Au Petit Bonheur La Chance
Village St Paul - 13, rue St Paul
75004, Paris (Metro St Paul)
TEL 0142743638 / CELL 0662617995
Open: Thursdays thru Mondays
11am till 1pm and then 2:30pm till 7pm
This is really the equivalent of Ali Baba's magical cave, as this tiny store has an amazing collection if discoveries from owner Maria-Pia Varnier's buying trips around France. Old cafe au lait bowls & kitchen wares, entire wharehouse stock of old stationery from the 1940s and posters; tea towels with hand sewn initials; odd indescribable treasures. Check it out and plan to spend some time there snooping!
30, rue Bourg-Tibourg
75004 (the Marais), Paris
On the web at: http://www.mariagefreres.com/
This tiny street has a few unusual stores on it, but most inviting is this tea store and salon which was founded in 1854. They sell something like 400 different kinds of teas and we can suggest a few for you to try (buy a 100 gram package of each): Marco Polo or Montagne d'Or (our favorite). The clerks and waiters wear grey linen suits and have lots of attitude. They have a few other stores in Paris, and an especially nice one is located in the 6th arrondissement on rue des Grands Augustins just north of rue St. André des Arts where rue des Grands Augustins meets rue Christine. This one has a very quiet and less busy tea room upstairs.
9, rue Elzevir
TEL 01 44 54 55 88
These letters actually stand for Companie du Senegal et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, started in 1995 by Valerie Schlumberger, with her aim: to distribute the production of West Africa craftspeople and to market African artists while establishing lasting and equitable links with each one of them. Visit the web site for a complete picture of this large, wonderful store, but know that you will have lots of browsing to do. They sell African folk art with a functional twist, fabric, household items, music, items for children, etc . . .
46, rue du Bac
tel: 01-42 22 30 07
This is one of my favorite stores in all of Paris. Trust me, just go. This taxidermist (you heard me) has been in operation for 100 years. It is where my father took me when I was eight to buy my first rock and mineral collection. We now collect butterflies and other creatures every time we visit.
18-29 rue Coquillere
On the web at: http://www.e-dehillerin.fr/
This is a chef's dream, one of the best cooking stores you will find in all of Paris. You can buy equipment for a restaurant or for the serious chef at home. The store is a little awkwardly located, but worth the search. It is between rue du Louvre and the church of St. Eustache (just north of the forum des Halles' northwest corner).
Debauve et Gallais
30, rue des St. Pères
(between rue de l'Université and Blvd. St. Germain)
On the web at: http://www.debauve-et-gallais.com
Oldest Chocolate store in all of Paris. Used to sell medicinal chocolates. Beautifully wrapped packages; not at all expensive. Great for gifts to bring home. Open Monday to Saturday 9AM – 7PM.
La Tuile à Loup
35 Rue Daubenton
On the web at: http://www.latuilealoup.com/
This fantastic store is tiny but filled with handmade crafts from all over France, with an emphasis on provençal pieces: pottery, baskets, textile, glassware. It's a great place to shop for truly authentic French crafts.