Category Archives: a good day to shop

Soldes

If you are in Paris during the month of July (or January), you might be lucky enough to stumble upon the soldes (sales). The French government sets the dates for these five-week sales each year and they typically fall in July and January. The summer soldes began on June 25 and will end on July 29.…
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Bensimon

Once the weather starts to warm up in Paris, you may notice more sandals, espadrilles and a fair share of the brightly colored Bensimon sneakers. In the 1980's Serge Bensimon opened his first boutique in the Marais selling clothing, accessories and la tennis Bensimon (tennis shoes). His colorful and functional line was inspired by his love of travel. Although…
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Galerie Salon

Galerie Salon, 4 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006 is a charming store in the 6th arrondissement filled with antiques, jewelry, candles and many ceramic pieces from the famed Astier de Villatte. I love the styling of the store where things are not perfectly arranged, but instead are perfectly unarranged. The only issue is that I can't seem to…
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Marché President Wilson

Have you been to a fresh food market in Paris? Which one do you like the best? I am fond of the organic offerings at the Raspil market (as well as the great people watching) and revel in the shear size of the Bastille market. But my personal favorite still remains the Marché President Wilson, Avenue Président Wilson, 75016…
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Tuileries Gardens Bookstore (La Librairie du Jardin des Tuileries)

If you like to garden, know someone who likes to garden, or in my case are just inspired by gardens, be sure to stop at the Tuileries Gardens Bookstore. Tucked away in the northwest corner of the Tuileries Garden near the gate for the Place de la Concorde is this quaint bookstore with a large collection…
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Bonton – Part II

Here's a few more photos from a trip to Bonton around New Year's Eve 2013. The store seemed to be staged in a sort of Where the Wild Things Are party theme. I loved how they even decorated the chandelier. For more details on Bonton check out my post here.
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Bonton – Part I

Bonton is a children's store in Paris. Actually, it is almost like a department store with everything from cribs to clothes to birthday party supplies. There is even a hair salon tucked away in the back of the store. As I mentioned here, the store was started by Irène Cohen and her husband Thomas (who is the…
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Swildens

When I received an email from Swildens about their new spring and summer collection, I immediately checked out their lookbook. Their clothing for woman and teenagers is feminine with a dash of rocker giving it a cool, boho vibe just like the founder, Juilette Swildens (check her out here). Not only does she personify the Swildens…
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La Chambre aux Confitures

Who can resist a shop that sells over 100 different jams? And if sweet preserves aren't your thing, you can also find chutneys as well as multiple savory spreads at La Chambre aux Confitures. There are two store locations with one in the 9th arrondissement at 9, rue des Martyrs, 75009 and the other in 3rd arrondissement at 60,…
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l’objet qui parle – part II

As promised, I am back today to share more photos of one of my favorite brocantes (vintage store) of home décor in Paris. Yesterday, I mentioned that l'objet qui parle, 86 rue des Martyrs, 75018 has a treasure trove of glass cloches. But there is so much more packed into this tiny space. The shelves are…
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