149 rue de l’Université Paris 75007A wonderful chocolate shop filled with traditional filled chocolates and trompe l’oeil creations including chocolate gargoyles. Specialties are the dark pastilles filled with crunchy bits of cocoa bean and the melt-in-your-mouth pavés, little cubes of cocoa-dusted ganache.
158 blvd Haussmann Paris 75008 Métro: MiromesnilThe exquisitely decorated mansion of 19th-century magnate Edouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, whose private collection of mostly 18th-century furniture and art also includes Italian Renaissance masterworks by Mantegna and Botticelli. Open daily.
43 bd Haussmann 75009 ParisAn online Japanese boutique run by Carol and Xavier Negiar, who spent many years in Japan mastering the art of preparing green teas. The shop also stocks traditional bowls, cups and whisks, and offers Saturday tea ceremony classes.
1 rue de la Paix Paris 75002With a splendid Italian Renaissance fantasy decor, the only shop in town carrying the cult beauty products of the famed Florentine pharmacy Santa Maria Novella.
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Maison de la Truffe
19 Place de la Madeleine Paris 75008Has 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.
14 rue de la Corderie Paris 3rd Métro: TempleA fabulous concept boutique Paris’s Haut Marais where clothes are displayed on a curtained mini-stage, jewelry is in a stylized coffin and the mannequins seem ready to speak, as if right off a Jean Cocteau movie set. Some of the shop’s limited-edition pieces are closest in spirit to theatrical costumes, but there are plenty of outstanding everyday pieces, along with some fairly wacky headgear, handmade leather goods, a small vintage collection and a bookstore.
Huilerie Artisanale J. Leblanc
12 rue Jacob Paris 75006The 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.
Galerie du Passage
20-26 Galerie Vero-Dodat, Paris 75001 Métro: LouvreWell-known dealer Pierre Passebon opened his two-story gallery in the beautiful covered passage Véro-Dodat in 1991, specializing in late 19th-century, 20th-century and contemporary furnishings and objets d'art, and also contemporary photography.
27bis rue du Bac Paris 75007 Métro: Rue du BacHigh-end modern and contemporary furniture and household accessories by famous names past—includingLe Corbusier—and current designers such as Gaetao Pesce and Christian Ghion.
Senteurs de Fée
2 rue des Haudriettes Paris 75003A tiny olfactory haven filled with an aromatic range of room perfumes, scented candles, bath salts and body creams, all made with essential oils.
Le Thé des Ecrivains
16 rue des Minimes Paris 75003A tea emporium with beautifully packaged teas designed to be sipped while reading certain authors—Tea of the American Authors combines flavors of orange and bergamot with lime, Tea of the Chinese Philosophers is a blend of green and black teas spiked with poppy and lotus.