SHOP: The Best Local Boutiques In Paris

G2G Paris stampWe’re recommending places that exude “Paris”, the ones you won’t find anywhere else, including: vintage, art, chocolates, books, fashion and concept stores, lingerie, sexcessories. Not necessarily in that order (wink).

G2G Paris SHOP

1. Colette – Best Concept Store

213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France (mapwebsite) Metro: Pyramides or Tuileries

The one store in Paris that consistently and ultimately defines cool – Colette. It’s the store for both ladies and gents,  techies and fashionistas, hipster-indies and big brand lovers. This is the perfect store where locals stop by often to check out what’s new and jetsetters stall to find goodies as souvenirs. Check out our exclusive: Interview with Colette, Paris: A Constant Movement and Energy in Style, Design, Art and Food.

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2. Arty Dandy – Best Gallery-Store

1 Rue de Furstemberg, 75006 Paris, France (mapwebsite) Metro: St.Germain des Prés or Mabillon

If you still want more concept stores after Colette, Arty Dandy is another fantastic option for small luxury goods. It’s another store perfect for both men and women, and they feature products spanning from fashion, beauty, living to lifestyle. The gallery also hosts frequent exhibitions, located in the gorgeous St. Germain des Pres district. Since the first store was so popular, they opened another one near Le Louvre (address: 99 Rue de Rivoli, 75001. Metro: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre).

Art Dandy Paris shop

3. Merci – Spiced Up General Store

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France (map, website) Metro: Saint-Sébastien – Froissart

One of the coolest general stores in Paris. What used to be an old wallpaper factory has now turned into a gigantic 1500sq m space for two cafes, one restaurant and a store that carries items including: fashion, interior design and modern art. Since 2009, Merci has been one of the most fabulous places to be in Paris, right in the center of Le Haut Marais! 

Merci paris shop

Image: nooneknow.com

4. Omaya Vintage – Best Vintage Finds

29 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris, France (mapwebsite) Metro: Oberkampf or Parmentier

Hey, Vanessa Paradis loves this place so you know it’s gotta be good! Started by two brothers back in 2010, it’s been such a hit all around. Anything from ’70s glitter, ’80s sequins, ’90s military jackets, to any type of leather boots can be found in all corners of this boutique. Service here is also top notch, if you’re a vintage feine…we’ve just given you a reason to stay in Paris forever.

Omaya Vintage Paris shop

5. L’Eclaireur – Best Shopping Experience

40 Rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris, France (map, website) Metro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert

Shopping on another level, L’Eclaireur takes your in-store experience to a dreamlike fantasy. It’s common that L’Eclaireur will invite artist Rick Owens to design a complete store display during Paris Design Week as the store concept is always playing on the edge of reality and illusion. Sliding panels, multiple projections…shopping in Paris is one unforgettable experience here. You can find higher price products of fashion and art here as well.

l'eclaireur paris shop

* BONUS RECOMMENDATIONS:

Dollhouse – Sexiest Store

24 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris, France (mapwebsite) Metro: Saint-Paul

Le Marais’ sexiest store for the ladies! Paris is famously known for its fine quality of lace and lingerie. So a stop by a sexy lingerie store is a total must, but what’s even better at Dollhouse is that it also sells sexcessories. Oh la la!

doll house jeux de filles paris hops

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges – Best Farmers Market

39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris  (map) Metro: Filles du Calvaire

Located in Le Marais, “the market of the red children” as it is translated in English, Le Marché des Enfants Rouges is the oldest market in Paris. The name refers to the orphans who were from a nearby orphanage and were dressed in red, which was the color of charity. The market began in 1600s and it is still one of the most popular farmers market in the city. 

marche des enfants rouge paris farmer's market

Image: foodavenue.fr

Village Saint Paul – Best Antique & Trinkets

The block in between Rue de Rivoli and Quai des Céléstins, plus Rue Saint Paul and Rue de Fourcy  (mapwebsite) Metro: Saint-Paul

Paris is filled with vintage and antique shops, it’s difficult to narrow one down. So we’re recommending one big block of shops and ateliers (studios) in Le Marais. It’s much better to visit Village Saint Paul on weekends as many shops and stands are closed during weekdays. But you’ll find all sorts of little to big pieces here. 

Village Saint Paul antique shop Paris

Astier de Villatte – Best French Ceramics & Tableware

173 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris  (map, website) Metro: Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre

On the same street as Colette, you can find the most beautiful ceramics in France at a charming nook: Astier de Villatte. We’re not just suggesting this charming store because our friends work here, but it’s also a a popular brand in both the UK and Japan. We highly recommend you to bring home a piece of souvenir as each piece is exquisitely handcrafted from black terracotta clay using a special technique which leaves small dimples that make each piece so gorgeously different.

Astier de Villatte shop Paris

Un Dimanche a Paris – Best Chocolaterie

8 Cours du Commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris (mapwebsite) Metro: Odéon

Located in the pretty St. Germain district, Un Dimanche a Paris (translation: A Sunday in Paris) is a chocolate concept store created by Pierre Cluizel, who comes from a family of chocolate makers and lovers! Read more of our exclusive interview with Pierre here, and you’ll be dying to try one of his famous hot chocolates. The chocolaterie also features a delish restaurant that serves every dish with cocoa. (SEE ALSO: Interview at Un Dimanche à Paris – Pierre Cluizel’s Magical Chocolate Universe)

un dimanche a paris chocolates

La Maison Rouge – Best Private Contemporary Art Gallery

10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris (mapwebsite) Metro: Quai de la Rapée

Created by Antoine de Galbert who opened his first gallery in Grenoble, then opened this one in Paris in 2003. La Maison Rouge has been wildly popular due to its constant rounds of exhibitions that are curated by forward thinking and renowned guest curators. Catch one of the shows at the gallery during your trip, they’re often controversial yet progressive, thus making it one of the best attributions to the present modern art scene in Paris.

La Maison Rouge paris shop

La Belle Hortense – Best Bookshop

31 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris (mapwebsite) Metro: Saint-Paul or Hôtel de Ville

Books and wine go so well together! And Paris is the perfect place in the world to do just that. At La Belle Hortense in Le Marais, you can sit down with a bottle of wine at the bar, and leisurely flip through the pages of your literary zen. They also host readings and cool exhibitions. Oh the words…

La Belle Hortense paris shop

Beau Travail – Best One-of -A-Kind Quirky Workshop

67 Rue de la Mare, 75020 Paris, France ‎(mapwebsite) Metro: Pyrénées
*NOTE: open only on Saturdays!

Deep in Belleville, Beau Travail is a workshop created by artists Delphine Dunoyer and Céline Saby back in 2005. Since then, the space has been a colorful playground for fellow artists including: Caroline Halusias and Séverine Balanqueux…and more. You can find limited editions of fashion pieces, accessories, lamps and art pieces that you honestly won’t find anywhere else.

Beau Travail Paris Shop

ALSO IN GUIDE TO GETAWAY – PARIS:

EAT: Top 5 Places To Get Your Grub On In Paris

DRINK: Top 5 Awesome Happening Clubs & Bars In Paris 

SEE: Top 5 Must-Dos In Paris

STAY: Top 5 Hotels To Rest And Relax

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