The French Home
11, place des Etats-Unis, in the 16th Arrondissement.
Offers the quintessential crystal for all of us princesses! And for an added treat—Philippe Starck designed their restaurant, dubbed the Cristal Room (01 40 22 11 10). Phone ahead, as this place is übertrendy.
55, rue de la Verrerie, in the 4th.
01 42 74 90 00.
BHV is a manageable French department store that is stocked with everything from home furnishings to art supplies to lingerie. It’s a great place to spend a rainy day and is conveniently located amid several tourist attractions, in case you need to break up the sites with the sales. There are several different departments located in different buildings in the area.
42, rue du Bac, in the 7th.
01 53 63 33 66.
The designer who created the minimalist/modern/exotic wood look. He designed the Montalembert Hotel in Paris and the Mercer Hotel in New York, as well as Le Sereno in St. Barth’s, just to name a few. Ship one of his perfect designs home.
2, rue Charles Nodier, in the 18th.
01 46 06 92 25.
Any fabric you dare to imagine is probably lining one of the racks at this spectacular warehouse. The surrounding area is full of fabric shops as well, but Marché St.-Pierre boasts six floors. Whatever you need fabric for—a simple tablecloth or curtains, or to redo your living-room sofa—Marché St.-Pierre likely has it. You can even find that special tissu for a custom-made dress. There’s a reason it has been around for more than 60 years.
111, blvd Beaumarchais, in the 3rd.
01 42 77 00 33.
A high-concept store keen on delighting shoppers’ senses. Each curious zone of this store draws your attention: the home-fragrance lab by Annick Goutal, exclusive and vintage fashion, inventive wall installations and children’s amusement, plus Merci’s own line of fine linens. Take advantage of the cozy café where you can replenish your energy after a day’s shopping.
27–30, rue St.-Sulpice, in the 6th.
01 46 34 01 10.
47, rue des Francs Bourgeois, in the 4th, in the Marais.
A great stop for basics from Japan, like T-shirts for men and women. There’s also well designed desk and office gear, plus minimalist home decor and accessories all offered for extremely affordable prices.
56, rue Tiquetonne, in the 2nd.
01 42 33 40 35.
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The “Pylones Universe” is an irresistible, zany world where inanimate objects like umbrellas take on a life of their own, with faces and bodies in fantastical French caricature. The animal kingdom also plays a part. The darling “Rolling Bird” salt and pepper holders on wheels are a favorite, as is the Eiffel Tower cheese grater. Perfect items to bring a dash of French humor to the home.
Savon de Marseille
16, rue Vignon, in the 9th.
01 42 68 01 60.
5, rue Bréa, in the 6th.
01 43 26 39 53.
The ideal French soap shop, offering delicious orange, lavender and rose scents (and more) from Marseille. They also sell candles and lotions. This is a perfect gift destination. You can also order on their website and ship straight to your home in the US or the UK or wherever your destination.
92, rue St.-Antoine, in the 4th.
01 42 72 76 66.
85, rue de Rennes, in the 6th.
01 42 22 61 49.
80, blvd Haussmann, in the 8th.
01 45 22 32 47.
79, rue St.-Lazare, in the 9th.
01 42 85 07 27.
For anyone who entertains, La Vaissellerie offers handy items like porte-couteaux, those knife rests that keep tables and tablecloths clean. It’s filled to the brim with classic dishware like restaurant-size plates for 2 euros. You’ll also find cute salt shakers, aprons and teapots sporting vintage French graphic designs—all can be expertly wrapped as perfect souvenir gifts. Also: coffee bowls in every color of the rainbow.