one thing for sure: bring your credit cards. all of them. or make sure you filled your piggy bank well enough before you go to paris. we were lucky to come while there’s summer sale (YAY) so i could enjoy all the good shops and beautiful products.
if you’re keen on shopping the big designers – go ahead – you’ll find them around champs élysée or gallery lafayette. yawn.. mostly they let you wait in long lines before they let you in (picture below shows the abercrombie shop and LV) and that is nothing i will ever support.
so my tip if you want to check out little indie designers and accessories you’d better visit marais. can’t say that often enough. marais rocks! there i’ve found the cutest things like little vases, lovely necklaces, some things for our home and some great 100% linen tops which i LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
* a necklace (no-name shop in the middle of marais) *glass vase “potion magique” and grey bamboo spoons from bensimon * little neon bowl vases from les emporte pièces * olive oil from a l’olivier * a luxurious long and wide dark grey silk shawl from american vintage
the 100% linen tops come from majestic filatures and are insanely soft and comfortable. i bought two tank tops – one is plain white, the other has binding made of liberty of london fabric; a pink shirt (also with liberty binding) and a light-blue-violetish cardigan. all those items were made in heaven and are very special!
a little top with bottoms on the back and another linen top with neon pink zipper on the back from a little boutique names i HEART noa on 45, rue de turenne, 75003 paris (also in marais)
marais is so fabulous that i went there on 4 of 5 days of our stay and i always discovered more fantastic little shops. it’s really lovely there.
a cafe that turned out to sell its decoration was les emporte pièces at 17 rue du pont louis philippe, 75004 paris. it was the first place i found in marais – at that time i didn’t know i was in the greatest hood of paris. the young woman who served me delicious tea and cookies and let me charge my phone created the most special place. the interior was styled with such care and a good eye, the tables were old and the chairs were all different… it was just lovely and the cafe had good karma. i sat there for quite some time and wrote into my journal and made some pictures. loved it!
in general i had the impression in paris you can buy things that you don’t see in frankfurt. i felt like i lived in the most unattractive place when it comes to shopping. really. the boutiques in paris are really special and filled with so many great items. and even the pastry shops made an effort to make everything look lovely and magnificent. i don’t see that so often…
and a big shout out goes to the food packaging i’ve found in ordinary grocery shops. unbelievably good and well done! beverages with very nice labels, quinoa salad in weck jars and coke light in gaultier aluminum bottles. WHY on earth doesn’t every food company invest some money in good packaging design?! the french know how to handle this obviously (i don’t even like kéfir and bought it anyway!!)
paris didn’t turn me into a total shopping victim but what i’ve bought is very dear to me since i can’t get anything of it here and so my goodies will always remind me of our trip. i’m more into quality than quantity after all.
i hope i could inspire you a bit for your next vacation in paris.