10% discount department stores
20 - 30% discounts
Brocantes France website
Shopping Children's clothes
Pharmacy - medication
Paris specialty markets
Paris food markets
Paris flea markets
Food and Wine
Chesse for your Paris aperitif
Gluten free products
Gluten free addresses in
Knitting, embroidery, mercerie
Fabric area and Buttons
Made in Paris Made in France
Christmas all year round
Open 24 hours or almost
Personal shopping guides
Paris books, maps, guides, etc.
Using credit cards
Late night shopping
and designer clothes
shops (dépôt-vente) are scattered around Paris. Other discount boutiques carry the
shoe and clothes fashions that were modeled on a runway and never worn
again. Some articles are prototypes.
If you have
ever had a problem finding the common shoe size 7 1/2 - 9, well you have
reached shoe size paradise. It is rare to find anything smaller or
larger. You must keep in mind that 90% of everything is one of a kind.
conversion chart for sizes; your Paris street book, the number 2
"Grand Plan de Paris" map (pick it up at the metro station); and lots of
time. Oh, euros or a credit card will be helpful.
for these boutiques, I strongly advise you to use a book with Paris
street maps. An example of an excellent on is located on my
guide book page "Paris pratique".
Vuitton -- almost all shops carry Chanel, but Vuitton? as the French
say, ce n'est pas évident! (It's not obvious!)
I have found
two shops that carry Vuitton regularly:
Reciproque (a virtual Ali Baba in
disguise) -- the website might not work! and Scarlett - Achat-Vente.
has seven shops clustered around each other on
rue de la Pompe; around the corner from the metro of the same name
along line 9 (Pont de Sèvres-Mairie de Montreuil) in the 16th
carries fashion clothing (couture/designers, trinkets and gifts, antique
and modern, men's and ladies' clothes).
addresses for Reciproque and what you will find:
No. 89 Gift
shop: curios and Jewels 01 47 27 93 52
No. 92 Men's
shop: garments, accessories and shoes
No. 93 Ladies'
shop: cocktail, evening and party dresses
No. 95 Ladies'
shop: day garments, furs and shoes
No. 97 Depot
shop: (to leave your things on consignment) by appointment: 01 47 04 82
Ladies' shop: hand bags, costume jewellery
Ladies' shop: coats, rain coats, scarves
Nicole Morel is open Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
rue Clément-Marot - 8th arrondissement
01 56 89 03 00
store, she specializes in Vuitton, Hermes and Chanel.) The French haute
couture between 1920 and 1999 is by appointment only. They buy and sell
accessories, handbags and clothing.
3 rue Chambiges - 8th arrondissement
01 47 29 56 19
or 01 56 89 03 00
This is the
vintage boutique where you will find Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga,
Chloe, Stella McCartney, etc. and collection pieces: accessories,
jewelry, hand bags, clothing.
If you are
going to La Vallée Village (outlet shopping mall) bring a copy of the
Where magazine for an additional 10% on two brands.
Vallée Village (outlet shopping mall)
RER A4 express
train (Val d'Europe/Serris-Montevrain station from Paris (35 minutes)
Open 7 days a
week, over 85 brands
Friday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday and bank holidays (until September 30 ): 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Closed on January 1 , May 1 and December 25
Guide dogs only.
Kiliwatch is a
the corner of Etienne Marcel and rue Tiquetonne
42 21 17 37
16 rue des
Walk along rue
de la Roquette
43 38 12 11
Come on Eileen
is three levels of clothes, shoes and accessories. Tons of stuff,
requires lots of time to look. They only carry higher end in this store;
Zara/H&M type clothes are sold at the Montreuil flea market. They carry
a small selection of children's clothes.
Smells a bit
musty in general.
81 rue Saint
40 28 48 44
Les 3 marchés de Catherine B
1 rue Guisarde
43 54 74 18 -
"In the heart
of Saint-Germain des Prés, meet us at “Les 3 marches de Catherine B”,
the only shop in Paris to offer so much items of the Vintage Chanel or
Hermès. (Their website has an English version)--Paris tourist office"
Quidam de Revel
24 et 26 de la
rue de Poitou 75003
"The address for vintage Parisian. They carry jewelry, clothes,
accessories, bags, conventional and unconventional products from the
1920s to the 1970s. (Their website has an English version)
they sell, rent, search and consult.
Clothing and accessory designers: Grès, Cardin, Courrèges, Paco Rabanne,
Roger Vivier, Capobianco, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Hermes, Emilio
Pucci, Christian Dior, Charles Jourdan, Lanvin, Biba, Ossie Clarck, Bill
Gibb, Gucci, Azzaro, Roberta di Caverino, etc.
Jewelry from Lalanne, Vautrin, Georg Jensen, Henry, Torun, etc.-- Paris
12 rue de la Grande Truanderie 75001
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Metro: République or Temple
is the idea of Philippe Nolde.
Born from a passion for an epoque and a taste for design, 50SOIXANTE70
tries to share this interest through a selection of furniture, lighting
and decorating accessories characteristic of a style of living.--Paris
104 rue du
Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008
Champs-Elysées or Clemenceau
Anna Lowe is
at the top of rue du Cirque which joins Fbg Saint-Honoré with avenue
Gabriel; or take avenue de Marigny and go to the left on Fbg.
42 66 11 32
Anna Lowe is
an outlet for
haute couture and ready-to-wear, including Chanel, Dior, Gucci,
Lacroix, Prada, Valentino and YSL. Prices 40-60% below retail. Inquire
about tax-free, plus discount.
clothes - all new.
more sizes in the back
19 rue Godot
de Mauroy 75009
Madeleine, Havre Caumartin, Auber, Saint-Lazare
rue Godot de
Mauroy is parallel to Vignon and rue de Caumartin - her website has a
42 65 46 40
store in two boutiques separated by a driveway.
insists on no perfume smells on clothes.
second-hand in the back and new products in the front. I couldn't tell
the difference between the two.
Edwige's haute couture labels include Chanel, Vuitton, Prada,
Dolce&Gabbana, Dior, Hermès,
Versace, Gucci, Prada, etc. with prices discounted up to 70%.
109 rue de
Walk up rue de
Courcelles and cross avenue de Wagram
a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays.
40 53 80 82
designer clothes for men and women (Chanel, Hermès, Prada), accessories
and objects for the home
14-16 rue de
la Tour 75016
45 20 95 21
located as close to the corner of boulevard de Courcelles as you can get
and boulevard Malesherbes
45 61 19 47
couture and designer clothing, shoes and accessories at discount prices,
with labels including Chanel, Hermès, Kenzo, YSL, Prada, Dior, Rykiel
19 rue de
42 65 10 00
a modes storefront on a quiet street, this is a two-level boutique that
is a treasure trove of haute couture, designer and end-of-season
clothing and leater goods for women from Armani, Lacroix, Prada, Ungaro,
Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Discounts sometimes go as high as 50%.
Google maps to locate stores
Mappy to locate stores
For those readers who have
Nespresso machines and are looking for a boutique to buy capsules
here are four addresses:
126, rue du Bac 75007
3, rue Scribe 75009
45, avenue Victor Hugo 75116
41, rue de Prony 75017
From the Paris Tourist Office:
New Nespresso shop on the Champs-Élysées
Nespresso, Nestlé’s coffee subsidiary, will shortly be opening a new
shop on the most beautiful avenue in the world, where visitors can
browse or buy coffee machines and taste several varieties of the brew.
This 1,500m2 space entirely devoted to coffee is the latest exercise in
a successful image-building campaign. The boutique has been designed as
an invitation to a unique and unexpected coffee experience – a new way
to awaken the senses.
Coffee lovers can bask in a welcoming setting where the keywords are
intimacy, comfort, refinement, desire, discovery and taste.
In the interval before the shop opens at the end of the year, take a
look at the huge canvas cover 20m-long and 5.50m-high masking the work
in progress. During the day, a giant zip made up of about a hundred
Volluto coffee capsules opens up against a deep black background. The
capsules and the Nespresso logo are illuminated at nightfall.
119 avenue des Champs-Élysées 75008
174 rue de Rivoli, Paris
Susan and Donna gave me this idea for
duty free shopping. For airline staff, take your ID badge to get 40% off
on their purses by Longchamp, Ferragamo and more upstairs.
Discounts of 20% are available on
make up -- check prices before you go. Benlux marks them up a bit, in order
to bring them down. They do have better prices than the French department
Your savings will depend on the
current exchange rate.
Best raisin bread
boulangerie-patisserie, has the best raisin bread I have found so far.
There was time when I thought Poulain (available in grocery stores) was
Ask to have it sliced (tranché) then it is great
for toast -- especially with foie gras!
My favorite is made by Paul at 91 rue Saint-Antoine in
the 4th arrondissement near Metro Saint Paul and costs 2,50 euros. Ask
them to slice the loaf (no extra charge) or if you want want just a half
loaf, ask for a demi.
If you are looking for the raisin pastry with the cream
filling, ask for an "escargot".
Croissants- taste testing
Buying a croissant is easy. Trying to find the perfect croissant is,
however, difficult and enjoying the perfect croissant requires
Did you ever imagine that a simple
pastry would involve such complications?
You may think that buying a
croissant at the bakery (boulangerie) is a simple matter of point
to it and pay. On the contrary, it should be an emotional experience.
If you like to search out
cookware and utensils, the area around Etienne Marcel is the place.
E. Dehillerin is the
closest one; practically next to Saint-Eustache and the Bourse.
They have a wide selection of Mauviel cookware.
Catalogs are available for downloading on their website
(brand names are not given).
It is the green building mixed in with the restaurants.
The other stores are located
on rue Montmartre, the back side of St. Eustache.
Many of these businesses and the gourmet and foie gras/paté businesses are
giving way to clothing stores.
(Experts in kitchen and pastry tools and cookware)
& 20 rue Coquillière 75001
Open Mondays 9 a.m. to 12.30 and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays to Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays
18 et 20, rue
Coquillière - 51, rue Jean- Jacques Rousseau - 75001
Phone: +33 1 42 36 53 13
Fax: +33 1 42 36 54 80
photo from the
45, Avenue Gén Leclerc
75014 Paris, France
Telephone 01 40 47 59 21
Open: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Métro: Mouton Duvemet
"Everything for the home and decorating..."
for Limoges souvenir of the Eiffel Tower (15 euros)
for Apilco porcelain
for the dark blue Limoges knick-knacks or demi-tasse services
candels by Philippe Deshoulieères (29 euros)
for hand-painted gold lines on plates (15 euros)
tea set (10 euros)
They sell seconds here as well, thus, the
lower prices. Limoges and products by Samie are
on three levels at this location. Many hand painted porcelains.
Ground floor: white porcelain; basement:
permanent or ordinary dishes (seconds or end of series selection); upper
level: more decorative pieces, not seconds.
in the Marais area (4th) offers a 10% discount
when you make a minimum 20 euros purchase and show them a copy of the
Saint-Antoine - 75004 Paris
01 42 72 76 66
La Vaissellerie has white
porcelains, decorated porcelains, English earthenware, cutlery,
glassware, kitchen utensils in wood and metal. If you are interested in
products made by Lauiole® from Aubrac (Aveyron), you can find it at la
Vaissellerie -- one example for a gift is wine opener - 5 euros!
Porcelain baby shoes at M.P. Samie
Miniature tea set
at M.P. Samie
Using credit cards
One of my readers ran into a problem with credit cards.
Here is the scoop:
At the the Place d'Italie location, the customer service
counter does not take CB (short for Carte Bleu). All of the other
counters take your Visa and Mastercard.
Refer to your credit card as "Carte Bleu" (a generic
term) not plastic.
France is “Carte Bleu” – the phrase is used generically for Visa and
MasterCard. AmEx and Diners are another issue and is different at each
The phrase to
find out if cards are accepted is: …peux regler avec carte…? Of course
there is a longer phrase, but say this abbreviated version and you are
understood. “Est-ce que je peux regler avec la Carte Bleu?”
shops now accept Carte Bleu. Otherwise, there is a sign posted that your
purchase must be over 15 Euros.
Au Ver à Soie -
buy their silk products at Ultramod, a mercerie shop
still in its old-fashioned setting (photos to come). They sell
traditional mercerie, ribbons, buttons, passementerie, decorations for
hats, "gros-grains" (ribbon with raised grain).
curious of you who want to know about "gros-grains" in history, the
New York Times from 1896 produced an article on the sale of black
silk and how ..."H. Stetson got three lots 19-inch gros-grain silk for
41 cents, a 'surprisingly lo price,' the auctioneer said...."
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3 and 4
rue de Choiseul 75002
Septembre (Opera neighborhood)
01 42 96
Fax: 01 42
60 45 57
Read about Ultramod, a little about its history and visit the
fascinating store with my photos.
I find silk thread for embroidery?
Delaigue (Des Fils et Une Aiguille) -- "Threads and a needle".
Open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1 rue Chabanais in the 2nd arrondissement
Telephone 01 49 26 09 34
Fax: 01 49 26 09 19
Mme. Delaigue speaks English and carries a wide assortment of embroidery
items, including several choices of silk. On display she has Soie de
Paris and Soie d'Algier (soie=silk).
She has access to soie chenille, soie metallique, soie 1003, soie
Gobelins, soie ovale and soie perlée.
She recommended as well the following shop:
Bonheur des Dames
One of their
store locations is in the Passage Verdeau as you will see from their
little help from my friends and have a list of knitting shopping hints
available on this website in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, French, Icelandic and
available on this website
in American English, British English, Italian, Spanish, German, and
following tips are come from Susy -- her favorites:
des Fournisseurs 8, rue des Francs Bourgeois (in
the courtyard), Paris 3e (Marais)
Mainly sells Rowan yarn and pattern books. Yarns are expensive, but high
quality. Rowan pattern books in English. They "display a complete range
of haberdashery items, including threads, diverse kinds of buttons (over
5 000 references), ribbons, soft furnishings, patterns, pearls,
embroidery works, and so on (see “Products” on the
The website is available in English.
great feedback on this shop.
Anny Blatt Laines Pelote Depositaire
- check out their website for locations in Paris and France.
La Droguerie 9 - 11 rue du jour - 75 001 Paris - Tel :
At this location, sells La Droguerie yarns by weight (50/100 grams) and
sells their own patterns (in French).
La Droguerie at Le Bon Marché - Paris
Corner Rayon Mercerie
Sells all different brands of yarn and pattern books. Phildar, Rowan,
Jaeger, Anny Blatt. Very helpful, knowledgeable staff.
French yarn company. Many locations in Paris. Check website for
addresses. Sells wool, cottons, blends, plus pattern books (in French).
Prices are reasonable. (Printemps has a selection of this brand on the
7th floor. -- ed)
French knitting website
page on their website contains names, addresses and phone numbers of
suppliers in the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th arrondissements.
and Susy supplied the name of Anny Blatt -- Thank you!!
guides come in the shape of a person or a book. Two individuals who
specialize in shopping offer both.
lived in Paris since 1991. During that time found out that shopping can
be really different from what you might be used to, so to help others
out she wrote a shopping guide.
addition she writes articles for another
"...Packed with insider information, Best
Buys and Bargains in Paris shows you where to buy the best
Paris Best Buy
Jeanne's help you will "discover neighborhoods and stores that Parisians
know about, but that are simply unheard of or are 'invisible' to the
Jeanne about her three-hour shopping tours in the Madeleine area, the
shopping tour and the fashion tour. You will receive an information
sheet containing shopping tips and size conversions.
author of Best Buys to French Chic: The Insider's Savvy Shopping
Guide to Paris, has designed a series of customized shopping tours
ranging from discount designer fashion shopping tours to high-end luxury
tours for the discerning customer. They published the 5th edition in
You can also
electronic version of the book.
Lillian has let me know of another location for smocking embroideries:
Le Carreau de Neuilly. It is a covered market with many stands, one-hour
free parking and open everyday except Sunday.
Le Carreau de Neuilly
108 avenue Charles de Gaulle in Neuilly
Telephone 06 77 22 18 30
A reader asked me where she could find dresses with
Bois de Rose design children's clothes (especially
girls' and dolls' dresses).
Their specialties are clothes for processions (e.g.,
weddings), dolls, smocks, night dresses, hand embroidery and
It is really a cute shop. The price for a dress for
example is 28 or 30 euros - prices vary.
Bois de Rose
30, rue Dauphine (6th arrondissement)
Tel: 01 40 46 04 24
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:30 to 19:00 (Sundays by
You can also find them on
Yahoo! shopping. They
provide photos, their inventory, prices, and descriptions to buy over
open until midnight
Need make up?
Clothes? CDs? A place to hang out window shopping? What to know the
history of the Champs Elysées?
Champs-Elysées website to locate stores. It makes it easier to decide
which metro stop you should use.
Here is a
sample list of stores; most are open seven days a week:
Monoprix - 9
a.m. to midnight (not open on Sunday)
Yves Rocher -
make up, body care, accessories until midnight
Paul - bread,
sandwiches, pastries, drinks, etc. until nine
FNAC - CDs,
DVDs, accessories until midnight
up until midnight
make up until midnight
Stores in the
arcades (Etam for example until nine; l'Occitane 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
however, is open only Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to midnight
Les Champs Elysées
is a fun and informative website with a map showing the location of
When you click
on "Useful information" and "telephone numbers" they provide a long list
of their suggestions (every Paris website will vary). But you may find
this helpful with emergencies, dialing in and out of France, credit
cards, help in English, SOS lawyer, etc.
1 meter = 3
feet, 10 meter = 33 feet. 2 meter = 7 feet, 11 meter = 36 feet. 3 meter
= 10 feet, 12 meter = 40 feet. 4 meter = 13 feet, 13 meter = 43 feet
(found at the
BreastTalk UK website ) Their cup sizing chart
shows same cups between AA and D.)
Help with tons and tonnes and square meters and square feet
found this all-inclusive private web address that includes everything you have
always wanted to know about
To find centimeters:
Multiply inches by 2.54.
To find inches: Divide
centimeters by 2.54
Kilometers to miles:
to miles: one kilometer is equivalent to 1,000 meters or 0.62 miles. Thus 20
kilometers is about 12.4 miles.
Square meters - square
To find square feet:
Multiply square meters by 10.76
To find square meters:
Multiply square feet by 0.0929
Tonnes to tons:
To find tonnes:
Multiply tons by 0.9072
To find tons: Multiply
tonnes by 1.1023
about 1/2 cup
1 litre (L)
4 1/3 cups
1 cuillerée à café
1 cuillerée à soupe
1 verre à vin = 150 ml = 15cl
1 grand verre = 250 ml = 25cl
1 verre ordinare ou à moutarde = 120 ml = 12 cl
Divide centimeters by 2.54 to find inches
inches by 2.54 to find centimeters.
degrees centigrade by 1.8 and add 32
from degrees Fahrenheit and divide by 1.8
by 2.2046 for pounds
Multiply pounds by
.45 to find kilograms
"Bloom where you're planted" (The Women of
the American Church in Paris) and Berlitz.
I found this cute reference chart on the Paris
website a long time ago:
A baguette of bread: 250 g = 8.825 oz
A half of beer: 25 cl = 0.52 US pt or 0.44 UK pt
Eiffel Tower: 324 m = 1063.04 ft
Champs-Elysées: 2 km = 1.24 mi
Dreyfus Marché St. Pierre maybe you know where it is or maybe
you are still trying to find it. This is an area of large and small
fabric stores. It is an area with answers to questions such as: “How do
you hang a tapestry?”
It is an area where you are free to wander in the seas of color and to
touch to your fingers’ content.
It is near Sacré-Coeur and your best metro stop is Anvers on line 2.
Cross the Boulevard de Rochechouart and head toward Sacré Coeur on rue
At the first intersection on the corner of Steinkerque and d’Orsel, you
might be interested in Au Bouton Saint-Pierre. Samples of their
drapery tie-backs, tassels and tapestries are displayed in their window
with the their prices. It is my favorite of its kind. The shop is
smaller now that it shares space with a souvenir shop. Two better
alternatives are Moline and Patricia &
Gisele sis Passementerie (keep reading).
Continue uphill and turn right on Place St. Pierre; walk past the Musée
d’art naïf Max Fourny.
You will see
straight ahead the 80-year old Dreyfus Marché St. Pierre. Turn
your visit into a sightseeing tour by using the elevator in the back of
the ground floor.
The operator has 25 years of experience of taking patrons to the 4th
floor, announcing every floor and its contents with a distinct melody.
When I interrupted to ask him a question, his eyes opened a little wider
as he sped through the rest of his routine in order to finish his
routine before responding. I think he liked the attention; he’s been
interviewed for television and radio in the past few years.
Reine, the other two large fabric stores, are across the street
and well worth a look as well. Moline has redone their interior to a
more upscale flavor. They have opened a new "avenue" instead of just
having a long corridor. Lots of luxurious fabrics for home interiors.
I had an inquiry about how to hang a tapestry flush with the wall,
without using a standard curtain rod and holder because it would stick
out too far from the wall.
At the shop “Au Bouton”, I found out that you can either (a) frame it or
(b) line it and make an extra “pocket as they say” at the top in order
to slide in a rod. Then you can suspend it with string or wire I suspose.
Another tapestry shopkeeper suggested using Velcro to attach it to the
Looking for pillows to stuff into the pillow tapestry? Univers Décor is
located on rue Seveste (feather and foam), one small block from “Au
Bouton”; Reine has pillows on the first floor (not the ground floor);
Dreyfus Marché St. Pierre’s pillows are on the 4th floor with linens.
Au Bouton was once the place to find trimmings and drape tassels
(passementerie). I highly recommend visiting Patricia & Gisele.
It is a narrow, deep shop with tassels of all sizes hanging from the
sides, on display and behind the cash register and mixed with a large
variety of ribbons and trimmings.
Gisele sis Passementerie
24 rue d'Orsel
(near the base of Montmartre in the fabric area) 75018
46 06 69 87
Open: Monday 2
p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dreyfus Marché St. Pierre: Household linens and baby items are on
the fourth floor. Some suggestions on the back table near the elevator
that you will see right now when stepping off the elevator are
French-made fabric calendars, souvenir, holiday, Toulouse-Lautrec and
conventional dishtowels/torchons (1,55 euros).
A good find is the footstool/ottomans finished or unfinished with short
wood legs at Bouchara, Dreyfus and Reine. Prices start at 25 euros -
double or triple that price in Chicago.
Reine: Monday 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to
6:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (look for the
fashionably-dressed miniature mannequins.
Dreyfus Marché St.
Pierre: Monday 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays. Closed February, August and September.
Moline: Monday to Saturday 9:45 to 6:45 p.m.
In this triangle, the commerce is almost strangled. The fabric, cosmetic
and small markets trip over one another for business. But you could say
“ça marche” – it works.
Most of the stores are open Tuesday through Sunday between 9 a.m. and
Just about every two shops in the triangle is a fabric store with
African style batik in vivid patterns and colors. But pay attention to
The fabrics from Holland are the best. The top of the line is Super Wax
from Holland (75€-80 euros for six yards or 5,5 meters). The second in
quality is True Wax -55 euros for six yards; Super Basin is 45 euros,
Java - 40€. The fabric origin changes with the Anglaise (English) at 30
euros; industrial batiks from Hong Kong and China – very cheap are at
the lower end. The fabrics are either tergal (French synthetic) or
(Click here to go to my
weights and measures conversion chart).
I have done a neighborhood
walk of Château Rouge if you are interested.
buttons whose got the buttons?
from Des Fils et une Aiguille suggests:
9-11 rue du
Halles (Sortie/Exit: Turbigo Rambuteau)
45 08 93 27
from 2 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
You will also
find la droguerie at Au Bon Marché department store -- great atmosphere
and popular place -- very busy!
du Patchwork (Inès)
9 rue du
Général Guilhem (angle rue Saint-Ambroise) 75011
Saint-Ambroise or Saint-Maur
43 38 54 86
Open: 10:30 to
Des Fils et
49 26 09 34
Fa 01 49 26 09
Open Monday to
Saturday fro 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3 rue de la Bûcherie
01 43 25 00 45 fax: 01 55 42 02 61
9 Rue du Général Guilhem - 75011
01 43 38 54 86
Métro : Saint Ambroise or Saint Maur
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
patchwork paris for maps and more information
and embroidery accessories
Des Fils et
une Aiguille (Marie Delaigue)
Open Monday to
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1 meter (m) = 1.1 yards
dress patterns: 115 centimeters (cm) = 45” and150 cm = 60”
Upholstery/decorating fabrics come in 280 cm widths.
plan d'acces - means map
Lainage – wool fabrics
Soieries – silks
Velours – velvet and courduroy
Ameublement – furniture (decorator fabrics for furniture, drapes,
Habillement – dress fabric
Voilages – lace
Blanc, linge de maison – towels, sheets, pillows, etc.
at the fabric
Société Wax Joli Afrique
30 rue Poulet 75018
01 42 58 98 96
Fabrics from Wax Joli
Mangers/Crèches/Stables for Christmas
Along the Quai de la Mégisserie along the
Seine’s right bank between the métro stops Pont Neuf and Châtelet and
the Marché aux Fleurs n the Île de la Cité are two areas to look for
manger scenes (stables) and other Christmas ornaments.
If you are a gardener, the Quai de la
Mégisserie area is especially nice to search for ornaments that might
also work well in your garden or flower pots.
(no. 4) and
Delbard (no. 11) are the two shops set up for
In the rear of Vilmorin are birds with
snow on their feathers for 3 euros (oiseau plumes neige) that you
can tie on to branches. Red and gold clip-on birds are 3,40 euros.
Every shelf on the center table has
baskets full of treasures.
They have two size table top Christmas
stables – 55 cm is 17 euros and 36 cm (just over a foot long) 14 euros.
The floor is covered in pine needles and the roof already has the moss
Their Christmas bird house on a stick
(complete with holly and bird) is 3 euros (Nichoire nature s/pic).
The squirrel nutcracker is 12 euros (8,90
at Galeries Lafayette).
has a lovely Christmas corner in the rear of the store.
Their stables are more advanced and take
on the appearance of a real stable interior with chimney and loft – 42
Marché aux Fleurs
Marché aux Fleurs on the Ile de la Cite is the last of its kind in
It is located in Place Louis-Lépine, a former Parisian chief magistrate.
market is open everyday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sundays, the flower market makes way for the bird market (Marché aux
little history about Lépine (1846 - 1933)
He started the river police, cycle police, provided these guardians of
the peace with white batons and whistles.
Lépine installed 500 emergency telephones along the public roads to
altert the fire department.
He reorganized traffic circulation and initiated one-way streets and
For those interested in criminology, Lépine was an intiator of
scientific police investigations begun in the 1880s by
information will be helpful if you want to play ping-pong at one of the
many scattered around Paris in the parks:
soccer ball (Foot Mousse) 3,95 large or 2,50 small
paddles and balls (Raquettes de tennis de table) - look in the
paddles/3 balls 9,20 euros
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
locations: Beaugrenelle, Chatillon, Daumesnil, Italie 2, Montparnasse,
Les Halles, Porte de St. Cloud, République, Rivoli (near Samaritaine)
paddles and balls
paddles/2 balls 17 euros
paddles/3 balls 8 euros
individual paddles 3 euros
balls in a package 1,50 euros
Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
locations: Aquaboulevard, 4/6 rue Louis Armand (15th); la Défense
Marathon, CC des 4 temps, rue des arcades (la Défense); la Madeleine, 23
blvd de la Madeleine (1st); Wagram, 26 av de Wagram 75008.
la Treille d'Or
21 rue de la Tombe-Issoire 75014
Closed Sunday and Monday morning
Open 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.
(closed for the summer holidays between
July 23 and August 26, 2005).
I can recommend this "cave" for those of
you looking for something different than what the chains and grocery
Nicolas Sirieix is the connoisseur
of this wine shop on rue de la Tombe-Issoire.
He speaks English and will gladly advise
you and answer your questions.
Turn left out of the hotel and it is less
than five minutes away. I can recommend an organic wine: Clos du
Tue-Bœuf, la Caillère 2002, Cheverny. It tastes like raspberries one day
and chocolate the next.
Don't be shy! You will be glad you paid a
visit to Nicolas.
Address: 52 rue de l'Arbre sec 75001 Paris
visit this webpage for all their contact information
participated in the Grand 7 wine tasting (no longer one of the
alternatives) with other Anglos in the loft
of Olivier Magny one evening....
sells wine and accessories from his 17th century cellar..
Britt Karlsson does wine tasting in Paris, has a free
monthly newsletter that contains information on her favorite wines, wine
shops, links to lots of sites, word lists, etc.
The newsletter is available in Swedish and English;
websites available in Swedish, English and French.
tours in English
BKWine is putting a big
effort this year into developing their English language wine
tours. Their Swedish and French tours are already a large success.
Musée du Vin in Paris offers tastings, classes, a museum,
wine products and accessories
Department store hours and directions on
department stores being closed May 1 (Labor Day) but open during the
other holidays of May.
Closed as of June 15, 2005.
Now the real story is probably that LVMH is going to turn
it into a commercial center according to the news media. More
information as it becomes available....
and Saturday 9:35 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday 9:35 to 10 p.m. Fashion show
every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
and Saturday 9:35 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Click on
"English version" for site in English.
Le Bon Marché:
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9:30
to 8 p.m.
La Grand Épicerie:
le Bon Marché's gourmet food market: Monday to Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Site available in English.
14, rue du Temple (4th arr.)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30
a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.
to 7:30 p.m. -- Well known for their hardware department and café in the
Receiving a 10% discount card at three of Paris’ grands
magasins is easy. This discount is immediate and different from the
value added tax refund. Only two limitations are attached: 1) the date
on the card and 2) the point rouge.
The cards for
valid for one year (January to December).
Le Bon Marché
do not offer the discount.
Take your original passport or a photocopy of you
passport to the customer service desks. At Galeries Lafayette with your
passport or copy, you will receive a card for the days you are in town
and shopping; with an airline ID, the card will be valid for three
However, if you find a “Where” magazine at your hotel or
a Paris map with your hotel stationery advertising Galeries Lafayette or
Printemps, a one-year card is sometimes included.
The discount card is valid at any non “point rouge”
counter, i.e. a majority of the departments. If you see this red point
displayed on a white sign, a red price tag, or a price tag with a red
point, you cannot use the card.
Customer service desks
Galeries Lafayette fashion show is held every Friday all year long
at 3:00 p.m. all year long.
The show, lasts about 30 minutes :
- is free of charge
- is held in the Salon Opéra on the 7th floor of the main building
(40,boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris)
- beverage and snacks might be offered
- reservations are required (limited space available). Booking
date should be within one month from the day of your visit
-online reservation are limited to 4 places
- if you
call while in Paris, the telephone number is: 01 45 96 69 70 or 01 42 82
Printemps fashion show is held every Tuesday
at 10 a.m. on the 7th floor of Printemps de la Mode (free of charge)
Reservations not necessary for individual customers
For group reservations, contact Printemps
Terraces and tea rooms
has now opened its roof terrace (7th floor). They have a portable kiosk
for coffee and drinks.
Printemps has a Flo brasserie on their 9th
floor. Fabulous panoramic view.
Marché during the January sales marks down their products by 30%
after the sales are on for two weeks. Look for very chic products at Bon
the Hôtel de Ville
terrace with Opera Garnier in background
terrace with Sacre-Coeur in the background
From the Paris
Tourist office information on:
Several of the
big stores have late night openings; so you can moonlight shop for
fashion goods, beauty products, interior decor etc.!
the BHV stays open until 9 p.m. (Wednesday and Friday for the BHV
Homme (mens store).
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann and Bon Marché Rive Gauche, stay open until
9 p.m.; the Printemps Haussmann, stays open until 10 p.m..
One can buy
books and CDs at Virgin Megastore, on the Champs-Élysées, every day
until 12 midnight.
neighboring stores also stay open late for night revelers.
The stores in
the Carrousel du Louvre are open daily except on Tuesday, until 9 p.m.:
with fashion, culture nature…
The same goes
for Bercy Village. Located in the renovated former 19th-century wine
stores, these charming stores stay open until 9pm, and restaurants until
the Monoprix stores are usually open until 10 p.m, and several
(Champs-Élysées, Bastille…) even close at midnight. Finally, all
neighborhoods in the city have one or several grocers that stay open
very late… All part of
the charm of Parisian nights!"
BHV (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville)
14 rue du Temple, 75004
01 42 74 90 00
Wednesday until 21h (Wednesday and Friday for BHV homme)
LE BON MARCHÉ RIVE GAUCHE
24 rue de Sèvres 75007
01 44 39 80 00
Thursday until 9 p.m.
VIRGIN MEGASTORE CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES
52-60 avenue des Champs-Élysées 75008
01 49 53 50 00
Daily until midnight
40 boulevard Haussmann 75009
0)1 42 82 34 56
Thursday until 9 p.m.
64 boulevard Haussmann 75009
0)1 42 82 57 87
Thursday until 10 p.m.
CARROUSEL DU LOUVRE
99 rue de Rivoli 75001
Cour Saint-Émilion 75012
Élysées 52 avenue des Champs-Élysées 75008
Bastille 62 rue de la Roquette 75011
Monday to Saturday, until midnight
One of the
stores from the "old" days when I first moved to Paris still exists I
was happy to find out recently.
Part of our
1930s decoration style required magazines from that period. I had found
examples in the United States and Sweden, but a magazine related to the
Colonial exhibit of 1931 (l'Exposition Coloniale de 1931)
would be just right.
Archives de la Presse I found a June 1931 copy of
l'Illustration magazine. Since the magazine inventory changes
constantly, you have to keep coming back if you are looking for a
special issue, whether fashion, news, household, ladies, men's,
children, sports, art, transportation, cooking, catalogs, etc.
They are in
boxes and they are stacked. The more delicate and aged magazines are
protected by a plastic cover.
vary. But if you do not have time to "chiner" at the flea market,
the archives in the 3rd arrondissement, not far from Hôtel de Ville is
worthy of a visit for the antique magazine aficionado.
One of their
handouts is for a website that deals in antique press called
Les Archives de la Presse (Their website is available in English
51 rue des
01 42 72 63 93
: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday : 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (according to their website)
p.m. to 7 p.m. (according to their handout)