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Maison Européenne de la Photographie

 5-7 rue de Fourcy Paris 75004 Métro: Saint Paul

France’s national photography museum, with multiple temporary exhibits. Closed Mon and Tues.

Le Marchand d’Etoiles

 4 rue du Pont aux Choux Paris 75003

The 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.

Institut du Monde Arabe

 1 rue des Fossés-St-Bernard Place Mohammed Paris 75005 Métro: Cardinal Lemoine

A museum of Arab and Islamic arts, in a building designed by architect Jean Nouvel, with a permanent collection that extends from early archaeological artifacts to the 20th century. Regular temporary exhibits too. Closed Mon.

Antoine & Lili

 95 quai de Valmy; 87 rue de Seine; 17 rue du Jour Paris 75010; 75006; 75001

One of the first fashion hot spots along the Canal Saint Martin: three adjacent stores with crayon-colored facades—hot pink for womenswear, canary yellow for kitsch home decor, lime green for kids’ clothes, toys and gifts. Now branched out into Saint Germain des Prés and the old Les Halles areas.

Serge Amoruso

 37 avenue Daumesnil Paris 75012

Former Hermès designer and craftsman Serge Amoruso custom-makes handbags, suitcases, briefcases, wallets, watchbands and other luxury leather goods in rare and exotic skins and colors.

Amin Kader

 1 rue de la Paix Paris 75002

With a splendid Italian Renaissance fantasy decor, the only shop in town carrying the cult beauty products of the famed Florentine pharmacy Santa Maria Novella.

Senteurs de Fée

 2 rue des Haudriettes Paris 75003

A tiny olfactory haven filled with an aromatic range of room perfumes, scented candles, bath salts and body creams, all made with essential oils.

Le Bon Marché

 24 rue de Sèvres Paris 75007

Founded in 1852, it’s the oldest of the major department stores, and the only one on the Left Bank, now owned by luxury goods group LVMH and catering to an upmarket crowd, with cutting-edge designer labels and custom-made suits for men.

Huilerie Artisanale J. Leblanc

 12 rue Jacob Paris 75006

The Paris shop of a family-run oil mill in southern Burgundy, which has been producing intensely aromatic flavoring oils since 1878. Favorites of many chefs, the oils include hazelnut, walnut, pistachio, pecan, almond, pine nut and grape seed as well as the more familiar olive, sunflower, sesame, peanut and corn and other oils.

Avril Gau

 17 rue des Quatres Vents Paris 6th Métro: Odéon

If you’ve worn shoes by Robert Clergerie, Chanel, Charles Jourdan or Stéphane Kélian in the last 20 years, chances are you’ve worn Avril Gau's handiwork. Her new boutique in Saint Germain des Prés is the first dedicated to her own label of shoes, bags and gloves, and it’s earning rave reviews from Parisian fashion mavens. Her sleek pumps, sandals and ballerina flats in top-quality leather, reptile and lambskin are a welcome departure from currently ubiquitous platform stilettos.


 114 ave de Champs Elysées Paris 75008

The flagship shop for IKKS (the pronunciation of the letter X in French)—first launched in 1987 as a junior line, IKKS now has 230 outlets worldwide for its cool and casual urban attire for men, women, boys and girls.


 24, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris

Stocked with all the usual Hermès goodies-silk scarves, cult handbags, equestrian chic and men's and women's ready-to-wear.
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