Unusual and Under the Radar: Paris Shopping for the Discerning

Unusual and Under the Radar: Paris Shopping for the Discerning
Did you know that the post-Christmas sales in Paris have an actual start and end date? In 2023, the winter sale season started at 8 a.m. on January 11 and runs until February 7. Mandated by law and taking place twice a year, les soldes are an extravaganza of deals and bargains. However, if you’re sated from the holiday season and would rather skip the flurry of soldes, these rather obscure Paris shops and emporia will appeal to your esoteric side. Paris is so much more than that cashmere sweater. Browse in any one of these cleverly curated shops and treat yourself to different experience. Deyrolle Part of France’s cultural heritage, Deyrolle is a cabinet of curiosities, almost 200 years old, where the inquisitive can buy a stuffed peacock for €3,000, or a butterfly preserved under glass for €70. Found under Deyrolle’s high ceilings is a menagerie of zoological specimens of every sort, for sale and for loan: lions, leopards, monkeys, and birds. Also for sale are fossils, minerals, and meteorites, plus books, educational games, botanical and zoological charts. Depending on your taste, Deyrolle is either awesome or unsettling, but the curious continue to be intrigued by the shop. 46 rue du Bac, 7th More butterflies and beetles can be purchased at Nature et Passion, a tiny 20th arrondissement shop for in-person shopping only. 2 rue Dupont de l’Eure, 20th

Lead photo credit : "Two-color afternoon." at the Serge Lutens boutique in front of the Palais-Royal gardens. Photo: soomness/ Flickr

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A freelance writer and amateur historian, Hazel knew she wanted to focus on the lives of French artists and femme fatales after an epiphany at the Musée d'Orsay. A life-long learner, she is a recent graduate of Art History from the University of Toronto. Now she is searching for a real-life art history mystery to solve.