Paris is one of those places that can be described, seen, photographed, loved and lived in thousands of different ways. Its a city of tourists, immigrants, bobos, chavs, dogs in dior and homeless on the metro and it can be extremely polarizing, with lots to love and to hate. Here is my ever changing list of favorite parts and places in Paris. The spots I go back to and feel drawn to when wandering in the city. Please comment with more ideas, hope you find it useful!
A Boire [Best Bars in paris]
Best ambiance, with a trash meets princess decor, excellent cocktails and refreshing djs.
cheap beer and charcuterie in the heart of paris, just dont fall down the deadly stairs
78, Rue Quincampoix, Metro Rambuteau
80s fab with mirrors everywhere and miss kitten djing once or twice a month
49/51 rue de ponthieu, Métro Franklin Roosevelt
club in the south
34 rue du Départ, Metro Montparnasse Bienvenue
Manger [BEST BRASSARIES IN PARIS]
best brassarie for the starved, big terrasse, bigger desserts. my fav is the pave de salers and the salmon
7, Avenue Trône just next to metro Nation
Rice and Fish
great sushi bar in the center of paris with delicious food and a comfy laid back style
22 Rue Greneta
beautiful and delicious mexican resto next to rice and fish run by the same people
22 Rue Greneta
autor d’un verre
delicious menu, great selection of bio wine and a tres sympa couple who run the place
21 rue de trevise
great courtyard for brunch in this risky hotel
8, Rue de Navarin Metro Saint-Georges
Un Zebre a Montmarte
delicious typically French brasserie in pigalle
38, rue Lepic Metro Pigalle
[SHOPS IN PARIS]
ASTIER DE VILLATTE:
Magnificent little boutique known for their ceramics and great for inspiration (seriously – just look at the website!). The company regularly invites artists and designers to create special edition pieces.
173, Rue St Honoré 75001 and 63, Boulevard Masséna 75013
Charmingly curated collection of independent goods
1 rue Jacquemont 75017
From clothing to books, make-up, products and more, Always looking to push the next best thing. It’s so hip there’s even a water bar down stairs.
213, rue Saint Honoré 75001
ATELIER BEAU TRAVAIL:
Belleville studio/shop composed of 4 designers: Delphine Dunoyer (Aconit Napel), Céline Saby (Céline Saby), Else Puyo (Olivelse) and Séverine Balanqueux (Titlee). Every Saturday afternoon they open their doors to the public to showcase their creations.
67 rue de la Mare 75020
The boutique/showroom is open to the public to act as a laboratory of ideas to get reactions from the public (and open to artist who want to share their conceptions). Products from the likes of Tse-Tse and numerous other (and many young) designers.
2 bis, rue Fléchier 75009
Boutique with a beautiful selection of primarily French items – small series made by hand, accessories for the home, jewelry, paper goods – all perfectly presented.
77 rue de la verrerie, 75004 Paris
EKOBO HOME:4, rue Hérold 75001 Paris
Beautiful, sustainable, contemporary home deco products made from bamboo. Products are designed in France and hand-crafted in Vietnam, cutting out the middleman, and with attention to quality and detail.
Fantastic resource for modern home accessories from tableware to chairs or lighting.
26, boulevard Raspail 75007
HOME AUTOUR DU MONDE:
Boutique for the home with a great selection of young designers. This shop was the first to pick up Anne Hubert’s La Cerise sur Le Gateau line of products.
8 rue des francs bourgeois
les enfants [childrens shops]
. Colorful chinese fabrics are used to make kid wares, clothes, accessories, kites, etc. They also offer ateliers/workshops for fabric printing and kites.
39, Rue François Miron 75004 Paris
BONTON & BONTON BAZAR:
Of all the shops in Paris devoted to the universe of children, this is one of the best. Perfect if you’re looking to decorate a children’s room.
122 rue du Bac 75007 Paris
a porter [CLOTHES]
LE BOUCLARD: 15 rue charlot, 75003
This shop doesn’t have a window and is guarded by a big sharpei, so it is necessary to enter to discover a super selection of shoes and sportswear.
For the shoe addict.
4 rue Papillon
Great location for quality vintage clothes (prices are a bit high, but the clothes are in good condition). New fashions as well in stock.
64, rue Tiquetonne 75002
native american meets eastern european peasant style, perfect for a dress no one else will have multiple locations in the Marais and around town
ARTAZART: 83, Quai Valmy, 75010 Paris
This kind of bookstore where a designer can get lost for hours and spend an entire paycheck and still want to come back for more. The great variety of titles are in English and in French. There’s even a gallery in the front of the store that looks out to Canal St. Martin.
MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS With tons of titles, the shop feels more like a library for design rather than a bookstore. Primarily books, but also good for gift design too.
PALAIS DE TOKYO Books and magazines with a contemporary spin inside the museum.
LE MONTE-EN-L’AIR Bookstore with lots of GREAT illustrated books/editions (a favorite of Marieke)
I LOVE MY BLENDER: 36 rue du temple, 75003
How can you not love a shop with that name?
Shakespeare & Co.: 37 rue de la Bucherie 75005
English language bookstore not far from Notre Dame, covered floor to ceiling in used books. Look closely and you may see some hidden beds where the likes of Geoffrey Rush and other traveling students have slept (they also are the ones working the store).