If you weave in and out of instrument-lugging musicians up the Rue de Rome and peer in through the workshop windows, you might spot a luthier as he carves a violin scroll or strings a bow. Dotted with music shops, this street branching north from the Gare St Lazare is the go-to destination for instrument lovers.
Le Canu & Millant is a shop and restoration workshop run by friendly string instrument connoisseurs Nicolas and Elisabeth (and their enormous cat, Helypse, who spends his days lounging around in the front window). They inherited the family business, which has been running in Caen since 1976 and in Paris since 1989. Brought up between carving tools and tuning pegs, Nicolas works the intricate craft of instrument restoration while Elisabeth deals with admin and sales.
You’ll want to linger among the glossy orange-red curves of the violins and cellos on display around the room and enjoy the soft lighting, floorboards underfoot, and black and white portraits of violinists hanging on the walls. When we visited, a man wandered in looking to buy a €45,000 violin, and before long was giving demonstrations on a Sgarabotto – just the sort of old school pleasure you'd expect from such a venue.
|Venue name:||Le Canu Millant|
Le Canu Millant
Rue de Rome
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 10am-6.30pm, Sat 10am-4pm|
|Transport:||Métro: Saint Lazare or Europe|