9th & 18th Arrondissement Shops
Galeries Lafayette, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 9th
Parisians swear Pierre Hermé's macarons are the best in town, and we're inclined to agree. After all, the pastry wunderkind (he began his career as an apprentice to Gaston Lenôtre at the age of 14, before becoming the pastry chef of Fauchon when he was only 24) is known for infusing his ganaches with interesting (and foolproof) combinations, like his famous Ispahan, which blends rose, lychee, and raspberry. The chocolates shouldn't be missed either, and neither should the croissants.
40 Boulevard Haussmann, 9th
This is one of those French institutions that's impossible to miss: You can pretty much buy everything here, from a Chanel bag to truffles. It’s great for tourists in particular, since they can streamline the VAT process. Don’t miss the roof, which offers pretty epic views of Paris.
64 Boulevard Haussmann, 9th
Like its department store brethren, Printemps has been around for centuries. BUT, it was the first to install elevators (1870’s) and electric lighting (1888). In fact, patrons could see the power plant that made the magic happen behind glass. These days, Printemps is still progressive: There’s an emphasis on luxury here, with shop-in-shops for Azzedine Alaïa, Stella McCartney, and Kenzo. They recently opened another location in the Carousel du Louvre.
Maison Martin Margiela
64 Boulevard Haussmann, 9th
Nothing Martin Margiela turns out is particularly basic, but thanks to a muted palette and exquisite tailoring, everything is supremely wearable. The Belgian designer’s boots are always classic (if cerebral), and his jewelry is pretty cool, too. MM6, Maison Martin Margiela’s more reasonably priced line, just found a home on 22 place du Marché Saint Honoré in the 1st. There's another location in the 7th.
Galeries Lafayette, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 5th Floor, 9th
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 adorable basics. Beyond baby shower gifts and souvenirs for little ones back home, there’s an in-store hair salon and a retro photo booth, so this is an excellent pit stop if you have kids in tow. There are also locations in the 3rd, Le Bon Marché, and the 7th.
29 Passage Jouffroy, 9th
If you have a young collector on your hands, look no further: This old-world spot is an amazing resource for dollhouse furniture.
Les Mauvaises Graines
5 passage Geffroy Didelot, 75017 Paris, France, 18th
Whether you have a terrace to landscape, or are just looking for a hostess gift, it's easy to spend the better part of an afternoon here. The Bad Seed is like a garden shop on acid: They're interested in the strange, the otherworldly, and the extreme. It's all pretty amazing, from teeny tiny plants, to shadowboxed insects, to arrangements in wooden boxes named after heavy metal bands, to a vintage motorcycle, overgrown with foliage.
16 Rue la Vieuville, 18th
If you happen into this Montmartre boutique when artist and owner Bruno Hadjadj is on hand, you can expect to stay for at least an hour: He's fun, and kind, and he has exquisite taste, which is represented in everything from the mid-century modern furniture scattered about the shop (all for sale) to the racks, which are lined with the best pieces from Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang, and Acne. (His wife, stylist Roberta Oprandi, can lay equal claim.) The pair recently took possession of a former stationery shop across the street and opened Spree Galerie to showcase the work of both Hadjadj and all their artist friends. The wonderfully printed exterior—Papiers Peints—remains.
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