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Cheap, expensive, big, small - La Maison du Cerf-Volant has them all! Whether you are buying your toddler his first kite, or are a die-hard enthusiast looking to have one custom-made, this is the place for you. It has everything you could possibly associate with this pastime under one roof, so make a visit before you lose that tail-wind!
L'Arbre à lettres (the tree of letters) is a nice bookshop located in the busiest street of Bastille. The selection is large, and the different literary themes are well-separated: you will find, among others, a room dedicated to children's books. The booksellers are very competent and all have a specialty. Don't have any idea for your present? Ask them for advice! The new feature, for a small size bookshop, is their website services: a database for your research, the possibility to ask questions by email, to order on the website, and to get your books in the bookshop of your choice (there are four of them in Paris).
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.
La Fromagerie Goncourt is founded by Clement Brossault, an enthusiastic bicyclist who traveled all over France and Switzerland searching for different varieties of cheese; the kinds that would be a delight to the taste buds. These are the cheeses that fill up the beautiful display shelves of this shop. If you are confused about which flavor to try first, try Reblochon or Mont D'Or or you can always ask the owner for recommendations who along with offering something that would be suitable for you, will also explain its history and production process. If you are looking to tingle your taste buds, then there is nothing better than buying from a man who loves cheese himself.
For toy collectors or those feeling nostalgic, Lulu Berlu is worth a visit. This shop in Paris' 11th Arrondissement offers a huge selection of vintage, antique, and collectible toys. It's filled to the brim with action figures from popular movies and TV series as well as stuffed animals, toy trucks, and dolls. It's easy to spend a while exploring the store, so leave plenty of time to take a walk down memory lane.
This 500 square-meter (5831 square-foot) shop is a veritable treasure trove of gourmet foods, local delicacies and artisan products. Most of the shop's merchandise is sourced from within France, emphasizing on sustainable dining practices. There is a bakery, wine cellar, produce market and restaurant within the vast store. Shop for specialties like Jambon Noir de Bigorre, burrata cheese, honey from Brittany and vintage wine. There are live demonstrations, tastings and workshops each day in store, and the shop also offers home delivery.