If asked to think about the word association of “shops and Paris,” you will most likely picture the luxury of the numerous shops in the Champs-Elysées first, or else the city’s department stores like the Galeries Lafayette or the Printemps Haussmann. But there is a lot more shops that only exist in Paris, and which are all very original – some places where you will find what you want no matter what you are looking for.
This article will therefore introduce you to 10 stores you can only find in the City of Light, which you surely need to visit while you are there.
1) Les Parisettes, to come back home with a souvenir of the capital
40, Rue Gramme, 75015 Paris
You’re visiting Paris for the holidays and don’t know what to bring back as a souvenir, for yourself or the people who stayed at home? Come running to the Les Parisettes shop, where you will find everything that you need!
Located in the 15th arrondissement in Paris, this is not the place to purchase the ever-so-classic Eiffel Tower keychain that is sold everywhere else. On the contrary, you will get a wide choice between dozens of all sorts of products (jewels, clothes, games, decoration and even kitchen accessories) – all of these gathered in a shop where our capital takes pride of place – something made to please yourself or others in an original manner!
We like: original souvenirs of Paris.
Timetable: open from 2pm to 6pm on Mondays and from 10pm to 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday, closed on Sundays.
How to get there: metro line 8 Commerce.
2) Fleux’, for interior decoration
39 + 52, Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris
You just moved in? You’re tired of how your house is decorated, so you want to make some changes there? Or maybe you are looking for a gift for a housewarming party? No matter what you need, you will surely find something at the interior design shop Fleux’.
From simple articles of furniture to every sort of accessory, Fleux’, whose name merges the French words “superflu” and “luxe” (i.e. “superfluous” and “luxury”), offers a large choice of original products to decorate your house however you want to. This is something very different from the other design department stores!
We like: having a large choice of original products – which are not the same as what we can find elsewhere.
Timetable: open from 11am to 8pm from Monday to Friday, from 10:30am to 8pm on Saturdays, from 1pm to 8pm on Sundays.
How to get there: metro line 1 Hôtel de Ville or line 11 Rambuteau – bus line 74, 75, 76, 69, 67, 81, 29, 96.
3) L’Eau et les rêves, for bookworms
Quai de l’Oise, 75019 Paris
You can easily find bookshops everywhere, but have you ever tried to go to a bard/bookshop? That’s the concept of L’Eau et les rêves, a bookshop inside a barge, where you will be able to set your imagination free thanks to the stories of many authors gathered there. In this naval bookshop you will find a large choice of different books for everyone, young and old, most of them on the theme of travel and the sea.
Some events and other exhibitions are also organised there, still on the theme of water and the ocean.
We like: how original such a bookshop on the river is.
Timetable: open from 1pm to 7pm from Wednesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
How to get there: metro line 7 Crimée.
Website (in French)
4) All Access, for music fans
3, Rue Brochant, 75017 Paris
If you are a music fan, you need to go to the All Access store if you live in Paris or if you are visiting our capital city. Vinyls, CDs, but also concert posters, books and pictures, this shop offers a broad choice of music-related products that you cannot find anywhere else, no matter your preferred genre.
Because indeed, all styles are represented in this store, where you will even be able to listen to the tracks you want to buy inside the owner’s studio before making your final choice.
We like: the owner, who is nice and knows a lot about music, and who will be able to help you in your search.
Timetable: open from 12pm to 7:90pm from Tuesday to Saturday with opening nights on Thursdays until 9pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays.
How to get there: metro line 13 Brochant.
Website (in French)
5) Pulp’s, a paradise for geek people
6, Rue Dante, 75005 Paris
Specialising mostly in selling the very trendy Funko Pop’s figurines, you will most likely find the one you dream of in this shop, representing your favourite movie or TV show hero. Indeed, Pulp’s, a shop that you can only find in Paris, gathers the biggest Funko Pop’s collection in France. And that is not all: there is also a lot of other figurines for sale there, as well as a wide choice of artbooks and sketchbooks.
This is why Pulp’s can be considered as a dream place for anyone who is passionate about the imaginary culture.
We like: having a large choice of figurines, with some that are hard to find elsewhere.
Timetable: open from 10:30am to 7:30pm from Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays.
How to get there: metro line 10 Cluny-La Sorbonne.
Website (in French)
6) GoldyMama, for vintage clothes
99, Rue Orfila, 75020 Paris
Tired of the same old department stores? Why not try and find what you need in a vintage shop? Very trendy, those kind of shops offer a choice of clothes that come from another time, and which were already very famous back in the day.
More and more vintage shops are opening across the world – and in Paris, GoldyMama is one of them. Already very popular on the Internet thanks to its website, GoldyMama offers a large choice of different pieces of clothing, with a quality you will not find anywhere else.
So come and take a trip to the past while visiting this shop!
We like: a large selection of vintage clothes.
Timetable: open from 11am to 7:30pm from Tuesday to Friday, closed on Sundays and Mondays.
How to get there: metro line 3bis Pelleport.
7) Käramell, for the foodies
15, Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris
Tired of eating basic treats, and you want to try new things? Come to the Käramell shop, where you will be able to taste sweets coming straight from Sweden!
Enjoy original treats, including the Scandinavian specialty of the salty liquorice, and go back home with a bag full of sweets that will make you feel like you are travelling without having to leave Paris.
We like: typical treats coming from Scandinavian countries.
Timetable: open from 11am to 8pm from Tuesday to Saturday and from 10:30am to 7pm on Sundays, closed on Mondays.
How to get there: metro line 12 Notre-Dame-de-Lorette or line 2 ou 12 Pigalle.
Website (in French)
8) The Thanks jewellery
42, Rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris
Looking for original jewels? You need to go to the Thanks jewellery, which you can only find in Paris. It offers pieces made by thirty different jewel designers – so in this shop you won’t find the ubiquitous jewels that you can find everywhere else.
The shop’s specialty? Jewels depicting animals made in origami – from cats to swans to even elephants – all created by the owner of the shop himself.
You can also find some slightly more classic jewels, as well as other products like lapel pins, or even watches and sunglasses.
We like: quality products for every budget.
Timetable: open from 11am to 8pm from Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays.
How to get there: metro line 2 Anvers or line 2 or 12 Pigalle.
9) The Green Factory, for the nature lovers
17, Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
You like plants, but you don’t have the time to take care of them, or you simply don’t have green fingers? Don’t you worry any longer, The Green Factory is here for you!
Indeed, it’s simply impossible to let your plants die here, for everything that is sold in this shop doesn’t require any maintenance, or at least only from time to time. You will thus be able to have some greenery at home without wondering about how to take care of your plants.
No matter what you are looking for, you will most likely find something you like at The Green Factory shop. Indeed, you can find plants of all sizes and prices in this shop and, even better, every arrangement is unique and handmade.
We like: passionate sellers that give useful tips.
Timetable: open from 11:30am to 7:30pm from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:30am to 6pm on Sundays, and closed on Mondays.
How to get there: metro line 5 Jacques Bonsergent or line 3, 5, 8, 9 or 11 République or line 4, 5 or 7 Gare de l’Est.
Website (in French)
10) Les Cousins d’Alice
36, Rue Daguerre, 75014 Paris
The front window of this little shop will probably remind you of the adventures of Alice in Wonderland and, once you enter this toy store, you will be immediately brought back to when you were young.
From original toys to some more classic ones, including a large collection of children’s books, there is something for everyone and every age at the Les Cousins d’Alice shop. A staff full of nice people will greet you as you come in – they will be there to assist you if you need any help.
This place is a “must-go” if you need a birth(day) gift!
Also, sometimes you will be able to attend some autograph sessions from authors when their books are released in the shop.
We like: a welcoming staff in a shop that is a bit of a trip down memory lane to our childhood.
Timetable: open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7:30pm and from 11am to 1pm on Sundays.
How to get there: metro line 4 Mouton-Duvernet or line 6 Denfert Rochereau.
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