À la Mère de Famille
Founded in 1761, À la Mère de Famille is a charming Parisian sweet shop offering some of the best confectionery in the city. This is the perfect place to pick up beautifully packaged sweets and chocolates that will make great gifts and souvenirs ‒ should you resist the temptation to eat them ourself. From boxes of assorted chocolates to pralines, jams and sweets, there is something to satisfy every sweet tooth.
À la Mère de Famille, 23 rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 5341 6297
For one of the coolest concept stores in Paris head to Spree in Montmartre. Those in the know say this is the perfect place to invest in both designer and vintage pieces and pick up some unique souvenirs from Paris. It is sure to delight the most discerning visitors. Step inside and you’ll be rewarded with a carefully curated selection, with labels such as Isabel Marant, Vanessa Seward, Acne Studios, Comme des Garçons and Helmut Lang. In addition, there’s an impressive selection of vintage and contemporary designer furniture.
Spree, 16 rue la Vieuville, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 4223 4140
Parisian women are renowned for their effortless sense of style, for which they are coveted across the world. French brand Ba&sh has managed to capture the feminine, chic aesthetic of Parisian women with collections of laid-back, understated clothes that are fashionable yet timeless. With floaty bohemian dresses, slogan T-shirts and modern mini skirts all part of the core collections here, it’s never been easier to replicate Parisian style.
Ba&sh, 1bis rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 4606 2046
Located at the foot of the Sacré-Coeur basilica, Fragonard Montmartre is a haven for perfume lovers. Parfumerie Fragonard opened in 1926 and specialises in scents that capture the mood and feel of the French Riviera. In this branch visitors can browse some of the brand’s bestselling perfumes such as Frivole, made with light green tangerine, bergamot, orange, jasmine and patchouli. They can also shop across soaps, sets and home scents. Those wanting to find out more about the brand can head to the Fragonard museum in the ninth arrondissement where they can take a free tour exploring 3,000 years of perfume production.
Fragonard Montmartre, 1bis rue Tardieu, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 4223 0303
Rue des Martyrs is one of the most under-rated shopping streets in Paris. While lacking the spectacle of avenue des Champs-Élysées or the grandeur of avenue Montaigne, the charming, sloping street offers a wealth of traditional and modern shops and restaurants. Chinemachine is one of these hidden gems and it is a must-visit for vintage fans. The store offers a special range of designer labels and top vintage finds from multiple eras. In this oasis of calm you can shop at your leisure and discover one-of-a-kind pieces painstakingly selected by the store.
Chinemachine, 100 rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris, +33 (0)1 8050 2766