14 rue de la Corderie Paris 3rd Métro: TempleA fabulous concept boutique Paris’s Haut Marais where clothes are displayed on a curtained mini-stage, jewelry is in a stylized coffin and the mannequins seem ready to speak, as if right off a Jean Cocteau movie set. Some of the shop’s limited-edition pieces are closest in spirit to theatrical costumes, but there are plenty of outstanding everyday pieces, along with some fairly wacky headgear, handmade leather goods, a small vintage collection and a bookstore.
Au Nain Bleu
252 blvd Saint-Germain Paris 75007The city’s most famous toyshop, with a vast selection of playthings deluxe.
11 pl des Etats-Unis Paris 75016 Métro: BoissièreThis museum is intended to dazzle. Set up in the former home of the socialite Vicomtesse Marie-Laure de Noailles, this is the flagship of the Baccarat crystal manufacturer, also housing three boutiques and an upscale restaurant. One section of the museum showcases special commissions for Baccarat's most prestigious clients—the Prince of Wales, the Emperor of Japan, the Shah of Iran, King Farouk of Egypt, Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel, Aristotle Onassis, even Pope John Paul II. Closed Sun and Tues.
16 rue Elzévir 75003 Paris Métro Saint-PaulThe most beautiful confiserie-pâtisserie in Paris, and the first Paris offshoot of the exquisite Meert pâtisserie and tea salon in Lille, founded in 1761. Meert’s fame centers on its unique version of the gaufre, a delicate waffle native to the old region of Flanders, treasured for its sublime cream center perfumed with Madagascar vanilla. The boutique also carries chocolates and jams and, on Saturdays only, delicious pastries.
35 bis rue Paul Valéry Paris 75016 Métro: Victor-HugoA private museum offering top-notch temporary exhibits of African art. Closed Tues.
Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
5 Rue des Capucines Paris 75001The independent shop launched by perfumer Jean-François Laporte (who founded L’Artisan Parfumeur), reviving the 17th-century association of perfumes and gloves, now run by his former apprentice Jean-Paul Millet Lage. Wide selection of unusual fragrances for both men and women, and gloves.
158 blvd Haussmann Paris 75008 Métro: MiromesnilThe exquisitely decorated mansion of 19th-century magnate Edouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, whose private collection of mostly 18th-century furniture and art also includes Italian Renaissance masterworks by Mantegna and Botticelli. Open daily.
Ave Winston Churchill Paris 75008 Métro: Champs-Elysées-ClemenceauThe spectacular exhibit hall built for the 1900 World’s Fair. The recently restored nave is used for exhibits, trade fairs and other special events.
Atelier du Bracelet Parisien
28 place du Marché Saint Honoré Paris 75001A small shop specialized in watchbands and small leather goods in a large range of skins, styles and colors, both ready-to-wear and custom-made.
Le Marchand d’Etoiles
4 rue du Pont aux Choux Paris 75003The Star Merchant is the French equivalent of the Sandman, and the shop specializes in children’s nightwear—velour pajamas, angel-winged nightgowns, gold-dotted and star-studded boxer shorts.
La Maison des Trois Thés
1 rue Saint Médard Paris 75005A chic architect-designed boutique and tea shop run by Chinese tea master Madame Yu Hui Tseng. Very expensive, often rare teas for the tasting.
Mémorial de la Shoah
17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier Paris 75004 Métro: Saint PaulA memorial and documentation center dedicated to the history of European Jews and the Holocaust, holding regular temporary exhibits. At the entrance is the Wall of Names, inscribed with the names of 76,000 deportees. Closed Sat.