Like most major cities Paris has its fair share of ubiquitous, international brands, but it also prides itself on its independent and unique boutiques. You're bound to stumble upon something interesting and wonderful when roaming around town but here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Maison Labiche, Paris

Maison Labiche

Get your (fashion) Marinière tops here and have them embroidered with bespoke wording.

105 rue Vieille-du-Temple
3rd Arrondissement

Métro: Saint-Sébastien Frossart (line 8)

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A l'Olivier, Olive Oil, Paris

A l'Olivier

A beautiful selection of oils and vinegars, as well as gorgeous hand creams and soap.

23 rue de Rivoli
4th Arrondissement

Métro: St Paul (line 1)

Le Bonne Marche department store, Paris

Le Bon Marché

Queen of department stores with a great food hall.

24 rue de Sèvres
7th Arrondissement

Métro: Sèvres Babylone (lines 10 & 12)

Merci department store, Paris


A philanthropic shade of chic; all profits go to charity. The clothes and homewares are beautifully curated and even if you don't want to buy anything, it is a pleasure to be there. It also has two good cafés and a canteen.

111 bd Beaumarchais
3rd Arrondissement

Métro: St Sébastian Froissart (line 8)

Diptyque candles, Paris


It's now sold everywhere but this is the original shop.

34 bd St-Germain
5th Arrondissement

Métro: Maubert-Mutualité (line 10)

Perfume Frederic Malle, Paris

Parfums Frederic Malle

There was a time when this was the only place you could get their wonderful and distinctive perfumes. It's now sold in most department stores but I still love the original shop.

37 rue de Grenelle
7th Arrondissement

Métro: rue du Bac (line 12)

Liwan luxury North African clothing interiors, Paris


An all-time favourite for beautiful, luxe North African clothes and homewares. It's so rare these days to find a one-off shop. Well, this is it.

8 rue St-Sulpice
6th Arrondissement

Métro: Odéon (lines 4 & 10)

Métro: Mabillon (line 10)

Métro: St-Sulpice (line 4)

Marche aux Puces St Ouen, flea market Paris

Marché aux puces
(St Ouen)

A vast fleamarket, so big that you won't get round it all in one day. It is comprised of several different markets offering a variety of specialities so check the website for details and addresses. Paul Bert has some great mid-century furniture and you can stop off for lunch at the Café Paul Bert. Open Sat, Sun & Mon.

93400 Saint Ouen

Métro: Porte de Clignancourt (line 4)

Métro: Garibaldi (line 13)

Marche aux Puces Vanves, flea market Paris

Marché aux puces

Open weekends from 7am till 2pm. Smaller than the St Ouen flea market, it has a bit of tat but some good stuff too.

avenue Marc Sangnier
14th Arrondissement

Métro: Porte de Vanves (line 13)

Papier Plus stationery, Paris

Papier Plus

Gorgeous, simple and chic stationery. You won't need anything but you will want it anyway.

9 rue du Pont Louis-Phillipe
4th Arrondissement

Métro: Pont Marie (line 7)

Art Depot vintage paraphernalia, Paris

Art Depot

A wondrous collection of propellers, aluminium model airplanes, vintage lighting and other "weird" stuff.

3 rue du Pont Louis-Phillipe/4 rue des Barres
4th Arrondissement

Métro: Pont Marie (line 7)

Hier pour Demain vintage furniture, Paris

Hier pour Demain

Great little vintage shop in the Marais selling furniture and homewares.

4 rue des Francs Bourgeois
3rd Arrondissement

Métro: Saint Paul (line 1)

Chambre Claire photographic bookshop, Paris

La Chambre Claire

One of the best specialist photographic bookshops in Paris.

14 rue St Sulpice
6th Arrondissement

Métro: Odéon (lines 4 & 10)

Bensimon, Paris shopping interiors


They sell clothes but it's the homewares and plimsolls that I love.

There are several around Paris, check the website for details.

Fouquet chocolate, Paris


One of the oldest confectioners in Paris, come here for artisan chocolates and sweets, as well as mustards and spices. Try their Salvatores: soft caramel inside a crunchy caramel shell. And if you like marron glacés, these are the best.

23 rue François 1er
8th Arrondissement

Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 & 9)

Lambert Lambert, Paris shopping interiors antiques

Lambert Lambert

Mid-century lamps, home accessories and curiosities. Open Thursday to Sunday from midday to 6.30pm.

8 rue des Barres
4th Arrondissement

Métro: Pont Marie (line 7)

Caravane, Paris shopping interiors


Quality furniture, soft-furnishings, lighting and homewares.

There are several around Paris, check the website for details.

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