8 rue Elzévir Paris 3rd Métro: St-Paul, Rambuteau or Chemin VertA remarkable collection of 18th-century furnishings and art assembled by the founder of the Samaritaine department store, now housed in a 16th-century mansion in the Marais. Closed Mon.
8 rue Saint-Roch 75001 Métro: TuileriesHIP—for Homo Inventit Paradisium, or Man Invents Paradise—is a sleek new art, design, jewelry and garden concept store with a fusion restaurant near the Tuileries Gardens. It stocks exclusive limited editions and unique glass pieces by Czech architect and designer Borek Sipek, along with Alessi and Driade kitchen utensils, Mark Brazier-Jones furniture, contemporary sculpture, avant-garde jewelry and rare orchids.
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.
Le Marchand d’Etoiles
4 rue du Pont aux Choux Paris 75003The 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.
24, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 ParisStocked with all the usual Hermès goodies-silk scarves, cult handbags, equestrian chic and men's and women's ready-to-wear.
404 rue Saint Honoré Paris 75001Handsome handbags, luggage and other luxury leather goods and accessories, including a top-selling canvas tote imprinted “Ceci est un IT BAG”.
61 rue d’Hauteville Paris 10thHandbag 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 fashion set. The fanciful limited-edition bags are handmade in leather, raffia or embroidered fabric, with decoration in all-natural materials—wood, seeds, horn, bone, shells and beads. Several shops in Paris (check our listings) including this inventory boutique for bargain-hunters.
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3 ave Général Eisenhower Paris 75008 Métro: Champs-Elysées-ClemenceauNational galleries for major temporary exhibits, installed in the wings of the glass-roofed “palace” built for the 1900 World’s Fair. Closed Tues.
10 ave George V Paris 75008If Nicolas Ghesquière's shining reputation for women's fashion weren't enough, the fashion house partnered with star Charlotte Gainsbourg in 2010 for the creation and marketing of their first new scent in over ten years.
Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
Palais Royal, 142 galerie de Valois 25 rue de Valois Paris 75001Intoxicating fragrances and luxury cosmetics by master perfumer Serge Lutens, in an enchanting Palais Royal boutique.
9 rue de Beaujolais, Palais Royal Paris 75001A quaint little shop selling delightful, old-fashioned wind-up music boxes.
Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
5 Rue des Capucines Paris 75001The 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.