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12, rue Leon Frot
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Tantalizing gourmet pastries and breads are featured at this refreshing patisserie. Under the magic of chefs Cyril Lignac and Benoit Couvrand, this patisserie presents creative and innovative pastries, cakes and other baked savories. Marble cakes, lemon tarts, eclectic eclairs and some of the sassiest sandwiches are offered. Visually appealing cakes and pastries make this place stand out from other bakeries. Don't forget to pack home the baguette bread.
Art director Andrea Weiner and culinary stylist Rachel Khoo teamed up to create this successful and original concept store. In a beautifully decorated space, you can select not only all kinds of kitchen accessories such as cute tea towels, but also and most importantly books from all over the world about food and culture – recipe collections, food-centered novels, gorgeous Japanese photography books, scholarly works, you name it. Patrons can sit down for a snack of homemade goodies and excellent tea. Book signings, cooking workshops for children and wine tastings are scheduled regularly. -Mary-Laure Neulat
Lovers of organic food should not ignore this highly renowned specialty shop in Paris. It is a tearoom during the day and you can enjoy its excellent produce on site. All is designed with physical health in mind - fresh produce is delivered daily. Feel healthier and avoid a harmful diet through the dietician's helpful advice. The range of organic produce available seems to go on forever since it goes from meat (on order) to teas.
Mel, Mich et Martin is a concept store and triple threat - it is part gallery, part boutique and part coffee shop. Indulge all your senses by reveling in the art offered, shopping for trendy clothes and tasting the delicious coffee and pastries for sale. As a bonus, the interior is hip, with brick walls and sleek wooden furniture. If there is one thing you can be sure of, you will never be bored at Mel, Mich et Martin.
Sabah is a grocer specialized in oriental products. It is located near the famous Aligre Market in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris. You will find all the spices and herbs necessary for cooking Asian, African, West Indian, North African and Middle-Eastern dishes (curry, peppers, colombo, ras el hanout and garam masala, as well as coriander, mint, basil, parsley etc.). You will also find a large choice of herbs and flowers for making herbal teas, prepared tea, nuts (cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios and peanuts), dried fruits, rice, oils and dried beans. Olives, preserved lemons and more are sold by the weight, as well as feta cheese. All the products are sold in small and large quantities and for a very reasonable price as far as Paris goes!
It might be easy to pass by the tiny Sessùn boutique, which is a bare bones storefront tucked between others that might seem more impressive. But it's not the white walls or simple single-pane windows that are the boutique's main point of interest. It's the clothes inside that are worth stopping for. In 1996, Emma François decided to start selling clothes she had designed and created as a way to pay for school. Now she sells a brand that is available at select stores in Paris, but, of course, the widest selection is available at the Sessùn boutique. Sessùn is a brand inspired by urban culture; yet at the same time, the brand's pieces are very refined. Many of the materials are the same plaids and patterns of urban styles, but the forms are more grown up and chic. - Betsy Mikel
La Mandragore is a small shop located in the Bastille district. It is full of Celtic and mythological treasures. You will find many rings, brooches, pendants, fibula (pins), earrings, belt buckles, flasks; it is the kingdom of silver and amber. It is also a fairy world, with Amy Brown magicians, pixies in glass pots, mushrooms and goblins who protect the forest, collectible statues inspired by Celtic mythology and made of a pewter and lead alloy, decorated with bohemian crystals and more. All these objects will take you to an imaginary world. The Gothic theme is also present throughout jewels, statues, T-shirts and posters. There is a second shop located in the Montparnasse district.
The clothes shop No Complex specializes in plus size women s clothes: from 44 to 60 (most French shops do not go over size 42). At No Complex, you will be well advised, Paule has a very good taste. Clothes are chosen according to the fabric s and cut s quality but also to the fashionable look: it is not because a woman is larger that she must be old-fashioned! Young ladies will find very colorful clothes as well as blue jeans, and the ladies will get more formal suits to go to work as well as very nice and light summer dresses.
The Place d'Aligre is the spot for several of Paris' more famous markets, including the Marché d'Aligre and Marché Beauvau. Fruits and vegetables can be bought at the Marché d'Aligre at attractive rates. One can find the daily customers haggling with the stall-vendors over prices. Visit the area for your daily dose of vegetables or just some plain and simple people-watching.
If you are craving creamy cakes and pastries while in the city, then heading to Pâtisserie Blé Sucréon on rue Antoine Vollon is a decent option. This unassuming bakery entices the crowd with a tantalizing display of freshly baked pastries behind its glass windows. Once inside, be ready to choose from a variety of sweet delights. Whether it's the buttery croissants or the fresh orange madeleines, you won't be able to resist the treats by the chef and owner Fabrice le Bourdat.
FrenchTrotters defines itself as a fashion, art, and lifestyle concept store. The two-story space features clothing and art from all over the world. In fact, the FrenchTrotters owners spend a significant amount of time globetrotting and seeking out international brands that are hard to find in Paris. They then bring it all back to their trendy Charonne boutique, where the hip, urban-themed styles mesh well with walls displaying graphic art. When the new goods come in each season, FrenchTrotters undergoes a complete conversion. Oftentimes, the boutique will even transform the second floor into a gallery for a local artist to display his or her work.
It all started in 1989 when François, the Goéland s manager, was a member of French rock band Ludwig Von 88. One day, when he decided to print by the band's name T-shirts himself. The news of his success spread, and several bands asked him to print theirs, as well. Now in 2010, Goéland is a 5,000 square-meter (54,000-square-foot) show room with 60 people, two automatic machines, six manual machines, four embroidering machines and three shops (Paris, Montpellier and Nantes). The Parisian shop, on Keller street near La Bastille, is a gold mine for printed T-shirts, but also shoes, bags, pants, posters, jewels and accessories; all this in a very rock n roll atmosphere.