Five saucy shops
Founded in 2006, Passage du Désir is a veritable 'lovestore' – a place in which to free your kinky fantasies far from the cries of seedy sex shops. From willy shaped pasta to edible body paint, vibrators and an array of his and hers sex toys (including a dildo that plugs into your i-pod and vibrates to the rhythm of your music!), something here is bound to tickle your fancy.
Chachnil has a new approach to frou-frou underwear in the pin-up tradition. Her chic mixes - deep red silk bras with boudoir pink bows, and pale turquoise girdles with orange trim - will have ladies and their male admirers purring in delight. The transparent black babydoll negligées with an Empire-line bust are classic saucy retro.
With a selection of lingerie that could bring an entire rugby team to its knees and a name straight out of an erotic remake of a James Bond film, Agent Provocateur isn’t just about frilly knickers. Created in 1994 by Joseph Corré (Vivienne Westwood’s son) and Serena Rose, you’ll find a staggering array of luxurious, sexy underwear, from push-up bras and satin corsets to ‘waspies’. Agent Provocateur is still riding high on the wave of porno chic popularised by Vogue and others in the 1990s – but beware, to get your hands on the gossamer suspenders you’ll need a cool €180.
Perversion, debauchery and audacity are just some of the words suggested by the shelves at 'La Musardine', an erotic Paris bookshop that’s all about the daring and taboo. Forget Fifty Shades of Grey – 'La Musardine' has been popularizing erotica since 1996. The titles of the bestsellers alone are enough to put one in a naughty mood.