At first glance, Shakespeare and Company is nothing more than another English bookstore. But just a few steps inside the door, you start to see why the storefront is just as much a museum as it is a legendary bookshop. Between the books stacked to the ceiling, there are notes, announcements and fliers left from visitors all over the world. Since 1919, the name Shakespeare and Company has been a refuge to writers. The original bookstore was the stomping grounds of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce and others. Today, writers from all over the world come to share their work. Unknown writers have a place here, too; Shakespeare and Company lends sleeping space in exchange for a couple of hours of work in the store.
At E. Dehillerin, it's not hard to imagine what the store was like when it began selling cooking utensils in 1820. The shop is dim and dusty with extremely narrow aisles and towering rows of shelves, groaning with cookware. But you don't go to E. Dehillerin for aesthetics; you go for the abundance of copper pots and pans, the variety of professional-grade knives, and because you can find fun items like serving dishes for oysters and copper crème brulée ramekins. The knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices won't turn you off either. This store will delight anyone who loves to cook.
Passage Jouffroy is your one stop shop. Though this stop is just a passage, it is a mini shopping paradise offering everything from the most elite jewelry to the simplest of clothes. A multitude of brand names have their products on offer here. A number of quaint shops offering interesting and ethnic wares promise to attract the keen eye. Cozy cafes and bookshops are where you can pick up a steaming hot cup of coffee and a good book to make your day. A very famous haunt at Jouffroy is the Estaminet Lyrique. Even if you are not planning on buying something, a walk around this passage is highly rejuvenating and refreshing.
Founded in 1895 by Monsieur Alis, this fromagerie offers visitors a glimpse into the intensive and time honored brie making process. There is a video-tour and a museum where you will learn about the different economies that are linked by the manufacture of brie cheese. Of course, a visit here would not be complete without an extensive brie tasting that will overwhelm your taste buds with these exceptional cheeses. Upon leaving, you will understand why their motto is "Le Meilleur des Fromages- LE BRIE" (The Best of Cheeses- BRIE).
Stella Cadente stands apart from other boutiques by virtue of its unusual decor, and everything it houses is equally appealing. Walking into this boutique can be a little disorienting; it is like walking into a large golden tunnel filled with stylish clothes and accessories for men and women. Perfumes are also on offer.
At Les Jardins du Graal, you will find various small decorative objects such as gift cards, incense sticks or floral elixirs as well as paintings and art works. The small shop also promotes young local artists. This eco-friendly boutique douples up as a library that has an extensive collection of books from different fields, such as sciences, art, spirituality, ecology, food, media and much more. At their healthy bar, you can sample some tea or natural juices that will make your body feel good. Spiritual and cultural activities take place on Thursdays.
Once wine storage facilities, these beautiful stone structures have been converted into shops and restaurants, making this all-pedestrian area a favorite with Parisians, especially on Sundays when most stores around the city are closed. With the humongous UGC-Ciné Cité Bercy multiplex at one end, the Cour Saint-Emilion features eateries (ranging from The Frog pub to the fancy Chai 33, with its adjacent first-rate wine boutique) as well as stores, from the ubiquitous Sephora to the Alice bookstore and even a spa, Ominsens. The neighboring park, with its tiny vineyard, is not to be missed on a sunny day. -Mary-Laure Neulat
Anyone entering Fromagerie Beaufils is instantly hit by the incredible aroma of fresh cheese. The cheese shop is filled with flavors from all over the world even from places as unusual as England and Lithuania with new flavors being added quite often. Try some of their Swiss cheese which is quite appealing. However, cheese is not the only delicacy you can indulge in at this place. They also have a selection of dairy products, groceries, wines and beers that you can probably pair with the cheese to make the tasting experience more delicious.
Art director Andrea Weiner and culinary stylist Rachel Khoo teamed up to create this successful and original concept store. In a beautifully decorated space, you can select not only all kinds of kitchen accessories such as cute tea towels, but also and most importantly books from all over the world about food and culture – recipe collections, food-centered novels, gorgeous Japanese photography books, scholarly works, you name it. Patrons can sit down for a snack of homemade goodies and excellent tea. Book signings, cooking workshops for children and wine tastings are scheduled regularly. -Mary-Laure Neulat
Brin de Cousette is a unique haberdashery boutique that also doubles up as a cozy tea room in the heart of the city's 11th Arrondissement. The seaming supplies boutique is focused on promoting the art of sewing and dressmaking, while also allures with a charming setting and warm ambiance. Owners Morgane and Aissatou offer a number of needlework courses of varying difficulty and skill levels, ranging from beginner courses to advanced lessons. Additionally, it also stocks up an exhaustive collection of sewing essentials, including colorful ribbons, buttons, fabrics and needles. The cozy tea room at Brin de Cousette is an idyllic spot to relish their fresh fruit juices, post an informative session or cross stitching or embroidery.
Mel, Mich et Martin is a concept store and triple threat - it is part gallery, part boutique and part coffee shop. Indulge all your senses by reveling in the art offered, shopping for trendy clothes and tasting the delicious coffee and pastries for sale. As a bonus, the interior is hip, with brick walls and sleek wooden furniture. If there is one thing you can be sure of, you will never be bored at Mel, Mich et Martin.