106 rue Vieille du Temple Paris 3rd Métro: Saint-Sébastien-FroissartThis lovely boutique showcases the label’s flawlessly crafted, high-quality handbags, understated but clearly a cut above the mainstream. Though the company was founded in 1908, it was recently revitalized in 2009 with a new team of designers noted for their taste, discretion and allure. Their handbags are timeless, and probably going to last as long as you do, or longer. The boutique also carries small leather goods and an evolving selection of artisan jewelry.
18 rue Antoine Bourdelle Paris 15thIn the gardens and studios where Bourdelle (1861–1929) lived and worked, an exceptional collection of plaster casts, bronzes and marble sculptures—some of them monumental in size—created by the man who was an assistant to Rodin as well as a teacher of Giacometti and others. Closed Monday.
5 rue des Taillandiers Paris 75011 Métro: BastilleInstalled near the Bastille since 1989, Patrick Seguin specializes in the big design names of the mid-20th century, including Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Jean Royère and Pierre Jeanneret.
149 rue de l’Université Paris 75007A wonderful chocolate shop filled with traditional filled chocolates and trompe l’oeil creations including chocolate gargoyles. Specialties are the dark pastilles filled with crunchy bits of cocoa bean and the melt-in-your-mouth pavés, little cubes of cocoa-dusted ganache.
Maison de Victor Hugo
6 place des Vosges Paris 4th Métro: Saint Paul, BastilleIn the beautiful Place des Vosges, the author's home from 1832-48, with original furnishings, paintings, manuscripts and memorabilia. Closed Mon.
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.
33 rue de Seine, Paris 75006 Métro: OdéonFrançois Laffanour specializes in 20th-century European and American furniture and decorative arts, including works by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier.
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.
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.
10 rue Charlot Paris 75003Dominique Picquier, who trained as an architect but reinvented herself as a textile designer, creates beautiful floral and vegetal prints as well as purses, evening bags and carry-ons in the season's best-selling fabrics.
En Attendant les Barbares
35 rue de Grenelle Paris 75007The pioneer gallery, which opened in 1984, boasts an A-list including unique pieces, limited and unlimited editions by Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, Andrée Putman, Arik Lévy, Hilton Mc Connico and Eric Schmitt.
28 ave Montaigne Paris 75008Fashion for infants and children doesn’t get much more luxurious than this. Smaller baby boutiques can be found in Le Bon Marché and Galeries Lafayette.