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Le Bonbon au Palais

 19 rue Monge Paris 5th Métro: Cardinal Lemoine

Rainbow-hued candies, some 200 varieties from all over France, glisten like gemstones in apothecary jars in this dream of a boutique. Other Gallic treasures include light, fluffy guimauve, the square-cut French version of marshmallow; alcohol-filled chocolates covered in marzipan; lollipops in such flavors as blueberry, pineapple, quince and black cherry; and candied flower petals and herbs, including whole roses, violets, vervain, mint and lilac.

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.

Gabrielle Laroche

 12 rue de Beaune Paris 75007 also at 25 rue de Lille Paris 75007 Métro: Rue du Bac

Paintings, sculpture and woodcuts from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and 17th century.

La Cinémathèque Française

 51 rue de Bercy Paris 75012 Métro: Bercy

Now installed in a building designed by Frank Gehry at the edge of the Bercy park, France's legendary Cinémathèque includes a superb movie museum and a vast film-archive library. Daily screenings and excellent temporary exhibits. Closed Tues.

Francis Kurkdjian

 5 rue d'Alger Paris 75001

The parfumerie of the man who created the "scent of money" for French artist Sophie Calle, and in the summers of 2007 and 2008 he filled the fountains at the Château de Versailles with the fragrance of strawberries, melon and pears. Also offers scented bubble bath for kids and scented, monogrammed leather wristbands.

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.

L’Artisan Parfumeur

 2 rue de l’Amiral de Coligny Paris 75001

Founded in Paris in 1976, an independent perfumer whose fragrances are now sold worldwide. Good small gift items too.

Michael Kors

 279 rue Saint-Honoré Paris 1st Métro: Madeleine/Concorde

The 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.

Jugetsudo By Maruyama Nori

 95 rue de Seine Paris 75006

A small Japanese tea salon and boutique beautifully designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and run by the 150-year-old Tokyo firm Maruyama Nori, with a long counter for sipping tea with pastries, a selection of teas, traditional teapots and porcelain cups, and bamboo everywhere. Saturday tea ceremonies downstairs.

Patrick Seguin

 5 rue des Taillandiers Paris 75011 Métro: Bastille

Installed 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.

Surface to Air

 108 rue Vieille du Temple Paris 75003

Cutting-edge womenswear in luxurious materials, and quality tailoring at a modest price. Founded as a creative agency by a group of young Paris-based designers over a decade ago, the label's minimalist aesthetic blends fashion with art, overlapping into film, photography and design. The ultimate in street-chic.

Pasquale Bruni

 Bd Haussmann 75009 Paris

Luxury jewelry and accessories by Italian designer Eugenia Bruni, and a jewelry-inspired cosmetic line in partnership with By Terry makeup guru Terry de Gunzberg.
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