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Giant Fashion Flea Market: Violette Sauvage at Pavillon Baltard
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Giant Fashion Flea Market: Violette Sauvage at Pavillon Baltard

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Stores open on Sunday in Paris
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Stores open on Sunday in Paris

Sunday in Paris is often a sore spot for tourists and locals alike. Read our guide to locate the best boutiques and department stores open on Sundays.

The best beer shops in Paris
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The best beer shops in Paris

The best spots to shop for hops in the capital.

Top 10 hybrid shops in Paris
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Top 10 hybrid shops in Paris

Florist-cum-cafés, cafés twinned with boutiques, shops tucked in restaurants...

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Des gâteaux et du pain
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Des gâteaux et du pain

The long and imposing black shop front matches very well with the chic Haussmannian building. We are in the 15th arrondissement and yet, we could be at Place Vendôme in an established jewellers. On first impressions it's the same thrill of going to buy a gemstone, except that here the diamonds are edible and cost a fraction of the price.  

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Plume
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Plume

Called ‘Plume’ in reference to both the journalist turned pastry chef Cecile Coulier, as well as the light cakes that gently caress your palate. Like this tart (€5.50) which with its light yuzu cream and lemon mousse takes us straight into the clouds. On the way, one comes across a meteorite, a beautiful biscuit made with lupine flour. Jean-Michel Coulier, who works in the the shop, told us it was overdone. 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Le Petit Prince Store
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Le Petit Prince Store

She re-blossomed last spring, leaving boulevard Arago behind for rue Grégoire-de-Tours, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Although the store may not quite be the small prince’s rose, she’s close: the boutique store is entirely dedicated to this recognisable character from the children’s book. 

Stoney Clove Bakery
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Stoney Clove Bakery

A cookie factory? Yes, but not just any old cookies. Behind the blue pastel front window of this new American patisserie, you’ll find Philip Andelman, renowned for his aprons and good French accent. Although you may not recognise the name, but Philip Andelman has directed the music videos for Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’, Taylor Swift’s ‘Safe and Sound’ as well as as many others. 

Birchbox
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Birchbox

The online beauty giant opens its first offline store in Paris.

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The best Paris markets
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The best Paris markets

Browse for books, rummage for riches, bargain for bric-a-brac or be a flea market flâneur.

Lingerie and erotica
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Lingerie and erotica

Putting the ‘Ooh’ in to your ‘là là’.

Paris’s best cheese
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Paris’s best cheese

Discuss the finer points of pasteurisation over a platter of your favourites, or dine on dairy delights at dedicated cheese restaurants.

Menswear
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Menswear

Chic for gents at some of the coolest boutiques in town.

Great Paris concept stores

French Touche
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French Touche

Bags adorn the walls, trinkets sit atop small wooden shelves, and lamps are dotted around the room – French Touche is a shop where one could happily rummage for hours.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
SoWeAre
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SoWeAre

Paris has concept stores in spades. The city seems to specialise in boutiques that smell of scented candles, where you go to buy glitzy jewellery and sparkly scarves. SoWeAre is very much in this vein: this is where the young and trendy come to stock up on pretty scarves, kooky mugs.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Le Centre Commercial
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Le Centre Commercial

The idea of a commerical centre might not appeal to fans of concept boutiques, but don’t speak too soon – Centre Commerical in the Rue de Marseille (alongside APC, Maje and Claudie Pierlot) will thrill fans of quality fashion.

French Trotters
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French Trotters

The new French Trotters flagship store occupies no less that 200 chic square metres, just down from the road from the old boutique at 116 Rue Vieille du Temple. It brings together all facets of the store that was originally created in 2005 by Carole and Clarent Dehlouz.

Pop Market
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Pop Market

You might not know what you're looking for when you walk in to Pop Market, but you always walk out with armfuls of goodies. Small animal figurines for a nephew, some beautiful stationery for yourself, badges to pin on a jacket or a bright decoration for the living room.

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The best Paris department stores

Galeries Lafayette
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Galeries Lafayette

The store has been undergoing a massive renovation programme of late, with the opening of Espace Luxe on the first floor, featuring luxury prêt-à-porter and accessories and nine avant-garde designers. They also unveiled a vast new shoe department in the basement featuring some 150 brands. The men’s fashion space on the third floor, Lafayette Homme, has natty designer corners and a ‘Club’ area with internet access. On the first floor, Lafayette Gourmet has exotic foods galore, plus a vast wine cellar including its own Bordeauxthèque from 2010. Now that’s how to shop in style.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Le Bon Marché
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Le Bon Marché

The city's oldest department store, opened in 1848, is also its most swish and user-friendly, thanks to an extensive redesign by LVMH. Luxury boutiques, Dior and Chanel among them, take pride of place on the ground floor; escalators designed by Andrée Putman take you up to the fashion floor, which has an excellent selection of global designer labels, from Lanvin to Claudie Pierlot. Designer names also abound in Balthazar, the prestigious men's section.

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Printemps
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Printemps

In the magnificently appointed Printemps you'll find everything you didn't even know you wanted and English-speaking assistants to help you find it. But fashion is where it really excels; an entire floor is devoted to shoes, and the beauty department stocks more than 200 brands. In all, there are six floors of men's and women's fashion. In Printemps de la Mode, French designers sit alongside all the big international designers. The Fashion Loft offers a younger but equally stylish take on current trends. Along with furnishings, Printemps de la Maison stocks everything from tableware to design classics. For fast refuelling, Printemps has a tearoom, sushi bar and Café Be, an Alain Ducasse bakery. Or head up to Le Déli-cieux, on the ninth floor of Printemps Maison, for a drink on the terrace with wonderful views across Paris.

BHV MARAIS
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BHV MARAIS

Unless you’re after a space suit or a pair of parabolic skis, you’ll find pretty much everything worth looking for at BHV MARAIS: fashion, beds, sneakers, door knobs, pressure cookers, vintage dresses, Campbell’s soup, oil paint, suitcases, cushions, gluten-free waffles, earrings, toys, hats, laptops, foie gras. (Breathe.) Detergent, foreign novels, coffee, candy, washing machines, gourmet pâtisseries, postcards, craft beer, lipstick, designer chairs, wrist-watches, sake, perfume or the last issue of Monocle. (Aaand breathe again.) Since its major renovation in 2014, Paris’s six-storey department store has even made room for cooking classes provided by three-star chef Alain Ducasse’s staff and a Kure Bazaar « nail bar » in case madame suddenly endures an acute manicure attack.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars