Blue Book


My 'little blue book'

After years of snooping around Paris & Avignon, these are some of my favorite shopping spots. From chocolate to books, from tea to textiles, take a spin through some of Paris' coolest shopping and nibbling...
Make notes as to your interest - we will detour to catch these spots along the way.


Addicted to Macaroons? Laudree has most probably the best in Paris.

21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Alchemist Gustave Sennelier created an artist's supply shop on the left bank of the Seine in 1887 that has withstood the test of time. Across from the Louvre and steps from L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the shop's facade remains the same as it opened in the nineteenth century.

3 Quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris
E. Dehillerin

For all the foodies, this is a magical spot filled with every imaginable tool of the trade. Everyone knows the reputation of French cuisine—It is here that journey usually begins.

18 et 20 Rue Coquillière 75001 Paris
Vox Populi Compagnie

Vox Populi translates to ‘voice of the people.’ —To enter Pascale Palun’s vision— is to meet a cast of characters relishing the display of historic patina. A lost lover, a proud matriarch, a forlorn bachelor positioned in tableaux made from faded material and found history— An exquisite delight.

35 Bis Rue Bonneterie, 8400 Avignon

In February of 2008, Deyrolle went up in flames. Yet, after an outpouring of aid and support from artist and Parisians with memories of childhood visits, all was restored and we now can go on safari on the Rue du Bac. If any person— is not a fan of trophy hunting or exploitation of animals, it is me, yet this wonder is a must experience.

46 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
Cire Trudon 1643

While it is now easy to find stateside, It is always fun to visit this shop where the full range of color and aroma can be enjoyed in the atmosphere of the left bank.

78 Rue de Seine 75006 Paris
La Soufflerie

Valentina and Sébastien Nobile's spectacular glassware and idiosyncratic design sensibilities are a must not miss

7 Rue de l’Odéon 75006 Paris
Du Pain et des Idées.

With French pastries renowned the world over, the question I know everyone is asking is…who does the best in Paris?

34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris

No better place to people watch with scrumptous ice cream, than on the Isle St Louis behind the ever changing silhouette of the Notre Dame restoration.

31 Rue Saint Louis en l'ile 75004 Paris

Founded by the man who supplied King Louis XV with pastries. Since 1730, sugar, butter, flour and eggs have never looked or tasted better.

51 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris
La Mère de Famille

One of the best chocolate shops in Paris— What makes it so great? Opened in 1761, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you visit their oldest shop— which captures the magical ambiance of yesteryear.

35, Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris
Nicole Barthélémy

If there is only one simple pleasure associated with the French— it is cheese. Like fine wine, the flavour, bredth and sophistication of French fromage is legendary.

51 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Officine Universelle Buly 1803

If time travel mixed with exquisite aroma is your jam, step in to a forgotten French apothecary—filled with exotic aromas and silky emoliants— the worst ailment will be soothed.

6 Rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris
Astier De Villatte

An artisanal ceramics workshop in Paris, the only one of its kind, which takes up and modernizes the tradition of Parisian manufactures of the 18th century.

173 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
Marin Montagut

On Rue Madame near Luxembourg Gardens, artist and designer, Marin Montagut creates whimsical hand drawn pieces of porcelain, drinking glasses, textiles, and paper depicting famous spots throughout Paris or French phrases. I dare you not to smile...

48 Rue Madame, Paris 75006
Antoinette Poisson

Brightly colored and boldly patterned, the handprinted papers made by the French team are as enchanting as the 18th-century examples that inspired them.

12 Rue St Sabin, 75011 Paris
Miarage Frères

In 1660, Nicolas and Pierre Mariage began voyaging on behalf Louis XIV's royal court for exotic goods: Pierre was sent to Madagascar and brother Nicolas made several trips to Persia & India. Today we can enjoy the complex aroma and taste of these historic voyages at afternoon tea in the Marais.

30 Rue du Bourg-Tibourg, 75004 Paris

Founded by Karl Lagerfeld in 1999—7L is a bibliophile's wonderland. It is a must, if you are looking for ideas and inspiration, especially photography, architecture, fashion, and interior design.

7 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris