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 83 quai de Valmy Paris 75010

Hypercool bookstore for magazines and coffee-table books devoted to fashion, art, photography, calligraphy and interior design.


 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.


 40, Bld Haussman, 75007 Paris 21, rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris

Ultra-upmarket children’s clothing, mostly in subdued shades of ivory and beige, along with solid-silver rattles and gold jewelry for tiny tots. Well known for giant plush polar bears in the window displays.


 348 rue Saint Honoré Paris 1st Métro: Tuileries

Luxury behemoth LVMH acquired the venerable luggage company Moynat last year with the intention of revamping the once-iconic travel trunk-maker founded in 1849. The new designer has incorporated some of the original flourishes, from the subtle curves of the women’s handbags to elegant brass T-locks on men’s briefcases and false bottoms for hiding sensitive documents. Prices are commensurate with the high quality: totes start at about $900, custom luggage can easily exceed $20,000.


 35 rue Bonaparte Paris 75006

A lovely bookshop decorated like a private apartment, with polished parquet floors and comfy sofas for browsers, run by the Paris publisher of photography, art, fashion and design books, some of them beautiful coffee-table tomes wrapped in silk or packaged in Goyard trunks. The gift selection includes cashmere throws and scented candles, including one with the aroma of leather bindings and bookshelves.

Galerie Aveline/Jean-Marie Rossi

 94 rue du Fbg St-Honoré Paris 75008 Métro: Miromesnil

One of the city's best-known dealers in exceptional 17th- to 19th-century furniture, paintings, and objets d’art, beautifully displayed in a vast gallery on the Place Beauvau.

Maison de la Truffe

 19 Place de la Madeleine Paris 75008

Has a superb tasting menu that offers tuber-based delicacies such as scallop carpaccio with Brumale truffles, and a shop for gourmet gifts including truffle-infused Armagnac.


 31 rue Dauphine, 6th Métro: Odéon

A big Left Bank gallery that is one of the most important dealers in design-as-art, showing and producing limited editions for top designers including Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Humberto & Fernando Campana, Pierre Charpin, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Marc Newson and Martin Szekely.


 16 rue Elzévir 75003 Paris Métro Saint-Paul

The most beautiful confiserie-pâtisserie in Paris, and the first Paris offshoot of the exquisite Meert pâtisserie and tea salon in Lille, founded in 1761. Meert’s fame centers on its unique version of the gaufre, a delicate waffle native to the old region of Flanders, treasured for its sublime cream center perfumed with Madagascar vanilla. The boutique also carries chocolates and jams and, on Saturdays only, delicious pastries.

Musée Maillol–Fondation Dina Vierny

 59-61 rue de Grenelle Paris 75007 Métro: Rue du Bac

A museum established by Dina Vierny, who as a very young woman was the model and muse of sculptor Aristide Maillol. The permanent collection offers Maillol sculptures and drawings, along with works by Gauguin, Bonnard, Denis, Redon and Kandinsky, and Vierny’s own collection of modern primitive artists. Open daily except on Christmas and Jan 1. Closure for renovation.


 5 rue Froissart Paris 75003

Quirky, retro-style clothes for kids and infants by American-born, long-time Parisienne Elisabeth Relin. Great bold graphic tee shirts with motifs ranging from snapping crocodiles to electric guitars.
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