23 rue des Messageries, Paris, FR, 75010
- Phone: (33) 1 48 00 00 11
- Fax: (33) 1 48 00 08 36
A husband and wife team can go shopping here at any stage of marital life. The kitchenware in the main arena offers a wide range of utensils and crockery, while the hardware section in the basement will keep the men glued forever. The most convenient way to shop your separate ways and then meet up at the checkout counter. Call +33 9 7740 1400 or check out the website for information.
L'Ecritoire is a tiny boutique that specializes in all things writing. A rainbow of colors and styles of paper, envelopes, notebooks, and the like stock the shelves. Scrapbookers might find a thing or two of interest, but most of L'Ecritoire's goods are designed for those who take pleasure in writing letters or notes. Since almost everything in the store is created and packaged by the owners, every single sheet of paper, pen and bottle of ink has a personal touch. If you're looking for a good souvenir or gift idea, check out L'Ecritoire's wall of writing kits. Each comes with a combination of matching inks, pens, stickers and papers. - Betsy Mikel
When you talk about fashion in Paris, Azzedine Alaia is the first name that comes to mind. This Tunisian designer is very popular for ready-to wear or prêt à porter for women. Make sure to check the price tags before you decide to pick up anything.
Flanked by iconic French landmarks like the majestic Notre Dame and the Conciergerie, Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux has been in operation since 1808, making it the oldest and lone surviving floral market in Paris. Located in the heart of Ile de la Cité, the avenue sees an array of shops featuring exotic flowers, plants and shrubs. From primroses and orchids to violets and myrtles, the seasonal blooms paint a beautiful and tranquil picture in the tourist-dominated area. Open throughout the week, Sundays see bird traders set up shop with rare species of parrots, macaws, doves and budgies, as well as cages, seeds and accessories.
Papier Plus sells solely stationery and has been creating merchandise since 1976 in a wide array of colors. Not only are notebooks and diaries on offer, but the portfolios and boxes also deserve a special mention. All the paper forms come in various structures, shapes and sizes. The colors are sometimes bright, and you can even get your paper custom made! Papier's quality and craftsmanship is vouched for by patrons all over the world. Acid-free paper is used to guarantee the preservation of the products.
Always mentioned in conjunction with a similar store, Sic Amore, Mi Amore sells costume jewelry, gifts, scarves, gloves and hats created by different artists and fashion designers. The store is literally packed with original, innovative collections: an alternative colorful fashion made of a mixture of wool, velvet and silk combined with feathers, sequins, pearls, glass or galalith beads. Beautiful scarves made of petals of shot silk are on display next to a large choice of costume jewels shaped as dragonflies or necklaces of waxed paper flowers. For the cold season fleece hats with flowers and scarves originally cut and shaped as ruches, flames, strips and plaits.
Moustaches (Whiskers) is a pet shop with nearly every product for cats and dogs. It is located in the heart of the Marais, divided in seven sections over the store’s 150 square meters (1615 square feet) of space. There is the Toy department with a ball distributing kibbles, the Walking department, the Clothing department with different coats, health (shampoos, brushes), sleeping department which offers beds at different prices, the Food department with famous brands, and the Master department (notebooks, books, DVDs). 2500 products can be found in this store; among them are famous brands but also innovative products from emerging brands.
The owner of this bookstore expresses his love for English-language fiction through his choice of books. Indeed, here you will find novels (as well as some non-fiction volumes) by all kinds of English-language writers, both older and contemporary, in English on one shelf and translated into French on the opposite shelf. Kids can browse through children books and play in their own special corner, while parents sit down for a cup of tea – all in a bright, welcoming and colorful space. The enthusiastic owner is around most of the time, offering suggestions to buyers.
Simon Thillou saw that Paris stores sold beers from all over the world. But no one was selling French beers. And so, in 2006, he opened La Cave à Bulles, where he offers an alternative to Europe s mass-produced beers. The Marais-area store sells more than 100 strictly authentic French beers. The bottles on the shelves are diverse, from their colors, to the region where they were produced, to the art on their labels. Since French beer is not well known, Thillou makes recommendations based on customers tastes for other beers. A 33cl bottle is cheap and can make an unusual souvenir gift for friends back home. - Betsy Mikel
The gallery is devoted to lamps. The white building is appealing with divine lighting. Avant-garde and zany style furniture is on display. Extremely contemporary and creative, the designs speak volumes of the works of designers, such as Charles Eames, George Nelson and Arik Levy. Come here to pick exquisite art and embellishments for your house!
At first glance, Shakespeare and Company is nothing more than another English bookstore. But just a few steps inside the door, you start to see why the storefront is just as much a museum and a legend. Between the books stacked to the ceiling, there are notes, announcements and fliers left from visitors all over the world. Since 1919, the name Shakespeare and Company has been a refuge to writers. The original bookstore was the stomping grounds of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce and others. Today, writers from all over the world come to share their work. Unknown writers have a place here, too; Shakespeare and Company lends sleeping space in exchange for a couple of hours of work in the store.
More for perusal than serious book-buying, Les Bouquinistes (book peddlers), with their characteristic green metal lockers and sit-around-all-day attitude, form a vital part of Parisian folklore. Most vendors are out along the banks of the Seine come rain or shine, selling an array of antique and not-so-antique books, manuscripts, prints, and postcards. Don't miss them, having no legal status, they may disappear one of these days. For more information +33 8 3668 3112 (Tourist Information).