279 rue Saint-Honoré Paris 1st Métro: Madeleine/ConcordeThe opening of Michael Kors's first store in Paris coincided with his 30th anniversary in the business. His glittering boutique on the rue Saint Honoré is already a hit—an impressive showcase for the all-American Kors blend of classic lines and forthright glamour. The first floor houses bags, shoes and accessories, along with the more affordable “everyday” line; stars from the latest runway collection are upstairs, with prices starting at around €1,000. A welcoming staff makes shopping here a pleasure.
4 rue Jacob Paris 6th 11 rue de l'Echaudé Paris 75006 Métro: Saint-Germain-des-PrésFrench luxury handbags never go out of style, but for women who prefer a more individual statement, the bags here are fabulous, clever, versatile and durable. Dreyfuss knows what features women want in a bag, and his best-seller, the Billy, has expandable sides, a zip pocket for cell phones, inside compartments and two sets of straps to be worn in any possible configuration. The collection also includes wallets, sunglasses, leggings and cropped jackets in soft stretch leather. Menswear is located down the street at 1 rue Jacob (tel. 01.43.54.70.93) and a smaller boutique can be found at 127 Galerie de Valois (tel. 01.42.60.38.76).
Galerie De Jonckheere
100 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré Paris 75008 Métro: MiromesnilGeorges and François De Jonckheere are the top specialists in museum-quality 16th-and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings. The gallery also handles 18th-century Italian vedutisti.
62 Rue de Lille Paris 75007 Métro: Solférino.The renowned national museum housed in a Belle Epoque railroad station brilliantly transformed by architect Gae Aulenti, focused on Western art from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, including the Impressionists, Manet, Van Gogh and Gauguin. Closed Mon.
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.
Dalia and Rose
9 rue du Marché Saint-Honoré Paris 75001Former fashion model Clélia Moretton champions "ethical luxury" at her bijou concept store Dalia and Rose, where she showcases glamorous Aquaverde jeans, silver talisman jewelry from Niger and luxurious alpaca accessories for both sexes by the Bolivian fair-trade brand Andes Made.
Boutique de l’Assemblée Nationale
7 rue Aristide Briand Paris 75007The charming bookstore and gift shop of the French National Assembly (the House of Representatives), with stationery, office accessories, leather goods, tableware and games, all stamped with the Assembly logo.
5 rue de Vivienne Paris 75002, Métro: Bourse and 11 quai François-Mauriac, 75013 Paris, Métro: Quai de la GareThe French national library, offering regular temporary art and history exhibits, now divided between the 19th-century Richelieu site and the new glass towers of the Mitterrand site. Both locations closed Sun am and Mon.
68 rue Vieille du Temple Paris 3rdHandbag designers Benoît Jamin and Isabelle Puech opened their first boutique in 1996 after designing bags for Chanel, Balmain and Karl Lagerfeld, and their bags quickly became hallmarks for the bobo—bourgeois bohemian—fashion set. The designers’ fanciful limited-edition bags are handmade in leather, raffia or embroidered fabric, with meticulous detailing and decoration in all-natural materials—wood, seeds, horn, bone, shells and beads. They’re fun, colorful and practical.
Musée Maillol–Fondation Dina Vierny
59-61 rue de Grenelle Paris 75007 Métro: Rue du BacA museum established by Dina Vierny, who as a very young woman was the model and muse of sculptor Aristide Maillol. The permanent collection offers Maillol sculptures and drawings, along with works by Gauguin, Bonnard, Denis, Redon and Kandinsky, and Vierny’s own collection of modern primitive artists. Open daily except on Christmas and Jan 1. Closure for renovation.
Musée Marmottan Monet
2 rue Louis-Boilly Paris 75016 Métro: La Muette.A small museum which boasts the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet, along with an impressive array of works by Berthe Morisot and other Impressionists; more than 300 medieval miniatures donated by dealer Daniel Wildenstein; and decorative arts from the Empire period.
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.