—and Cire Trudon has been lighting the city’s palaces and homes ever since. Thanks to their superlative wax and rigorous candle-making process, the scented pillars burn for hours—without ever sputtering or smoking. They’re not cheap—after all, as company lore would have it, Napoleon’s only gift to his newborn son was a Trudon candle encrusted with three pieces of gold—but they are exquisite. The Paris boutique, complete with a rainbow wall of tapers, busts cast in wax, and the full expression of fragrances, shouldn’t be missed.
25 Rue St. Sulpice, 6th
While Vanessa Bruno has more of a global presence these days, for many, a trip to the Paris flagship used to justify a flight to France. That’s because Vanessa Bruno offers a very specific spin on romantic-yet-modern clothing: Here, you’ll find delicate silk rompers arranged next to chunky lace tops and butterfly-patterned pants. It’s always pretty, but never, ever twee. There are also two other locations, one in the 3rd and one in the 1st.
23 Rue de l'Echaudé, 6th
Madame Auguet knows exactly what sort of treasures line her shelves, though this old-school vintage boutique still offers a bit of a dig. You will find exquisite (and important pieces) here, along with dresses and gowns from designers without big, marquee names. Photograph by Diane Pernet.
9 Rue Jacob, 6th
With a palette of muted tones, and pieces that look like they belong in a sand-washed cabin on the beach, Caravane is a useful resource for unfussy linens—both for the bed and the table. There are other locations in the 4th, 7th, 12th, and at Le Bon Marché.
6 Rue de Tournon, 6th
You might cringe when your Bonpoint-clad kid heads to the playground on a muddy day, but no matter: While the pricetags are admittedly steep, the quality is so high, these perfectly-turned out pinafore dresses and sweet little corduroy pants can take a beating. Meanwhile, their embroidered slippers and glittery flats are so sweet they’ll send your ovaries into overdrive.
Le Bon Marché, 24 Rue de Sèvres, 6th
Launched by the son of the founders of Bonpoint, Bonton is styled like a department store for minis: Heart shaped cushions, bedside lamps cast in the shape of geese, knitted rattles, strawberry-printed crib sheets, stationery, tutus, and toys mingle with the house line of solid (and adorable) basics. Beyond baby shower gifts and souvenirs for little ones back home, this is an excellent pitstop if you have kids in tow. After all, there’s an in-store hair salon and a retro photo booth. There are also locations in the 3rd, the 7th, and Galeries Lafayette.
5 Rue St. Benoi, 6th
While it doesn't have the history of some of France's other brands, Upla has been turning out chic, canvas messenger bags since the '70s. While they do leather, we like the cotton canvas the best, as they're utilitarian, lightweight, and come in bright colors. While they have a definite school vibe, adults go nuts for these too.
55 Bis Rue des St. Pères, 6th
You'll wish everything at Zef came in cuts for adults (if you're the size of a teenager, you're in luck), whether it's a star-print sweatshirt, an elbow patch adorned sweater, or a sheepskin jacket. Owned by the daughter of fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, there are no mis-steps here: In fact you'll want your kids to stop growing so they can wear this stuff forever. The range runs from newborn to 16-years. There are also locations in the 1st, 7th, and 16th.
81 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 6th
If you’re the sort of parent who routinely tears pages out of Milk for nursery inspiration, then Serendipity is your mothership: It’s not twee at all. You’ll find bits of décor that will grow with your child, like woven rattan bucket chairs sized for little butts, poufs cast in the shape of balloons, and Tamar Morgendorff’s hand-sewn swan wall mounts. There are overhead cabin appropriate toys, too, like a two-meter roll of coloring paper that depicts the Paris cityscape and pint-sized binoculars that are virtually indestructible.
4 Rue Jacob, 6th
Invariably, when you see an Isabel Marant, you'll see an outpost of Jerome Dreyfuss. Not only is there a subtly shared aesthetic, but Jerome and Isabel are married. For the most part, the bags here are perfectly slouchy, and the shoes are kind of exactly what you want for a low-key weekend in the city. This location focuses on shoes, the other locations in the 6th is women's; and there's an additional location in the 1st.
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