Whether you’re looking for a beautiful bouquet of flowers or the latest digital camera, sometimes the best idea is to go for a store that specialises, ensuring the highest degree of expertise and quality. Here are five of the best and the most luxurious specialist stores in Paris for those in search of flowers, cashmere, cameras, chocolate and cheese.
Open since 1845, Lachaume is one of the city’s most historic and exclusive florists; Marcel Proust used to buy his daily buttonhole here, and the current client list includes such names as Karl Lagerfeld. Service is key, with each fabulous bouquet coming complete with its own glass vase.
Lachaume, 103 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 5726
Stock up on versatile cashmere layers for the whole family at the recently opened Eric Bompard store in the Champs-Élysées neighbourhood.
Eric Bompard, 42 avenue des Ternes, 75017 Paris, +33 (0)1 4409 0494
Paris isn’t short of chocolatiers, but Patrick Roger still stands out as one of the best. Expect a wildly imaginative and very playful take on the traditional box of chocolates at any one of his six Paris boutiques, with perfectly made ganaches and pralines enlivened by inspired flavours such as lime and caramel, lemon and thyme or Szechuan pepper. Serious chocoholics shouldn’t leave without one of Roger’s famous metre-long boxes of bonbons.
Patrick Roger, 3 place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4265 2447
The newly opened Leica store in Paris is an absolute must-visit for camera enthusiasts. Experienced members of staff are on hand to provide guidance and demonstrations for photographers looking to buy a Leica camera for the first time, upgrade to a newer model or expand their collection of lenses and accessories.
Leica, 105-109 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 7772 2070
This impressive fromagerie stocks over 100 varieties of cheese. The store also has a restaurant where visitors can sample the cheeses in a range of cooked dishes, from soups to cheesecake.
L’Affineur Affiné, 51 rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009 Paris, +33 (0)9 6694 2215