Monic Fischer has updated Provençal chic from the Pierre Frey model to a much more subtle and modern palette with pretty boutis (quilts) and fabrics, wooden trays, painted wooden furniture, armoires in intriguing shapes and all of the accessories for your south of France fantasy house. The rooms are set up like those in a house, and it’s tempting to want to buy them complete. In the children’s section of the gorgeous shop you will find clothes that evoke sunny days in the country just as they should be in childhood for ages 0 to 14.
For those who love a bit of the exotic arts from Morocco, Thailand or Bali, but don’t want to hop on a plane, Caravane is the answer. You can find authentic Aladinesque lamps, Arabic cushions, Berber rugs, Pacha beds, Tanger footstools, as well as pure linen sheets and table accessories and more. Additional addresses are located at 9 rue Jacob in the 6th and 19 Rue Saint-Nicolas in the 11th.
Christian Dior Flagship
On a visit to Paris, some might skip the household name designer boutiques on the basis that one can find the same merchandise in many other cities. That said, the legendary Avenue Montaigne address — the site of Dior's first shop and atelier — is a must-visit on any trip here, especially following its extensive renovations and reopening in 2022. Retail therapy here includes haute couture salons, high-jewelry workshops and showrooms for housewares and children’s clothing.
(And should the store’s 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours prove insufficient for a traveler’s shopping requirements, there’s now a single guest suite available for overnight stays. Designed by American architect Peter Marino, it features a living room, dining room and access to multiple butlers 24/7.)
The flagship is adjacent to the Galerie Dior, a museum devoted to the fashion designer that opened in 2022.
Modern, sleek furniture and accessories from the man who designed Calvin Klein’s apartment and the Mercer Hotel in New York. Trays, bookshelves, beds and more…all to order. There is another showroom on the Right Bank, at 77, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Cire Trudon has been making bespoke candles for centuries, and chic Parisian ladies, like designer Isabel Marant, know there is no better house. You can specify the color, shape, size and scent of your custom candle or buy one of the wonderful signature examples. The company was granted the royal warrant in the 17th century and has created candles for legendary design houses including Guerlain, Hermès and Dior.
The fantastic taxidermy shop that Adam Gopnik wrote about so memorably in the New Yorker is worth a visit, especially if you are trying to entertain children or husbands who are being dragged along on a shopping spree. On the bottom floor of the 19th-century Beaux Art building is Le Prince Jardinier. Climb the winding wooden stairs, though, and you will think that you have entered a natural history museum set in a palace. The grand salon rooms have ornate wood paneling and chandeliers fit for diplomatic entertaining but the creatures that inhabit them are stuffed elephants, polar bears and tigers. One room is devoted primarily to stuffed birds, from sparrows to a five-foot-tall ostrich. Another room contains many sea creatures and another insects. Small glass shadow boxes of butterflies and beetles are among the easiest exports, but they do ship larger specimens around the world regularly. The shop was destroyed by fire in 2007 but entirely restored; the restoration was so masterful you would never know that it had ever been damaged.
Heavenly scented candles make this a fabulous home scent emporium. I love “Figuier,” which captures the smell of fig leaves, and am partial to “Pomander” at Christmas-time. They also carry other finely fragranced home accessories.
Even though you can now find French cookware and accessories on this side of the pond, Dehillerin still surprises with kitchen gear you’ve never even thought of. If you’re in the market for copper saucepans, you’re in the right place, and they ship.
The Haut-Marais is not lacking for concept stores, but this one sets itself apart by focusing on limited edition objects and original artworks made by French craftsmen and artists. In addition to over a thousand made-in-France goodies, the four-story building is home to a café, bookstore and projection room. Inviting shoppers and browsers to slow down and savor their experience in the store, Empreintes bills itself as a place of discovery, creative exchange and relaxation.
The Belgian version of Conran’s, Flamant has been the most stylish house wares shop for Belgians since the late 1970s. The aesthetic mixes Scandinavian and Provencal influences for a semi-rustic, yet Parisian chic look with lots of vintage looking leather club chairs, inviting wooden dining tables, sumptuous linens and fantasy flea market finds, such as old-fashioned looking toys, stemware, baskets and objets from antlers to leather rugby balls. Flamant now has branches all over Europe, including this one in Paris, which wends over multiple rooms and floors. As you move through the model rooms, (living, dining, library, child’s room, kitchen and bedrooms), you will find a café, the paint room (where custom colors are blended), and a garden room full of flowers, vases and gardening tools. Interior designers are on hand so you can decorate an entire house or just pick up special linens, glass urns, kitchen items or unusual gifts.
This concept store in the Marais spreads over two floors, providing a spacious day-lit showcase for a wide assortment of hip clothing, accessories, and home goods. In addition to FrenchTrotters’ own line of well-tailored basics for men and women, the boutique carries luscious leather bags by Jerome Dreyfuss, jeans by APC and Acne, shoes by Michel Vivien, and sunglasses by Super Future. The small selection of home goods on the second floor range from simple linen napkins and table clothes to decadent fragrant candles by Byredo with exotic names like “Baudelaire” and “Black Saffron.”
IMH (India Mahdavi)
Travelers have been swooning over the work of designer India Mahdavi in hotels and restaurants, from London’s Connaught to Left Bank bistro Café Germain. Now it’s possible to buy her curvy stools, Jetlag sofas and Dog’s Life wooden chairs for your own house at her showroom on the Left Bank.
India Mahdavi Accessories
Just down the street from her furniture showroom, designer India Mahdavi opened a sliver of a boutique that sells her signature accessories. Renowned for her sinewy, exotic interiors like those in the Connaught bar and New York’s Hotel On Rivington, Mahdavi brings her worldly sense of fun and flair to smaller objects such as candy-colored bowls, hip silk and velvet pillows and vases with multiple faces peering out.
Ines de la Fressange
Philippe Jousse has been championing 1950s furniture designs for more than twenty years. His store on the Left Bank featurings a rotating stock of museum-worthy furniture and home accessories by the likes of Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Mathieu Matégot, and Pierre Jeanneret.
Karl Lagerfeld’s second concept store in Paris brought the Marais a futuristic shiny black facade marked by a striking white neon in the shape of the late designer’s unmistakable silhouette—starched-collar, ponytail, sunglasses and all. The merchandise is a mix of his own designs (men’s and women’s prêt-à-porter) and sundries including cell phone cases, key chains, and wallets, handpicked by the fashion icon. Nothing short of a shrine to all things Lagerfeld, the store sells gimmicky accessories like the designer’s signature starched white collar and is decorated with wallpaper whose grey-on-grey design is based on a repeating pattern of Lagerfeld’s ponytailed profile. But shoppers, too, have a chance to shine here—the dressing rooms on the second floor are equipped with digital screens that allow customers to photograph themselves in Lagerfeld’s clothes and post them online.
The famous concept store has more than one location in Paris but the address not to miss is this one, on Rue de Sévigné, in the Marais. Designed by artist Arne Quinze, the space is a veritable installation, with high-tech touches like 150 video screens that guide you through. It’s as much an art experience as a shopping detour, but you will probably leave with something new and special to go with the thrill of futuristic browsing.
La Paresse en Douce
This linen shop specializes in embroidery and cotton and linen sheets, napkins and tablecloths. They have a lovely selection of pillows and will also do custom orders.
Tucked behind the Place de la République on a small side street, La Trésorerie is a bright and airy home-goods emporium stocked with thousands of items, from l’art du table to l’art du bain. Here you will find elegant everyday essentials (lovely country-style enamel sauce pans, ladles, and measuring cups), as well as luxury items like porcelain, bronze-coated flatware and lambs wool throw blankets. Thirty percent of the store’s offerings are made in France, which makes La Trésorerie a great resource for tasteful (and useful) regional souvenirs.
Le Prince Jardinier
This boutique on the left Bank beneath the venerable taxidermy Deyrolle is a prime address for gardeners and those shopping for house presents. It was founded by the Prince de Broglie—known for the garden of hundreds of types of tomatoes that he planted at his Loire Valley château—after he became frustrated by the lack of high-quality gardening tools and equipment on the market. He designed his own line of tools and went directly to the France’s top toolmakers. Gardening equipment has never been so elegant.
You’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed at this shop (and café) that is teeming with cute souvenirs and decorative objects from around the world.
Maison Sarah Lavoine (Place des Victoires)
Maison Sarah Lavoine (Rue St.-Roch)
Like India Mahdavi, Sarah Lavoine has established herself as a sought-after interior designer and has decided to branch out into retail and share her taste and discoveries with Parisian shoppers. Her style is 21st-century chic with a mix of graphic Moroccan wool carpets; industrial lights; low-slung, sleek couches, but all softened with personal effects like books, candles, baskets and ceramic bowls. She picks up treasures at flea markets, auctions and on her travels.
Design connoisseurs would not dream of visiting Paris without stopping by this elegant emporium of multi-hued linens, exquisite housewares and minimalist fine jewelry designed by Grateau.