Art, hobbies & gadgets

From art supplies to vintage photos and a stamp collector's paradise, these are Paris's geek boutiques to get excited about



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Explore rare photography collections and a stamp collectors' market, or go crazy for Star Trek Monopoly and Frida Kahlo effigies. These are the best shops in Paris for gadgets, games, collectables and offbeat homeware.


Un livre - une image

This tiny photography boutique is open by appointment only, but don’t let that put you off. Owner Emmanuelle Fructus has one of France’s most exciting collections of rare photography books and

  1. 17 rue Alexandre Dumas, 11e
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If geeks had their own shop in paradise, it might look like Amusement, the Gaîté Lyrique’s ‘creative-shop’ (Paris’s avant-garde digital arts centre) selling everything from Star Trek

  1. 3 bis rue Papin, 3e
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Tienda Esquipulas

Effigies of Frida Kahlo, wrestling masks, floral printed fabrics, woolen ponchos, Jesus and Mary fridge magnets, lucky skeleton charms and hand-painted ceramics from San Caterina Palopo. No, you’re

  1. 20 rue Houdon, 18e
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BHV (Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville)

Homeware heaven: there's even a Bricolage Café with internet access. Upper floors have a good range of men's outdoor wear, upmarket bed linen, toys, books, household appliances - and a large space

  1. 52-64 rue de Rivoli, 4th
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Marché aux timbres

Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, free your inner geek at the Marché aux Timbres (stamp market) on the Champs Elysées (corner of avenues Gabriel and Marigny). Aside from millions of stamps from

  1. Rond-point des Champs-Elysées, 8e
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