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.
Galerie d’Art St-Honoré
69 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré Paris 75008 Métro: MiromesnilPaintings from the 16th- to 18th-century Northern European School, mainly Flemish—including Brueghel, Cranach, and Jan Van Kessel.
18 rue Antoine Bourdelle Paris 15thIn the gardens and studios where Bourdelle (1861–1929) lived and worked, an exceptional collection of plaster casts, bronzes and marble sculptures—some of them monumental in size—created by the man who was an assistant to Rodin as well as a teacher of Giacometti and others. Closed Monday.
La Maison du Cerf Volant
7 rue de Prague Paris 75012Kites in every form and color, from butterflies and birds of paradise to octopi with long trailing tentacle tails.
Maison de la Prasline Mazet
37 rue des Archives Paris 75004 Métro: RambuteauIn 1903, a young confectioner named Léon Mazet bought the recipe for the French praline, a confection created in 1636 made with roasted almonds caramelized in sugar, and started up his own shop in Montargis—Maison de la Prasline Mazet. He later opened a shop in Paris that closed in 2010. Now Mazet is back with a charming new boutique, using the pink, gold and citron tins that date to the shop’s beginnings. Freshly-made pralines and chocolates, along with many other delicious sweets.
Musée des Arts décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli Paris 75001 Métro: Tuileries.A fashion and fabric museum that is part of the semi-private museum group Les Arts Décoratifs, installed in a wing of the Louvre.
224 rue de Rivoli Paris 75001The city’s oldest English-language bookstore, founded in 1802, offering books in French and English on a wide range of subjects, as well as a extensive selection of art books and magazines.
Au Nain Bleu
252 blvd Saint-Germain Paris 75007The city’s most famous toyshop, with a vast selection of playthings deluxe.
Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries Paris 75001 Métro: Concorde.The beautifully renovated museum in the Tuileries Gardens is famed for its spectacular series of Monet’s Water Lilies and the Walter-Guillaume collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century art, including works by Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse and Derain. Closed Tues.
RATP / Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens
Métro station Chatelet-Les-Halles (in the RER transfer hall, 1st)The boutique of the RATP, which runs the Paris Métro and bus lines, with moderately-priced, really fun gifts and souvenirs including tableware, toys, Métro-ticket bath towels and umbrellas printed with the Métro map.
Brame & Lorenceau
68 blvd Malesherbes Paris 75008 Métro: St-AugustinCreated 30 yeas ago by a merger of two galleries founded in 1864, now specializing in 19th- and 20th-century paintings, drawings and sculpture, as well as modern and contemporary art, offering works by such artists as Degas, Caillebotte, Blanche, Daumier, Carolus-Duran, Fantin-Latour, Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat, Sisley and Rodin.
Antoine & Lili
95 quai de Valmy; 87 rue de Seine; 17 rue du Jour Paris 75010; 75006; 75001One of the first fashion hot spots along the Canal Saint Martin: three adjacent stores with crayon-colored facades—hot pink for womenswear, canary yellow for kitsch home decor, lime green for kids’ clothes, toys and gifts. Now branched out into Saint Germain des Prés and the old Les Halles areas.