Information about boutiques, shopping and fashion in Paris and the surrounding region.

Luxury Silversmith Maintains Tradition of French Savoir-Faire in the Northern Marais

The formerly workaday neighborhood of the northern Marais has been increasingly gentrified over the past 15 years, but something that hasn’t changed is the discreet presence of one of France’s few remaining creators of luxury silverware, tableware and decorative accessory: Lapparra.

Black Friday à la Française

At first I thought it was the ad campaign for a new American horror film opening in Paris. I then realized that the signs...

Departure of signs and numbers from the heart of Paris

My favorite little shop in Paris, one of the last living vestiges of the historical belly of Paris that was the Les Halles Quarter, closed at the end of July 2009. It had been a long time coming--rather, going. It isn’t easy making a living selling...


Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce, Beckett, Miller, drama, poetry. On her first visit to Paris, Scottish playwright Morna Young is looking for something as she wanders through the celebrated bookshop Shakespeare and Company but she doesn’t know what… until she finds it.

Plumbing in Paris: the Marble Bathtub of the Marquise de Païva

Nicolas Beboutoff's odd shop for old and antique porcelain and metal plumbing furnishings holds the supposed bathtub of the Marquise de Paiva.

Looking for Lorraine in Paris and Finding Alsace along the Way

Trains from Paris's East Station head into the Lorraine and Alsace regions of France, but products from those regions are found in and by the station.

At the Flea Market: Leyla’s Antique Textiles

An encounter with Leyha Ahi, seller of antique textiles in Marché Dauphine at the Saint Ouen Flea Markets on the edge of Paris, Porte de Clignancourt.

Fancy Tiles and the King’s Virginity

Olivier Mangnez’s showroom Villa Paris presents old-fashion, artisan-made tiles of terracotta, stone, and enamel, including collections of delft, azulejos, marble marquetry, mosaics and others, made à l’ancienne in the countries where the individual styles originated or where bygone traditions of production are maintained.

Tumbleweed: Playthings for the Whimsical Shopper

Meet Lynn Rovida, the joyful American owner of Tumbleweed, a playful Paris shop with a whimsical selection of handcrafted toys, finely cut puzzles, inlaid puzzle boxes and animated sculptures.

Private Paris & France Tours

Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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