A small boutique on rue Oberkampf that sells all sorts of gifts, jewelry and neat things.
There is a beautiful choice of inexpensive items. The staff is always friendly and whenever I need a present for someone this is where I come.
The packaging is beautiful too if you tell them that it is a gift, they take extra care.
The tailor shop next door (that you will see in the picture, does good work as well)
What to buy: Costume jewelery, silver jewelery, scarves, candles and lots and lots of pierced earrings.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy
If you are not aware, you will walk in front of this shop that you will not even notice. They sell umbrellas. Not the ordinary kind of umbrellas that are made nowhere and that you will buy in supermarkets (may be they will even give it to you for free as this is what it is worth). No, I mean umbrellas that will protect you in a hurricane, the kind of umbrella that our shepherd ancestors used when they kept their flocks of sheeps high in the mountain and that thunder was rumbling, skylights were flashing, wind was blowing hard and it was raining cats and dogs. For this kind of umbrella, their main purveyor is Laurillac. Another feature of this shop is that it is owned and run by a lady who must be well over 90 years old. She has always lived in umbrellas, knows everything about umbrellas and will certainly die under an umbrella.
According to the website, Cézanne, Gauguin, Soutine, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Bonnard, Picasso and Cocteau all shopped here.
It's a charming little place to pick up some art supplies or read the notice board for what's going on in the world of pastels.
3, QUAI VOLTAIRE - 75007 PARIS
Tel : (33) 01.42.60.72.15 - Fax : (33) 01.42.61.00.69
Metro : Palais Royal - Rue du Bac - Saint Germain
Bus : 24 - 27 - 39 - 48 - 68 - 95
Parking : Drugstore - Louvre Carrousel - Saint Germain des Près - Montalembert
Open : Every day (except Sunday and Monday morning)
from 10H00 to 12H45 and 14H00 to 18H30 - Monday: from 14H00 to 18H30
What to buy: Pastels
What to pay: Depends on what you buy
Paris is, and has been since a very long time, one of the world-capitals of fashion.
If you intend to create your own models, make a dress, a skirt or a jacket for yourself or a friend, to redecorate or just change your windows drapings using 'parisian' fabrics, the best solution is to roam around Place Saint-Pierre : Rue Charles Nodier, Rue d'Orsel, Rue de Steinkerque.
Here, in the neighborhood of Montmartre, beside the most famous one : the "Marché Saint-Pierre" is the largest concentration of fabric shops in Paris.
You will also be right down the hill from Sacre Coeur and may plan your day so that you can also see the church ( just make sure you close your bags as it is a touristic area and there might be pickpockets around).
What to buy: Each shop has a speciality ;
Marché Saint Pierre : 2 rue Charles Nodier
phone : 01 46 06 92 25
sells about everything a fanatic sewer may need
Moline-Tissus : 1 place St Pierre
phone .01 46 06 14 66
web : http://tissus-moline.com/
furnishing fabrics (i even use thick furnishing cottons for hiking and climbing pants)
Reine : 5 place St Pierre
phone : 01 46 06 02 31 :
fabrics for clothes, patterns
Beside those 3 biggies :
Tiv-Tov for remnants, fancy fabrics and cheapies
La Folie des coupons for haute-couture wool or silk remnants
La boite a couture for buttons, ribbons, strass
and more ...
What to pay: Depends on what you buy
If you have time enough : compare !
It is located in a shopping street, near the Champs Elysees. There are a lot of good restaurants nearby.
The store is easy to find.
Open from the morning to the evening, Monday to Saturday. With air conditionning.
What to buy: This chain store is focused on women clothes fashionnable at a reasonnable price.
The customers are rather youngs and the store is not specialized in large sized clothes.
The underwears are sold by an other store of the network which is close.
Ask for Floriane as a vendor, she speaks English very well and is able to advice you.
What to pay: Cheap.
For a real olfactory trip in a magic environment, go to the LES SALONS DU PALAIS ROYAL. There you will discover authentic and exclusive perfumes that you won't find elswhere. High concentration and good quality (natural ingredients).
What to buy: Perfumes
What to pay: Average price of any selective perfume.
I've always loved the flowers shops and never missed a chance to take a picture.
And if you are having a romantic trip to Paris with your girl, don't forget to buy her also a bouquet.
She will appreciate!
What to pay: An average price of EUR 5-.
Need an engraved invitation to invite a few friends for cocktails at your chateau? A Shakespeare is the place.
This is a stationery store that is as beautiful as the products it sells.
What to buy: High-end stationery.
In so many places in Paris you can find lovely and interesting markets. When I stayed in a hotel In the Bastille area, I visited the Marché d'Aligre not far from the place de la Bastille. It was a lovely market with a typical authentic atmosphere.
At the Place d'Aligne has a vegetable and fruit market, but also a fleamarket. I enjoyed to stroll around for some time at this place. Except the market there were also some lovely shops around, like the boulangerie/bakery at the picture.
Markets are at the core of a parisian lifes: this is where we shop (if we have the time and the means) where we interact and exchange the latest gossips. Markets are the articulation of a parisian's everyday social life.
There are no less than 77 food market in Paris, and a couple of flea markets too, but this tip is all about the food markets.
This english-languaged web site lists every parisian food market, its address, and its opening days!
What to buy: Food, food, food. Fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy products, fresh cheese, wonderfully roasted chicken, mountains of spices and candies, wines, yummy fresh fish caught during the day and brought directly from the coast, oysters... all your heart desires, and fresh!
The availability of the produce depends, of course, on the seasons, but even if you're not tempted by anything, it's wonderful just to have a walk around, and see parisians shopping!
What to pay: Depending on the market you are going to, you can expect to find very cheap prices, or on the contrary very expensive prices. It depends on the districs (or arrondissement), or if it's an "organic" market ( click here for a list of the organic market place)
Now that a lot of the large internet cafés have closed down, your best bet for getting internet access (if you don’t carry a WiFi device of your own) is to look for one of the many hole-in-the-wall phone shops that you will find all over Paris, particularly in the poorer neighborhoods.
The one in the first photo is a Lycamobile shop at 17, avenue Jean Jaurès in the 19th arrondissement. This particular shop has four computers with internet access, three phone booths and a soft drink machine. But they make their money primarily by selling mobile phones, accessories and services. They also sell SIM-cards, though they sometimes give the SIM-cards away to get people started using their phone connections.
I used the computers here several times while I was staying at the Hotel Abricotel, which is just around the corner. The cost for internet access at this shop was very reasonable, much less than you would have to pay at one of the few remaining large-scale internet cafés.
Second photo: Here is a PubliPhone shop on the same street, in fact on the same block just a few doors down. As you can see from the flags in the window, they mainly provide international telephone connections and mobile phones, but they also have a few computers for internet access.
Next review from July 2012: Jardin des Plantes
I first read of Amorino in a Rick Steves book touting it as an alternative to Berthillon on the Île St-Louis. Many people like the taste & texture of this better but then, of course, this is gelato as opposed to ice cream!
Yes, their gelato is wonderful. I love the way you get 2 flavors to the cone & they wrap one flavor around the other instead of piling 2 scoops on top of one another. I think I got a cherry-flavored gelato & a lemon/citron flavored one.
They have 6 locations in Paris:
82, rue Montorgueil 75002
47, rue St Louis en l'Ile 75004
16, rue de la Huchette 75005
22, rue Soufflot 75005
4, rue Vavin 75006
17, rue Daguerre 75014
Photo: February 2006
Under the arcade at Place des Vosge you will find a number of upscale art & home decor shops. I think these plates are actually Italian -- but they certainly show a European sensibility towards display and subject matter :))))
What to buy: You will find modern art galleries, expensive home decoration along with dusty shops that may have been there when Place des Vosges opened!
The bead district is located in the region of Les Halles, in the eastern side of the city, 3eme. It is about four blocks of streets situated within the garment district, so you will find bead stores both retail and wholesale sprinkled around clothing stores that have storefronts filled with maybe only one style of dress or jacket.
What to buy: These shops and warehouses will carry an assortment of glass and stone beads, pearls, findings, buttons and trimmings.
What to pay: Wholesale prices, expect 75% off the retail.
The Chineses, settled rue Montgallet, offer the best prices for computers.
A Parisian says "I go to the Chineses" and everybody understands he is not going to a restaurant.
The street is rather short and narrow but there are plenty of computer shops there with a lot of vendors in them (at least on Sunday).
You must know what you precisely need because the vendors are always in a hurry. They sell parts which are assembled in the adjacent workshop.
If you search a portable computer you will not find it there but just nearby at Surcouf, which is located in the Viaduc des Arts.
What to buy: The customers are on the sidewalk with a little sheet of paper on which they have written the parts they are looking for. They look at the little stationneries on the frontwindows to tsearch the best prices. They enter the shops to check and if the answer is negative, they go the next one.
What to pay: It is really the cheapest place in Paris to buy a computer
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