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Galerie Bernheim-Jeune

 83 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré Paris 75008 Métro: Miromesnil

The gallery that organized Van Gogh’s first Paris exhibit in 1901 and later presented Cézanne, Matisse and others is still run by descendants of the founder and still exhibits contemporary artists.

Brimo de Laroussilhe

 7 quai Voltaire, Paris 75007 Métro: Rue du Bac

A gallery founded in 1908, specializing in medieval and Renaissance furnishings including sculpture, paintings, tapestries and objets d’art.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

 76 rue de Turenne, Paris 75003 Métro: St-Sébastien-Froissart

One of the city’s hottest contemporary galleries, showing works by Sophie Calle, Maurizioo Cattelan, Wim Delvoye, Takashi Murakami and Jean-Michel Othoniel.

Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

 5 Rue des Capucines Paris 75001

The 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.

Georges & Co.

 138 quai de Jemmapes 75010 Paris

The lustrous shop on the boutique-lined rue du Bac is devoted to the highest-quality contemporary materials manufactured in France and Europe for correspondence, diary-keeping, calligraphy, announcements, invitations and anything else that involves writing by hand. There’s an “ink bar” with refillable bottles in a rainbow of colors, a section for deluxe leather goods—notebooks, diaries, agendas, address books—and a tempting array of pens, elegant paper and envelopes in various weights and colors.


 47 rue des Martyrs Paris 9th Métro: Saint-Georges/Pigalle

A gourmet boutique on the chic rue des Martyrs that will assemble just the right beautifully wrapped gustatory gift for any special occasion. Owner Sabine de Soyres, a dedicated gourmande, has scoured France to find the best regional delicacies in four categories: wines and champagnes, flowers, gourmet groceries, and sweets and chocolate. Each of the 50 or so wines available in the store hover around the €10 mark, but Soyres caters to any budget.

La Belle Hortense

 31 rue Vieille-du-Temple Paris 75004

An unusual bookstore-and-bar selling paperback and hardback books, literary magazines and reasonably priced wines, to be taken home or sipped on the spot in earnest discussion with the philosophically-minded regulars.

Musée de la Vie Romantique

 16 rue Chaptal Paris 9th Métro: Blanche, Saint-Georges, Pigalle

The small 19th-century home and garden of Romantic painter Ary Scheffer, with the artist’s paintings and charming mementos of his neighbors, the novelist George Sand and Chopin. Closed Mon.

Anna Joliet

 9 rue de Beaujolais, Palais Royal Paris 75001

A quaint little shop selling delightful, old-fashioned wind-up music boxes.

Vallois Sculptures

 35 et 41 rue de Seine, Paris 75006

An annex of the Vallois Art Deco gallery in the same street, this smaller gallery handles contemporary sculpture by such artists as Yuri Kuper, Patrick O'Reilly, Corinne Sanmarcelli and Boris Zabarov.

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.

La Chambre aux Confitures

 9 rue des Martyrs Paris 75009 Métro: Notre Dame de Lorette, Saint Georges

Following a lifelong passion, Lise Bienaimé devotes herself full-time to creating an amazing of seasonal preserves: “winter citrus” includes four types of orange marmalade, with a delectable variation lightly perfumed with fleur d’oranger. Summer fruit flavors include raspberry and rose, red or black cherry, gariguette strawberry, hazelnut and melon and five kinds of apricot. The fruit content is very high, with only enough sugar to preserve freshness. And everything in the store can be sampled.
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